If you are in the market for new furniture, the kind of fabric you get is certainly a top concern. The fabric you choose should not be prone to pilling and it should be both beautiful and durable. Velvet gives any home an air of sophistication, and with the proper care, it should last a very long time. Tweed is another durable and aesthetically pleasing material to consider when decorating your home as it is both tough and easy to clean. There are a few things to consider when designing the interior of any room.
Definition of Upholstery
Upholstery is defined as the fabric, padding, webbing and springs that make up the soft coverings of a piece of furniture. In the past, it has been made from such unexpected materials as horse hair and wool. Today there are many different materials upholstery can be made out of from. They include such luxurious items as velvet silk and cotton.
Selecting something that will last is a major factor in deciding what kind of fabric your furniture should have. Wooden furniture holds up well and looks stunning with the right fabric. Quality is the key to durability and you should only buy from companies that have good reputations. Smaller is always better when selecting a furniture company. They will have the product knowledge to choose the very best pieces with the perfect upholstery.
Should Beauty, Style or Comfort be a Priority?
Furniture selection can be a bit emotional, but you really should base your selection on pragmatism first. If you are selecting a sofa for a living room where pets and children play, you will want to select furniture that will last. Slipcover upholstery is a good option for people with kids, dogs or too many thumbs. If you are selecting furniture for the sitting room of elderly ladies and gentlemen, you can select a more delicate fabric.
Size and Shape Matter
Are you buying a curved sofa or easy chair? If so, you may want to stick to one color. Some fabric looks great in a showroom, but falls flat when you try to use it on an actual piece of furniture. A pattern that points in a certain direction or has a distinctive design may look strange when actually applied to furniture.
If you want something unique, you can look for materials in antique or fabric stores on your own. A designer may be able to apply that fabric to their furniture.
How to take Care of Upholstery
No matter how fine a material upholstery is made out of, it can still experience pilling and damage. If you have a pet, remember to remove pet hair by using a squeegee like the kind you would use for cleaning a windshield. Simply vacuum up the clumps when you are done. You can sprinkle baking soda on your furniture to get rid of toxins. If you are revitalizing an old piece of furniture with new upholstery, you may want to try using upholstery tacks, which are similar to thumb tacks, only stronger.
When fibers in a material get tangled after coming loose they form small balls of yarn; this is called pilling. The initial loosening is caused by friction. Such as when a person sits on a sofa and rubs against it. It is important to keep the excess fibers at bay to prevent pilling.
You can get rid of pilling by using a pill shaver. Pill shavers are battery operated and work by shaving the loose threads off of fabric just the same way that a razor would shave hair off of a person’s face.
Fabrics that are smooth are less likely to pill than those that have patterns. If furniture is made with more than one fabric, it is more likely to pill. Man-made fabrics tend to pill more than natural fibers. Some fabrics that are unlikely to pill are wool, silk and cashmere, whereas polyester and nylon are likely to pill.
Selecting a fabric for upholstery can be stressful, because you will have to live with it for a long time. However, a good furniture designer can help you pick a fabric that will make you happy for years to come.