You have decided to purchase new furniture for your living room. What kind of upholstery do you choose? You want something that looks nice but will withstand your busy lifestyle. Will it resist stains as your 3 year old eats h** pudding cup or an accidental wine spill during your girls’ night in? What about your Golden Retriever and all its hair?
Before making the delivery arrangements, you will need to consider the durability, texture, stain resistance, tightness of weave and fading. I will be discussing durability and texture. Ultimately, however, before deciding, your decision is based on placement and function of your new furniture.
When deciding on the best upholstery for your sofa and/or chair, you need to consider the durability. This is measured by either the Martindale test which is primarily used in Asia and Europe or the Wyzenbeek test which is primarily used in North America. These tests should be available by asking the salesperson or on the back of the fabric swatches. The Wyzenbeek is measured in double-rubs and upholstery with a rating of Medium Duty (9,000-25,000) is considered optimal for residential use. Generally speaking, anything below would be considered less durable (light and delicate duty) and above (heavy duty) is for commercial use.
There are two main types of texture:
Leather: Easy to clean, durable and ideal for pets.
Cotton and cotton blends: Depends on the weaves, can be resistant to wear, fading, and pilling.
Wool and wool blends: Sturdy and durable, good resistance to pilling, fading, wrinkling, and soiling.
Linen: Best for formal rooms as it soils and wrinkles easy; resists pilling and fading.
Microfiber: Knit blend polyester, durable, can be moisture resistant
Velvet: Very durable but can be difficult to clean
Polyester: Durable, easy to clean, resistant to fading
Rayon: Not very durable, not easy to clean
This depends on the size of the furniture, your taste as well as the size of the room. You can choose bold solid sofas mixed with patterned styled accent chairs. The style is as unique as you are. Again it depends on placement and purpose of furniture.
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