When you are shopping for fabric for a new window covering or upholstered furniture, you’ll find hundreds of books of fabric samples, each with dozens of choices to consider. Some will be great for your window or chair, and some just aren’t the right choice. Check with your or the store’s designer—she’s a valuable resource for pointing you to the right sample books. Once you begin looking, you’ll notice all kinds of information on the back of each fabric sample. You’ll find details about the fabric’s design, its durability, other factors that relate to how long the fabric will look good, and cleaning. Let’s focus on the fabric construction and its suitability for your project.
Is the Fabric Suitable for Curtains or Couches?
It’s obvious what some furniture and drapery fabrics are good for. You’ll quickly realize that sheer fabrics, for example, are for curtains, not for upholstery. Some fabric suppliers will specify the best uses of the fabric right on the label, or sometimes they list what it is not suitable for. It may say “not suitable for upholstery” or “suitable for
But most labels don’t specify, so how do you tell if it’s good for your project? The easy answer is “check with your designer!”
Upholstery and Drapery Fabric Design and Fiber Content
Along with where a curtain or furniture fabric is made,
When in doubt about a curtain or upholstery fabric—and you’ve heard me say this before—check with your designer.