Sofas, love seats, recliners and chairs should all last you about 10 to 15 years. However, if you select a fabric that isn't durable for your situation, you may find yourself shopping for new living room furniture much sooner than you think. As such, you need to consider how durable you need the fabric to be. If you have kids, pets or use the furniture frequently, you will need a fabric that can withstand heavy usage, climbing and scratching. Here are three heavy duty fabrics you may want to consider as you shop for new living room furniture.



Linen is a strong and durable fabric that can withstand the rigors of children and pets. However, there are a few keys to ensuring the durability of this fabric. First, check the weave of the fabric. A long-lasting linen will have a strong weave and the threads won't move as you rub your hand over the sofa or chair. Secondly, the fabric should be treated for stain-resistance. On its own, linen does not resist stains, so you want to treat it to keep it looking great, no matter what is spilled on it.



A wool couch may not sound comfortable, but rest assured, it can be. Most of the wool fabric used on furniture is mixed with a synthetic fiber to keep it easy to maintain, and more importantly, not itchy. Wool is a thick fabric, which helps prevent rips, tears or wearing, even with heavy usage. However, it is important to note that wool isn't a great option if you live in a humid environment. The wool can retain the humidity in the air and start to feel damp. However, if you don't live in a humid area, it may be a great option for you.



Olefin is a synthetic fiber that can be used to create fabric for upholstery and carpets. This is one of the best materials to use on upholstered furniture that will receive heavy wear. In fact, it is commonly found in commercial or industrial furniture because it is so durable. It is important to note that Olefin isn't the softest fabric on the market, but its durability makes up for it. If you are looking for a solid-colored, long-lasting material for a sofa, Olefin may be perfect for you.


Selecting a couch for your home should go beyond what aesthetically appeals to you. You need to consider the type of upholstery fabric used on the piece and whether that will work in your home. This can prevent you from prematurely having to purchase new furniture.

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