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Types of upholstery fabric and their uses

When choosing an upholstery fabric for a piece of furniture it is important to take into account where the furniture is to be used and how much wear and tear might be expected.

First and foremost, any upholstery fabric should fit the ambience of the room where it is to be used. A highly patterned and colourful furnishing fabric might look stylish and modern but it may detract from a room which is intended as a peaceful haven. 

It is also important to consider the type of furniture to be reupholstered. The choice of upholstery fabric should fit the style of the piece to be reupholstered. However, it is always worth considering that a modern furnishing fabric can add a new twist to an antique piece of furniture so it is always possible to think outside the box when it comes to your choice of upholstery fabric. 

The amount of wear you anticipate your piece of furniture will have may also impact your choice of upholstery fabric as will the cost of the fabric. Leather furnishing fabrics are expensive but very hard wearing whilst linen is a good choice of upholstery fabric for a sofa. Cotton upholstery fabrics have always been popular as cotton is available in a huge range of colours and styles and cotton is recognised to be a durable furnishing fabric. Velvet and chenille furnishing fabrics are also very much on trend and can add a touch of luxury to any piece of furniture. 

Whatever type of upholstery fabric you choose, if durability is a factor, you will need to ensure that the fabric has a high thread count as this will guarantee that your upholstery fabric will stand the test of time and the rigours of family life. We also stock a comprehensive range of curtain fabrics to help you complete your look. 
Here at the Yorkshire Fabric Shop we have a huge selection of upholstery fabrics to choose from.

Our fabrics are sourced from around the world to ensure that our customers get the very finest furnishing fabrics at the best price. We deliver upholstery fabrics worldwide and our customers can choose online from the comfort of their own homes or pop into our Batley store to choose in person. We can even send out samples to ensure that our customers get the exact style and colour of upholstery fabric they require. As well as stocking a huge selection of upholstery fabrics and furnishing fabrics we also stock curtain fabrics. Call us now on 01924 728 753 or email us at and we will be very happy to help.


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