Last updated on February 15th, 2018 at 04:03 pm
As you start your fabric selection process there are four key factors to keep in mind: color, durability, style and any special considerations within your home environment.
Color is typically the first thing that a person considers when it comes to selecting a fabric for their furniture, bedding ensemble, drapery or window treatment. Make sure the color you choose is something that you will be happy with for a while and avoid trendy colors that may fade in popularity over time. It is usually best to also limit the use of extremely light and delicate colored fabrics around small children and pets.
Durability is a very important factor in fabric selection, especially if you are planning to place your sofa or chair in a high-traffic area in your home. You should also take into consideration who will be using your sofa. If you allow your pets to share your furniture with you, then you may want to consider a microfiber fabric or a leather option since both are able to withstand heavy use and are much easier to clean. Because microfiber and leather do not have loops, your pet’s claws are not able to get caught in them. Woven patterns also hold up longer than printed ones. So do denser fabrics, which contain higher thread counts and tight weaves. Every home and every room will have different requirements so make your selections according to your own personal needs and lifestyle.
Style is something that is unique to everyone. Keep the style of your room in mind when choosing the style of your fabric. For instance, a traditional fabric tends to look best on a traditional style frame. And remember to always scale your fabric patterns to the size of your furniture and overall room dimensions. A large dramatic pattern might work better on a larger piece of furniture or in a larger room, whereas a smaller more elegant pattern may show better in a smaller space.
Special Considerations should be given to your home’s environment when it comes to fabric. Is there a lot of consistent sunlight in your room? Is there dampness anywhere? Does anyone in your family have allergies? Consider selecting a fabric that is fade resistant if your piece of furniture will be placed next to a window or area that brings large amounts of sunlight into your room. If you live in a humid climate, you may need to find a fabric that is specially treated for mildew resistance. Allergy sufferers often prefer microfibers because they are lint free and do not attract dust particles as much as certain other fabrics do. Leather is another good option for individuals suffering with allergies.
For the largest and most diverse selection of fabrics, drapery hardware, custom window treatments and wallpaper, visit Resource Design’s on-site workroom, located on Level 3 inside Hickory Furniture Mart.