A sofa is a focal point in a home. It defines your living space and sets the tone for your living room. Sofas should be comfortable and stylish, and they fit with your lifestyle. The placement and layout of the sofa determines some of this, but the upholstery you choose determines the rest. Upholstery gives your sofa texture, color, and style. Discover how to choose upholstery fabric for your sofa.
Choose a Feel
Feel is critical to a piece of furniture. When you sit on your sofa, what do you want it to feel like? Consider which fabric types you think of when you think of comfort. Rule out any fabric you might describe as itchy, rough, or off-putting. These are different fabrics for every person. Consider how soft fabric will hold up in your household by keeping children and pets in mind. Find the right feel that will also hold up in the long run in your home.
Decide on a Color
Color is another important factor to consider when you’re choosing an upholstery fabric for your sofa. Many fabrics come in a multitude of colors, but it’s important to think about the way that fabric will display the color. A thicker wool- or yarn-based fabric will show more color variance and hold more depth than a string- or particle-based fabric. Furthermore, every home has a unique natural light pattern flowing through the windows and creating different dimensions. This means colors on different fabrics will reflect and appear differently in every home. Decide on a color, and consider requesting a sample of the fabric or borrowing a throw pillow of the same fabric to see how it fits in your home.
Have a Backup Plan
One of the beautiful things about sofas today is that you can always purchase sofa slipcovers. Sofa slipcovers can be custom-made to fit your specific sofa perfectly. Slipcovers are available in a wide range of colors and materials, so you always have options and can change your mind about the upholstery without worry.