When it comes to finding the right couch for your living room, sometimes you have to look beyond the showroom floor. While most furniture stores have a vast selection, sometimes the available options simply aren't what you're looking for. Designing a custom-made couch then becomes the best option. When designing furniture, one of the most important decisions is the upholstery fabric. The fabric doesn't just influence the look of the piece, but also how easy it is to care for, so it's important to choose wisely.
Think About Use
The first thing you want to consider when choosing upholstery fabric is how you will use the piece of furniture. In terms of a couch, a couch in a formal dining room will likely get far less use than a couch used in a den. You want to choose an upholstery fabric that will be able accommodate the usage needs of your home.
For example, silk is a beautiful upholstery fabric that adds both character and sophistication; however, it's difficult to clean and stains easily. A couch designed with silk fabric that is used on a regular basis will come with more effort to keep it clean than it's probably worth. For a couch that gets more frequent use, you want to choose a fabric that's easier to clean, such as microfiber. Microfiber is more stain resistance and can usually be cleaned using a damp cloth.
Take Swatches Home
Rubbing your hands against a swatch of fabric in the store isn't the same as sitting on it. Before making your decision, you want to get a better idea of how well you like the fabric selection. Oftentimes, companies, like Bredemeier, will have large pieces of fabric leftover that they can't use for another project because it might be awkwardly sized or slightly damaged. Ask if some of this fabric is available in the selections you're considering.
Place the swatches on a chair and let everyone in your home sit on it with shorts or a short-sleeved shirt on to see how it feels against their skin. Any skin irritation will serve as a sign that you need to keep looking. If you have a pet, let your pet sit on the swatch as well to see how much fur is transferred onto the fabric.
If you're like most people, having custom furniture designed is something you plan on doing on a frequent basis. Make certain you are choosing your selections wisely to get the most out of your furniture.