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    The Basics: Choosing an Upholstery Fabric

    The Basics: Choosing an Upholstery Fabric

    Cape House | Home & Hospitality Boutique | Amelia Island, FL Spring has sprung, and many of us are also refreshing our homes, brightening and updating, as spring cleaning commences. Around Amelia, this season is one of busiest in the construction and design industry, as people attempt to knock out projects in time to enjoy their space over the summer. If this is you - and you've been considering updating your furniture - now's the time to order to ensure it all arrives in time for warmer months! As you begin shopping, one of the most important factors to consider is fabric choice - it's crucial to make sure your upholstery investment is in line with how you live - and who you live with! Tiffany (co-owner and owner/designer at Lola Interiors) breaks down the pros and cons of some of the most frequent fabric choices below:


    Linen is a classic and timeless upholstery choice - it's an extremely durable and long-lasting fiber that is cool and breathable - a must during hot Florida summers. Though linen will last forever, we'd suggest steering away from it for heavily-used pieces, as it's not the most stain-resistant choice and the fibers can weaken. An accent chair in a simple linen would be a dream! Just like linen clothing, it's extremely breathable - but also susceptible to wrinkling. If that will bother you, avoid 100% linen, and opt for a linen blend instead.


    Like linen, cotton is breathable and can absorb many times its weight in moisture - which is why it remains comfortable and cool even in summer months. Cotton resists¬†pilling and abrasion, making it a good option for frequently-used pieces.¬†It also absorbs dye well, offering a rainbow of possibilities in color and pattern for your piece. The downside? That same absorbent quality is the reason behind dye transfer from jeans to upholstered pieces - or why stains absorb so quickly on cotton pieces. One solution: a simple slipcover that offers a casual vibe and can be easily removed and cleaned when necessary. [caption id="attachment_1087" align="alignnone" width="980"]Cape House | Home & Hospitality Boutique | Amelia Island, FL Classic spool chairs covered in an organic cotton fabric.[/caption]  


    Leather upholstery is extremely durable, often lasting several times longer than fabric options - it also ages well, often looking even more inviting as it becomes more supple. It's resistant to spills and dirt, and often requires less regular maintenance than its fabric counterpart.  And, it's just plain beautiful! Leather will always be more expensive than fabric - but since leather pieces tend to last longer, one could view them as a choice providing more value over time.


    Synthetic materials have come a long way, people! Gone are the days of plastic-y feeling indoor/outdoor fabrics. Working in a beach town, we often source performance fabrics (like Sunbrella, Crypton, or Revolution fabrics) for projects. With the technology¬†of these man-made options ever evolving, it's possible to find a look and feel similar to cotton or linen with the durability and stain resistance of a synthetic fabric. Not all synthetic fabrics are created equal, though - we'd suggest looking for polyester or solution-dyed acrylic. And, even all these super fabrics aren't without fault: they can be susceptible¬†to pilling and fading over time.¬† [caption id="attachment_1088" align="alignnone" width="980"]Cape House | Home & Hospitality Boutique | Amelia Island, FL Woven chairs upholstered in a Sunbrella fabric.[/caption]   Still not sure what direction to go in? We're here to help! With a design room displaying hundreds of fabrics, we can help you pick the frame, finish, and fabric to suit your needs (it's fun, we promise!) Cape House | Home & Hospitality Boutique | Amelia Island, FL