5 Tips for Choosing the Right Fabric for a Sofa Reupholstery

With sofas being one of the most expensive furniture pieces around, replacing them when their upholstery is torn or worn and requires more than a few stitches is not a smart and cost-effective move.

When you are no longer happy with the look or covering of your sofa, consider having it reupholstered if the frame and internal components are intact.

Reupholstery is the best solution for reviving an expensive sofa and other furniture pieces.

A complete reupholstery calls for removing all the existing covering material of the piece down to the bare wood. An upholsterer will then check the quality of all the internal components and repair or replace anything that needs fixing or changing.

Once done, they will reupholster the furniture in the fabric of your choice.

You can then choose a different fabric for the upholstery to give your couch a totally new look or select a similar one if you want to keep its original appearance.

Breathe Life to Your Old Sofa With New Fabric

If you want a new look for your sofa after it is reupholstered, you have to put some thought into choosing the right fabric.

By doing so, you can have a furniture piece that will prove to be an appealing addition to your living room that can last for a long time.

If you want to ensure you will choose the right fabric for reupholstering your couch, here are some tips you can follow:

1.     Focus on durability.

Whether the sofa is the only piece of furniture in your living room or there are other chairs, it will be something that you, your family members, and guests will sit on frequently.

To avoid having your sofa reupholstered again quickly or having to replace it completely and prematurely, pick a durable fabric.

Engineered and mixed fabrics are stronger than natural ones. Textiles made of a combination of cotton, rayon, and polyester are durable and hard-wearing, thus making them perfect covering choices for your family room sofa.

Other great options for a couch that sees plenty of traffic are microfiber fabric, chenille, viscose, and leather.

If you prefer a natural textile, you can choose one with a woven pattern, high thread count, and tight weave. These elements make the fabric durable and more capable of withstanding regular wear and tear.

2.     Think well about what colour to get.

Colour plays a crucial role in the overall appeal of a sofa and other furniture pieces. It sets the mood and creates the right impression on your guests.

To narrow down your options, determine what kind of mood and style you want to achieve with your sofa first.

Neutral colours are your best options if you want something that will work with any colour scheme. If you want the room to evoke a light, vibrant mood, go with warm shades, such as red and yellow.

If you want to be able to spot dirt marks and spills and clean them as soon as possible, pick a fabric in a lighter hue. However, it is best to avoid light-coloured textiles if you have children or pets.

Lastly, you will do well to skip trendy colours for your fabric, unless you like them, since they can look dated long before the sofa needs another reupholstery.

3.     Put some thought into picking the right design.

Like colour, your choice of design will also make or break the look of your sofa and living or family room.

To choose the right design, start by considering the interior décor of your home and the other furniture pieces. Make sure you pick a fabric that complements both of these elements, especially if you have a bespoke interior.

Also, consider the size of your sofa. Larger couches look better in plain and textured textiles. Smaller ones, on the other hand, are more appealing when they are decked in a patterned fabric.

Additionally, if you have a large family and pets and receive visitors all the time, go with a patterned material since it will be better at concealing unsightly marks and spills.

4.     Consider the maintenance requirements of the fabric.

No matter how attractive and eye-catching your chosen fabric is, you won’t like it for long if cleaning and maintaining it takes a lot of hard work.

Before picking your final fabric, learn about its cleaning and maintenance requirements. Ask the supplier for the details or go online to read the instructions on how to clean the material when it gets dirty or stained.

Try to limit your choices to washable fabrics that require water-based cleaning solutions since these products are easier to find and safer for regular use.

Also, fabrics respond differently to water. Certain textile materials can shrink when washed in the washing machine; as such, find out beforehand if your fabric choice is machine washable if you don’t want to spend extra on professional cleaning frequently.

Naturally blended fabrics, such as cotton-linen and cotton-wool mixes, have to be cleaned professionally.

If you have children and pets, you need to be diligent about spot cleaning and using a vacuum cleaner designed for removing pet hairs.

5.     Take into account the area where you will put the sofa and who will use it.

Lastly, when shopping for a fabric for your couch, think about where you plan to place it. Is it a spot in the room that gets a lot of sunlight or does it tend to get humid frequently?

If you intend to place the reupholstered sofa in a sunny location, go for natural fabrics, such as cotton, wool, and wool blends. Textile blends, like acrylic, nylon, and polyester, are also less likely to fade.

Acrylic, nylon, polyester, and other blended fabrics are also resistant to mildew and mould. Make these your top choices if your living or family room tends to get damp and musty.

Lastly, if you or a family member has allergies, pick a fabric that is resistant to allergens, moisture, and odour. Great examples of these are microfibre, organic cotton, and silk.

There is more to setting a budget when choosing the best fabric for a sofa. You can make the whole process smoother and narrow down your choices smartly when you follow these tips.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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