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Give Your Furniture The Ultimate Upgrade With Our Upholstery Fabrics
Upgrading your existing furniture is easier than ever thanks to the range of upholstery fabrics at Spotlight. With a large collection of upholstery fabrics to choose from, there is bound to be something that fits your personal taste.
For crafters who are taking on an upholstery project for the first time could use some valuable advice to avoid problems. So, we have created a comprehensive guide to upholstering your furniture.
How Do I Care For Upholstery Fabrics?
Upholstery fabrics need to be maintained, just like any other fabric. However, if you maintain your upholstery fabrics regularly, they stay looking new for much longer. This means you can enjoy your reupholstered piece of furniture a lot longer too.
To keep your upholstery fabrics clean, you should hoover them on a regular basis. Be sure to remove small bits of dust and any debris that has ended up on your furniture, this will prevent damage but also avoid persistent stains.
Some fabrics are prone to fading as well, so keep your furniture as much out of direct sunlight as possible. Of course, this does not apply to upholstery fabrics that are specifically made for outdoor use.
What Expert Tips Should I Know For My First Upholstery Project?
For your first upholstery project, there are several tips you can use. If you are still a little uncertain about your upholstery project, be sure to read through these expert tips first.
Structure strength - Before you reupholster any kind of furniture, make sure to check the structure of the furniture you want to upholster. The furniture must be sturdy and not show any signs of structural damage.
Get the right tools - Upholstering your furniture requires the proper tools. One of the recommended tools for most furniture upholstery projects is a pneumatic staple gun. Some people try to use a manual staple gun, but this will not provide the strength or the durability you require.
Mix it up - Many people stick with a single upholstery fabric for their furniture projects, but this does not have to be the case all the time. You can play around with textures and colours, just as long as they complement one another.
Take your time - When you look at some of the tutorials for upholstery projects online, it may look very easy. However, once you get started you will quickly realise that upholstery projects can be particularly labour intensive. As a result, it is essential that you take the time you need to avoid problems and make your project flawless.
Invest in better fabrics - Reupholstering requires a good fabric. However, it is all too common for crafters to pick the cheapest fabric they can find. Even though cheap fabrics do not necessarily mean lower quality, you do have to be careful with the fabric you choose. Some fabrics are more prone to premature wear and tear, so always choose quality over a lower price.
Of course, it is possible to obtain more affordable properties that are durable and beautiful as well. In the Spotlight catalogue, you can find many fabrics that meet these requirements.
What Are The Best Upholstery Fabrics For Pets?
If you have some pets running around in your home, you may want to have a thorough look at the types of fabrics that are most suitable for a household with pets. So, let's take a look at what to look for and what to avoid.
Upholstery fabrics for a home with pets should not be too loose. After all, loose weaves are much easier to unravel, especially when you have some pets with claws. Loose weaves are also more likely to trap pet hairs.
Certain fabrics are also more difficult to clean, making them less suitable for homes with pets, this includes silk, velvet and suede. So, it is better to look for fabrics that are more durable and easier to maintain.
There are a couple of fabrics that handle pet hair a lot better. Suitable fabrics include canvas, microfibre and denim. These materials have a tighter weave and will not get damaged by pet claws that easily. On top of that, they are also more resistant to stains and common types of damage, making them a much more suitable choice for pet-friendly environments.