What's the best fabric for your sofa? - Vibrant

What’s the best fabric for your sofa?

There are multiple factors to consider when choosing the furniture for your home. From ensuring the aesthetics of your living room aren’t disrupted, to finding the fabric that works for everyone in the house, here are some tips that can help you decide.

Weatherproofing your sofa

What kind of upholstery should your patio furniture have? Will the leather sofa in the living room fade over time if you don’t draw the blinds to keep the sun away? Do you have kids and pets around, and therefore require waterproof fabric for your sofa?

Fortunately, there is a ‘right’ answer to each of these questions. For example, acrylic, woven polyester, and olefin, are durable fabrics with UV resistance, making for great outdoor application. These synthetic materials don’t break down easily and can survive harsh weather conditions.

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Additionally, if you have a leather lounge chair to introduce a touch of class to your living room, you will have to keep the blinds drawn, or alternatively position the couch away from direct sunlight. And finally, in the case of saving your furniture from rowdy kids and pets, leather is your friend. Not suede, silk, or velvet.

How much wear and tear should you expect?

The fabric of your couch is as much a factor of wear and tear as the volume of daily interaction it has with the human species. Will your sofa sit in your private study, or is it going to be the center piece for raving parties, play dates and whatnot?

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Pricey textured weaves of wool, chenille, or velvet work if you don’t expect a lot of wear and tear.  Otherwise, you want to go for durable polyester blends, corduroy, or microfibers, all of which are far less demanding than the former luxurious picks.

If the choices overwhelm you, let the experts and the best interior designers in Chennai lead the way.

High maintenance, or not.

The tighter the weave of the fabric, the sturdier the furniture, and the easier it will be to maintain your sofa. Textured cotton may be a great looker, but fabrics such as leather and microfiber are simpler to clean.

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Open weaves such as tweed and corduroy are hard to maintain, especially when you have a large family. As are delicate fabrics such as silk and velvet, because, well they are delicate…and call for professional cleaners.

However, that’s not to say one is a cut above the other. It all comes down to the amount of work you’re willing to put into keeping a sofa clean.

For the ones with deep pockets and not so deep pockets

If you are willing to shell out big bucks, high quality leather is just what you are looking for. It is not only durable, but can also be cleaned easily. As an added bonus, it gets more comfy with time. It’s really quite perfect for homes with pets and children.

On the other hand, if you want to make an economically sound choice, microfibers, or cotton and polyester blends, are your knights in shining armor. The polyester component also adds durability.

What about the color?

That depends. Are you desperate to stand out or fit in? A bold colour can leave guests with a twinkle in their eyes. However, if you want to take the middle ground, grey, or taupe are good options.

As you pick your fabric and accessories, keep in mind your overall aesthetic as you mix, match and play contrast with textures.

Every fabric has its merits and demerits. So, the answer lies in knowing and doing what’s best for you. Consult interior decorators in Chennai to get the best pick for you and your family.

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