Before making any decisions about your upholstered furniture, It is wise to educate yourself. Is it better to buy new, or to have that old sofa or chair recovered?
CarrsCorner Professional Upholsterers, Soft Furnishings Fabricators Recovering The World.
Upholster.com Upholstery Tools, Supplies, Books, and Video Resources
Slipcover Network A guide to slipcovering furniture
Info on Fabrics
Manufactured or Man Made Fabrics, info on Fabrics.net
Natural Fabrics, info on Fabrics.net
The Care and Cleaning of Upholstery fabrics, info on the fabric page of Great Lakes Fabrics.
Information on Fibers
Selecting Upholstered Furniture by K. Williams, at The Colorado State University Cooperative Extension - Family/Consumer dept. This article gives a good description of fabric fibers used on upholstered furniture.
Selecting Residential Carpet by K. Williams, at The Colorado State University Cooperative Extension - Family/Consumer dept. Article gives quick facts about fibers used in carpets. Since similar fibers are used in both upholstery and carpets, much of this fiber information would also apply to upholstery.
Costumes & Fashion: A History of Fabrics & Fibers: This contains information on the history of various natural and manmade fibers, as well as links to other fabric information pages.
How to determine the Quality of Furniture, an article by Ippolitos Furniture on how to tell good furniture.
Buying Quality Furniture tells what to look for in buy well-made furniture.
Note, If you want to know what is inside upholstered furniture, go to our Pictures and Slideshows page. Watch some of the slideshows.