Guide to Choosing the Best Fabric for your Custom Upholstery

With all of the interior design trends out there, it’s difficult to choose furniture that meets your specific needs, yet won’t go out of style. How do you choose a couch or chair that offers unique design, premium comfort and is constructed of the utmost quality components?

Custom made furniture is a great solution to finding the best match in all of these desired traits. You get to think outside the box and customize that sectional or lounge chair to compliment any living space in your home.

Let’s face it – no matter how lovely furniture may look from afar, or how well it’s made, it’s essence comes down to one important factor. The Fabric. While all fabrics have pros and cons based on wearability and price, it’s important to focus on customizing furniture with a premium fabric with a suitable pattern, colour and texture that remains aesthetically pleasing and you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Consider the Texture

Texture plays an important role, as it appeals to two important human senses, touch and sight. Natural fibers such as cotton and silk have a smoother composition, while bringing a more reserved tone to the room. Not to mention they are also great to just sit down and relax (but you might never want to get up again). On the other hand, linen and tweed have a bold ruffled texture, adding that extra level of depth to the room. If you envision a cozy and grounded room, go for these fabrics with a tighter knit weave. For a more rustic look and feel, top grain Italian leather is a great choice as it’s grainy texture ages well with time. Full grain leather will give any room richness and character because of its natural thick material.  Custom Upholstery Manufacturers like Markham Furniture will offer a wide supply of leathers to choose from to help you attain the exact level of shag, gloss, or ripple you are seeking.

Contemplate the Colour

Shades of black or brown tend to be the most common when customizing furniture, but why go with the norm?  When deciding on colour- there are a great number of external factors, such as wall colour, room size and natural lighting to consider. Light gray or off-white would look best when maximizing a small living space. If the room colour is already white or beige, make the room pop with a bright and eccentric shade. You can choose from any colour imaginable at the best custom furniture stores. Turqouise, burgundy, light beige or emerald green; the possibilities are plentiful.

Ponder the Pattern

Arguably the most enjoyable component when choosing a unique fabric for your custom furniture is the pattern. This is where creativity and imagination come into play to enhance the aura of a room. When chosen appropriately, the right pattern will bring activity to any space because of its unique outline. Floral, stripes or geometric patterns will be sure to draw attention the moment someone walks in the room. Choose your specific pattern from options that manipulate the width of stripes, colour of the floral, or the direction that geometric shapes flow – customization of your fine furniture makes this all possible.

Bringing it all Together

Fabric colour, texture and pattern all work together to contribute to the overarching theme of a room. What makes the experience more enjoyable custom furniture clients and Interior Designers alike, is choosing a theme for a room and building from the ground up. Does your client want to throwback to the 90’s?  Do you want to cozy up in a cottage theme or branch out to a bohemian vibe? Whatever your pleasure, a custom furniture store will have the materials ready in hand and the know-how to help make your dreams become reality. Sometimes the best rooms come from when a client will “break” the rules and dare to be different.

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