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Making It Match: Finding The Best Material for Your Couch

There are several different material options for your couch. Each different type holds its own unique characteristics, from stain and fade resistance to strength and style. A couch's fabric will affect how the couch wears over time. Researching and understanding the different options can help you in finding a piece of furniture worth your money!

Different Couch Materials for Your Home

When selecting the best fabric for your sofa, it is important to take into consideration each of the material's attributes and how they fit your personal requirements and lifestyle. Sofa fabrics are separated into natural fibers, synthetics, and leather. 

Natural Fibers
Natural fibers are exactly as they sound: materials naturally sourced from plants and animals. The most common natural fiber materials include:

  1. LinenWhile linen is a very elegant type of material, it is best used only in low-traffic areas or adult-only areas due to wrinkling and staining. 
  2. Wool. Wool is great at resisting staining, wrinkling, fading, and pilling. Wool can also be blended with a synthetic fiber to offer even more durability and easy spot cleaning. 
  3. Silk. This is a very delicate and soft material. Due to its fragility, it's best placed in a formal area, and must be professionally cleaned if dirtied. 
  4. CottonCotton is great for withstanding wear, fading, and pilling. It is not, however, as resistant to soiling and wrinkling. If blended with other fibers, cotton can increase its durability and make for a great family-friendly fabric. 
  5. Leather. This material is known as one of the most durable and sophisticated materials out there. It is a favorite for people with kids and pets, as it tends to withstand the wear and tear of everyday life while also being incredibly easy to clean. 

Synthetic Fibers
Synthetic fibers are man-made products meant to imitate natural fibers with an overall stain resistant quality. Synthetic fibers include:

  1. Polyester. Polyester is typically blended with other fibers in order to create an upholstery resistant to wrinkling, crushing, and fading. 
  2. Nylon. Resistant to staining, this fiber is considered one of the strongest upholstery fabrics. When added to blends, it helps to prevent this fiber from fading, crushing, and pilling. 
  3. Acrylic. Developed as an imitation wool, this synthetic fiber is great at resisting wear, wrinkling, soiling, and fading. 
  4. Olefin.Olefin is resistant to abrasions, stains, sunlight, and chemicals. This is a perfect material for furniture expected to receive heavy use. 
  5. Vinyl. This is a great alternative to leather, offering a cheaper alternative with comparable toughness. 

Different Materials, One Source

With so many different choices, it may be overwhelming to find the right fit for your home. At Bassett Furniture, we have skilled Design Consultants that can help you create custom furnishing, define your decor, help you to establish a budget, or offer their expert opinion at no cost. 

We are here to supply you with a couch meant to not only look great in your space but to last as well. Visit our website today to find out more about our company and the services we offer, or drop by one of our 100 different retail locations today! 


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