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The Best Upholstery Fabric

The first thing that comes to mind when you are thinking about buying upholstered furniture is usually what color to pick. It’s usually the single biggest factor in fabric selection. But while color is important, other factors are equally important.

 

Fabric Durability

The importance of fabric durability varies depending on the piece of furniture, which room it is used in and personal aspects of the family, such as if children and pets live in the house.

Your fabric selection should reflect those issues.

  • Woven patterns hold up longer than printed ones, as do higher thread counts and tight weaves. Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric, and denser fabric lasts longer.
  • Choose a fabric based on who will be using your sofa. If your pets will be sharing your sofa with you, consider a microfiber fabric or leather because these can withstand extra wear and tear.
  • Fabric durability is important if your sofa or chair will get daily use.

 

Fabric Style

Choose a fabric that complements both the piece of furniture and the interior decor of your house.

  • Your fabric choice should be harmonious with the style and character of the piece it is covering. For example, a traditional fabric is the go-to choice for a traditional-style frame. That said, if you have an adventurous sense of style and know how to merge two seemingly different styles together, go for it. This approach adds originality to your space. An example of that unexpected choice might be a geometric design on a wing-back chair. This example works best in a room that is contemporary, with the wing-back chair an accent in itself, so that the print connects to the rest of the decor.
  • Some fabrics appear casual, while others look more formal. Choose a fabric that echoes your own style and the mood of the decor in that room.
  • Consider the scale of the pattern. It should be appropriate to the size of the furniture it is covering as well as the room size. A large bold, pattern might work better in a larger room, while a more muted or smaller one might be a better choice for a smaller space.

 

Fabric Color

Color of the fabric is very often the first choice you make when buying furniture, and it has significant impact on your decor, especially if the furniture piece is a large sofa that will dominate the room.

  • Make sure your color choice is one you can live with happily for a long time. For instance, it might be best to avoid a very bold color for a smaller room, especially if your sofa is also large. Neutrals are generally the safest route since they tend to satisfy over time.
  • Avoid delicately colored fabrics if you have children and/or pets.
  • To strike the right mood, consider the color temperature. Warm and cool colors affect the mood of the room and that aspect should be part of the decision.
  • Avoid trendy colors, unless you really like them. They can look dated long before the sofa or chair needs recovering.

 

Special Considerations

There are some other factors that you should consider before you make a selection. These have to do with the environment in which you’ll be placing your couch.

Does your room get a lot of sun or is there any dampness? Are there pets who share the furniture with you? Does anyone suffer from allergies?

  • Fade resistance: This factor is important if it will be placed in a room that gets plenty of sunlight or close to a window.
  • Mildew resistance: Look for fabric that is mildew-resistant if you live in a humid climate.
  • Allergies: Consider fabric such as microfiber for certain allergies because it is lint-free and does not attract dust.
  • Pets: If you have pets avoid using delicate fabric such as silk or any fabric with lots of texture. Select pet-friendly upholstery instead.

Furniture Solutions For Small Space Living

For the past several years, living in small spaces has been the growing trend in American housing markets. From micro-loft apartments to entire houses that consist of no more than a few hundred square feet, small spaces offer a streamlined, minimalist approach to life and possession along with the added benefit of a much smaller carbon footprint. And while the micro-lifestyle might seem at odds with the American tradition of big homes and wide open spaces, the fact is, we kind of love these tiny spaces. We’re fascinated by them and the thought that it might be possible to fit our entire lives into such small spaces. The challenges that such a life offers haven’t only sparked the imagination of the design-loving public, they’ve captivated the minds of furniture designers as well. The key, it seems they’ve found, is to find ways to create things that are also something else. And as expected, what they’ve come up with is pretty incredible. So if you’ve ever thought about making your own foray into the world of micro-sized living, or if you’ve got a small space at home that could use some customization, here’s a look at 8 transformable pieces that will make it possible for you to live big while living small.

Any of us who have ever lived in a studio apartment are likely familiar with the constant struggle of deciding whether we want to allocate what little space we have to either the living room or the bedroom. To say nothing of the time it takes to get used to the fact that visitors are constantly trying not to sit on our beds. Enter Resource Furniture, which is pretty much the go-to for anything you might need when it comes to transforming furniture pieces for every room in the home. To help clear up this age old conundrum, Resource offers the Nuovoliola 10 Murphy Bed. Hidden away in a cute little 3-seat sofa, this queen-sized bed not only disappears seamlessly into the decor, it also transforms with a minimum of hassle. The shelf that sits above the sofa even transitions smoothly into becoming the foot of the bed, offering additional nighttime storage without any extra attachments or transformations. Now the space where the bed used to go is the perfect place for some additional seating, and you can have a complete living room as well as a full bedroom without an inch of extra space. 

If you’ve got more wall space than floor space, yet you still find yourself in need of extra seating whenever company comes, Studio Dror has just the thing for you. Just one of a number of transforming miracle works by the ingenious designer, Dror Benshetrit, the Pick Chair takes just a second – and only one hand – to morph from captivating wall art to comfortable seating and back. And if you feel like you need just as many transformable pieces for when you’re leaving your apartment as you do when you’re in it – don’t worry, Dror’s got you covered. The rolling Tumi suitcase expands by stages, ending up twice as large as its original size. And in just a few snaps, you’re back where you started – with a modestly-sized carry-on that’s easy to store without taking up too much extra space in your micro-loft or tiny home.

The great thing about an industrial loft space, even a small one, is, well, the space. The floor plan is completely open, you can arrange your rooms however you’d like, and with their nice high ceilings, you’re sure to have an amazing amount of space overhead. The issue with that last part, of course, is that you can’t really use any of it. But that’s about to change. The Vancouver, Canada-based brand, Expand Furniture, specializes in transformable small space solutions of every sort. But perhaps their most intriguing offering is the do-it-yourself loft space that not only promises open plan denizens everywhere more space in which to live, it offers them more floors on which to enjoy it. Now it may not turn your loft into a duplex, but one or two of these in a loft could add a home office, a bedroom, or even just extra storage space, all while helping to give definition and separation to the rooms beneath. Pair one of these with the right size of murphy bed on the ground floor and you could have a multi-bedroom home in no time – and with room to spare.