Factors to Consider when Selecting Fabrics for Commercial Upholstery

You have a lot of choices to make when it comes to upholstery fabrics. The amount of time and effort you put into making a piece of furniture will make the difference. 

Selecting the right fabric for commercial upholstery may seem an overwhelming task to most people. However, for you to be able to keep your furniture in order and for an extended period, it is important to choose the right material. This will not only help the furniture blend in well with existing pieces but also make them sturdy.

For you to pick the right fabric for commercial upholstery, there are some things you should consider. Below are factors to be considered meticulously. 

Where will the furniture be placed? 

This is something that often plays an essential role in deciding what material to use, for example, if you are going to keep the furniture in a place with high traffic, go for something that can withstand frequent use. If it is in a place where there is low traffic, you can go for a sensitive fabric. If the area tends to come into contact with a lot of sunlight, consider going for a material that conceals fading. 

Consider fabric pattern 

Fabrics with patterns that hide stains efficiently look better than plain ones. However, you should be able to pick something that will complement the environment. Choosing printed patterns at times may ruin the décor of the room while picking woven ones to perform better. Also, a pattern that looks good on small chairs may not look good on couches. Therefore size is an important aspect one should consider. 


Commercial upholstery requires a colour that would portray the mood you wish to express using the furniture. Warm colours tend to provide a relaxation feeling, whereas bold ones will show cheerfulness and excitement in the room.

Fabric grade 

The grade of fabric as well matters. It generally indicates the manufacturing cost which most people will often mistake for durability. Here you will need to be much careful when selecting for commercial upholstery.

The higher the grade, the better the fibre type, the thread count as well as construction procedure. Some manufacturers will use an alphabetical system as a way of grading the fabrics. Others will use numeric. If you are not aware of what to look o0ut for or the various grades in the market, you are in for some trouble. Ask help from manufacturer’s to get the best commercial upholstery fabric.


It is not a surprise that many customers will go for that type of fabric that will give them an easy time to clean. Most of these fabrics will require dry cleaning. If a client has pets and kids, they will want a fabric that will give them an easy time. For example, Crypton fabrics are easy to clean. You can spill wine on them, then wipe it off. 

From this information, it is good to take note of these things to provide quality to your clients. Commercial upholstery might seem overwhelming but will pay off eventually. 


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