If you’re in the market for new living room furniture, price and style are not the only factors to consider. The type of upholstery you choose is just as important because it helps predict the expected lifespan of your new living room piece. Review these five commonly used upholstery fabrics before you shop.
Cotton and cotton blend furniture upholstery works well for just about any family because of its excellent resistance to fading, pilling and wear. Although cotton is less resistant to soiling, this natural fiber is easy to clean. Durable cotton canvas is a great choice for households with kids and pets. For sofas, sectionals and other frequently used furniture, consider applying a stain-resistant finish to your cotton upholstery.
Leather upholstered furniture is tough and forgiving, making it an ideal choice for most families. This natural upholstery fabric can last for many years and actually becomes softer with age. It is easy to clean leather furniture with a vacuum hose attachment and a damp cloth. When it needs a deeper cleaning, simply use saddle soap or leather conditioner.
Linen is another fabric that resists fading and pilling quite well. However, linen upholstery doesn’t hold up to heavy wear as well as cotton, so it’s best-suited for rooms that only receive occasional use, such as a formal living room or study. As linen tends to wrinkle and soil under heavy use, plan to have your linen
upholstery professionally cleaned, as needed.
Wool and wool-blend upholstery can be used in any room because it repels water and resists fading, pilling and soiling. Typically, wool blends include synthetic fibers to provide easy spot cleaning, when needed. For families with kids and teenagers, wool and wool-blend furniture upholstery are durable and long-lasting.
Acrylic was originally designed as an alternative to wool. When purchasing an acrylic-upholstered love seat or other living room piece, be sure to choose a high-quality fabric for greater durability and resistance to pilling, fading and soiling. High quality acrylic upholstery works well in any home.
When perusing your options, keep in mind the upholstery’s thread count is a good determinant of the fabric’s durability. Higher thread counts are woven more tightly, making them more durable.
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