Factors to Consider When Purchasing Upholstery Fabric

Upholstery fabric is a strong, high thread cotton fabric that is tightly woven that is used in upholstery, drapery, and home décor. The expense for upholstery fabric is higher than that of other fabrics for two main reasons. First, the manufacturing process and raw material used in upholstery fabric is far more than regular cotton fabrics. Secondly, upholstery fabric is 55” wide compared to 44” wide quilt fabric. You not only get 11” more of fabric, but the cotton thread count is 2-3 times that of normal fabric. These factors will increase the cost. Often, with upholstery fabric you will need several yards to complete your project so the cost can relatively high if you’re not careful. Here are a few factors to consider when purchasing upholstery fabric so you are sure to get what you need.

  • Style

  • Color

  • Durability

  • Thread Count

  • Fade & Stain Resistant

  • Comfort

  • Imported
The obvious starting point for upholstery fabric is style and color. However, I recommend that you also consider two other major factors. First, if you’re on a budget, you need to check to see if it’s imported. As soon as you say the word “imported” you can expect the price to increase 2-5 times compared to fabric made in the USA. I know how beautiful some of the fabric from Asia, Middle East, and Europe can be, but if you’re cost conscious then look for fabric manufactured in America.

Secondly, you need to consider the usage of the fabric. If the fabric is going to be used for seating and will receive high-traffic, than you need to consider the durability and thread count of the fabric. By spending the extra money in high quality cotton fabric will protect your investment.

Another factor to consider if the fabric will be in a high-use environment is if the fabric is stain resistant. One spill could ruin the upholstery. This is easily avoided by purchasing stain resistant upholstery.

Taking these factors into consideration, along with of course aesthetics can greatly benefit your shopping experience and ensure you’ll get the perfect upholstery fabric for your needs.

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