Choosing the Right Decor Fabric
Fabric choice can make or break a project, so it's important to know the difference between upholstery, drapery, and outdoor fabric. Upholstery fabric is heavyweight and durable, so it's great for upholstery that gets a lot of wear and tear like couches and armchairs. You can also use it for upholstery that gets light use, or you can even use it for heavy drapery. The pattern is woven instead of printed which makes it more durable because the pattern runs throughout and not just on the surface. Durability is measured in double rubs. One double rub is the equivalent of sitting down and getting up from a chair once. Drapery fabric is a multi-purpose décor fabric used for a wide range of projects including drapery, light upholstery (like accent chairs and headboards), throw pillows, or even accessories like handbags. Outdoor fabric is designed for use outdoors like for cushions on patio furniture or for outdoor curtains. It's often made out of polyester or acrylic, and it's water and fade resistant. I also want to mention quilting fabric which is a lightweight cotton for quilts and clothing. Don't be afraid to use drapery fabric on upholstery, or outdoor fabric indoors. As long as you know the differences between the types of fabric, you can choose which one works best for your particular project. If you're unsure you can also order samples to get a good feel for the fabric. Check out the video for more info!