Suede and Velvet Upholstery Fabrics

Now here is a material we should all get on board with! Not only are these fabrics the BEST because of the way they feel when you touch and even wear them, they’re even better when you can enjoy the design when sitting in a beautifully upholstered chair, couch or stool!

 

Suede

We define suede as leather with a velvety napped finish. In short, it’s the soft and “fuzzy” part on the bottom of the leather. Suede can be made by either turning the upside down, revealing the suede portion OR splitting the leather, taking away the top grain showing only the underside. When using the first method for creating suede, expect to have a leather that is just as strong as full grain leather but with a different texture and feel. The second method creates the more common and desired suede that is used for some shoes, hats and interior decor.

 

One thing you want to remember about suede is that it has it’s purposes and you should only use it for those purposes. For example, introduce suede on a chair back. Because the backside of a chair, while visible, do not get too much use, so the suede will last longer. Not only does suede add an awesome texture and look in the space, it adds a sense of culture in the room!

 

There are multiple types of suede nowadays such as ultra-suede, sueded silk and microfiber suede that cater to the Vegan lifestyle. Just remember, the more wear and tear that suede is exposed to, the faster the “soft” and “fuzzy” parts disappear!

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Velvet

According to the dictionary, velvet is a closely woven fabric originally made from silk, but now can also be made with cotton or nylon, that has a thick short pile on one side. Velvet has been used in history for over a millenia. Originally it was all made by hand and buying velvet was expensive. This was to attract only the Royal and wealthiest of customers. Nowadays we use velvet for more than just clothing! Everything from sofas, chairs, bedding, and throw pillows are being used to class up hotel lobbies all over the world. Although it is a very sensitive material, velvet takes stylish and sophisticated to a different level!

 

Velvet can be made from silk, cotton, wool, linen, mohair, etc. and taking care of it can be pretty tricky! Due to the fact that velvet is so porous, exposing it to too much water can damage and even reduce the velvet taking away the soft feeling. 

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These two materials obviously have a lot in common, but there is one main difference. Suede consists of leather and velvet does not! Suede has an advantage when it comes to objects such as shoes. Come on, Elvis Presley sang about blue suede shoes! Suede shoes are very common because, be honest, who doesn’t want soft-to-the-touch footwear? Velvet is used more for furniture and clothing. Velvet furniture, as we mentioned before, is used to create a more classy and stylish ambience.

 

 

Upholstering pieces of furniture with velvet or suede will make a place appear more upscale without giving off the vibe of being overpriced. Not to mention how soft and comfortable the material is. Bring this look into your space and you will lose track of the compliments within days!