Different Categories of Upholstery Fabric
There are kinds of upholstery fabric but it can be divided into two basic types: synthetic and natural. Within these two categories, further subdivisions can be made according to comparisons such as solids or prints and heavier versus more lightweight upholstery materials. Of course, many more categories of upholstery fabric exist based on evaluations such as durability, price and style.
Silk is a kind of expensive, fairly lightweight, natural upholstery material with a delicate construction. It's known for its luxurious beauty, but it stains easily and requires professional cleaning. Acetate upholstery fabrics are less expensive and not as luxurious as natural silk varieties. They still tend to show dirt easily, but these synthetic acetate fabrics cost less than natural silk.
Leather is another type of upholstery fabric available in both natural and synthetic versions. Genuine natural leather is considered one of the most durable as well as stylish materials used to cover couches and chairs. It tends to withstand wear from children and pets, plus it's easy to wipe clean. The one drawback to this type of couch and chair upholstery is its price; good quality leather tends to be expensive.
A traditional fabric is the go-to choice for a traditional-style frame. That said, if you have an adventurous sense of style and know how to merge two seemingly different styles together, go for it. This approach adds originality to your space. An example of that unexpected choice might be a geometric design on a wing-back chair. This example works best in a room that is contemporary, with the wing-back chair an accent in itself, so that the print connects to the rest of the decor.
Consider the scale of the pattern. It should be appropriate to the size of the furniture it is covering as well as the room size. A large bold, pattern might work better in a larger room, while a more muted or smaller one might be a better choice for a smaller space.