How To Choose The Best Upholstery Fabric

The first thing that comes to mind when deciding the upholstery for your furniture is usually what colour to pick. But while colour is very important, there are many other equally important factors to consider. Read on to find out what you should think about in terms of durability, comfort, style and more.


The importance of fabric durability varies depending on the piece of furniture, how often it is used, which room it is placed in and personal aspects such as whether you live with small children or pets. The upholstery you choose to buy should reflect on those factors.

Different upholstery’s have different properties, making some more suitable for high-traffic areas such as a living rooms. But don’t worry, there are plenty of upholstery materials that match good looks with durability.

Much of our furniture has been lovingly crafted with high quality materials from Kvadrat and Gabriel, for example the gorgeous Carl Hansen CH468 Oculus Chair made from Kvadrat fabrics, which you can see below.

If you want to see the fabric first-hand before placing your order, you can contact our friendly customer service team for fabric samples, this is by far the best way to experience the upholstery and pair with other furniture in your home to see what works best.  


The style of a fabric can change how the end piece of the furniture appears. It is important to choose a fabric that complements the interior décor of your home.

Some fabrics such as soft velvet appears much more luxury, whilst a bouclé fabric creates a soft and comfortable design. It’s important though that you take into account the durability of the fabric, you may love the look of silk velvet, but is it the most suitable for your busy life of children and pets? However, pieces that don’t get much wear and tear, for example a bedroom chair is perfect for any type of textile.

Perhaps consider the style and character of the piece of furniture you are covering. For example, a more traditional fabric may be more suited for a more traditional frame – for example the Gubi C-Chair Dining Chair in a classic grey upholstery.

 Or get creative and choose a more adventurous fabric to make a statement piece in your home, for example the Fritz Hansen Series 7 Chair in velvet.

Choosing Your Own Upholstery

If you want to get even more creative and add originality into your space, you can choose your own unique upholstery. Perhaps you have a loved piece of fabric or leather, maybe with a beautiful pattern, just contact our expert customer service team for more information about pricing and any other queries you may have.


Colour is also a very important factor when choosing the perfect upholstery for your space, and it is often the first choice you make. It can have a significant impact on how the furniture can look. Are you looking for a statement piece in your room? Or something more subtle to fit in with the rest of your décor?  We offer many colours for you to choose from natural colours such as the gorgeous Ferm Living Rico 3-Seater Sofa to vibrant colours such as the Fritz Hansen Sammen Armchair, coming in multiple bright colours.

Special Considerations

It is important not to forget that fabrics and leathers may naturally age over time. Factors such as the environment in which you’ll be placing your furniture, including how bright the room is, whether you live with pets, and many more may affect your end decision.

Every piece of furniture needs care and attention to maintain the upholstery, some more than others.  Leather develops a nice patina from everyday living, gaining character and marks that may bring a memory into mind. A room with high exposure to light may cause natural fading to occur, meaning it may be necessary to close blinds/curtains when away or not using the room.

Different types of leathers

Certain types of leathers require more maintenance than others. There are various qualities of leather which are suitable for everything from private homes to a busy public area or the most exclusive lounges. There are 4 main leather types:


The leather type “Loke” is a buffed, embossed ox hide with a coated surface. Hides used for this type of leather are sanded to uniform thickness and then embossed to achieve a professional surface without visible marks. This requires low maintenance and resists most stains and fading from sunlight, perfect for homeowners who want easy maintenance at the lowest possible cost. It is also a perfect choice for restaurants, hotels and high-traffic furnishings.


The leather type “Thor” is a semi-aniline ox hide with a natural grain and a coated surface. More uniform hides are chosen for this type of leather. It has a uniform surface structure with some visible marks and scars. This leather type requires low-maintenance and resists most stains and fading from sunlight, making this a perfect choice for homeowners who value comfort with low maintenance. This Carl Hansen OW603 Sofa shows off the leathers beautiful look, just one example of our many furnishings upholstered in this quality material.


If you are looking for the very best comfort and quality leather, Sif would be suitable for you. Sif is a full grain, uncoated pure aniline ox hide. It has the most exclusive touch and the highest breathability and features the most natural surface making scars and other marks visible. This Carl Hansen FH429 Signature Chair shown below looks stunning in the Sif leather upholstery. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. We hope this upholstery guide has informed you in choosing the perfect upholstery for your interior space.


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