Friday, June 22, 2012


Recovering a piece of furniture can require a lot of yardage. Most decorator fabrics are 54" wide. If you select a solid color or textured fabric, it will take less fabric for the project then if you select a fabric with a pattern or stripe.  A single inch difference in the width of the chair can change the yardage requirement by as much as 50%.
It is important before purchasing fabric for your project that your upholsterer has seen at least a photo of your furniture and knows the dimensions. It is equally important that your upholsterer knows the width of the fabric you've selected. Lastly, if your fabric has any type of pattern as in a stripe, check, dot, vine or flower, make sure that the upholsterer is aware of the size of the repeat in the design so that they can adjust the yardage requirement specifically for your furniture and fabric.
Using a solid color or all over textured fabric as a base line, your average sofa will need between 18 and 22 yards of fabric. A loveseat usually needs between 14 to 18 yards; a club chair will need 7 to 9 yards and an ottoman about 4 yards. A set of six dining chair can usually be cut from 2.5-4 yards. Patterned fabrics will  increase the yardage requirement by as much as 30%. This will allow your upholsterer to properly center and match the pattern where the seams come together.
Remember that the size and style of the furniture and the fabric that you select will affect the amount of fabric needed.
Our showroom displays over 400 fabric sample books. We have accounts with most of the major designer fabric companies. You can borrow books to view in your own home. We also can order larger fabric samples to help make your selection easier. However, it is not necessary to purchase fabric from us. We do not charge a cutting or COM (Customers Own Fabric) fee.
Finding the perfect fabric to compliment your other furniture, wall color, rugs or your artwork requires patience. Take your time; do not rush into making a quick selection. Settling on a fabric when it is not just right is never a good option. 
There are many things to consider when choosing your fabric: color, durability, texture, patterned or solid, size and scale of furniture it is going on, and of course price. 
Luckily today there are so many different choices in not only color and pattern but also the types of fabric such as: Chenille, Corduroy, Crewel, Crypton, Denim/Twill, Grosspoint, Jacquards, Leather, Matelasse, Mohair,  Print, Suede, Silk, Sunbrella, Tapestry, Ultrasuede, Velvet, and Vinyl. 
We carry sample books from the companies listed below, in addition we can order fabric from a company if you find fabric elsewhere. 
Robert Allen Fabrics, Avant Garde,  Barrow, Calvin, Duralee Fabrics, Greenhouse Fabrics, Italian Fabrics, J. F. Fabrics, Kravet Fabrics, Krupnick Brothers, Latimer Alexander, Maxwell Fabrics, Michael Jon Designs, Moygashel Linens, Norbar Fabrics, Pacific Hide and Leather, Pindler & Pindler, Silver State, CF Stinson, Sunbrella, Stout Brothers, Stroheim and Romann, Thibaut Designs, United Fabrics.


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