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4 Tips When Buying Upholstery Fabric

Make your furniture look good and brand new by having it reupholstered with the right fabric


Most of the used furniture at home are those meant for sitting, sleeping or relaxing. It’s only right that you invest in these pieces. Start by choosing the right upholstery fabric. Keep it mind that it doesn’t stop at settling for your favorite color or going with the trendiest print or pattern. Certain elements have to be considered to prolong the durability of your piece and maximize your budget. 

All photos used in this feature are by Miguel Nacianceno. 

Keep these tips in mind:

Choose dark-colored neutrals.

If you have kids or pets at home, it’s best to choose dark colored neutrals like a darker colored grey, beige, taupe, or mocha to make stains inconspicuous. Printed upholstery can also hide those stains but can be a bit tricky to mix and match with drapes, throw pillows, and other accessories.

Consider the material.

Fabrics have three categories depending on their content: natural, synthetic, and blends. Keep in mind that not all natural fabrics are ideal for upholstery. So it’s best to research which type suits your home.

RL Tip: Leather is the most ideal but it’s expensive. Every peso is worth it though as it’s durable, easy-to-maintain, and ages well.

Use the right weight.

There are three classifications of fabric: light, medium, and heavy. When you can, request for a piece of the fabric and try to pull it in different directions with both hands. If it does not go back to its original form, then it is not for heavy use.

RL Tip: Hold the fabric against the light and if you see through the weave, then it is not hardwearing.

Calculate the cost and features.

It’s not only a question of how much you will spend purchasing the material itself but also how much it will cost you to clean, maintain, and repair them in the future. Think of it this way, you pay premium for a high quality material and in essence, it pays you back because you have less headaches to deal with. The key is to carefully examine the material and when in doubt, do not hesitate to ask your designer or the store representatives who would be more than glad to lend their assistance.

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