Furniture Fabric Selection

How to choose the best fabric for your 

slipcovered seating.

All of our Slipcovered Collections have a wide variety of fabrics to choose from and making a selection can prove challenging with so many options. A good rule of thumb is to decide on two main factors: First Factor would be what preference is the overall look/color of the piece and Second Factor is what kind of fabric will work best for the use of this piece get? We offer multiple colors and material, but we will use white as the color and explain more details about materials.

White

 Cotton, Linen or Performance

So we'll start with white for a color, as that is the most popular choice for Our Boat House customers. Do you want white fabric that is cotton that you can machine wash, feels super soft and maintenance free OR how about a somewhat what crisp, smooth sailcloth with Crypton OR say you love the look of a wrinkle white Belgian linen that shows it's all about an easy appearance of comfort? Don't worry if white is not your color - all of these would apply to say aqua blue. Select aqua blue in color, then figure out what material you want that works with the use. Then, once you have established the look and qualities that fit your lifestyle then it's time to fine tune the fabric. A popular choice today from our collections offer some fabrics that are performance fabrics.Basically, ‘performance fabric’ is used to describe any fabric specifically designed to withstand serious wear and tear while being easy to clean. The idea is simple — your pets, kids, and busy schedule are no match for the durable, stain resistant qualities of these fabrics, which makes them ideal for slipcovers or upholstery in hardworking spaces of your home. Our manufacturers offer one or more of the following performance fabrics in their library: Crypton, Sunbrella, Inside Out and Breathe by Milliken.

Any Color in Crypton

Performance

Most clients start with a desired seating piece from one of our collections, then, within that collection the next decision is the color or pattern of fabric and then we find which Performance fits within that criteria to build the cost of the sofa. We do transfer fabrics from one collection to another as well as using outside fabrics or COM-Customer's Own Material to slipcover any one of the pieces from our collections.Crypton ®-Crypton Home Fabric's performance technology is resistant to stains andodors and comes in an array of fabrics and textures.It's clean, too: Crypton was awarded the GREENGUARD Gold Certification, meaning that it has low chemical emissions which makes for healthier indoor air quality.If you're looking to furnish outdoor spaces, look no further than Crypton Outdoor:all of the stain-resistant features of Crypton Home, plus enhanced anti-microbial protection and fibers that are UV-resistant for up to 1000 hours.A note on the key differences between Sunbrella and Crypton:Crypton is stain repellant while Sunbrella is not. Both Sunbrella and Crypton Outdoorare fade and mildew-resistant. Sunbrella and Crypton Outdoor are easy to clean, but only Sunbrella is bleachable.

Any Color in Sunbrella

Performance

Early on, Sunbrella ® set out to make awning canvases because they wanted their awnings to last longer than those made from cotton. With the success of awnings, they added fabrics for interior and exterior upholstery fabrics in addition to marine textiles. Sunbrella fabrics are resistant to fading from sunlight and chemical exposure; they're also mold and mildew resistant and can be power-washed and bleached.Further, Sunbrella fabrics can be used to make drapes and curtains, as well as cushion covers, pillows, home accessories and of course, fully upholstered pieces; meaning you can furnish entire rooms knowing just how long they'll last (and how easy they'll be to clean).Most importantly: the fabrics come in a range of styles that are as comfortable as they are beautiful.



How to choose the best fabric for your slipcovered piece...

Fabric Selection Explained

Questions to ask when deciding on a fabric with durability and style:

1. Location of furniture? 

2. Style of furniture? 

3. Size of room?

How to choose the right fabric type: 

1. Natural Fabric 

2. Man-made Fabric


Surprisingly Affordable:  With the wide variety of styles, fabrics and cushions offered, there is a wide range of pricing options that can be customized to fit any budget. The beauty of investing in slipcovered furniture is the base construction of the furniture itself can last a lifetime with normal residential use, so when the slipcover ever becomes worn or stained you can simply replace the slipcover thus creating the look of a brand new sofa. Most all of our slipcovered collections maintain an archive of the slipcover pattern so even if a collection is discontinued you will always be able to order a new slipcover. Replacement seat and back cushions are also an option to order, if desired.  

What is a fabric grade? A-F – Ranges from less $ to more $ due to how expensive the fabric was to make.

Slipcovers can be manufactured from a variety of fabric types. The most popular fabric choice for the slipcovers are cotton, linen and performance fabrics such as Sunbrella, Crypton or Outdura. 


Denim Cotton Twill, is by far, the most popular fabric choice for slipcovered furniture. The reason being is that denim is a heavy-weight cotton twill making it extremely durable, comfortable and washable. Denim slipcovers are like a pair of your favorite jeans the more you wash them the more comfortable they feel. Denim is available in white, tan, blue, gray and red dye lots. 


Cotton slipcover fabric is made of 100% cotton is also a very popular fabric for slipcovers. Pre-Washed cotton doesn’t shrink, it is very comfortable to the touch and is easy to clean. We also offer 100% Organic Cotton. 


Performance fabric like Sunbrella Acrylic fabric is made to withstand outdoor elements has become a top choice for indoors for homes with heavy use. The fabric is both fade and stain resistant while still being soft and comfortable making it a great choice. These are also great for kid & pet-friendly homes.


