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The Sofa King fabric guide

Velvet

The super silky, on-trend option.
 

What’s it made of?

Did you know velvet can be made from different types of fibre? We’ve opted for a durable polyester weave – it’s less prone to fading and marking vs natural fibres, but still boasts that oh-so-strokeable finish.

It’s great because…

Velvet is definitely an en vogue choice, and adds a look of luxury. Oh and did we mention how soft it is? Perfect for snuggling into.

Just consider…

Velvet tends to attract more fibre and dust vs other materials so not the best choice for allergy sufferers or pet owners. It can also mark and scuff – we think it adds character and depth but some prefer a more uniform look.

How to maintain

Velvet is luxurious, and fittingly needs more upkeep than other materials. You’ll want to vacuum quite regularly to avoid a build up of dust, and use a soft brush to keep the pile in the same direction. Spillages will need to be tackled straight away with an absorbent cloth.

Faux leather

The ‘leather look for less’ option.
 

What’s it made of?

PU or PVC, two techniques that give synthetic fibres the look of leather. PU generally offers a more realistic imitation of genuine leather but is usually more expensive than PVC (but still a cheaper alternative to real leather sofas).

It’s great because…

Faux leathers are still really durable, and tend not to crack or fade over time. You’ll see more colour options and they’ll keep that uniform ‘like-new’ look vs real leathers which will develop a patina (beautifully worn look) over time.

Just consider…

Faux leather won’t stretch or wear over time (in a good way) like real leather does and is not quite as resistant to tears.

How to maintain

It’s even easier to look after faux leather vs the real stuff. A slightly damp cloth with mild soapy water will tackle most spillages.

Other polyester finishes & blends

The versatile option.
 

What’s it made of?

We’ve already mentioned our polyester based velvet, chenille and faux leather sofas, but there are many more finishes achievable with polyester and polyester mixes: woolly, smooth, linen-look, colourful, plain, patterned….

It’s great because…

Synthetic fibres are really strong, especially when mixed with other fabrics like lurex and nylon, so it’s a great choice for high traffic areas. It’s also more resistant to pet claws vs natural materials.

Just consider…

While polyester is great for mimicking the look of more expensive fabrics like leather or woollen tweed, it won’t give you quite the same feel – but we still think you’ll be impressed.

How to maintain

These are pretty low maintenance. A great property of polyester is that it’s usually resistant to water-based stains, so you can just wipe away.

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