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Shopping for Sofa Fabrics

Shopping for Sofa Fabrics
Shopping for a new sofa can be exciting. As furniture is usually kept for quite some time, incorporating a new piece can be thrilling. Once you have set yourself a reasonable budget, and have an idea of the type of silhouette you would like for your home, it’s time to consider sofa fabric types before making a final purchase. What’s the difference? Depending on your lifestyle, fabrics can mean the difference of a few months’ worth of use to a few years.

Pet & Kid Friendly Fabric

The longevity of your living room furniture depends heavily on wear and tear and how you plan on taking care of your new item or set. We all love them! Still, pets and kids can wreak havoc on beautiful furniture and leave us wondering, “Why?” Durable and affordable, synthetic fabrics such as microfiber or polyester can be best for stain-prone furniture. Today, these types of materials come in a number of stylish patterns and shades, perfect for adding a touch of decor to your home.

Another fabric you should consider for a tough environment is patio furniture fabric. It’s not just made for the great outdoors! Able to stand up to harsh weather conditions, patio furniture fabric can withstand indoor messes as well like coffee spills, overturned sippy cups, and uh-oh moments from beloved pets.

Quality Leather

Who doesn’t love a luxurious leather couch or power recliner? Leather furniture combines style, function, and a buttery soft feel to fabric that can last a lifetime. However, there are a ton of imitation leather fabrics out there. It should be known that while you can save a ton on pleather or faux leather, true leather lasts longer and is worth the investment. Well made leather should be soft yet have a strong feel to it. Treat your leather furniture well by keeping away moisture and cleaning up messes as quickly as possible with a microfiber cloth and gentle cleaning solution.

Cotton or Linen

Both cotton and linen can be two great sofa fabric types to browse when you’re considering purchasing a new one. Both of these fabrics are affordable and can be easier to clean. Style options are endless when it comes to cotton and linen and they are often prone to withstand soiling and wrinkling. Cotton and linen reflect a divine texture and feel soft to the touch even after a few years of use. Upholstery fabrics made from these materials can be professionally cleaned as well.

Fabrics You Might Want to Avoid

While there are a ton of great options out there, some fabric materials should be avoided as they can be delicate, expensive, and liquid absorbent like silk and velvet.

Clothing made of silk should be dry cleaned as regular washing can shrink or damage the fabric. The rules are similar for silk sofa fabric, so it is best to keep any kind of moisture away from it. You should also limit sunlight exposure as it can alter the color over time.

Velvet is one of today’s latest trends in furniture that hasn’t been seen since the 70s. Velvet offers a wonderful sensation on the skin but can end up feeling uncomfortable when upholstered on a sofa. For starters, velvet can be extremely tough to clean and spills can get stuck within the plush fibers of the fabric. Velvet doesn’t handle spot cleaning well, meaning you can be left with stuck on stains and hard grime over time.

Searching for a new sofa? Take a look at our showroom and shop our wide selection of sofas, loveseats, recliners, power furniture, and so much more! See something you like? Stop by our Design Center so you can customize your furniture and get the exact fabric you want in any style you desire.

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