Fabrics for furniture can be divided into two distinct groups – Natural fabrics, and synthetic ones. Let’s look at some natural fabrics which you could use in your home.
Cotton is a natural fiber that provides strength against wear and fading. However, it is less resistant to soiling and wrinkling compared to some other types of fibers. Of course, surface treatments can always be added to any fabric to improve its resistance to soiling.
Cotton Blends are more common in furniture because they are more sturdy and friendly to kids, dogs, and anything else you might throw at them. Like cotton, it is always wise to apply a stain-resistant finish if you’re going to have this piece in a high-traffic area.
Leather is a material that is exceptionally tough and works well in high-traffic areas. It can be vacuumed, whipped and cleaned. Many scratches can be rubbed out with leather conditioner and/or saddle soaps. Today’s leather furniture comes in many different colors and grades. Just because you pick leather doesn’t mean your room is going to be brown.
Linen or Silk soils and wrinkles easily and generally won’t stand up to heavy use very well. It also must be professionally cleaned and for this reason, is usually only used in formal living rooms or areas where your grandchildren won’t be eating ice cream.
Wool is a sturdy and durable fabric but it can be “itchy”. In certain parts of the country, wool is more popular than it is in the South. Wool blended with synthetic fabrics are the most common types of wool fabrics used on furniture. It can be easily spot cleaned and is resistant to soil, wrinkling, and fading.