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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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ModaScapes Interior Design
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.
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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
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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?
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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
0 Likes   February 26, 2013 at 10:46PM
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Marilee Lenon
Lazar Industries Clarice Set
0 Likes   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.
0 Likes   February 27, 2013 at 12:04AM
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ModaScapes Interior Design
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.
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Marilee Lenon
Is the crypton protection plan worth spending on for this blend fabric?
0 Likes   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.
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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
0 Likes   February 27, 2013 at 1:18PM
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ModaScapes Interior Design
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. ;-)
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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.....
0 Likes   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!
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edithsmom
Modascapes, thanks for all the furniture fabric info...most helpful.
0 Likes   February 13, 2014 at 8:20PM
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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.
1 Like   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.
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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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Sue- is it polyester or linen? There's no such thing as polyester linen, so I'm guessing the actual content is probably poly and they were being clever with the name. 100% polyester doesn't breath, so it's warm on your tush, but nothing sticks to it. Think about clothes that you own and which ones are notoriously hot and check out their label. A blend will be a lot more comfortable, but might be hard to find in a slip cover.
0 Likes   April 19, 2014 at 5:06PM
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suedaisy123
thank you for your comments. the fabric is 100% polyester but has a linen look. my one concern is that it may be hot like you said. however, I have to balance that with the fact it is the must sat in chair in the family room -- often sat in by my children eating food! It is worth the gamble? thanks!
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Marla Oppenheim: Decorating Consultant
Sue...why not look into some indoor outdoor fabrics for the slipcover? it simply will not hold a stain...if it does you just rub a bit of bleach and water on it. The color will not come out! there are some that actually have a linen like weave. 100% acrylic is the best.
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tjrp19999
Hello...
I am considering purchasing an Andre Sofa from a very reputable furniture retailer/manufacturer - Triad fabric, 78% poly, 22% acry. The Triad fabric option is softer than the fabric the sofa normally comes in, which is 100% poly and too scratchy. After hearing your take on 100% poly hotness (in warmer climates?) I'm not a fan of 100% poly.. (have also researched some negatives of 100% poly).
I'd like to go with it. I live in northern IL and appreciate your take on the fabric content. It will be a fabric upgrade from stock options and need some expert advice before I put up some $$. Thanks, and have a good one.
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tjrp19999
Me again....tjrp19999,

just a comment....Wish I could afford "Green" furniture but the prices are outrageous for anything I've seen online that looks really good. I don't really feel good about polys/acrylic/rayon, etc. but after searching I don't know what else to do to get a quality sofa that will hold up in different urgent categories. Thanks again.
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jeanennemorphis
I just ordered two sofas and two swivel rockers, different companies.. I have always struggled with fabrics. I find a piece I love and then can't find fabric that I can get excited about This time I was shopping a sale and found a fabric first and decided the style of the sofa would be second. This was a medium price point company so not breaking the bank. What I really love is the texture. Brown, taupe and cream slub weed. I haven't found anything I like better.. It is 65 acrylic, 20 poly and 15 cotton. It has a HHH rating for durability. So it should be good with my two small dogs and cat. I also ordered two chairs from CR Laine in a beautiful creamy taupe Sunbrella fabric. I passed right over it thinking it was for outdoors when my girlfriend grabbed it. 100 percent acrylic. In the case of the chairs, I picked the chairs first and then looked for a simple solid and am pretty jazzed about the Sunbrella. The chairs will be in front of a large window so I need that kind of durability. I looked at Pottery Barn's performance fabric, which were 100 percent poly and it is nice but I want a color blend. The acrylic Sunbrella is so nice for a solid. Anyway, you might try looking at fabrics first and then find the sofa after you've narrowed it down. I got tired of buying furniture with fabric I didn't love.
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coops73
We are trying to compare two fabrics that have the same wear and cleaning grades per the manufacturer (King Hickory). One is a 60% acrylic, 23% poly and 17% cotton blend. The other is 89% poly and 11% cotton. The first one seems a bit thicker, but you can't see through either in the light (as suggested to do in this chain). Any opinions would be much appreciated. Thanks
0 Likes   November 22, 2014 at 7:49AM
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jeanennemorphis
We got our Sunbrella chairs and I love the fabric. Soft, and beautiful. I'm still waiting on the sofas so will let you know. Feel is so important to me. I want something that feels nice. My concern with a high poly content is does it breath? Is it soft enough? I know the acrylic has a wonderful feel. The higher quality ones are amazing. I read that cheaper acrylic will pill so I would be careful about durability and check the rub rating.
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jeanennemorphis
We got our sofas and I'm disappointed in the fabric. It is not nearly as nubby as the sample was. They are going to get a swatch from another bolt and possibly remade but I am doubting it will be different. I sure would order a new swatch from the mfg before ordering again. They vary so much. It seems stiffer. I am seeing some lumps on the the back cushions but this is a looser style sofa so not sure. The taught bottom cushions look great. As does the rest of the sofa. Just not as nubby or wooly as the sample that I feel in love with. Ugh.
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