How much fabric do i need? Upholstery fabric metrics guide

30 Apr

Are you unsure how much fabric you need for your upholstery project? This upholstery fabric guide is meant to help you decide the amount of upholstery fabric you may need for your upholstery project. In this guide we are showing the images of different furniture and number of meters  typically needed for reupholstering. This guide is meant to be a general guide  since all furniture are unique and not necessarily match what is shown on the guide. Try to choose a typical shape which is the closest match to your furniture and add meters as needed. If you are taking on an upholstery project on the very first time – it might be good idea to order about 10% extra fabric – just in case something goes wrong. Sometimes fabric retailers have a limited stock of the fabrics and if you run out of fabric it might be impossible to get some additional fabric if needed.

Some tips:

-Not all furniture fits easily into a general category. Special furniture (ottomans, love seats) require different amounts of fabric than other similar size furniture.

-Sofas with tall backs and ruffled skirts need an extra 2 to 3 meters of fabric. It is better to buy too much than too little, you can always use the excess fabric to make extra sofa pillows.

-If you are upholstering a fabric with a pattern, you need more because of the repeat.

-Take your needs into account and consider fabric durability. Especially if your furniture is heavily used. Lighter and less-woven fabrics are suitable for decorative purposes.

-Please remember to check a shrinkage for the fabric you have chosen. If the fabric shrinks – normally the natural fibers does shrink – please wash the fabric before cutting it. Some natural fiber fabrics can shrink up to 10% which will make huge difference if the fabric is ever washed. 

This guide was created by Ada & Ina. Ada & Ina is specialized in natural upholstery fabrics and curtain fabrics.


By Soile Makkonen


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