Belgian 100% Linen or Pre-washed Linen blends are the best option when you want that relaxed, yet sophisticated look. Linen slipcovers have a beautiful way of covering the frame effortlessly with a natural, loose flow. Most are user friendly and washable. 


Stripes & Plaids can be great for a sofa or accent chair. A bold navy stripe is perfect for a nautically designed style while plaids used in slipcovers are most popular for lake houses or houses in the mountains. 

Slipcovered Fabric Choices

By far the most popular fabric color for slipcovered furniture is white cotton. White fabric can be from a variety of contents such as cotton, linen and performance fabrics. There are many variations of the color white to select from and you can’t go wrong with any one of them - whether it be a warm white or a bleached white or somewhere in between. Next most popular are neutrals-linen and natural tans. With these lighter, neutral tones, you can pull in any accent color you wish. Finally, we offer a wide variety of blues from sky to navy as well as shades  and variations of grays, reds, stripes and patterns combing colors.


Popular Slipcovered Fabric Colors

-Whites : keep the main seating crisp, clean and relatively neutral. White cottons can be brightened and white allows any accent color into the space.

-Tans/Neutrals: keep the space a safe, a good light color choice that feels natural and organic and it also allows a variety of accent colors.

-Blues: define a look, hides everyday use fairly well, offers a coastal feel whether it is pale, sky, aqua, navy or a classic stripe.

-Greys: define a cooler look and feel, hides everyday use fairly well,  when lighter -offers a modern feel.

-Reds:  the flip side of nautical blues with bold warmth and energy.

Fabric Durability Considerations: 

1. Pets 

2. High Traffic Areas 

3. Woven over Printed 

4. Higher Thread Count 

5. Denser fabric lasts longer

Fabric Style: 

Casual or Traditional? 

Fabric Color: 

1. Room Size 

2. Mood 

3. Trendy Colors – Be sure

Special Considerations:
 1. Fade Resistant 
2. Mildew Resistant 
3. Allergies 
4. Pets

Natural Fibers – Cotton, Linen, Wool, Silk, RayonSynthetic Fibers – Acrylic, Polyester, Nylon, Olefin, Polypropylene, Woven, Knit, Velvet, Non-woven, PrintPattern Types – Body Cloths, Florals, Paisleys, Geometrics, Stripes, Plaids, Frames, Chair patterns, Novelties, Ethnic Patterns, Prints 
Slipcovered Fabric FAQ & Common Questions

Can you wash slipcovered fabric? People who buy slipcovered furniture do so because they want the look, the comfort and equally important is the worry-free lifestyle that it affords. Many slipcovered fabrics are machine washable for this reason. The fabric is pre-washed prior to manufacturing the slipcover so there is no worry about shrinkage. Sunbrella fabrics are also a great option and these fabrics are extremely durable, washable and both stain and fade resistant. There are also many fabrics to choose from that are not washable but can be easily dry cleaned and/or professionally cleaned depending on the fabric content. 


Is slipcovered fabric kid friendly? Slipcovered furniture is the perfect choice for a family with children of any age. The ease of removing the slipcovers and laundering makes for no stress living. Let the kids be kids and know that the proper slipcover fabric choice is the key for longevity. Additional slipcovers can also be purchased for about half the price any time in the future for as long as you own the slipcovered furniture. 


Does slipcovered furniture wear out or fade? Slipcovered furniture made in the USA is held to a much higher standard than those made overseas. We highly recommend choosing your slipcovered furniture with this in mind. Slipcovered furniture made with hard woods, corner blocks, double doweled and sinuous springs are vital keys in the quality and durability of the furniture. Eco-friendly products are also key factors in the quality and durability of the furniture. The key to comfort is the content and density of the cushion so be sure to understand the type of cushion and it’s contents that you are purchasing. Slipcovers should be made with quality workmanship, reinforced seams and quality fabrics to ensure a long lasting durable product. Products in the made in the USA have strict quality assurance programs in place to ensure the end product is of best quality. The best of fabrics are subject to fading when in a room with sunlight. If sunlight and fading is a concern we would recommend having the slipcover made in an acrylic fabric such as Sunbrella or Outdura. 


Can slipcovered furniture go outside? Outdoor slipcovered patio furniture with bright colors withstands both harsh rays from the hot sun and coastal elements from rain and salt water. Strong slipcover fabric such as Sunbrella is constructed with impressive ratings. Outdoor slipcovered furniture is manufactured to withstand the elements, let water drain and built to resist mold and mildew. Simply pressure wash the furniture with slipcover on as needed and the furniture will look brand new. 


How to measure slipcovered sofas? Deciding on the size of a slipcovered sofa can be a challenge. The two biggest criteria are the room size and the height of the users. You want to select a sofa size that is scaled properly for the room and is also comfortable and purposeful for the end user. It is best to provide a floor plan with dimensions of the room and have a professional furniture layout done. We provide this service at no cost but if you are a do-it-yourselfer you can do it the old fashion way and tape out the size on the floor with masking tape and try to envision how it will feel and look. As for the size for comfort I would again recommend professional guidance for selecting the right size based on height and planned use to ensure the most comfortable choice. If you have a sofa that you love you can also measure the seat depth, seat height, arm height and back height and pick one that closely fits those dimensions.



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