Choosing the Right Furniture Upholstery & Materials for Your Home
It is a given that different types of furniture can have a significant impact on a room’s appearance and comfort levels. However, it is not just the construction and shape of the furniture that has a strong hold on the character of your living space. More than a mere element to look into to ensure durability, easy cleanability and maintenance, furniture upholstery and materials play a vital role in pulling off the look and feel that you want to achieve in your abode. From robust leather and elegant fabrics to timeless woods and stunning stones, there are plenty of options to choose from, making your venture of purchasing new furniture an exciting yet confusing one. And being both an aesthetic consideration and investment choice that will reduce the risk of you second-guessing your purchase a couple of months after it arrives at your doorstep, making the right choice is key to designing a space that you’ll be happy to reside in for years to come.
Understanding Home Furniture Upholstery
When the term ‘furniture upholstery’ is used, more often than not, most people think about the fabric that is used to construct the piece. While it is true that upholstery, by definition, is the material used to make up the soft covering of furniture pieces like sofas, recliners, and the like, it also includes the composition of the interior frame. This means that materials used to make the interior components, like the padding and springs, are also part of the upholstery family. Together, these two components work hand in hand to make visible and tangible the quality and style of the furniture — the outer material is the star when it comes to the visual DNA and the interior components control the comfort levels. Since the furniture pieces in your home should not only represent your design values but also be made of quality materials and upholstery, it is important to choose the right ones that stand up well to their level of use.
How to Choose Furniture Upholstery?
When deciding on the right upholstery, it is pivotal to let your practical needs take the lead. As homeowners, you may have a design board filled with living room and dining room ideas, but choosing upholstery goes beyond surface-level decisions. Although buying home furniture will inevitably be influenced by impulses such as whether a specific fabric looks good, its durability and ability to resist wear and tear should also be considered. Consider these factors when choosing furniture upholstery:
1. The Level of Use
You may have your eyes set on a silky smooth velvet sofa, but if you have kids or pets at home, there is a high chance that such upholstery will get destroyed relatively quickly. Therefore, be sure to choose a fabric for your upholstery based on its purpose and everyday use. For example, furniture pieces like the sofa, which is typically placed in high-traffic areas like the living room, require more durable fabrics so that they can better withstand high levels of wear and tear. Woven patterned fabrics like that seen in the Celadon 4-seater Modular Fabric Sofa with Movable Side Table have a higher level of durability and with its quilted padded fabric and box spring seat, comfort is guaranteed as well.
Another aspect that homeowners tend to overlook is to consider how fabric or leather will age over time. Be it fabric sofa seaters or a leather living room set, be sure to seek information about the material’s content and how much maintenance and cleaning are required to keep it in its pristine condition. Incorporating leather into your home is a great way to add opulence to the space but will you still love your leather sofa five years from now when it develops a patina from everyday wear? Are you up for vacuuming your furniture piece regularly to get rid of all the pet dander that has accumulated over the days? Even though there are options like fabric sofas made with Aquaclean technology, these are some of the questions you should ask yourself to make the best decision.
Deciding Between Fabric and Leather
When it comes to choosing upholstery that combines the best of both function and aesthetics, fabric and leather tend to come up on top. However, with so many fabric and leather choices available on the market today, how do you go about weaving through all the options and choosing the best one for your home? Just like how there are several factors to consider when choosing the right sofa, there is just as long of a list of things to look into when choosing dining chairs, armchairs, and ottomans. Here are a few tips to pick a luxurious upholstery material:
1. The Personality of Your Room
Choose an upholstery that complements the other furniture pieces in your home and the interior style you are aiming to achieve. Some fabrics are more casual, other upholstery radiates a more formal feel. For example, pieces like the Karl SA L-Shape Fabric Sofa with Adjustable Headrests and Slim Arms radiate a more comfy and homely vibe, and bold pieces like the Korus 3-Seater Leather Sofa with Adjustable Headrest ooze sophistication and boldness. Beyond the material, do note that the shape of the furniture impacts the overall mood too.
2. The Fit and Comfort
One of the best ways to determine if you will truly enjoy and fall head over heels for the upholstery on a certain furniture piece is to feel it. This means heading to the furniture store and testing it out for yourself. Even if it’s a bed frame that you are looking to purchase, try asking for a swatch of the material to get a better idea of how it will fit and look in the space.
3. Your Lifestyle
As mentioned, having kids and pets roaming freely around your home increases the need for specific upholstery decisions. This is because building a pet-friendly home or one that is child-friendly necessitates more practical choices. This means that going for the durable option, in this case, leather, is always an ideal choice. However, if you really want to add large fabric pieces, go for those with removable covers or those that are made with stain-resistant fabrics instead. The Homer Motorised Fabric Recliner Sofa With USB Ports And High Backrest is not only made with FabricGard, which is an easy clean stain-resistant material but is also constructed with microsuede fabric that prevents the yarn from fraying.
4. Colours and Patterns
The colour and pattern of the furniture can also make a difference in the design of the living space. As a thumb rule, go for rich solid colours or even classic neutrals for larger pieces like the sofa so that you do not get tired of the pattern over time. To liven things up, injecting patterns through smaller pieces will act as a great statement piece. Patterned pieces like the Hatch Armchair is one such example of a great statement chair that features a bolder pattern. If you would like to play things up and keep things fun, you can also consider mixed-upholstery pieces. The Dansk Fabric Sofa with Faux Leather Armrest combines the best of both worlds, and also allows you to choose from a range of solid-coloured fabric options, providing you with a conduit to make calculated risks.
5. Durability and Longevity
And lastly, think about the amount of care required to maintain the piece. Even if you do find your dream furniture upholstery, the amount of wear and tear it can take is something to consider. Also, the placement of the piece will impact how it ages over time. Look at the manufacturer’s instructions and ask questions before making the payment. And while finding the best deals in town is something we all love doing, buying your home furniture from reputable furniture shops that have made a name for themselves can ensure that you are getting your hands on well-constructed pieces that will grow with you and your home.
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