The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Upholstery Fabric for Your Furniture

Are you looking to breathe new life into your furniture? Upholstery fabric plays a pivotal role in not only enhancing the aesthetics of your furniture but also in ensuring durability and comfort. With an array of options available from Susi Bellamy, selecting the perfect upholstery fabric can be daunting. Fear not! In this guide, we'll delve into everything you need to know about our velvet and linen fabric which is perfect for upholstery.

Understanding Upholstery Fabric

Before diving into the specifics, let's understand the key factors that influence the choice of upholstery fabric:

  1. Durability: The durability of upholstery fabric is paramount, especially for furniture that sees frequent use. Factors like the rub count / martindale and material composition determine the fabric's durability.

  2. Aesthetics: Upholstery fabric sets the tone for the room's decor. Consider the colour, pattern, and texture that align with your aesthetic preferences and existing decor.

  3. Comfort: Comfort is subjective and varies based on personal preferences. Factors such as fabric texture, breathability, and feel contribute to the overall comfort of the furniture.


Luxury upholstered sofa
George Smith sofa upholstered in Saffron Plumes Velvet Fabric


Our Upholstery Fabrics

  1. Linen: Our linen upholstery fabric exudes a timeless elegance and offers excellent breathability, making it ideal for warm climates as well as colder climates like here in the UK. It's durable due to its weight and high rub count, our luxury linen fabric is 260gsm. Our linen also adds a relaxed, natural vibe to your furniture. 

  2. Velvet: Our velvet upholstery fabric adds a touch of luxury and sophistication to any piece of furniture. It's soft to the touch and offers a rich texture that elevates the overall aesthetic of the room. Susi Bellamy velvet is a polyester mix, this makes it extremely hard wearing and practical and requires very little maintenance. Our velvet fabric has a rub count / martindale of 60,000 making it the perfect option for heavily used furniture like sofas and chairs. 


Velvet stool Assiedstoii upholstered in Susi Bellamy fabric

Assieds Toii Mushroom Stool upholstered in our new SS24 fabric, Aqua Mini Marbled Velvet Fabric

Choosing the Right Fabric for Your Needs

Now that you're familiar with the different types of upholstery fabrics, it's time to choose the right one for your needs. Consider the following factors:

  1. Usage: Determine how frequently the furniture will be used. For heavily used pieces, opt for our velvet which can withstand a lot of traffic.

  2. Environment: Take into account the environment in which the furniture will be placed. 

  3. Style: Consider the style and aesthetic of your space. Choose a fabric that complements your existing decor and enhances the overall ambiance of the room.


Upholstered headboard in luxury Susi Bellamy velvet
Our luxury velvet fabric is suitable for a variety of uses, from sofas to curtains to upholstered headboards. Pictured above: Teal Bouquet Velvet Fabric


Choosing the best upholstery fabric is essential for ensuring the longevity, comfort, and aesthetics of your furniture. By considering factors such as durability, maintenance, aesthetics, and comfort, you can select the perfect fabric that meets your needs and enhances your living space. Whether you opt for the timeless elegance of our linen or the luxurious feel of velvet, investing in high-quality upholstery fabric is a decision you won't regret.

Please note: our fabrics are not fire retardant treated. FR treatment is required if you are using this fabric for upholstery - please contact your upholsterer for advice. 

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