Your guide to the best materials for furniture upholstery

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With the ever-changing styles and designs in our home, it is often the norm to throw out unwanted, dated furniture and buy the new modern colours and patterns that are available, but this is no reason to waste good furniture when you can reupholster to match your interior remodelling. You are also saving the environment by reusing old furniture and not sending it to landfill and could possibly be saving sentimental items which one day will be an antique.

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Today there are more fabrics available than ever before, with bold colours, stripes and different textures to choose from, there are also different fabrics suited to individual items of furniture. For instance, a settee or chairs are items that are used every day, whereas ottomans, headboards and stools experience less wear and tear.

When upholstering an expensive piece of furniture it is sensible to use fire retardant material as they are more hardwearing and comply with fire regulations and are available in a large range of designs and colours.

In today’s market, we have natural fabrics (made from plant fibres or animal products) such as linen, cotton, silk, wool, leather, vinyl and blended cotton and synthetic fabrics (predominantly man-made) like rayon, polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate and olefin. All of the above will turn your old jaded furniture into a beautiful new piece of furniture which will be totally individual to you.

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Colours and designs vary enormously, as does the quality of the fabric. As the old adage says ‘You get what you pay for’ and this is true in the case of fabric. Geometric designs are popular for 2017, as is silk fabric with its rippled texture available in a wide range of patterns and colours. Cotton fabric is a natural fibre that has resistance against fading and wear and it is especially good as an upholstery option because of its breathability factor. Wool is popular because of its resistance to wrinkling and fading and is very durable and sturdy.

Fabrics vary in weight and weave; this will help you predict its durability, an important factor when deciding upon which fabric suits the job in hand. When this is done your next choice is colour and patterns and a well-chosen fabric serves as the foundation for an entirely new decorative approach in your home.

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