choosing the right furniture upholstery

How to choose the right upholstery for your furniture

Whether you have well-worn furniture that is in desperate need of a refresh, or you’re starting with a clean slate and bravely buying unupholstered pieces in an attempt to unleash your creativity, the first thing that naturally comes to mind is color. However, choosing the right upholstery fabric goes beyond that.

The cloth needs to feel perfect on your skin, needs to be durable to withstand natural elements, and goes perfectly with the rest of your room’s aesthetics. Use this guide to discover the best furniture upholstery for every piece, from chairs to sofas.  

 Colorful sofa

Colors & Patterns

The color of the furniture upholstery you pick will make the strongest impact in the room it is placed in. If you use soft, pastel shades, the room will look light and airy. If you use dark tones to match wood furniture, the space will look edgy yet rustic. Go with a color that can accentuate the mood of the room. If you have one large sofa, you know that it will be the dominant piece in the room. You can choose a neutral color with no patterns, as that might seem like the safest option over time.

If you’re more into patterns, the world of upholstery is your oyster. Traditionalists prefer vintage designs and textures like paisley, floral, or plaid. If you want a more contemporary look, go with abstract prints and dual-tone solids in block prints. You can always add extra color to your furniture using accessories like cushions and throws.

Colorful chair upholstery

The texture of the upholstery will make a huge difference to the color and pattern you end up with as well. Cloths in velvet, brocade, jacquard, and other heavy textures come with their own shine and tone that could influence the color. If you like the feel of velvet, choose a solid color. If you think brocade is appealing, you can choose more intricate patterns as the texture will highlight the shine that the material creates naturally.


Most likely the upholstery you pick is for furniture that is going to be used and not for show. That means the fabric you choose will need to be durable enough to withstand various weights of people sitting, sleeping, and lying on it for certain periods of time. Each of us will have our own lifestyles and needs, and upholstery fabric will need to cater to each. If you have children or pets, bear in mind the wear and tear that could occur from jumping, playing, and scratching. 

Vintage wooden furniture with upholstered seat

A combination of rayon, cotton, polyester, corduroy, or leather is durable and will last for long. Check for woven patterns with higher thread counts rather than printed ones, as dense fabric lasts longer than thin upholstery. Factor in comfort when choosing the right upholstery for your furniture. The item needs to provide ample cushioning for your body, without being too hard or stiff. The fabric should also stretch over the padding sufficiently to avoid material coming loose, or tearing at the seams. 

Care & Maintenance

Once you’ve picked the right upholstery, you should know how to care for it to ensure it lasts. If you lead a busy lifestyle and don’t have someone to help you clean, pick material that is very low maintenance. Dark colors and thick fabric will last longer and you won’t notice dirt and spills if they occur. Pay attention to the fabric’s labels and learn how to maintain them. Does the upholstery need to be vacuumed regularly? Will sunlight make it fade? These are factors to consider.

If you are traveling or not using the furniture for long, keep it covered with bedsheets to protect it from natural elements like dust and harsh light. If the furniture will be used in the dining area or during meals, factor in spills and crumbs. All fabrics age over time, but with proper care, you can be prepared for the best.

Go with the upholstery that’s right for you

Upholstering a piece of furniture is an investment and not something most of us can do often. When you’re spending so much time, money and effort, you need to get it right the first time. You need to pick something that will keep you happy for years to come. To help you with this, there’s an extensive collection from CasaOne. Let our catalog inspire you to go wild and creative when it comes to choosing your furniture!


How to remove mold from fabric furniture?
  • Prepare a solution of mild soap and water. If the mold is too thick and dark, you may consider adding some bleach as well.
  • Spray the mold area with your solution and let it soak for 30 minutes.
  • Use a sponge or thick towel to soak up the area. Scrub with a brush if the mold is too thick.
  • Rinse and let the fabric dry thoroughly before use.
How to remove odor from furniture fabric?

Baking soda is the perfect household remedy for removing odor from most fabric objects. This includes your furniture, shoes, mattress, and even clothing. Sprinkle a liberal amount, let it sit for 30 minutes and then shake or vacuum the residue out. If you are able to put smaller furniture items in your washing machine, you can add a spoon of vinegar or baking soda to the load.

How to paint fabric furniture?

Painting your furniture saves you from reupholstering the whole item and will provide you with a creative outlet. Clean the item as thoroughly as you can to make sure there is no dust or residue. Purchase good quality fabric paint, acrylic latex paint, spray paint or chalk paint for best results. Because fabric soaks up paint, you may need to go over the item two or three times till your desired effect is achieved. Make sure the item is completely dry before use.

How to clean furniture upholstery?

Most furniture can be vacuumed to get rid of dust mites, food crumbs, and other residues. For more deep cleaning, mix a solution of two-parts water and one-part vinegar or soap and gently blot visible stains. 

How to repair outdoor furniture?

Most outdoor furniture will last longer if taken care of properly. Cover all items when not in use, and use plastic sheets to save them from harsh weather conditions. Tighten any loose knobs and screws as soon as you notice them getting loose, and apply a coat of paint to freshen them up. Scratches on wooden furniture can be smoothened with sandpaper, and tears on fabric can be mended with sewing or darning.

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