Types of Fabrics

(We are starting this out with Microfiber because we are studying out microfibers for a current project. More will be added in the future.) 

Microfiber:

(Editor's note: since Microfiber is a relatively new type of fabric, and as with any new fabrics, it comes with its own set of "marketing hype." We are cautious and are waiting to see how it performs over the long haul. These articles are given for your information.) 

See the following pages on the uses and characteristics of microfiber.

WiseGeek: What are the Pros and Cons of Microfiber Upholstery Fabric

"The pros and cons of microfiber upholstery fabric generally have to do with how the fabric holds up to stains, how easy it is to clean, and how it looks after extended use; in some cases, how it is made also factors in. People who love the material often talk about how well the colors stay bright and how easy it is to remove stains. Others have problems with watermarking, though, particularly if stains aren’t removed right away or damp cloths are left too long on the surface; the material’s static cling is also often a “con,” particularly for people with a lot of lint or hair in their homes. Microfiber is usually made as a byproduct of petroleum and crude oil refining, which can also raise a number of environmental and ethical concerns. (read more)"

Furniture Today: Microfiber is mainstream contender

"Microfiber is attracting attention as it maneuvers upstream in its attempt to become a mainstream contender at retail."

Guria Textiles: Knowledge Center

"MICROFIBER
Manufactured Fiber: available in acrylic, nylon, polyester and rayon."
The page contains a list of Microfiber characteristics, (to read more)

Furniture Today: Motion, microfiber - Perfect together

"Motion upholstery has received a big boost with the rise in popularity of microfiber covers."

"The long-wearing durability factor of tightly woven, synthetic suede, microdenier fibers has meshed nicely with the rough-and-tumble use that's typical of motion seating."

Although it continues to fight the stigma of being viewed as a promotional commodity, microfiber has overcome such bias by advancing its cleanability, stain resistance, accessibility, textural alternatives and plentiful color palette."  (read more)

eHow: Problems with Microfiber Furniture

  "Microfiber furniture provides a soft, ascetically pleasing velvet texture combined with easy cleaning. However, the advantages of microfiber come with some less than advantageous features: static & uneven cleaning" (read more)

eHow: Pros & Cons of Microfiber Furniture

"Microfiber sofas are constructed of thin fiber strands measuring less than 1 denier (a fabric measurement), woven together as fabric. It is one of the most popular furniture-covering materials.
It is wear resistant, resists stains, ease of maintenance, but it lacks heat resistance." (read more)

Apartment Therapy: Microfiber Upholstery Pros & Cons

"Buying a new sofa? Getting an old one reupholstered? In either case, which type of upholstery to choose is certainly a consideration. For many, microfiber is a popular choice due to its reputation for easy clean up and durability. But like anything else, those who have been there have differing opinions - here are some pros and cons from the wise Apartment Therapy readership:"(read more)

ExpreSSeek: Choosing Upholster Fabric

"A new type of synthetic fabric that is rapidly gaining popularity is microfiber fabric. These types of fabric are sturdy, soft to the touch and easy to clean. But, there are disadvantages to microfiber fabrics as well. Rayon and linen, for example, can wrinkle easily so these types of fabrics are most appropriate for furniture that doesn’t get a whole lot of traffic. Other microfiber fabrics include acetate, acrylic, olefin and polyester."(read more)

UtraSuede

Ultrasued for Interiors

"Inherently Beautiful, Responsibly Engineered
Nothing short of a miracle describes the value, versatility, and the extraordinary beauty of Ultrasuede®. Those who love their homes and those who make their livings designing beautiful things for the home both agree—Ultrasuede® is the preferred choice for today's interior design decisions. It is the ultimate premium fabric to stand up to all the challenges of real life. Ultrasuede® is unsurpassed in performance, beauty and, perhaps most important, ease of care. It is both child- and pet-friendly and will continue to look and feel luxuriously elegant for years to come. No wonder so many manufacturers recommend Ultrasuede® for their most popular residential furniture designs." (read more)