16 Sep Choose a Fabric that Performs! (So You Don’t Have to)
Are you considering reupholstering your current furniture? Whether your old sofa needs a facelift or you’re redecorating your entire home, selecting fabrics will be a key part of the design process. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
You can get a good sense of a fabric’s future performance by paying attention to how it has been rated using the Wyzenbeek and Martindale Test. The standard tests of fabric performance in the United States, this is an abrasion test that involves pulling the fabric tight over a frame and then rubbing it back and forth with an abradant. Fabric is graded by how many double rubs it can withstand. A fabric graded at 100,000 double rubs is extremely durable, while a fabric graded at 5,000 double rubs is less so.
Crypton fabrics aren’t new, but they’re making a strong impact in today’s home furnishings market. Crypton is an engineered textile made with pretested and approved fabrics that have specific fiber and construction requirements. Approved fibers are permanently transformed with stain and microbial protection through an immersion process, and an impenetrable moisture barrier protects the fabric from spills. For example, when red wine lands on Crypton fabric, it beads up and rolls around, which makes clean-up easy and helps prevent staining.
If you love leather, you may want to simply purchase a new sofa because leather isn’t the best choice for a reupholstery project. Remember, genuine leather is only available as natural hides (irregular shapes), and since hides aren’t the same size, there will be a lot of waste.