What is the style of furniture you’re buying? Is it contemporary, relaxed, transitional or classic? Some fabrics appear casual and others more formal, so it should suit the frame it’s on. For example, a casual fabric will likely look great on a relaxed piece.
Color is a major factor behind the fabric you choose. First, consider whether the fabric color is considered “warm” or “cool” as it will definitely influence the tone of the room. Think about practicality: lighter colors may not be a great choice if you have pets or small children. If you gravitate towards trendy colors, think about if you will be pleased with your choice after the trend fades.
If you are considering a pattern, look at its scale. Patterns should suite the size of the furniture it is covering, and size of the room. Make sure to view your pattern from a distance. Big, bold patterns tend to work better in large rooms, while small, subtle patterns suit smaller rooms.
You will want the fabric to last for a long time, especially in rooms with high traffic. If it’s going to have heavy use, choose a quality, durable fabric. Tightly woven fabrics with a higher thread count (number of threads per square inch) are generally stronger and more durable.
If you anticipate that your furniture will be exposed to a great deal of sunlight, you will want to invest in fade-resistant fabric. Fabrics with a high thread count tend to be more fade resistant.
Palliser’s fabric grades are organized and grouped to suit different budgets and needs, and are the result of a combination of several quality and durability factors. Each level has its own benefits. Talk to your representative about which grade level for your product will best suit your individual needs.