Furniture is expensive to replace, so if you have a piece that is still in good shape, reupholstering it is a good idea. Reupholstering can be expensive as well, but not nearly as expensive as replacing all of your furniture. Slipcovers are a good option if you don't want to spend a lot of money, but most times slipcovers are ill-fitting and look cheap. If reupholstering your furniture is something you want to do, there are some things you should consider when choosing your new furniture fabric. See below for a few tips to keep in mind.


Depending on the size of your furniture, you need to consider the scale of your fabric pattern. For instance, while a larger couch can handle a large scale pattern, a small chair should have smaller scale patterns. This is because small chairs will not show much of the pattern, so it won't look right. Also think about the other types fabric in the room. If you have leather couches and are looking to reupholster a chair, you can match the fabric, or may want something with color or a pattern on that chair to give you a pop of color. 

Furniture Use

The type of fabric you use should also depend on where the piece of furniture is being used. If it's an outdoor piece that you are reupholstering, you need to be sure it is a breathable fabric. The fabric should move well, and should also be resistant to mold and mildew. It should also be able to withstand weather and sun, so the color doesn't fade. If the furniture is being used in an indoor room that will have a lot of use, or in a room that will not see much use, your fabric choice will be different as well. Furniture that will get a lot of use will require a sturdier fabric that is more resistant to stains and wear, such as microfiber. Look for fabric that has a higher thread count for more durability. Furniture that won't see much use can be reupholstered with silk or linen.


Choose a fabric that will match with the decor you already have in your home. You want your newly reupholstered furniture to be a perfect fit with the rest of your home. Look for casual fabrics if you have a more casual home, or more formal fabric patterns if your home has a more formal appeal. 

When choosing your upholstery fabric, be sure to go with fabric that is your style, in addition to the tips above. Ask your upholstery professional about fabric durability if you have questions about your fabric holding up over time. You definitely want to get the most out of your newly reupholstered furniture. Click here for more information.