THE 4 MOST DURABLE UPHOLSTERY FABRIC OPTIONS
If you've decided on upholstery repairs, your next step is to choose a fabric. To get the most from your piece of furniture, you'll want a fabric that is built to last. We take a look at the most durable types of fabric on the market.
- How long will it last?
- Will it stand up well to wear and tear?
- Does it stain easily?
- Does it tear easily?
- Does it fade or fray easily?
MOST DURABLE FABRIC CHOICES
- Microfiber is a synthetic material that is designed specifically for extra durability.
- Tiny polyester fibres are woven together very tightly, creating a soft material that feels like suede, or in the case of denser fibres, corduroy.
- Microfiber is water repellent and handles spills well, keeping the liquid on the surface instead of letting it seeping through.
- It is an ideal fabric for people with pets as the closely woven fibres are hard for pets to scratch through.
- Leather is made from the treated hides of animals, most commonly cows.
- It provides a beautiful, smooth covering for couches, although it can be very expensive and can be hot and sticky in the summer and cold in the winter.
- Leather is an incredibly durable material that can last for decades if taken care of properly.
- It is water resistant and easy to clean, although can be scratched or torn by sharp objects.
- Leather lookalikes, such as pleather and vinyl, look just as good as leather and are almost as durable.
- They can be cleaned easily by wiping down with a cloth although they are more susceptible to scratches and tears than leather.
- Pleather and other artificial leathers such as leatherette and koskin, are made by bonding natural or synthetic fibres like cotton or polyester with plastic coatings.
- They provide an alternative for people who cannot purchase leather for financial or ethical reasons.
- Vinyl is the commercial name for a polymer called polyvinyl chloride; all that means is that the term vinyl refers to material with a specific chemical makeup.
- Vinyl can be a little stiff and scratchy but it is incredibly durable and a good material for children's furniture.
- A cotton blend with a tight weave can offer good durability, especially when woven into a fabric like denim.
- Cotton offers excellent resistance to wear and tear and fading, but it isn't as tough as the other fabrics in terms of standing up to damage.
- It also doesn't offer any stain resistance so consider using a treatment for items that are used regularly.
- Cotton is the most economical option on this list.
GENERAL TIPS FOR UPHOLSTERY REPAIRS
– A durable fabric is more important in high-traffic areas. If money is a problem, consider splashing out on the leather for the lounge room and a sturdy cotton for the guest room.
– Consider who will be using the piece. If you have indoor pets, invest in microfiber or leather pieces.
– If you have small children, you'll want something dark and stain resistant.
– A higher thread count – i.e. the number of threads per square inch of fabric – lasts longer.
As well as fabric durability, think about the colours and patterns in your fabric. Do they match the rest of the room? Do they match the piece? A large pattern might get lost on a small, delicate piece of furniture, or may overwhelm a small room.