How to Choose Upholstery for Your Furniture

When looking to upholster furniture there is a lot that goes into the decision making process. Choosing the right fabric can feel like a lot of pressure and it is a decision you need to get right the first time. There are many options for upholstery in NYC and it can feel overwhelming seeing all the fabrics available. Here are some guidelines to help you in your decision-making process.


Design is going to be your starting point in deciding on your fabric, think of your personal style, design of the furniture and style of your home. When looking at the style of the piece of furniture you are looking to upholster, think about whether you want to go the traditional route and match the style of the fabric to the style of the furniture or perhaps be more adventurous and choose a fabric that is in contrast to the style of the piece. Take into account the other furniture and fabrics that are going to be present in the room where the piece will be.


The environment that your furniture will be in and the amount of wear and tear it will be subjected to are major factors to take into consideration when choosing upholstery. If you have children or pets you are going to want to choose a fabric that is going to be hard-wearing. Fabrics such as leather can be better for pets and children as it is easily wiped down. If you choose to go with a woven fabric, choose one with a higher thread count as it will hold up better with a lot of use. Another factor to take into account is whether your fabric is going to be in an area with high exposure to sunlight, the sun will bleach out fabric so keep this in mind when choosing your upholstery.

Color and Print

The final step is to pick the fabric itself and this involves choosing the color or print of the fabric. Upholstering furniture can be an expensive endeavor so you will want to choose a fabric that you know you will be happy with for years to come. For many, this will mean sticking with neutral colors but for others bold is the look they love. Keep in mind where the piece will be going to make sure the nyc upholstery you choose does not clash with other furniture or décor in the room.