How to choose fabric on the sofa?
There are many upholstery fabrics used to decorate sofas. Among them, you can always find a material that will suit the customer in terms of price and quality. At the same time, for starters, it makes sense to decide for what purpose it is intended, and in which room the sofa will stand, because it will depend on this exactly what operational parameters the sofa upholstery should have. What fabric to choose for the sofa? The main properties of any fabric are breathability, ability to absorb moisture (hygroscopicity), susceptibility to abrasion, degree of safety for health, ease of care. Knowing the characteristic properties of a particular material will give you the opportunity to choose the most suitable of them. Today, customers of upholstered furniture have the opportunity to choose upholstery sofas from a wide range of natural, synthetic and combination fabrics, each of which has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. The most common fabrics are: Flock – a material having a velvety surface and excellent decorative qualities. It has dirt-repellent properties, is very easy to care for, it is not afraid of spots, claws of pets and exposure to sunlight, so the sofa upholstered in flock can be installed in absolutely any living room. The disadvantage of the fabric is its ability to attract dust and increased abrasion in especially loaded areas. Velor is a cozy and soft fabric with a fairly long pile. This material is very resistant to abrasion and mechanical damage, itdoes not stretch, does not deform and perfectly passes air.
Velor is very susceptible to dirt and very difficult to clean, so velor sofas are not recommended to be subjected to serious tests, installing them in a children’s room or dining room. Such furniture will perfectly emphasize the luxury of the living room or study. Tapestry – a cotton-based fabric with the addition of artificial fibers that increase the wear resistance of the material. It has the highest strength characteristics, pleasant to the touch and easy to care for. In addition, the tapestry does not form static electricity, which means that dust does not accumulate in it. Tapestry sofas are suitable for living rooms, bedrooms, children’s rooms and other rooms. The disadvantages of the tapestry can be attributed to its high cost, as well as susceptibility to fading, in connection with which upholstered furniture is recommended to be installed away from direct sunlight. Jacquard – a material half consisting of natural cotton and 50% synthetic. It gives upholstered furniture a luxurious and respectable appearance, while being distinguished by good wear resistance, resistance to creasing, hypoallergenicity and hygroscopicity. Jacquard is used for upholstering sofas in the living room, office and other rooms where it will not be exposed to heavy loads and the risk of stains, since only specialized dry cleaning is possible for this material. Shinil is a very soft, warm and pleasant to the touch fabric, which is a mixture of acrylic, viscose and cotton or made only of synthetic fibers (polyester).
Shinil will retain their original appearance over the entire life cycle. However, this material is quite difficult to care for and is not resistant to moisture, therefore it is not suitable for upholstery of children’s sofas and sofas for the kitchen. Hooks from the claws of pets can also form on the vinyl, so if cats or dogs live in your house, it makes sense to choose a different fabric. Ecoskin is a durable and easy-to-care material that gives upholstered furniture a decent look. When choosing a sofa upholstered in leather, it is important to pay special attention to the quality of processing and coloring of the material. Furniture made of eco-leather is suitable for any room (living room, dining room, study, etc.), however, it is not very convenient to use as a sleeping place due to the skin’s ability to glide and poorly absorb moisture. Microfiber is a modern material that passes air well, is resistant to dirt and damage, easy to maintain and does not accumulate dust. Microfiber sofas can be safely installed in any room, including the kitchen and the nursery. Depending on your aesthetic preferences and operating conditions, you can stay on one or another category of fabric for the sofa. About how to choose the best option, you will always be happy to tell experts in the field of furniture production.