When dressing upholstered furniture in selected fabrics, the considerations must include usage, traffic and wearability. A more imperious designer may prescribe a wafting silk or pure white linen. This is perfectly fine for a display unit or art installation but hardly practical for a family home or apartment. Wills Furniture have access to thousands of different fabrics, materials and leathers from the world’s leading fabric houses and leather suppliers, eminently suitable for your requirements.
The sensible approach is to combine an easy to maintain fabric with long term durability, yet maintain both style and elegance in any such selection to compliment your furniture selection from our Wills Furniture Collection.
Here is a list of fabrics to assist in your selection (both Natural and Synthetic) reprinted from the Houzz.com.au website. It is a useful guide and at Wills Furniture we consider it reasonably accurate and practical.
- Cotton is durable and resistant to wear and fading, but not as resistant to dirt and wrinkling. Cotton can go from casual to formal depending on the weave.
- Cotton blends are slightly more durable than cotton due to the mix of additional fibres.
- Leather is durable and functional. It wears well and gets better with age.
- Linen is resistant to pilling and fading. It provides a crisp and casual look to furniture. However, it wrinkles and shows dirt easily.
- Silk is elegant and adds a sophisticated and formal touch to furniture. Due to its delicacy, it’s best for light use and requires professional cleaning.
- Wool blends with synthetic fibre for easier maintenance. It’s durable while also being resistant to pilling, fading, wrinkling and soil.
- Acetate is developed as imitation silk, and is resistant to pilling and shrinking; however, it doesn’t hold up well for everyday use due to its tendency to wear, wrinkle and fade in the sun.
- Acrylic is developed as imitation wool and may pill easily if not of high quality. However, it’s softer than natural wool, and is resistant to wear, wrinkling, dirt and fading.
- Microfibre fabric is made from polyester fibres, is similar to suede, and easy to maintain.
- Nylon is often blended with other fibres, creating a durable fabric that won’t wrinkle or soil but may fade and pill.
- Polyester is usually found in a blend with other fibres, and is resistant to wrinkling and fading.
- Rayon, though prone to wrinkling, is durable and affordable.
- Vinyl is durable and a more affordable option compared to leather.
Functionality and Reality
Interior Designers will select fabrics that not only look superb but also wear well, are easy to maintain yet harmonise with the style of the furniture, the decor and feel of the room you have selected.
Neutral tones and floral prints work well in a traditional space, while bright colours and bold patterns give off a more contemporary vibe. Your lifestyle also dictates your design. Here are four quick questions to ask while browsing upholstery fabric online:
- How long is this upholstery meant to last?
- How often will you clean and iron it?
- Where do you plan to use it – indoors or outdoors?
- Which style furniture pieces is this upholstery meant for?
At Wills Furniture we can advise our designers and their clients on fabrics and their properties , recommending the best in looks, appearance, durability, quality and required maintenance.
The choice is yours. Let it reflect your personality, your home and your vision.
Please don’t hesitate to call us on 03 9815 0111 for further information or a free consultation on your furniture requirements or fabric selections. Arrange a visit to our showrooms at 6 Guest St Hawthorn, at your convenience. Alternatively, leave your details here for a prompt reply.
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