Fabric Guide: What To Look For When Buying Furniture

Fabrics are crucial to an items longevity and durability, so it’s important to consider and weigh up your options before purchasing furniture. Velvets, polyester, acrylic and viscose etc - with so much choice it can be confusing and often one overlooks the importance of the make up of a fabric. It may not be the most exciting topic in interior design but it may very well be one of the most crucial. In light of this, we’ve put together some handy tips in this fabric guide to help you realise what you should be looking out for before you invest in furniture. 

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Preventing UV Fading 

Those of you with a skylight, conservatory, lots of windows or a south facing home, think carefully about your fabrics! Certain fabrics are much more prone to fading than others. It’s inevitable that any fabric exposed to a lot of sunlight will fade over time but you can certainly delay the process. Opt for more aritificial fabrics like Polyester, Rayon or Viscose as these will keep their colour longer. If you have your heart set on a more natural fabric, then purchase a UV spray to protect the fabrics from sun damage. This could be sprayed on your blinds, sofas, chairs, etc. Another great tip is that you can also buy a UV film to cover your windows with, this will lessen the chance of having your furniture ruined by fading. 

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Fabrics To Use In Hot Countries

If your buying furniture for a summer home or anywhere that has a hotter climate, opt for a fabric with cotton or linen in it. These are natural fibre fabrics and are much more breathable than artificial fabrics. They will help you keep cool in the summer – a great piece of advice from this fabric guide to take into account before you start buying sofas and chairs etc.

Advice For Pet Owners 

If you have pets, opt for a fabric with a tight weave. This will make it a lot harder for the cat or dog to get its claws stuck under and therefore more difficult for the animal to destroy it. If you want to remove animal fur from your furniture, put on a rubber glove and rub it along the surface. This will quickly and effectively pick up any loose hairs! For those of you who more into leather than fabric, choose a leather that’s been aniline dyed. These types of leathers are dyed all the way through which means if they are scratched by claws no marks will be visible. Cheaper, less well dyed leathers may leave a white mark if the animal scratches it. Try our Danish Design Lumberjack Dog Box Duvet Cover in lumberjack red /  grey, pictured which is extremely durable!

One final thing to make note of which comes in the early stages of choosing your fabric and this would be to find out how many ‘rubs’ your chosen fabric can withstand. All fabrics will have undergone a test to determine its durability – the most common test is the ‘Martindale Rub Test’. The higher the rub count, the more durable the fabric. A good score for a household fabric would be anything 30,000 rubs or higher as this is considered good for heavy domestic use.

Adhere to our useful fabric guide and you'll have furniture that will last you a lifetime.

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