Getting a new upholstery fabric for a well-worn, well-loved sofa or chair is a big deal. It’s the sort of thing you want to get right, not second-guess within minutes of it arriving. This means the material choice is important, as it’s probably going to be the foundation of everything else.

So here’s a breakdown of all the little things you need to look out for when choosing fabrics for furniture upholstery Perth.

Practicality should take the lead when you make your choices. After all, you’re the one who has to live with it. In a house with kids or pets, your beloved silk velvet will be torn apart in short order. High-traffic areas should get something tougher. Less stressed spots like headboards can have the velvet.

Another thing to consider is longevity. How is the fabric going to look in five years? In ten?

Leather gets a nice patina as it ages. Most fabrics need regular vacuuming at a minimum. You’ll probably want to close the drapes to keep the light from causing some of the colours to fade. These things and more can all affect the wear on the upholstery.

If you have kids and pets, a good choice is a faux suede or something durable that can work for both indoors and outdoors. Slipcovers are also an idea.

Distressed leather can also work, especially in busier households. Textured options aren’t as forgiving, especially if stains are going to be a prominent concern.

If children, pets, and messes aren’t a problem, then you can go with something more luxurious.

If you want to indulge, Tibetan wool is a great choice and is notoriously indulgent. Belgian linen is durable and is best in lighter colours, but tends to be easy to stain. If upkeep and cost are hitches, then you can limit these to just pillows.

Take a moment. Look at the actual furniture. What works best for that?

The shape and textures should be considered. A pattern that looks great on its own might be gauche or unsightly when paired with an ornately-shaped sofa. Larger pieces usually do better with rich and solid colours, rather than patterns. In contrast, plain and solid rarely reflects well on smaller things.

The best way to tell if a fabric and pattern will work is to see it “in the wild.” Try the look before you make a purchase, examine it in the store. If that’s not possible, ask for the largest possible sample of the fabric so you can make an educated guess.

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