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Upholstery Fabric

Upholstering or re-upholstering your showcase pieces including chairs, cushions, headboards, sofas, sectionals, pillows and pillow shams, duvet covers and the like can instantly transform the energy and look of a room.

We carry fabrics such as chenille, wool, linens, silk, mohair, velvet and many more from the brand names you love and trust like:  Robert Allen, Kravet, Duralee, F Schumacher and many more.

Our large selection of discounted upholstery fabrics are available by the yard and by the bolt.  Further discounts are available for bulk orders.

Upholstery fabrics are used for slipcovers,upholstery, custom draperies,outdoor environments, cushions and pillows. Perhaps the most important concern to address when choosing an upholstery fabric is the Martindale unit, the Wyzenbeek test or double rub factor—these indicate how long the fabric will last and are measures of the abrasion resistance or durability of a fabric.

Use Soft padding (Martindale) Hard padding (Martindale)
Private Use 10,000 15,000
Office Use 25,000 35,000
For Public Transportation 30,000 40,000

Double-rub testing uses a special machine that rubs testing pad back and forth over the fabric until it is worn out. Each back-and-forth pass is called a double-rub. Domestic fabrics are usually rated at 25,000 double-rubs which works well for home use in soft padded applications. A rating of 50,000 double rubs is fine for home use in hard padded applications. For commercial or high traffic areas you should look for fabrics that are able to withstand 100,000 to 250,000 double-rubs.

Fabric Grades are an indicator of how expensive the fabric was to make. The higher the grade, the higher the cost. Fabric grades are NOT indicative of the quality or durability of the fabric. Fabric grading varies by manufacturer and are based on the intricacies of the weave, construction, fiber content, construction and performance characteristics. Fabric grades can be either alpha or numerical.

Natural vs. Synthetic Fabrics considerations. Natural fibers like cotton, wool, silk and linen though beautiful, are most often more fragile than synthetic, man-made fibers. Natural fabrics are more susceptible to damage from staining, wear and tear, and fading. Today’s synthetic fibers are technologically advanced and designed to withstand a lot of daily abuse while being easier to clean.