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What upholstery fabric should I pick?
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What upholstery fabric should I pick?

What upholstery fabric should I pick?

Each fabric has its own advantages and disadvantages. Which fabric suits your situation best, depends on many different things. To give you an idea, we've listed all the features for you.

Should I choose a velvet, plain or a print fabric?

Obviously, it's all about what you like and want. But to give you some direction: velours feels soft and has an elegant look, which provides a cool contrast with a more industrial look. A print, on the other hand, is more playful, and a plain fabric is a bit tougher. With a plain fabric, the focus is more on the colour to.

Velours

Pros

➕ Wear resistant Velours is a wear resistant fabric, it's fairly strong and therefore lasts a long time.

➕ Little chance of pilling Pilling arises when excess fibers of the fabric stick together with other fabrics. The good news: the pilling with velours is very little because it has hardly any excess fibers!

➕ Elegant appearance  Velours feels soft and has a luxurious look. A cool contrast with an industrial look.

➕ Easy to clean Because velours is a synthetic fabric, a Protexx protection is possible. This makes the sofa easy to clean.

Cons

➖ Bigger chance of folds and wrinkles The chance of wrinkling is bigger with velours. If it is upholstered too tightly, it can tear.

➖ Bigger chance of lustre from use If all goes well, you spend a lot of time on your sofa or chair. That's the whole point of having it. The disadvantage of velours is that, after a while, it creates lustre: the hairs of the fibers are flattened and a shiny shadow shows up in the fabric. This can be resolved a bit. How? Moisten the fabric very lightly and then roughen it slightly with a clothing brush. Be careful though! Another option is to place a damp tea towel on the spot and let it rest overnight.

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Cotton

Pros

➕ Moisture absorbing Cotton can absorb about 20% of its own dry weight in moisture without feeling damp. Funfact: that's why it's often used for towels.

➕ Heat regulating Cotton conducts heat quickly and therefore feels cool.

➕ Natural appearance

Cons

➖ Gets wrinkly quickly Cotton naturally isn't very elastic, so it wrinkles faster than other fabrics.

➖ Sensitive to sunlight Unlike polyester, the colours of cotton fade fairly quickly in the sun. So is your sofa positioned in direct sunlight? Then cotton might not be the best choice.

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Wool

Pros

➕ Comfortable

➕ Moisture-resistant Wool is almost completely self-cleaning. Moreover, the wool grease (lanolin) ensures that water and dirt do not penetrate into the fiber. The wool actually repels it. Therefore, a protexx protection isn't necessary.

➕ Fire resistant Wool is fire resistant. Wool is a safe fiber, it doesn't need to be treated to counteract the effects of contact with fire. The fire goes out in the flame.

➕ Crease resistant 

➕ Antistatic Wool absorbs moisture from the air, so it doesn't become static.

Cons

➖ Bigger chances of pilling Pilling arises when excess fibers of the fabric stick together with other fabrics. This happens with wool fairly often.

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Polyester

Pros

➕ Hardly fades in sunlight  Polyester doesn't discolours in the sun that quickly. So is your sofa positioned in direct sunlight? Polyester is a good choice.

➕ Little chance of wrinkling  Polyester fibers are elastic, so it wrinkles much less than, for example, cotton.

➕ Shiny

Cons

➖ Doesn’t absorb moisture Unlike cotton, polyester absorbs very little moisture.

➖ Static Because polyester absorbs little moisture, it becomes more static than wool and cotton.

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Leather

Pros ➕ Strong Leather is a very strong material and will last a long time. ➕ Gets more beautiful when used The more your leather furniture is used, the more beautiful it becomes. Genuine leather stretches a bit during use; this gives your furniture a beautifully lived and comfortable look. ➕ Natural product Leather is a natural product, this ensures that every item has a unique appearance, while at the same time it's very stylish. ➕ Timeless Leather is timeless, so your furniture is always on trend and at the same time fits well with any interior style. Cons ➖ Cold Leather can feel cold in winter and sometimes it’s a bit slippery. ➖ Maintenance Leather has to be maintained to make it last for a long time.

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