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At Fabrics Galore we love home furnishing fabrics and have a diverse range perfect for adding colour, print and depth to your interiors. Our soft furnishing fabrics are ideal for those that want to make curtains, blinds, cushions and even bags! We have sourced the highest quality fabrics from some of your favourite fabrics more show less


Our home furnishing fabrics come in a large range of prints and colours to inject your style into your home. Whether you are looking to add a fun print to your kid’s bedroom or little bit of luxury to your living space we have something in our home furnishing department to delight and inspire so check out our home furnishing fabrics below.


What are the different types of upholstery fabrics?

Upholstery fabric is the material used on furniture for the soft covering of objects such as chairs and sofas. This includes the padding, webbing, springs and fabrics of the item. There is a diverse range of upholstery fabrics including natural fabrics, such as leather, cotton, wool and velvet, and also synthetic materials, such as acrylic and nylon. The material can vary depending on the use of the furniture; but also depends on whether it is a loose cover or not. If it is a loose cover (aka can be removed), it’s technically a soft furnishing so doesn't have to be fire retardant. Whereas for it to cover a sofa for example the upholsterer may prefer it to be a fire-retardant fabric. There are also other things to think about such as if items are exposed to daily wear, they need to be covered in a durable fabric such as polyester or rayon, which are often blended with other fabrics. Whereas materials such as cotton and wool respond well to dying.

What width does upholstery fabric usually come in?

Upholstery fabric can come in widths as great as 150cm, in comparison to the width of a fabric intended for crafting or clothing purposes measuring between 112cm and 140cm. The amount of fabric you need depends on the shape of the furniture you’re creating upholstery for. Knowing how much fabric you need before starting your project is essential, but it is advised to ask a professional.

What is the most durable fabric for a sofa?

Sofas are used every day in households, so you need a durable fabric to keep them in shape. Cotton and linen are the most common material for upholstery as they have strong fibres but must be woven tightly to be considered durable. However, it is important to watch out for loose weaves as they can pull. Synthetic microfiber is also considered a good durable material to use for upholstery, as it can mimic most fabrics. Other fabrics such as wool and leather are strong but expensive, and silk can be fragile.

What is jacquard fabric?

Jacquard fabrics are a popular upholstery fabric type, that can be identified by a raised pattern that you can see on both sides because it’s woven as opposed to printed. Jacquard patterns regularly include vibrant floral, paisley or zigzag designs.

What kind of fabric is chenille?

Chenille is regularly used by sewers for creating home décor projects, and is a fabric that can produce soft, textured results. By using a silken thread that is sewn in tight loops on to cotton or wool, Chenille creates a gorgeous 3D effect that is unachievable with other fabrics. Chenille is regularly made from cotton to create towels, robes or items for your little one, however its versatility allows chenille to also use synthetic threads as well.


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