Scott Mathie Upholstery & Repairs - Adelaide

Choosing the right upholstery fabric

Fabric Selection

It is always exciting breathing new life into a special piece of furniture. The right colour or the way the fabric feels are important details when choosing upholstery fabric, but there are some other equally important details to consider before making your final decision. 

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Some fabrics, are more durable than others, so you may want to consider how the upholstered sofa or chair will be used and where it will be located in your home. 

Woven patterns with high thread counts and tight weaves are more durable than printed fabrics with low thread counts and loose weaves. Leather is another good option as it is durable and easy to maintain, and is especially good if you have children and pets. We have a great range to choose from.

Fabric style -

Fabric style will come down to your personal taste and creative flair. For example, traditional pieces of furniture do not necessarily need to be upholstered in traditional looking fabric. 

Some fabrics look more formal and other fabrics look more casual or funky. So, you might want to consider the space and the rest of your home decor before settling on the fabric style. Your experienced upholsterers in Adelaide can assist you with ideas and provide guidance, if you are unsure which fabric to choose. 

You might also want to think about the size of any pattern on the fabric and how it will look on your sofa or chair. Some chairs can take larger and bolder prints, such as an Wing Chair, while these may not suit others due to their size and light frame, for example a Georgian chair. 

Scott Mathie Upholstery can supply Warrick, Worley Group and Morris & Co fabric, giving you an excellent high quality fabric range to choose from.

Fabric colour

For most people, colour is the single most important choice when selecting upholstery fabric.

When choosing the colour make sure it is a colour you and your family can live with. Think about whether you would be comfortable living with that colour every day. Bold, trendy colours can date quickly, so you need to take that into consideration when upholstering your sofa or chair.

You also might want to consider who will be using the furniture and whether the fabric colour will display marks easily.

Special considerations

There may be some special considerations you may want to think about before finally settling on your fabric. These factors include: 

Allergies - micro fibre may be a more suitable choice for people suffering allergies
Fade resistance - if your furniture is in a bright room you may want to consider a fade resistant fabric
Mildew resistant fabric - especially for humid climates
Pet friendly upholstery - if you have a pet

Whether antique or modern, Scott Matthie Upholstery's experience and expertise will help you preserve the character and integrity of your sofa or chair.