Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Newly upholstered seats and furniture are all on the same page when they first arrive on your doorstep, but the true test of their durability can only be seen as time goes by. The wear and tear from daily living, rowdy kids, untrained pets and various stains and spills all factor into the life and apparent quality of upholstered fabrics.
New manufacturing processes have made engineered fabrics more durable and more like their natural counterparts, while finishing processes can also make natural fabrics more durable.
Consider these practical tips to get long-lasting upholstery that will look and feel great for years to come.
Durable outdoor fabric
As a general rule, engineered fabrics are sturdier and more durable than natural fabrics. And the best types of engineered fabrics are the ones designed for the outdoors.
You may be under the impression that outdoor fabrics are stiff and uncomfortable for indoor use, but this is not true for all outdoor fabrics. Some soft and supple outdoor fabrics have also become available on the market. This makes for comfortable seating with the advantage of durability.
For long-lasting natural upholstery, leather is still the best option because most stains can be wiped right off leather upholstery.
However, if you have kids or pets, a slight disadvantage would be leather’s vulnerability to nicks and scratches. You can always choose a distressed leather look to hide these problems.
Some prints and styles only come in a particular type of fabric. If this is a non-negotiable for your home design and décor, you may also opt to hide stains by choosing a textured fabric or one with organic patterns.
Texture has a natural way of creating dark and light tones on an upholstered surface, thus hiding dark stains effectively. Patterned fabric with organic designs and a number of colors can also disguise stains.