...a handy few tips from the expert about fabrics

 

 

Piling

Designates the materials propensity to create small clusters of micro pieces of torn fabric ends caused by abrasion. Pilling is caused by the friction between different materials and surfaces and is measured on a scale of 1-5 – where 5 is the best or most resistant

Lightfastness

You might have planned to buy that cosy sofa and put it next to the window facing the sunny garden - then it might be good to know that it is never advisably to place furniture in direct sunlight. Why not? Well the sun's rays contain UV-light that fade the dyes in fabrics. However if one cannot work around them, then a good advice is to take into mind that cotton fabrics tend to fade more easiliy in sunlight than other types of fabrics. Fading is also usally a lot more obvious on darker fabrics. A way to get the best possible fabric for your planned room and setting is to look for the fabrics "lightfastness" measured in a scale from 1-8 - where 8 is the most resilient.

 

 

Tough fabrics

Things worth considering if you have pets or young children often rumaging in and out of the sofa is to choose a sofa with a loose cover and an upholstry that is easily machine washed in order to keep it looking like new.

Claws, sharp toys or objects can get stuck in the fabric and cause it to end up exposing a lot of loose threads. Consider buying a densly woven fabric to minimise the possiblity of ending up with a roughed up new sofa.

 

The different types of material

 

Cotton is natural material, altough dark and dyed cotton fabrics are slightly more prone to fading they are with their high reslience to wear supremely great as an upholstry material for furniture.

Polyester is a synthetic fibre that is very suitable for use in furniture on account of its rugnedness, has good color fastness and is easy to clean. 

 

 

 

 

 

Viscose is a less rugged fibre, in furniture fabrics it is mainly used in conjunction with other more durable fibres and then mainly to create a beautiful shiny or soft surface. 

Polyproplene is an artificial fibre with an excellent abrasion resistance, color and lightfastness and is easy to clean and maintain.

 

 

Wool is excellent for upholstrering furniture, it is a natural material that is both resilient to wear and dirt and it i also elastic. Its elasticity makes it less prone to be wrinkled. 

Linen is a natural material with a high gloss factor, linnen lacks elasticity which make it more prone to wrinkeling - which is in fact also one of its strengths in that this creates a natural and more relaxed look.