What to Know When Choosing Upholstery
07/09 Design

What to Know When Choosing Upholstery

A rundown of our favorite fabrics.

Choosing the right kind of seating for your home and lifestyle can be difficult… 

especially when selecting an upholstery fabric. When we work on projects with clients, we’ve found that a lot of people have questions about how to make an informed choice.  

Each upholstery fabric has something to offer, whether it’s linen, Crypton, leather, or velvet. Furniture should be an investment and making the right decision when choosing upholstery starts with getting to know your options.  

We put together a guide to some of our favorite upholstery fabrics to help you decide what is best for you! 

Here are some of our go-to choices when it comes to upholstery fabric: 

Crypton 

The number one request we get from our clients is that they want their living spaces to be kid or family friendly. Trust us; we get it! You don’t have to wait for the reality of peanut butter fingertips to set in on your new white couch; that’s where Crypton comes in. 

We call Crypton fabric the gold standard of performance fabrics. Not only is it stain-resistant, odor-resistant, and antimicrobial, it is also made without harmful chemicals, making it the perfect family-friendly fabric. 

Explore our Summer 2021 Catalogue here.

From our Midcentury Loft Netflix Remodel

From our Pine Brook Project

Best-selling Crypton pieces

Performance at its finest.
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Lucille English Roll Arm Chaise Lounge
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Remi Sofa
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Lucille Chaise Sectional
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Vernon Modular Ottoman
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Lucille English Roll Arm Chair
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Timmins Arm Chair

Leather 

Leather is also a great option for family, friendly spaces. It ages well, it’s durable, and it’s easy to wipe spills off of. Even when the leather starts to get natural scratches, it’s still pretty. Plus, when you choose natural leather, you can often rub out the scuffs with your fingers. We love using leather because it’s classic, strong, and blends well in almost any space.

In our upholstery collection, we use natural leather for its feel and look. Sometimes when leather is processed, it can feel plasticky. However, natural leather is soft to the touch and wears down much better over time.

From our Historic Loft Netflix Remodel

From our Pine Brook Project

Classic leather pieces

Strong, timeless, and versatile.
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Morrison Wood Base Sofa
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Remi Sectional
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Buckley Sectional
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Walker Sectional
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Morrison Wood Base Chair
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Vernon Arm Chair
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Warner Leather Sofa

Linen

Linen is one of our favorites for its natural texture, relaxed look, and premium feel. Not only is it incredibly comfortable, but it is also breathable, durable, and hypoallergenic l, making it a great choice for bedroom and living room furniture alike.  

Linen is less stain-resistant than our performance fabrics, so it may not be the best choice for kids’ spaces. 

From our Beckham Project

From our Pine Brook Project

Light & breezy linens

Relaxed and premium.
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Walt Bed
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Morrison Metal Base Chair
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Macy Ottoman
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Madlen Bench
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Macy Slipcover Sectional
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Vernon Sofa

Performance linen  

If you love the look and feel of linen but are looking for something a bit more durable, performance linen may be your match. With the same relaxed look and feel of linen, performance linen is also stain-repellent, easy to clean, and strong enough for high-traffic rooms. 

More of our Summer 2021 Catalogue here.

Performance linen picks

Beautiful & strong.
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Everleigh Sofa
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Hale Sectional
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Hale Sofa
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Cade Sofa
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Morrison Metal Base Large Ottoman
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Morrison Wood Base Ottoman

Velvet 

Although velvet is known as a more elevated fabric, it is also surprisingly durable! In addition, because of its texture, velvet has a way of disguising imperfections, making it a good choice for family living spaces. 

It’s soft, warm, and, most of all, beautiful in any space. We love using velvet to add an extra layer of texture, whether in an accent chair or an entire sofa. 

From The McGee Home: The Great Room

From our Beckham Project

Velvet favorites

Warm and textural.
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Reese Curved Chair
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Lucille English Roll Arm Sofa
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Reese Curved Sofa
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Cade Sofa

Psst.. Don’t forget to pin our guide below for future reference!

What to Know When Choosing Upholstery

Still unsure of which upholstery fabric is best for you? Order free swatches from McGe & Co. to see them up close and personal!

What to Know When Choosing Upholstery
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