Over the past couple of weeks at Pottery Barn, I’ve been asked quite a bit of questions regarding fabric choices for furniture and rugs. Sometime I know the answer and others, well not so much because we are human and I don’t know everything. Basically, I’m going to give you a small guide to what the basic fabrics that most furniture are made out of and how to take care of them. 🙂
Cotton is a natural fabric making it naturally strong.
Favorable Properties: excellent drapability, comfortable, long lived with proper care and maintenance, hydrophilic/ absorbent.
Unfavorable Properties: wrinkles unless blended or treated, low abrasion resistance, mildews if kept moist, low resilience.
Designer Concerns: cotton upholstery would need to be washed right away. Cotton is flammable and burns readily.
Image via http://cottonncomfort.com/benefits-cottonq/
Polyester is a manufactured fabric.
Favorable Properties: Durable/strong, soft-hand, abrasion resistant, doesn’t wrinkle, easy care, dyes easily, blends easily, thermoplastic, acceptable taste.
Unfavorable Properties: Oil stains can not be removed, may have oily texture, pills, static issues, varied hand, hot, not green, does not breathe.
Designer Concerns: Area rugs are best, pilling, staining and static concerns, do not use blends for bedding and towels.
Image via http://tokzin.en.made-in-china.com/
Nylon is a manufactured fabric.
Favorable Properties: Exceptionally strong, lustrous, elastic with good recovery, abrasion resistant, low moisture absorbency.
Unfavorable Properties: Harsh hand unless modified, susceptible to sunlight deterioration, sheen can appear artificial, conducts static electricity.
Designer Concern: Carpet kept clean and out of sunlight, finish for static, upholstery for commercial as it last too long, blends of nylon and wool for commercial use.
Image via http://thefabricfairy.com/white-solid-nylon-spandex-tricot-specialty-swimsuit-fabric.html
Hopefully these few fabric facts will help when choosing your next furniture piece or even clothing!
All this information is from my wonderful instructors in the Interior Design program at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI.
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