When creating your own custom slipcovered furniture, it is easy to get lost in the endless choices of fabric available to you. From solids, to silks and even different textures, making a decision can stop you cold in your tracks. Let us break down some of the basics to help you narrow down exactly what you are looking for and what works best with your lifestyle.
Every fabric has its benefits and downfalls. We have broken down the most common custom upholstery fabrics we have used with our over 25 years of experience and would like to pass that knowledge on to you.
It is not true that natural fabrics are weaker than synthetic or man made fabrics-so put that out of your mind now! Natural fabrics are made of fibers that come from organic plants. The most common of these being cotton, linen and hemp. The benefits of natural fibers are obvious.
Sustainability is one of the most important today. Further, as they are natural products grown from the earth, they are hypoallergenic by nature. The strength of each of these natural fabrics depends on the thickness of the thread and the thread count per square inch. The greater the count per square inch, the stronger the fabric.
In all natural fabrics, one of the great benefits is its comfortable feel to the touch. With fabrics like linen and hemp remaining cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Luxurious by nature, using silk as an upholstery choice is an individual choice that takes a real commitment. Your furniture will have a much more formal look and cleaning will have to be done through a dry cleaning service.
Favored throughout Europe by the owners of the most exquisite homes, silk is not a choice that works well in the living rooms of active families and pieces that are going to be used on a daily basis.
Although beautiful with lots of interesting patterns, we do not recommend silk for custom upholstered furniture.
COTTON, HEMP AND LINEN BLENDS
A great choice for slipcovers are the cotton, hemp and linen blends that provide for great durability in slipcovers. They act, feel and function as 100% cotton, hemp or linen, but have the added strength of a small amount of poly or rayon.
These wash up terrifically, look great for many years and are usually not wrinkled when they come out of your dryer. Cotton, hemp and linen blends are our most widely used fabrics; clients who have chosen them always come back for the same combinations for second slipcovers many years later. A great testimonial to their ease of use!
We hope that you have benefitted from the breakdown of the fabrics above. Our customers have come to rely on our over 450 fabrics to create a piece of custom furniture that truly speaks to their style and their function.