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Is 57% polyester with 43% acrylic a good blend for sofa fabric? The middle fabric in pic
Marilee Lenon
February 26, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I'm struggling on what type of fabric to get put on the sofa I like. I have a little 20lb dog that does not shed but is always on the sofa as well as there are four adults that currently live in the house and will be using the sofa all the time. I just want something that won't wear too easily and fairly easy to clean.
If this is not a good blend, what would you recommend? 100% polyester? etc... Thank you
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A few points on upholstery fabric: Look to see what the manufacturer lists as the double-rubs. If it's over 15,000, then it's considered heavy duty and suitable for commercial applications.
-The pattern and nap of that fabric should wear nicely and be very forgiving to most "dirt".
-100% polyester is really hot to sit on, so the blend that you list above is perfect. In warmer climates, like here in AZ, it means sweaty legs. :-(
-The other test is to hold it up at the light and see if you can see through it. If you can, it may not be durable enough, even though it's offered by a furniture manufacturer. Thin fabrics tend to show the foam and other components of a piece of furniture. It's like wearing a really lightweight dress- it will show everything. In the picture, you can see where each of the three pieces of foam come together. The manufacturer did correct this issue, but it was a pain to deal with. The fabric we used was just a tad thinner than most and in that light, it just wasn't nice.
February 26, 2013 at 4:35pm     
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Marilee Lenon
Thank you @ModaScapes I live in Las Vegas,NV so I really appreciate u pointing out that 100% polyester is hot to sit on. I was told Polyester was good so all the fabric I've been looking at has been 100% but I liked this particular grayish color fabric but questioned it since it was a blend. They said it was 15000 double rubs. Do u suggest I find something with a higher double rubs rating? I just want to get my moneys worth since I am splurging more than I had planned since I liked the shape of the sofa & chair in the 2nd pic. Please let me know. Thank u
February 26, 2013 at 9:03pm   
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Polyester is great... just not in warmer climates. Acrylic is what most outdoor and commercial fabrics are predominately, so it's a perfect blend for stain and fade resistance and durability. It's definitely good looking! What brand are the pieces?
February 26, 2013 at 9:34pm   
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Marilee Lenon
@ModaScapes Given the small space I have, would u say the color of the sofa in the 2nd pic (brownish) or the fabric swatch (grayish) would best suit the space? I just want the space to seem as spacious as possible since my current furniture is bulky & dark (3rd pic) or should I worry more on 15000 rubs vs 57000. I'll be using turquoise & green as my accent colors
February 26, 2013 at 10:46pm   
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Marilee Lenon
Lazar Industries Clarice Set
February 26, 2013 at 11:56pm   
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Marie Hebson's interiorsBYDESIGN Inc.
Always look for 100% Polyester. It is the possible best for highly durable upholstery.
February 27, 2013 at 12:04am   
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In looking at your floor color and wall color, the gray will blend better, creating a more spacious feel. The more contrast with the floors and walls, the larger the furniture will feel, which is why your big brown bears seem to eat the space. ;-) Would love to see some fabric on your windows for color and pattern.
February 27, 2013 at 6:04am   
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Marilee Lenon
Is the crypton protection plan worth spending on for this blend fabric?
February 27, 2013 at 10:42am   
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Little known secret about fabric- most of it is coated with a protective something or other before they ship it to the furniture people. If the plan covers replacement for wear or cleaning any kind of stains in the home, than usually you will get your money's worth with four adults and a puppy.
February 27, 2013 at 11:27am   
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Marilee Lenon
@ModaScapes - WOW u are such a huge help, if only you were here in Vegas. I really appreciate all your advice. I actually went back to the store and they were showing me other fabrics to add to my indecisiveness haha... a beautiful looking fabric but it's a 95% polyester 5%vicose blend? and it didn't list down a number of rubs
February 27, 2013 at 1:18pm   
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Thank you Marilee! I do speak "desert living", which has some real caveats (heat and dust) that most other states don't have. No one wants to sweat on their sofa, especially since we are in shorts most of the time.

What was wrong with the first fabric you posted? That fits the bill from what you told me about it. And it seemed to be a great color for your space. By the way, I do come to Vegas at least once a year for the furniture show, so maybe it'll work out one day. ;-)
February 27, 2013 at 4:46pm   
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alice1998
I wonder if a 63% rayon 37% polyester blend is a good idea for a high-use sofa? The swatch I have is a little rough to the touch, but it's beautiful and so far the only one I've found that I really like.....
February 13, 2014 at 12:23am   
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Alice- You have to careful of some fabrics that contain more than half Rayon. While it is the ingredient that gives your fabric luster, it will tend to "polish" over time. So the more you get in and out of your sofa, the contact points of that rub can appear to be shiny over time. I don't know how long that time is or what the magic percentage number that is below polishing, but I have selected fabrics with high Rayon and my local furniture manufacturer has made me sign off on a disclaimer to not come back and complain to them. Thought I'd share- Good luck!
February 13, 2014 at 5:56am   
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edithsmom
Modascapes, thanks for all the furniture fabric info...most helpful.
February 13, 2014 at 8:20pm   
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Hyde Evans Design
With that much polyester it should do well. Check the if there is anything about the abrasion noted on the fabric. the higher the double rub number the better.
February 13, 2014 at 8:47pm   
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Thanks edithsmom! Well, it's easy to pick a color or texture that you like and looks good in the space... but then you have a couple of movies marathons one weekend and realize that your sofa makes you sweat. They don't talk about fiber content enough when selecting, which turns out to be the only thing that matters the longest-wear and comfort.
February 14, 2014 at 4:36am   
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suedaisy123
I need a new slipcover for a much used oversized club chair. It currently is covered in a linen and I love the look but it did not wear well. I am considering a 100% polyester linen with 50,000 double rub. We live in Charlotte, NC. Will this fabric wear well, resist water stains, and not be too hot?
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