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Choosing an Upholstery Fabric

How to choose an upholstery fabric?

Patterns, plains and stripes…so much to choose from!!!
Finline Furniture have a massive range of fabric choices. But don’t be daunted.

Here’s how to choose a fabric that will make the right statement in your home. Nothing has a bigger influence on the look of your upholstered furniture than the fabric. It’s the most visible sign of fashion and quality.

So how will you select a fabric that has a style, durability and feel that you may want? Its in knowing what to look for and what questions to ask our expert staff.

Some Things To Consider When Selecting A Finline Furniture Fabric



The fabric should be suited to the style and character of the piece it is covering. A traditional model such as our Gandon Range will usually look best with a more traditional fabric style such as Percival or Pendragon that we source from one of the world’s leading mills in Belgium. The size or width of the pattern should be appropriate to your room size. Large repeating patterns generally look better in larger rooms. Consider whether the fabric colour is warm or cool. Be sure the fabric is the correct mood for the room the furniture is going into.


Colour is usually the main reason that people select certain fabrics. But certain colour fabrics may not be the best choice for durability and stain resistance. If you have small children or pets you’re probably better off choosing a colour that won’t show dirt easily.

If you have a room that’s used for only special occasions then it might be better to go for a more opulent looking damask type fabric.

In Ireland because of our climate many people prefer warmer colours such as Beiges or Terracottas.


You need to consider if the furniture will be in a part of the house that receives the heaviest traffic. Furniture that will get a lot of daily heavy wear need to be covered in tough, durable, tightly woven fabrics.

Finline Furniture – Fabric Grades

All our fabrics come in 4 different price grade options.

  • Platinum Collection
  • Gold Collection
  • Silver Collection
  • Bronze Collection

It’s important to keep in mind that grade is NOT an indication of quality or durability.

It is just an indicator of how expensive the fabric was to make and source from the many fabric suppliers we deal with throughout the world.

A Good Fabric Is Always In Fashion

Regardless of colour, texture or grade, fabrics should always be chosen to serve your needs, both fashionable and practical. We provide our customers with a huge choice, so don’t settle for anything you’re not in love with.

Most important make sure to pick a fabric that you can truly LIVE with.

And if you decide to re-decorate your room in the future, remember that Finline Furniture can always re-upholster your piece so it will once again look like new!

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