There’s no denying that we’re a nation of pet lovers. With around 50% of all of UK homes containing an extra fluffy companion, we’re mad about our pets. Whether they’re big, small, furry or ferocious-looking – we rely daily on our animals to cheer us up and complete our families. So when thinking about upholstering the furniture in your house, it may be worth considering who greets you at the door. After all, muddy footprints all over that newly upholstered cream chair in the hallway isn’t exactly the look you were going for, we’re sure!
So what fabric should you consider using when upholstering your home furniture to best suit your furry friends? We’ve compiled a list of the top fabrics and textures to use on your upcycling project for 2018, we’ve even popped a few top tips in there too!
We supply some amazing stain-resistant velvets too, from brands such as Linwood Moleskin – http://www.linwoodfabric.com/product/fabrics/moleskin-velvet-peacock/, Linwood Omega http://www.linwoodfabric.com/product-category/fabrics/omega/ and Warwick Plush Velvet http://warwick.co.uk/qualities/plush-velvet to name just a few.
Tweed textures may seem an obvious choice for pet owners due to its durable fabric, however, what you might not know is that the deep weave in tweed could actually trap cat or dog hair, making a lot more difficult to clean. If you do however still want to go ahead with reupholstering a chair with a tweed fabric, consider investing in some throws that can be washed and replaced easily.
Perhaps the easiest option for pet owners, leather can be wiped clean time and resists odours long term. The only downside however, is that leather is prone to showing scratches. For cat owners especially, it can be that newer leather styles just aren’t practical. If you opt for an older more vintage-looking aged leather, scratches can be concealed more easily, and sometimes even add to the shabby-chic look and enhance the style you’re going for.
For a quality leather designed to delightfully show the characteristics of aging, we’d recommend the Heritage leather range from Yarwood leather.
With plenty of food for thought in our guide above whilst choosing your new fabric or upholstered piece of furniture, there’s never been a better time to get started. All fabrics have their pro’s and con’s, if you’re unsure of how a specific texture will wear, then why not start off with a cushion or smaller item that’s easier to replace if needed. With regards to durability, remember that loose covers and throws will help your furniture look better for longer.
Whatever type of fabric you need or you prefer, South West Upholstery surely has it. We provide top-of-the-line upholstery services around Bristol, Bath and the Southwest region. Click here to check the different upholstery fabrics we offer.