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How performance fabrics can enhance the experience of spending time at home

Natasha Kurien Natasha Kurien
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COVID-19 lockdowns became the norm in 2020 resulting in more people staying indoors. The experience of family bonding has been a blessing this past year, however, maintaining décor has become challenging due to instances of spillage and overuse. Given the likelihood that staying home will be the way of life for the foreseeable future, it’s best to equip your home with upholstery fabric that is easy to maintain. Upholstery is an important element of home décor with several varieties to choose from. Natural fabrics such as rayon, silk, and cotton have been versatile, popular choices for upholstery. However, they are prone to stains and wrinkles thus reducing durability while adding to expenses in case of damage.  Sunbrella performance fabric is durable, water-resistant, fade-resistant, stain-resistant, and mildew-resistant. It is also soft and comfortable, making it perfect for use on indoor and outdoor upholstery. Performance fabric lasts for many years, in addition to being easy to clean.

Benefits of using performance fabric for sofa upholstery

The special warmth of falling into one’s favorite sofa or armchair at the end of a long day is irreplaceable. Every home has at least one such piece of furniture that is well-loved and scattered with food stains from movie nights. For families with children and pets, imprints or dirt from muddy feet and wet paws are common on the upholstery. Conventional material like cotton or silk is easy to find and use, however, they are cumbersome to clean and expensive to replace, making performance fabric a stress-free alternative. It can be used in the living room to upholster sofas and cushions as well as in the bedroom for curtains and drapes. As performance fabric is stain-resistant and water-resistant, it is highly durable resisting damage from claws and teeth making it both child and pet-friendly.

Protecting surfaces around the home with performance fabric

Performance fabric is not only the perfect choice for furniture upholstery but also to cover and protect furniture from accidental damages. It is ideal for upholstering dining room chairs as these seats are frequently used and are likely to have food or drinks spilled on them. Performance fabric allows for ease of cleaning and resistance to wear and tear. Performance fabric helps prevent stains in homes that have a breakfast corner with upholstered seats or cushions. It contributes to the aesthetic of the room in addition to making maintenance a hassle-free experience. Informal settings like family rooms and home theatre rooms with couches and relaxing loungers will also benefit from performance fabrics. Using material that is easy to clean allows you to put away worries of spillage and instead bond with your family even if a few snacks are spilled!

Preserving the look of outdoor seating areas with performance fabrics

While indoor furniture is at risk of man-made damage, outdoor upholstery is exposed to the forces of nature such as rain, sunlight, and dust making it harder to maintain. Often homeowners do not use their outdoor furniture to avoid the hassle of cleaning up before and after the area is used. By upholstering the outdoor seating with performance fabric that is fade-resistant, stain-resistant, water-resistant, and easy to clean, the outdoor seating area becomes attractive for years to come. Maintaining the upholstery becomes an easy task as the fabric can easily be cleaned.

A few ideas for using performance fabrics to protect the furniture and upholstery when spending more time at home

The versatility of performance fabrics allows them to be used not only as upholstery but also as covers for furniture to help with added protection. Performance fabric can be used as slipcovers for sofas in indoor or outdoor settings. This protects from stains and spills, especially with light-colored fabric. They can also be used to upholster indoor sofas and chairs adding to the aesthetics of the living room. Another idea to experiment with is to make use of throw cushions in seasonal or festive color schemes. This helps to bring about a change in the decor of your home when the festive season is around the corner. Performance fabric is perfect for use in floor cushions as they don’t stain easily, and are soft, and comfortable to sit or lean on. Curtains and drapes made out of performance fabrics can help act as a layer of protection to indoor furniture.

Browse through more ideas to see how you can use performance fabric to decorate the interiors.

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