It is considerate to be, that the natural is always better than the artificial. If we are talking about food, then it is absolutely true. However, talking about upholstered furniture, we shouldn’t be so categorical. In this case, synthetic fabrics for furniture have a lot of advantages, and if artificial fibers are combined with natural fibers, this type of the material can be considered almost perfect, as concluded by many experts.
Properties of synthetic fabrics
Textile used in furniture production can be divided into three groups according to its composition:
• Natural fabrics, such as cotton, linen, silk and velvet. Of course, they have a perfect appearance and make the interior look very sophisticated, but such materials do not last long, therefore they are most often used in design (for example, as curtains), but not for furniture covering.
• Entirely synthetic, without natural threads. They consist of polyamide fibers (such as capron and nylon) or polyester ones (including acrylic). Synthetic fabrics are characterized by good wear resistance and the ability to retain colors. The negative thing is that they accumulate static electricity and have low level of breathability.
• Mixed materials, combination of natural and synthetic fibers. They gain the advantages and disadvantages of both types. For example, they have better air permeability, but lower wear resistance.
If annual change of furniture upholstery is not one of your desires, we recommend choosing synthetic and mixed fabrics, which are presented in vide assortment in our online shop.
Most popular synthetic materials
Among artificial fabrics that are used commonly in the furniture industry, velour deserves its high popularity. Its fleecy surface resembles velvet, and it is very soft and pleasant to the touch. Velour is mostly of solid colors, however, different pile length and its position brings a note of diversity.
Another common material is flock. It serves as a base on which the pile is glued. Flock can be of natural texture, but in the furniture industry it is better to add polyamide or polyester, since such fabrics do not crumple nor fade.
Concerning mixed fabrics, jacquard is very popular with unusual bindings, forming a relief pattern. It looks expensive, but it is practical in use: it does not fade in the sun, nor wear out. There is a worthy competitor of jacquard, which is also cheaper – chenille fabric. Natural threads are intertwined with artificial fleecy, which forms a very interesting texture and increases fabric strength.
Among the novelties of furniture production materials is microfiber, made from thin polymer fibers. Manufacturers impregnate it with a special composition that increases wear resistance: the material can last for more than a dozen years, and at the same time it looks incredibly good, resembling outwardly nubuck or suede.