Once you’ve chosen a chair design, the next decision you must make is the fabric for any upholstered parts. And with hundreds of fabrics in our collection, you’ll be spoilt for choice. With so many options to consider, you may also want to do some research before making your final choice.
On this page, you can find out more about the many types of fabric we stock; you can also view a digital swatch of each fabric in every available colour way. However, please bear in mind that a digital swatch is not a 100% accurate representation and should only be used as an initial reference. We strongly recommend you refer to our pattern books or request a sample before placing your order.
Some of our chairs are fully covered, others are semi-upholstered on the seat, back and sides. To keep things simple, we have compiled a ‘standard’ range of fabrics for each chair. The cost of the fabric is included in the price of the chair and you’ll see that displayed on the individual product pages across the website.
However, some customers require fabrics which aren’t included in our standard range to match their specific colour scheme. That’s why we’ve created a bespoke range of fabrics in a variety of colours. Prices for these fabrics vary but we’re always happy to provide a quote.
Considerations when choosing a fabric
Fabrics with a pile, such as velvet and chenille, are prone to pile pressure marks. When the pile is flattened through regular use, changes in light reflection alter the shading and colour of the fabric in those areas. How to avoid this?
Chair cushions should be turned frequently to minimise pile pressure and regular cleaning and maintenance will also help to maintain the fabric’s appearance. Please remember that this is a natural characteristic of these types of fabric, not a fault, and it will not affect or accelerate long-term wear.
Take care not to expose the fabric on your upholstered furniture to long periods of direct sunlight. This is likely to lead to the fabric colour fading over time thanks to the natural bleaching effect of the sun.
Fabric colours can also be affected by dye transfer from non dye-fast clothing (such as jeans). While tricky to control, it’s easier to avoid with dark fabrics.
Please be aware that the colours and shades of different batches of fabric can vary slightly from the swatches we provide. If you require an exact match, please advise us at the time of ordering that you require this.
Synthetic fibres are a popular choice in the contract furniture market thanks to their strength and durability. However, in rare circumstances, they can produce low-level noise when two synthetic fabrics are rubbed together. This does not affect the quality of the fabric or the long-term wear.
After sales care
There are a range of after sales treatments which claim to give full protection against furniture marks and stains. However, since each fabric responds differently to the chemicals in these treatments, it’s impossible to say if damage can be caused. That’s why we advise against the use of these treatments on our fabrics and unfortunately, we cannot accept responsibility for fabrics which are treated in this way. If you decide to treat your furniture, the fabric will no longer be covered by our warranty.
A rub test assesses the durability of an upholstery fabric, i.e. how long will it last? The rub test aims to simulate wear and tear caused by daily use. A special machine is used to vigorously rub the fabric until it starts to show signs of wear. Each fabric is assigned a ‘rub factor’.
‘Double rubs’ are equivalent to one back and forth motion and under current guidelines, 3,000 double rubs is roughly equal to a year of regular use.
Our fabric is sorted into grades according to their durability and rub factor:
• General contract upholstery – 30,000 to 50,000 double rubs
• Heavy duty upholstery – 55,000 to 75,000 double rubs
• Extreme wear upholstery – 80,000 to 100,000 double rubs
Our Chanel fabric is an excellent choice for high traffic areas without compromising on luxury. This high performance, flame retardant chenille fabric comes in five colour ways. Chanel fabric is graded as general contract upholstery with a rub factor of 30,000 to 50,000 double rubs.
Our most popular hospitality fabric, Pimlico is a soft-to-the-touch, yet hardwearing ribbed velvet. For a low maintenance fabric, it’s a great choice, designed with the hospitality sector in mind, but also perfect for healthcare settings. Pimlico is graded as heavy duty upholstery with a rub factor of 55,000 to 75,000 double rubs.
Click Here To See The Full Range Of Pimlico Colours
Manhattan Faux Leather Range
Be it pubs, clubs or hotels, our faux leather (vinyl) Manhattan fabric is as hardworking as they come. It’s our easiest to keep clean fabric as most marks can just be wiped away or removed with bleach. Manhattan is graded as heavy duty upholstery with a rub factor of 55,000 to 75,000 double rubs.
Aquaclean Technology Range
This revolutionary, fire-retardant fabric consigns most common household stains – such as wine, mud and chocolate – to history with just a splash of water. We are confident you’ll be impressed. Aquaclean is graded as heavy duty upholstery with a rub factor of 55,000 to 75,000 rubs.
Two of our most popular Aquaclean fabric ranges are Oban and Tenby. Both are hardwearing, heavy fabrics. Oban is a slightly heavier weave than Tenby and is available in 14 stunning colours, whereas Tenby is available in 13 colours.
Pastiche Velvet Range
Glamour and practicality combined. The Pastiche crush velvet collection comes in a multitude of colours, all washable at 40 degrees and is available in either slub, plain or ribbed effect finishes. Pastiche is graded as heavy duty upholstery with a rub factor of 55,000 to 75,000 double rubs.
Notting Hill Range
One of our most popular fabrics, the Notting Hill range is available in 44 vibrant colours – and it’s washable at just 30 degrees. This plush plain fabric is fire retardant and is graded as heavy duty upholstery with a rub factor of 55,000 to 75,000 double rubs.
For the truest suede effect you’ll ever find, look no further. Made from polyester, the Ambassador range is versatile and hard-wearing. It’s ideal for soft furnishings such as sofas, chairs and bar stools and is available in 11 colours. Ambassador is graded as heavy duty upholstery with a rub factor of 55,000 to 75,000 double rubs.
There are strict regulations in the UK governing the safety of fabrics on sale for contract use. All our fabrics comply with current regulations as laid out in the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988.
This includes BS5852 Part 1 Source 0 (Cigarette) Ignition Source 1 (Match). All our fabrics are treated to Source 5 (Crib 5) to meet hotel and leisure UK regulations. We can supply all relevant flame retardancy certificates for all our fabrics.
When you hire a chair from us, you can opt for one of our standard fabric colours which are included in the base hire price of the chair.
All chairs hired with the removable seat pad option are available in one of the following 14 colours:
White Faux Leather
Duck egg blue
Rattan Antique Wash
All seat pads (except for the white faux leather and rattan) are supplied in a soft velour/draylon type fabric which is soft to touch and rich in colour.
Bespoke fabric options
While our standard colour options open up a world of possibilities, we appreciate that you may be on the hunt for a different fabric or colour. If none of our standard colours are suitable, we can supply seat pads in a different fabric or colour. All you need to do is upgrade to one of our bespoke fabrics, for an additional cost or supply your own fabric for us to use during the upholstery process.
Seat pad construction
Choosing the right fabric is important but what about the quality of the seat pad within? We use only the highest density, fire retardant foam available and it is carefully cut to size for each product range.
For our hospitality seat pads, we use 35mm thick hard foam, cut into two sizes for our stackable Chiavari, Crossback, Bentwood and Napoleon chair ranges.
If you’re still debating fabric options, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help you make the final decision. And don’t forget you can order as many swatches as you need. We always recommend seeing the fabrics in the flesh before ordering. You can contact us by phone, email or via the website.
Free fabric samples
If you would like to see the quality and/or colour of our fabrics before purchasing and would like us to send you samples, please fill in your details on the FREE Fabric Samples form and we will contact you to arrange sending the samples you require: