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Upholstery fabrics add texture, personality, and functionality to furniture. The wide array of materials available can, however sometimes make choosing the right one a daunting task. From luxurious velvets to durable denims, each fabric brings its own unique charm and characteristics. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular upholstery fabrics in order to help you make an informed choice for your next furniture endeavour.


Known for its breathability and versatility, cotton is a popular choice for upholstery. Its natural fibres make it comfortable and easy to dye, allowing for a vast range of colours and patterns. However, pure cotton can wrinkle and stain easily, so it’s often blended with other materials for added durability.


Timeless and luxurious, leather upholstery exudes sophistication. It’s durable, ages gracefully, and develops a beautiful patina over time. While it’s relatively easy to clean, it can be prone to scratches and may not be the best choice for households with pets.


Velvet adds a touch of opulence to any space with its plush and lustrous texture. This fabric reflects light beautifully and comes in various weights and qualities. Though it’s exquisite, it requires regular maintenance to keep its pile looking pristine.


Renowned for its casual elegance, linen upholstery offers a relaxed yet chic aesthetic. It’s highly breathable and resistant to pilling but can wrinkle easily. Blending linen with other fibres can enhance its durability.


Fabrics like polyester, nylon, and acrylic are durable, easy to clean, and often more affordable than natural materials. They can mimic the look and feel of natural fabrics while offering increased stain resistance and colourfastness.

When choosing an upholstery fabric, consider factors like durability, comfort, maintenance, and the specific needs of your household. A fabric that works well in a formal living room might not be suitable for a busy family room. Additionally, don’t forget to check cleaning instructions to ensure the fabric aligns with your lifestyle and maintenance preferences.

By understanding the characteristics of different upholstery fabrics, you can make an  more informed choice that not only complements your style but also stands the test of time.

Contact Mary’s Interiors for more information on our vast array of upholstery fabrics and upholstery services. For more information call us on 011 268 0329 or visit our showroom for more information. You can also email

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