Want to add warmth and pattern to your home? Consider the patterns, textures, and colors of Southwest upholstery fabric. When you hear Southwest, you probably think of ponchos, earth tones, and geometric designs. Throw in a little more relaxed and looser weave for decorative pillows, and you're in the zone with the Good, the Rad, and the Affordable.

What to Look for in Southwest Upholstery Fabrics

For an authentic Southwest-style room, you should consider the upholstery fabric's color, texture, and tone. The pattern is equally important, and the size and scale of the ziggurats, zigzags, stripes, and shapes will influence its overall look.

The type of fabric used for the Southwest print you choose is also important to your upholstery's overall appearance, quality, and durability, so choose carefully.

Notably, choose quality linen, leather, and tapestry-type fabrics for upholstery. A tighter weave is important to achieve a longer-lasting finish. Fabrics with a looser weave, such as cotton duck, may be great for drapery, throws, pillows, and table runners. Choose a more durable weave such as chenille or linen for upholstery where there is substantial traffic, such as your chairs and sofas.

Avoid fabrics that will pill, hook, or wear through when upholstering furniture. After all, replacing a worn-out pillow is much more affordable than reupholstering a whole sofa.

When choosing your Southwestern upholstery fabric, take care not to choose a printed fabric where the pattern is merely printed on the material, as this type rarely maintains the print well. In high-traffic areas, these prints will fade or rub through time. A fabric where the pattern is woven into it is best for high-traffic areas as there will be a minimum print loss.

Different Types of Southwest Upholstery Fabric

There are many different types of Southwest fabric. These types are influenced by the kind of fabric used, the pattern, colors, and weight.

Most Southwest fabrics are a little heavier than other types, such as Provincial French fabrics. However, the softer and more "drapeable" Southwest fabrics aren't as suited to upholstery fabric as a more resilient and tightly woven linen or microfiber.

Once you've found a pattern you prefer, you need to consider where to use it in your home, as not all designs suit all furniture or curtains.

Large patterns tend to make a space seem much smaller than it is. Smaller details are better suited to large surfaces such as sofas and window treatments. If you love a large-scale pattern, save it for chairs, pillows, and even table runners.

Good fabric selections for Southwest fabrics are linen, microfiber, polyester blends, and leather or vinyl. For drapery, you can opt for a looser weave such as tapestry fabric, cotton, velvet, and chenille.

When to Use Southwest Upholstery Fabric

Southwest-style upholstery creates a distinctly earthy tone and feel in your home. It reminds one of the great West when cowboys herded the bison and settlers built rugged farmhouses with handmade quilts on their beds and riffles above the hearth.

Use Southwestern upholstery fabric in a family room, or bring it home into your office with a great upholstered office chair and a two-seater couch against the wall.

Match earthy-toned walls with rust, umber, and blue chenille jacquard weave on your table runner or occasional pillows. Add some leather details, such as leather corners on cushions or leather-covered armrests on sofas for a little luxury.

How to Use Southwest Upholstery Fabric in Your Home

A good tip is to use a plain color to upholster larger-scale furniture (in case you change your decor theme down the line), as reupholstering this later will be more costly.

Pair the muted-toned upholstery of your sofas with chairs upholstered in a combination of plain and patterned fabrics to capture the spirit of the West.

How to Clean and Care for Southwest Upholstery Fabric

Depending on the type of fabric used with your Southwest pattern, follow the appropriate cleaning instructions for each fabric type. Leather requires some greater care, while chenille and microfiber clean fairly easily.

The main difference between caring for and cleaning Southwest upholstery fabric is the use of cold-temperature water to clean it. Avoid rubbing as much as possible. Since the unique handwoven look of many Southwest fabrics is fairly loosely woven, excessive rubbing can cause pilling and create issues with fabric nap.

Wherever your Southwestern fabric journey leads you, ensure you partner up with KOVI Fabrics for the road. Shop over 25,000 upholstery and drapery fabric choices.

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