You love the look of a crisp ivory sofa, but you also have toddlers. This might not be a match made in heaven. Instead of running interference with sippy cups and sticky fingers, consider choosing upholstery that can handle these things and more. You want a sofa to be a great addition to your family, not of a source of worry.
Before you buy your next upholstered piece, here are six things to consider:
Durability. Families with children or pets will want to pay special attention to the durability of the fabric. Look for upholstery that has a higher thread counts and tighter weave, as denser fabrics are more durable and last longer. You might also consider microfiber or leather, both of which stand up to wear and tear. If your home is adults only, however, you have more leeway when it comes to choosing a more delicate fabric, such as cotton or linen.
You can tell the durability by asking for its double-rub count. This is a number a fabric receives after it’s tested with a pad that moves back and forth over the fabric until it is worn out. Commercial grade fabrics are usually rated 100,000 to 250,000, while residential grade fabrics usually fall between 10,000 to 25,000.
Color. The driving force behind your upholstery choice is most likely color. Since sofas and chairs are often the largest furnishings the room, they make a statement and can set the tone for the décor. Choose a color that suits your taste and that you can live with for a while. Also choose color based on the needs of your family. If you have small children, a light color might not be the right choice. If you love white or ivory, consider a slipcovered piece that is easily washed. Also think about the mood your color will bring; choose warm or cool colors to add the right effect.
Pattern. In addition to color, pattern has a big impact on your room. First, match the style of the fabric to the lines of your furnishing for a cohesive look. Or go with opposites; a modern fabric in a traditional style chair is unexpected. Also, pair the right type of fabric to the mood of the room. For example, a formal pattern looks better in a formal living room. Also, consider the scale of the pattern in relation to the size of the furnishing as well as to the size of the room. A bold pattern might work better in a larger room. If you have young children, patterned fabric is a great way to camouflage spills and stains. Look for something in dark colors with an intricate design.
Placement. Where you will put your upholstered pieces is also something to consider before you choose a fabric. Does your room get a lot of sun? You will want to pick a fabric that is fade resistant, such as a woven acrylic. Be sure to consult your Art Van Furniture salesperson for advice on the best choices.
Allergies. If anyone in your home has allergies, microfiber fiber upholstery is a good choice. It’s lint free and won’t attract and hold dust like some other fabrics.
Custom Order. Finally, get the perfect piece by choosing furniture that can be custom ordered. Choose from dozens of upholstery options, and the best part is that there is no extra charge, and items are delivered in weeks and not months.