How to Choose Fabrics For Upholstering Old Furniture?

How to Choose Fabrics For Upholstering Old Furniture
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It is not uncommon to find old furniture at a Sydneysider home. Sometimes, it may so happen that a piece is still in good condition with an overall good framework. However, its upholstery seems to be anything but usable anymore. If such is the case, then the most prudent thing would be to hire a efficient professional dealing with furniture upholstery in Sydney. But before that, there is another thing that must be taken care of. And that is picking a suitable fabric type for upholstering the furniture piece.

Comparing fabrics can seem like a cumbersome task to any newbie. But following a few simple steps can help in choosing the most appropriate one:

Taking The Style & Colour Into Account

It is important to assess the style and colour of furniture upholstery fabrics while trying to pick a good one from among them. The option being considered must match with the furniture that needs to be upholstered. For instance, a modern and large couch placed in the centre of the living room has to be dark enough for hiding stains, wear and tear from regular usage, etc.

Considering The Durability

The fabric being chosen must be tough enough for withstanding the strains of regular usage. If it is a couch, for example, the material used for upholstering it must be something heavy and thick such as wool or leather. A wingback chair, on the other hand, will require something soft like rayon or silk.

Examining The Thread Count

While buying fabrics for furniture upholstery, one of the most vital aspects that must be checked is the thread count. The best way to do that is by reviewing the description or label of the material being considered for purchase in order to determine the number of threads used in every square inch. Something with a high thread count is more likely to last longer.

Checking The Grade

Upholstery fabrics are generally graded with alphabets (F being the highest grade and A, lowest). The grades generally determine the cost of different fabrics, the lower one being cheaper.

Deciding Whether The Requirement Is Sunlight or Stain Protection

There exist many fabric types which are designed or treated specifically for withstanding sunlight and spills. One must decide what they want to protect their furniture upholstery from.

At the time of buying upholstery fabrics, it is important to look for a card that would contain all necessary information. If a card or tag is absent, one must ask for it from the vendor.

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