Wool, Silk, Cotton, Linen, Ramite, Jute.
Man-Made and Chemical Fibers
Rayon, Acetate, Nylon, Polyester.
Choosing well your upholstery fabric:
First of all, make sure your fabric passes the USA NFPA . (National Fire Protection Association)
Some of the fabric stores do not have a tag with a clear description of the fabric content. Make sure to ask for it. I recommend to get your fabrics from your drapery-upholstery store. There, you will find a great selection of fabrics with the proper information. These fabrics are not necessarily expensive, but the quality and exclusivity of these materials and designs, make the investment worth enough.
So, how to select the right fabrics?
Make a board with all the fabric options for your project. Play with colors, textures and patterns. You will be amazed of how a simple fabric mixture can produce such a big change! You can create a mix of fabric combination with velvets, linens and satins, those, together, are now the most chic and sophisticated look!
Observe and see how they look together, make changes according to your criteria and preference. But do not decide anything yet. When you think you have everything selected, leave it, if you can wait for a few hours or even for the next day, it would be even better. I can guarantee you will make some changes, even if you were absolutely sure about it. The point is, you are now training your eye, so, when you see your design-scheme selected, you will find something to move or exchange, and doing that, you have finished with your fabric selection!
For drapery fabrics, a quick way to know if that particular material works, is to touch it. Feel the fabric and see if it is easy to fold, a too thick material, no matter how beautiful it might be, it will not work, mainly when you are looking for a set of functional draperies that will be totally covering your window. A too thick fabric could be a problem with the function of the curtain, which it can produce issues when opening and closing your draperies. When the fabric is too thin, you need to confirm with your source if the material can be used for drapery treatment, providing a proper drapability and covering your privacy needs.
There are several types of drapery linings as well: Standard cotton linings, black out linings, interlining and English bumping. Interlining and English bumping are used to apply an extra “body” to your draperies.
Choose your favorite pattern and enjoy it! There are now so many options! But please do not forget to scale your pattern according to the measure of your windows. A large patterns will not fit in small or medium windows, small patterns are not really good for large or two stories windows.
Fabrics, colors and textures can beautifully define the mood and personality in every room. Be smart and choose well, obtain your fabric information and make sure it will work for the project you are working on, especially for upholstery use. You can find a great selection of fabrics from your drapery-upholstery store along with free design services.
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