When shopping for upholstery fabric, think about your practical needs first. Consider how and who you live with. If you have kids or pets, you should go for something that looks good and is durable at the same time. Something like a faux suede, a Sunbrella indoor-outdoor fabric or even slipcovered upholstery might be a good fit. Distressed leather is also a good choice since you won’t have to worry about any scuff or scratch.
If you don’t have any children or pets, you have more options like wool or linen. But, we do have to keep in mind that these fabrics don’t offer a big level of stain resistance.
Don’t forget to consider how a fabric may age over time. Ask questions and be informed about that specific fabric before making the purchase. How will it look in a few years considering your lifestyle?
When thinking about a patterned fabric, keep in mind that you might get tired of it in a couple of years. Our advice is to go with a solid color or a neutral if you’re looking for a timeless piece.
Make sure you see the fabric in real life. Sometimes the color doesn’t show up the same online and in store so it’s important that you take a close look at it and feel it.