Considerations and Information About Pattern Matching

When it comes to fabric patterns, they come in a wide variety. With some exceptions, fabric patterns are generally created with repeats that are a part of 27" (3", 9", 13.5", 27" etc). 

Theoretically any fabric with any type of pattern could just be applied randomly as it was cut off the roll. In addition, different upholsterers have different standards that they go by. To some it may not make any difference whether they match a patterned fabric or not. On the other end of the spectrum some upholsterers may match all patterns.


When we speak of "non-matching fabrics" we mean that the fabric is either plain in color (no pattern) or that the fabric is so diffused or irregular that it wouldn't be obvious if the pattern was matched or not. This does not mean that we will use a dominant patterned fabric and put it on the furniture without matching the patterns.

Non Matching application means that we do our standard cutting layout and just cut the fabric off the roll as it comes. There is no extra thought, no realigning of fabric patterns.

In speaking of a "non-matching fabric" we also mean that the way that we put on the fabric will not take us more thought or labor to do the job. (Also see Purposely Mismatched below.)

Can Be Applied Either Way

Some fabrics have a mild or indistinct pattern that can be applied  with matching or without matching. Ask us about what is best for your chosen fabric.

Purposely Mismatched

Some "seemingly" wild or carefree hairstyles that seem to be "thrown together" actually take a lot of thought and planning, as well as some special artistic touches to achieve the special look. In much the same way, a purposely mismatched piece application of the fabric takes a lot more thought and planning than a "Non-Matching" application of the fabric. Each piece that is cut has to be carefully positioned and compared with surround pieces to make sure if all comes together as desired. Otherwise several pieces can come together all having the same parts of the pattern, while other sections may be completely random. Even with a seemingly "mismatched" pattern there  still needs to be a harmonious flow of the different pieces with one another.

The cost of this method of application is similar to the matching required method.

Matching Required

If a fabric has a dominant pattern that we determine should be matched, we will not put the fabric on a piece of furniture unless the client orders it as matched (at the additional cost of matching)


Each type of pattern matching/alignment/centering will vary from job to job and from piece to piece depending upon the style of furniture it is being applied to, the size and repeat of the pattern of fabric, and the individual cut sizes of the fabric needed for the furniture. There will also be variations to the pattern alignments due to the stretchiness or the stiffness of the fabric, the type and amount of padding, and the shape of the furniture. The descriptions given are only for approximations to the pattern matching degree.