How to pick up upholstery fabric for your furniture?

The first thing that comes to your mind when you are planning to buy upholstered furniture is usually what color to pick. It’s usually the single biggest factor in fabric selection. But while color is important, other factors are equally important.


The importance of fabric durability varies depending on the piece of furniture, which room it is used in and personal aspects of the family, such as if children and pets live in the house. Your fabric selection should reflect all those issues.

Woven patterns hold up longer than printed ones, as do higher thread counts and tight weaves. Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric, and denser fabric lasts longer.

Choose a fabric based on who will be using your sofa. If your pets are sharing your sofa with you, consider a microfiber fabric or leather because these can withstand extra wear and tear.

Fabric durability is important if your sofa or chair will get daily use.


Choose a fabric that compliments both the piece of furniture and the interior decor of your house. Some fabrics appear casual, while others look more formal. Choose the fabric that echoes your style and the mood of the decor in that room.

Your fabric choice should be harmonious with the style and character of the piece it is covering. For example, a traditional fabric is a go-to choice for a traditional-style frame. That said, if you have an adventurous sense of style and know-how to merge two seemingly different styles, go for it. This approach adds originality to your space. An example of that unexpected choice might be a geometric design on a wing-back chair. This example works best in a room that is contemporary, with the wing-back chair and accent in it, so that the print connects to the rest of the decor.

Consider the scale of the pattern. It should be appropriate to the size of the furniture it is covering as well as the room size. A large, bold, pattern might work better in a larger room, while a more muted or smaller one might be a better choice for a smaller space.


The color of the fabric is very often the first choice you make when buying furniture and it has a significant impact on your decor, especially if the furniture piece is a large sofa that will dominate the room. Make sure your color choice is one you can live with happily for a long time. For instance, it might be best to avoid a very bold color for a smaller room, especially if your sofa is also large. Neutrals are generally the safest route since they tend to satisfy over time. Avoid delicately colored fabrics if you have children or pets. To strike the right mood, consider the color temperature. Warm and cool colors affect the mood of the room and that aspect should be part of the decision. Avoid trendy colors, unless you like them. They can look dated long before the sofa or chair needs recovering.