When it comes to selecting upholstery for your furniture, keep in mind that there is more than choosing just the color; it is crucial to select a fabric based on who will be using your sofa. In doing so, you will be able to optimize its use and ensure durability.
If your pets will be sharing your sofas, then consider leather, as it can withstand heavy use and it is also very easy to clean. Leather is available in every color and develops more character and softness with time, making it a perfect choice for you and your furry friends. Avoid fabrics like silk and any other with a lot of texture.
If fabric is your choice, consider high durability fabrics. Woven patterns tend to hold up longer than printed ones, as do higher thread counts. High thread counts indicate more tightly woven fabrics, which is a sign of better ability to sustain wear and tear. When checking durability, look for rating in terms such as 15,000 double rubs; this refers to an abrasion test conducted by the Wyzenbeek machine to evaluate fabric strength. The Wyzenbeek machine determines how many double rubs (considered one complete motion forth and back) a sample of fabric can withstand before tearing. Heavy-duty fabrics suitable for commercial use rate at 30,000 double rubs or more and residential fabrics rate at 15,000 double rubs, which is considered average.
There are many options in the market for fabrics and upholstery that can meet your needs; this gives you as a buyer the flexibility to make a decision based on its function, durability and eye appeal.