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What type of fabric is used for upholstery?

Here at Yorkshire Fabric Shop, we know how fabric can transform tired upholstery into fresh and modern pieces of furniture. 

We source all our beautiful upholstery fabrics from around the world, and house a range of  fabric styles, types and textures.

In today’s blog, the experts at Yorkshire Fabric Shop look at the types of fabric that can be used for upholstery.


What is Upholstery?

Upholstery is a term used for the fabric, padding, springs and webbing that cover furnishings such as chairs, sofas and cushions.

There are many varieties of upholstery fabric on the market, and the material you opt for will be dependent on your upholstery project.

There are two types of upholstery fabric - natural and synthetic. A great way to get the best of both worlds is to mix both natural and synthetic fabrics, to create a bespoke design that is both stylish and durable.



Natural Fabrics

Made from natural fibres from animals and plants, natural upholstery fabrics are environmentally sustainable and renewable.

Fabrics such as leather, wool and cotton are some of the more well-known natural fabrics. They are long-wearing, comfortable and, for fabrics such as linen, hypoallergenic.

Yorkshire Fabric Shop is a champion of natural fabrics. Our extensive range covers a variety of natural fabrics, such as chenille, suede, velvet and corduroy. 

You can explore all of our natural fabrics by utilising our fabric finder.


Natural Fabrics For Upholstery


Synthetic Fabrics

Synthetic or ‘man-made’ fabrics are a highly durable option, as they are more age-resistant than their natural counterparts.

Choose from highly durable polyester, easy clean and wrinkle-free nylon, or eco-friendly faux leather. These fabrics are a great option for pet owners, as they are hard wearing and easy to keep clean.

Yorkshire Fabric Shop offers a large variety of synthetic fabrics, including polyester, taffeta and polypropylene. All of our synthetic fabrics can be found under ‘other’ on our fabric finder.


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About Yorkshire Fabric Shop

Yorkshire Fabric Shop is the UK’s leading online retailer of upholstery fabric. 
For more information on any of our products, contact us today on 01924 728753, or email and one of our team will be happy to help.


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