Creating A Beautiful Home

3 Durable, Appealing, And Valuable Fabrics To Consider When Reupholstering Your Sofa

by Serenity Harris

Decorating and furnishing your home can be an overwhelming and costly expense. However, with proper planning and design, it can be a worthwhile investment. A good quality sofa can last up to 30 or 40 years, but you will most likely want to update the look and feel of this popular piece of furniture over the years. If you are ready to reupholster your sofa, consider using one of these durable, valuable, and appealing fabrics.


Microfiber is a great option for your living or family room sofa, since it offers a structured look while providing you and your family a comfortable and durable place to sit.

The fabric is woven tightly, creating a surface that naturally repels water and stains. If you spill a liquid, you can easily wipe it off the microfiber using a cloth.

Another great benefit of reupholstering your sofa with a microfiber fabric is its overall look. The fabric holds colors well, reducing the risk of fading or discoloration that is common with other upholstery.


Olefin is created from melted plastic pellets that are spun into yarn and woven into a fabric. While this may not seem like a comfortable surface for your seating needs, olefin is actually a smart choice for your sofa's upholstery.

Here are a few benefits of olefin:

  • Resistant to mildew
  • Easy to clean
  • Resistant to fading
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Available in a large variety of colors and patterns
  • Affordable


Linen has been a popular upholstery choice for years, but many people believe it is too formal an expensive to use in their homes. Fortunately, this is not the case.

Linen is soft and attractive. The fabric offers a secure and structured look when used on furniture, but it is comfortable to sit on due to the fibers' ability to expand and contract. The use of linen on your sofa will create a comfortable surface without reducing the strength and durability of the fabric.  

Upholstering your sofa with linen will also reduce allergens that linger in other fabrics. Linen has one of the most tightest weaves of all fabrics, decreasing the amount of dust, dead skin cells, and pollen that can trap inside the upholstery. The natural material is also antibacterial and antifungal.

Reupholstering your sofa is a smart investment for your home and family's needs, but choosing from the numerous fabric options can be challenging. With this guide, you will understand the benefits of 3 common fabrics used in upholstery.