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Custom Upholstery Fabric

When giving your home a new look, upholstery fabric is the way to go! Order upholstery fabric online and fill your home with personal style, that is unique to you!

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Cottons, Silks, Jerseys, Recycled Poly-fabrics & more

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Portobello Canvas

Semi-transparent, durable canvas. Solid structure, even texture. Holds shape well. 250gsm. Ideal for interior accessories.

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Bull Denim

100% cotton. Heavy, 400gsm. Tightly woven, firm handle. Tough & hardwearing with diagonal drill weave. Creamy white base tone.

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Dorchester Linen Look

Soft 'linen look' fabric, coarse weave, large fibres. 231gsm. Off-white base tone, matt. Some transparency. Home furnishings, cushions.

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Organic Half-Panama Cotton

100% organic half-panama cotton. Heavy, opaque, 300gsm. Warm creamy base tone. Natural cotton seed flecks. Cushions, blinds.

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Cotton Linen

95% cotton, 5% linen. 228gsm. Strong & firm, crisp handle. Bold detailed print. Water absorbent. Tablecloths, furnishings.

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Mayfair Herringbone Weave

Durable poly-blend. Distinctive herringbone weave, textured. Feels like cotton, 269gsm. Cream base tone. Use for furnishings.

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Cotton Twill

100% natural cotton. Natural but slightly stiff drape, malleable. 213gsm. Creamy off-white base tone. Furnishings, cushions.

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Woven Canvas

Choose from 300gsm or 500gsm. Thick, durable, stiff, opaque canvas. Matt finish, textured face. Use for wall hangings, cushions.

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Oilcloth Matte

100% half-panama cotton back with crease free matte waterproof face. 274gsm. Slight sheen. Perfect for outdoor furnishings.

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Archway Brushed Twill

Diamond twill, soft brushed face. Off white base. Heavy, strong, textured. 290gsm. Bold vivid colours. Cushions, crafts etc.

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Trafalgar Twill

Woven, cotton twill look. Matt finish and soft feel. Very fine brushed surface. Stiff firm handle, 274gsm. Upholstery, furnishings.

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Chenille

Classic chenille fabric, soft & strong. Textured caterpillar pile. 330gsm. Water absorbent, resists abrasion. Interior furnishings.

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Linden Waterproof

100% waterproof. Light, tough, sturdy. 120gsm. Non-fray, crisp, with subtle sheen. Good for shower curtains & home accessories

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Breathable Waterproof

100% waterproof, quick dry. PU coated smooth face, white base, firm solid handle. Slight transparency. 155gsm. Outdoor furnishings

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Poly Twill

Very strong and durable. 200gsm. 2/2 poly blend twill weave. Smooth, structured, slightly textured. Upholstery, home interiors.

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Crushed Velour

Knitted, stretchy poly based fabric. 245gsm. Soft, short plush pile, shimmery face. Vibrant colours. Trimmings, furnishings.

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Plush Velvet

Stretchy, sumptuous & warm. Thick fluffy pile. 250gsm. Water absorbent. Bold clear colours. Interior furnishings, rugs, cushions.

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Marbled Velvet

Stunning pile. Dappled effect adds movement & depth. Shiny face reflects the light. 220gsm. Cushions, curtains, linings.

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Soft Velvet

Elegant, short pile. Super sharp print quality. Gorgeous drape. 280gsm. Soft print quality. Cushions, linings, interiors.

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Velvet Shimmer

Soft with reinforced woven back. Slightly stiff, holds shape well. Shimmery face. 371gsm. Ideal for upholstered chairs, cushions.

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Suede Vision

Woven poly, faux suede face, synthetic rubber back. 250gsm. Non-fray, smooth handle. Fire rated for home furnishings.

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Silk Twill

100% real silk. Beautiful twill weave. Lightweight, durable, strong colour and print detail. Soft with a lovely drape. 54gsm.

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Cotton Drill

100% cotton. Durable and taut. Soft to the touch. hard wearing and heavyweight. Diagonal drill weave. Upholstery, clothing, uniforms.

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Faux Leather

700gsm weight. Solid structure. Little give. Textured leather effect face. Holds shape well. Ideal for upholstery and bags.

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10oz Denim

10oz Denim, bright white base. Taut and tightly woven. Soft yet strong, durable fabric. Great for dressmaking and other garments.

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Furnishing Leatherette

Furnishing Leatherette fabric which is rub proof and fire rated.

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Furnishing Velour

Soft to the touch, a short pile velour perfect for upholstery.

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Organic Cotton Canvas

With a rustic, half panama weave this organic cotton canvas is great for light upholstery projects.

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Wholesale

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Students

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What is upholstery fabric?

Upholstery fabric is the material, which covers upholstery, or padding, on furniture and it determines its look and its character. There are many different types of upholstery fabric online and in stores and you can even create custom upholstery fabric, to suit your specific décor requirements. It is important to take your time when choosing the right material for you, as this is something, which will live in your home, office, or other personal space for a long time.

Upholstery fabrics are made from either natural or synthetic fibres. Some popular choices include:

Natural upholstery fabric:
  • Cotton
  • Silk
  • Linen 
  • Cotton Blend
  • Chenille
  • Velvet

Synthetic upholstery fabric:
  • Polyester
  • Nylon
  • Acetate
  • Acrylic
  • Rayon
  • Olefin

How is it manufactured?

Every fabric is manufactured differently and has its own fibre weight and weave, thus their own properties and strengths. Synthetic fabrics and natural fabrics are produced very differently.

Whereas synthetic fabrics are made using a combination of natural fibres and chemicals, or are 100% synthetic, natural fibres are produced by taking a natural substance, like a plant, and breaking down its components to make strands of fibres.

Purposes of upholstery fabric

The main purposes of upholstery fabric are to protect the actual upholstery as well as too look aesthetically pleasing. When it comes to creating a bespoke look, many people opt to have stylish fabric covering their chairs, sofas, and other furniture. Upholstery fabric is also perfect for giving old, tired furniture a fresh and enticing look, which can be an exciting and rewarding project. You can also use it for drapes and other decorative applications around the home.

When planning, which fabric is right for you, you need to ask yourself certain questions: what room is this for? What sort of activity will take place in this room? How often will this furniture be used? etc. Why are these questions so vital? Each fabric has its own unique attributes, which make it a great choice to use in a family room, for example, but not the best for formal furniture and vice versa.

Properties

Depending on the material, fabric upholstery can be extremely durable and stand up to daily use very well. There are several properties, which synthetic fabrics have, which make them a welcome choice for many homes. Always read the labels and properties of your chosen fabric, but these can normally include:
  • High resistance to wear 
  • Fade-resistant – they retain colour brilliantly
  • Shrink-resistant
  • Much easier to clean
  • Wipeable and washable
  • Sturdy
  • Can be fire-retardant 

Overall, natural fibres are not as durable as synthetic fabrics, and require extra care and diligence due to their lower resistance to wear and tear, however, they have a luxurious finish and comfort, which cannot always be replicated and they look beautiful.

Advantages of upholstery fabric

The best thing about upholstery fabric is the huge variety of properties, that makes it possible to decorate furniture per your own specific needs and aesthetic requirements. With custom upholstery you can choose the exact fabric you want, your perfect design and the level of durability, thus creating your own unique fabric, which will give your furniture a bespoke and exclusive look.