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Choosing fabric for your sofa and chair reupholstery

One of the most important aspects of ordering your sofa or chair reupholstery is choosing your preferred fabric. Furniture recovering is an investment for your home and comfort, so it's essential to choose a fabric that reflects your personality and that will fit in with your overall decor.

We update our furniture recovering fabrics every May with a selection of new materials, patterns and colours, alongside our most popular fabrics which we continue to supply year after year. Of course, you also have the option of choosing your own fabric, but be sure to follow our chair reupholstery Customers Own Cover guide, which you can download via the link.  By choosing your own fabric, you can create a truly unique piece of furniture that reflects your tastes and preferences, and fits with your home décor.

All of our sofa and chair reupholstery fabrics meet or exceed industry standards; if you'd like to learn more, please visit our reupholstery and fabric care page.

Bergere range from ercol

Furniture recovering - fabric types

ercol fabrics are available in a wide range of colours and patterns; from plains, to geometric, to abstract and nature. Our fabrics are available in three different price bands to suit every pocket, with G-grade being the ultimate in luxury.

If you're looking for sofa or chair reupholstery with soft, tactile qualities, you may prefer to opt for a chenille or velvet, both of which can add a real touch of class to your furniture recovering. However, when you reupholster in these plush fabrics, you will notice that the pile flattens as a result of normal use and wear. If your new chair reupholstery starts to suffer from this perfectly normal characteristic, a professional cleaner will be able to raise the pile of your furniture recovering, using a steam machine to revive the fabric. Please be aware though that pile crushing is an inherent quality of these sumptuous materials and impossible to remove entirely. As a result these fabrics are not suitable for furniture with webbing if you wish to be able to reverse the cushions, as the webbing will flatten the pile with use.

It's also worth noting that not all of our furniture recovering fabrics are suitable for every sofa and chair. Reupholstery on our upholstered-back dining chairs and buttoned items in the Gina and Evergreen ranges can appear distorted when using striped materials or fabrics with patterns which form stripes, as the fabric is pulled in around the button, so we do not recommend these types of furniture recovering fabrics in these instances.

Some fabrics designs have slubs as an inherent part of the design.  These random thickenings of the yarn provide part of the intrinsic character of these designs and make each piece of fabric unique.

Choosing your fabric is easy when you reupholster with reCover

When you reupholster with reCover, there are a variety of different ways in which you can choose your favourite fabric; you can view them online by using our reupholstery service fabric selector, and you can also see our reupholstery in our showroom (or those of our stockists), where we display a comprehensive range of ercol furniture in the latest season's materials.

We're always happy to send swatches of our furniture recovering fabrics to our customers, so if you've chosen to reupholster with reCover, please feel free to contact customer services - you can request up to 5 chair reupholstery swatches to be sent to your home, or alternatively, visit your nearest stockist.

2017 reCover guide

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Why reCover?

Fabric swatch

reCover is ercol's reupholstery service. It provides genuine replacement cushions for ercol upholstery and replacement pads for ercol dining chairs.

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