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How to Find the Right Fabric for Reupholstery

Got an old couch, chair, or other pieces of furniture that need reupholstery? You’ve come to the right place. Our expert upholsterers will gladly consult with you to determine the best choice of fabric for your furniture, but you can also use this guide as a reference for any personal research you’d like to conduct at home. Let’s discuss three of the most important factors to consider when choosing fabric to reupholster your furniture!

3 Factors to Consider When Choosing Fabric


The first factor you should consider is the durability of the new fabric because it will be a crucial component that affects how long your reupholstered furniture will last moving forward. If you love an aging piece of furniture enough to buy it a second life, you’ll certainly want to go with a fabric that will last for the long haul. Woven patterns tend to last longer than printed ones, and high thread-counts with tight weaves generally last the longest.

You should also consider how often the furniture will be used — is the piece going to be used primarily as eye candy, or is your whole family going to be sitting on it daily? These are very important considerations because you want to have the most durable fabric, but you also want the widest possible range of fabric designs to choose from. If you’re more worried about looks than durability, you will have a considerably wider range of fabric styles to choose from.


The fabric you select should complement the character of the furniture’s frame, and it should fit perfectly with your home’s interior decor. Do you want a casual look or a formal look? What kinds of patterns will fit best with the frame’s personality, and will the final product feel “at home” in your home? Big rooms crave big, bold patterns, and subtle, small patterns blend nicely into smaller rooms. Of course, you know your home (and personal preferences) better than anyone, so you can take whatever artistic liberties you’d like during this stage of the planning process! Just make sure you pick patterns with appropriate coloring for your desired tone.


Do you want the fabric to feature the piece of furniture’s original color scheme, or are you looking to try something new? If you are getting a white sofa reupholstered because it’s been stained by messy kids or pets who still live with you, it might be a good idea to consider a darker color. But you must also consider the “temperature” of the colors you choose — will they fit with the atmosphere of the room where the furniture will live? If you are unsure about this, you can simply go with neutral colors as a safe bet. Or, you can ask the expert upholsterers at Peroni’s Upholstery for recommendations!

Contact us today for help selecting fabrics for furniture upholstery repair!

Joan S

The owner is super friendly, explains everything, and knows what he's doing. He recovered two cushions for us and will be doing two chairs and an ottoman after the holidays. Very happy with the quality and the turnaround.

Deanna S

Peroni's upholstery has exquisitely cared for my grandmother's 105 year old dining room set, from reupholstering its torn leather seats, to re-gluing the wobbly chairs. The set looks like new! Peroni's team is professional, highly-skilled, for even the most challenging repair jobs, and the outcome is always BEAUTIFUL! I've used Peroni's for years, and have never been disappointed! Their pick-up and delivery service is the best!

Peter H

Rich reupholstered our decades-old sofa and the pillows for a couple of chairs. His work is excellent and he wants his customers to be happy. He also cleaned and refringed several Oriental rugs and they were gorgeous