Fabric trends in recent years very much echo the fashion industry

with the same colours popular both for clothes and interiors. Be careful not to choose things just because they are readily available and ‘on trend’ as they have to last much longer in your home than the latest fashion in hemlines!

Classic styles in fabric are timeless when it comes to covering large pieces of furniture. Woven fabrics have been with us for centuries for very good reason.  They are durable and very easy to blend with bolder designs in curtains and cushions.

Technology has moved on at a very past pace in recent years enabling us to have very luxurious looks without the extensive care historically needed for luxury fabrics.

Absolutely anything is possible – from lifelike animal skin to bejewelled satins – we now have the pick of Europe too.

Furnishing fabrics fall mainly into two main categories, curtaining and upholstery.

Curtain fabrics are used to dress windows, make cushions, throws and can be used for very light upholstery

Upholstery fabrics are for furniture and generally much more robust – always take note of the rub test.  General upholstery should be 30,000  – 40,000 rubs going up to contract wear at around 100,000 rubs – this is very tough and can withstand the most badly behaved children and animals!

Light upholstery fabric can also be used for curtains and blinds etc. Classifications of upholstery are:-

  • Light domestic use: which will probably be an armchair that is not used every single day
  • Moderate domestic useis for normal daily use in most homes
  • Heavy domestic use: is a very durable fabric that should last for many years

Please ask us for any advice regarding fire retardency for upholstery fabrics and fire regulations for commercial situations.

At The Interior Workshop we simply supply fabric to you to make up yourself or we can help you choose fabric for all your curtains and upholstery, we’re always here to help, advise and inspire.

Contact us now to arrange a personalised design consultation or to meet us in our design studio.