Jan 7, 2024

How to Pick the Perfect Fabric for Your Couch

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Oftentimes, selecting a fabric for your couch can feel overwhelming, with seemingly endless options. That's why we have a highly-curated selection of life-friendly fabrics that we know you'll love. While we've designed the process to be foolproof — they're all pretty amazing  we do have some tips and tricks for selecting a fabric that will suit your home and create a timeless, lasting look. But first let's take a look at the options.

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Coconut, Gloomy Day In, Shell, Marshmallow, Warm Sand & Evening Fog

Next up, our top three tips for picking the perfect fabric for your couch.

Tip #1: Consider Your Overall Color Scheme

Do bright, clean, airy neutral rooms light you up? Or are you dreaming of moody, deep and vivid colors? Start with your walls. In general, you’ll want some contrast between your walls and your couch, which is often the focal point of the room. White couches can be the exception to this rule: as long as you add depth with texture and color — wood tones, paneling on the walls, browns and tan throw pillows, etc. —  a white couch like Coconut or Marshmallow can look great in a room with white walls.

If you love the blank canvas of crisp white walls, for a warm and neutral room try a tan or beige couch like Warm Sand and Shell. For a moodier, cool-toned room go grey with Gloomy Day In or Evening Fog. On the other hand, deep navy or grey walls look moody and inviting with a tan or beige couch such as Warm Sand or Shell or even a white one like Coconut.

Here are just a few of our favorite color combinations, but the sky's the limit.

White Walls / Coconut Linen 

— Shown here in Coconut fabric with Benjamin Moore "Chantilly Lace" paint 

Dark Moody Walls / Warm Sand Velvet 

— Shown here in Warm Sand fabric with Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black" but other great options are Farrow & Ball "De Nimes" for a dark blue-gray, or Benjamin Moore "Hale Navy" for a navy-hued paint

Grey Walls / Grey Fabric

— Shown here in Gloomy Day In Fabric fabric with Sherwin Williams "On the Rocks" (walls) and "Iron Ore" paint (fireplace)

White Walls / Grey Fabric

— Shown here in Gloomy Day In Fabric fabric with Benjamin Moore "Simply White"

Tip #2: Consider Practicality and Care

All of our fabrics are stain- and spill-resistant and easy to clean, but our pet-friendly fabric, Shell goes the extra mile for durability. The biggest difference with our pet-friendly fabric is that the threads are closer together, giving it a feel similar to suede or faux leather. This closer thread spacing makes it easier to wipe off pet fur and hair. Our fabrics are all also OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 Certified for harmful substances and PFAS- and PFC-free with no “Forever Chemicals.”

All removable pieces can be machine-washed and air-dried (linen) or dry-cleaned (velvet). But for some easy spot cleaning on all pieces, we recommend using a mild ph balanced cleaner. Our product team went through an in depth analysis of available cleaners on the market and here are our top picks for our fabric:

1. Resolve Upholstery & Multi-Fabric Spot & Stain Remover

2. Woolite Instaclean Spot Remover 

3. Method Stain and Odor Treatment

Tip #3: Consider Feel

Linen is cool and soft. Velvet is buttery and smooth. Our pet-friendly options have almost a “faux leather” feeling to them. If you run hot or live in warm temperatures, linen might be your answer. Whereas velvet is great for a den, basement, bonus room, or any room that needs some extra cozy.

What other questions do you have about finding the perfect fabric for your couch? Send us a note at support@stayhomebody.com.

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