Performance fabrics are a game-changer for your upholstered furniture. Many households expect their furniture to last five to ten years, if not longer. Performance fabrics are made to do just that: last. These fabrics work hard against spills, dirt, pets, kids and the general wear and tear that your upholstered furniture is exposed to with daily use.
Similar to performance fabrics in active wear, upholstered performance fabrics are made to provide comfort, easy care and durability, while repelling water, resisting stains, mold and mildew, and, most importantly, looking quite fashionable.
But how? There are a variety of ways to achieve the desired traits of performance fabrics. Fabrics can be chemically coated or made up of threads that naturally possess traits, such as resistance to moisture, stains and abrasion. The most common threads used in performance fabrics for upholstery are olefin, acrylic, nylon and polyester.
Our Four Favorite Brands
We consider ourselves upholstery experts here at Head Springs Depot. With years of experience in the furniture business, we have high expectations in the ability of our furniture to last a long time and look good doing it. Here are our top favorite brands of performance fabrics available at our warehouse.
As you may assume by their name, Sunbrella entered the performance fabric game with long-lasting awning canvases. From there, they adapted their fabric technology for indoor and outdoor upholstery fabrics, and more.
Sunbrella performance fabrics are resistant to fading from sunlight and chemical exposure, as well as mold and mildew. Their fabrics come in a range of comfortable, beautiful styles that can be used in every part of the home, from curtains to fully upholstered pieces, all with the same long-lasting quality.
For additional details and clean recommendations, visit: www.sunbrella.com.
Crypton’s performance fabric technology is not only resistant to stains, odors and moisture, but also earth-friendly. They are GREENGUARD Gold Certified for exceptional sustainability and low chemical emissions for healthier indoor air quality.
Their soft, smart, sustainable fabrics come in a wide range of textures, colors and designs to suit your home style. They include a liquid barrier to protect against oil and water-based stains, making them strong and easy to clean.
For additional details and cleaning recommendations, visit: www.crypton.com.
Revolution Performance Fabrics are stain and sun resistant fabrics woven with Olefin yarn, making the fabrics soft yet durable and easy to clean. Their fabrics are made with up-cycled fibers using very little of the earth’s resources, and without PFC chemicals or any type of chemical coating. The natural stain repellant of the materials will do all the work, keeping your family and pets from being exposed to harsh chemicals.
They provide a wide variety of designs for your home using solution-dyed fabrics. The fibers themselves are dyed before being woven, ensuring the colors and patterns stay vibrant without fading.
For additional details and cleaning recommendations, visit: www.revolutionfabrics.com.
Defend allows you to design fearlessly with their high performance fabric technologies. Their products are made to perform on a variety of surfaces to meet your needs in your home. They offer protection against both water based and oil based staining to extend the life of your upholstered furniture and the durability of your investment.
For additional details and cleaning recommendations, visit: http://www.tsgfinishing.com/defend/index.html.