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What is the best type of velvet for upholstery?

Velvet is one of the most desired and sought after upholstery fabrics. Aside from having a soft and warm texture, velvet also highlights the shape of the furniture. It stands out among the fabrics that are used in upholstery like chenille and corduroy’s.

Best Type Of Velvet For Upholstery Guide Yorkshire Fabric Shop


Velvet perfectly suits any piece of furniture. It brings out a different look and style. If you want to achieve your desired mood for your piece without neglecting the quality, velvet is an excellent choice.

We at Yorkshire Fabric Shop have a wide range of velvet fabric, Venice, Savoy, Giovanni just to name a few. This guide will help our customers to decide which type of velvet is the best for upholstery.


Best Velvet Types for Upholstery

There are several types of velvet fabric available as of this moment. It can be built from natural fibres, synthetic products and a combination of other materials.

Here are the best types of velvet to use for upholstery:


1. Silk Velvet

Silk Velvet - Rome Gold Fabric

Buy plain velvets online here at Yorkshire Fabric Shop

Silk velvet is considered as one of the most expensive fabrics ever made. Known for its softness and luxurious feel, it gives the impression that it is wet. Aside from having soft touch, silk velvet also drapes well on furniture. Using this type of velvet is recommended for a piece that won’t be used daily and placed in direct sunlight. It’s also sensitive to elements and stains quickly.


2. Rayon or Nylon velvet

If you want to experience the softness of silk velvet but you are in a tight budget, rayon velvet is a great choice. It is lightweight and drapes well. Maintaining this fabric material is easy too.


3. Linen Velvet

This velvet is recommended to use in warmer climates due to the fact that it is breathable and cool. Linen velvet absorbs dye very well giving it a matte look resulting in rich colour. Its texture has irregular narrow stripes because of the different thicknesses of linen yarns that make up the linen velvet. However, it is more vulnerable to brushing since its pile is shorter than other velvets.


4. Mohair Velvet

Made from the hairs of Angora goats, Mohair velvet is the gold standard for furniture upholstery which will get frequent usage. It is so durable and withstands dirt and crushing. If you prefer a velvet upholstery fabric for heavy-duty use, Mohair velvet is your number one choice.

Mohair Velvet Angora Goats

However although it is durable, it does not have a dazzling and lustrous appearance like the other types of velvet.


5. Synthetic Velvet

Polyester Velvet - Giovanni Blue Fabric

The Giovanni velvet collection, click here to view

Synthetic velvets created from high-quality polyester are unlikely to get fading. Unlike natural fibres, synthetic types of velvet offer different appearance and touch. To get the best out of this fabric, blend the synthetic and natural fibres together.


6. Crushed Velvet

Crushed Velvet In Pink - Geneva

Geneva crushed velvet in pink, view the collection here

As the name suggests, this fabric has a crinkle look. The crushed velvet got this appearance through a fabrication process that twists the fabric then applies massive pressure to flatten it. Crushed velvet refracts light in every direction and has a great shimmer and touch which makes it visually appealing.

Remember that velvet upholstery is usually resistant to stains. But if there are spills, wipe it up immediately with a clean damp cloth with a mild soap. Avoid putting your furniture with velvet upholstery in direct sunlight. And also, never iron velvet as it may result in a permanent mark.


Yorkshire Fabric Shop - Retailer Of Velvet Fabrics

As one of the leading fabric shops, we at the Yorkshire Fabric Shop assure our customers to give the best quality upholstery velvet materials. We never run out of great fabrics that would match their needs and wants. If you are looking for high-quality velvets, come and visit our store or shop on our website where all fabrics are visible.


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