Natural fabrics, such as cotton, leather, and wool, are made from animal or plant fibers. Some varieties are particularly sturdy, but they tend to be more expensive.
Cotton is generally weak on its own, but soft and breathable. As a result, it’s commonly blended with other fabrics to create a stronger material that’s resistant to soiling and wrinkling, making it perfect for any room in your home.
Sheared from sheep, wool is sturdy and durable all on its own. The downside is that is can be fairly difficult to clean. Like cotton, it is frequently blended with other fibers to make up for its shortcomings.
Leather upholstery can vary drastically in quality and price, depending on the variety you choose to buy. Higher quality types are best for areas that don’t get much use, but the material is very tough. Special leather conditioner and soap is sold so you can ensure your upholstery is always spotless.
Synthetic fabrics are man-made, usually from vinyl or polyester. While they are sometimes blended with natural fibers they can be used on their own to create very durable materials.
Acrylic is usually available as an imitation wool product. It resists wear, wrinkling, soiling, and fading, making it a good choice for many types of furniture.
Nylon is almost always blended with other fibers to add strength. It’s very resilient to soiling and wrinkling but has the tendency to fade over time.
Rayon is used as an imitation silk or cotton. It’s durable and cost-effective but can wrinkle easily.