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Upholstery Fabric

Upholstery fabric is the textile covering that provides comfort, style, and durability to sofas, armchairs, ottomans, and other upholstered pieces. It’s the material you see and feel when you settle into your favorite chair, and choosing the right one is key for both aesthetics and functionality.

Upholstery fabrics need to be tough. Upholstery fabrics face daily wear and tear, unlike clothing fabrics that may be worn for a few hours. They should be resistant to:

  • Abrasion: Friction from regular use can cause fabrics to pill (form little balls of fabric) or wear thin. Upholstery fabrics should withstand daily sitting, rubbing, and leaning.
  • Fading: Exposure to sunlight can cause fabrics to lose their color vibrancy over time. Lightfast upholstery fabrics resist fading, maintaining their original look for longer.
  • Stains: Accidents happen, especially around food and drinks. Upholstery fabrics should be stain-resistant or easy to clean to minimize permanent marks.
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