Simplicity Sofas on How to Choose the Right Fabric Type
When shopping for fabrics, you’ll find a vast array of different patterns, textures, abrasion factor and fiber contents to select from. But your choice will come down to two basic fabric types: natural fabrics and man-made fabrics. We talked about most of our options in our newsletter, but here is a couple more.
One of the most significant innovations in fabric technology in recent years is the advent of “Microfibers”. When microfibers are used for home decor, the term “microfiber” is often used interchangeably with “microsuede” but there are some differences.
They come in a wide variety of colors and textures.. They drape beautifully and are soft and washable – perfect for almost any room in your home. These are my favorite!
Altima Latte Carlyle Wedgewood Fairview Cashew Geo Stirling
Nylon Microfiber Polyester Nylon Microfiber Microdenier
Twillo Blaze Red Twillo Marine Pippa Navy
(Pet-Friendly) (Pet-Friendly) (Kid-Proof)
What is Microfiber
Microfibers a rapidly growing category of fabrics. The term “Microfiber” is short for “Microdenier” fiber, which are ultrafine fibers that are less than 1 denier in size. Most micofibers are finer than the most delicate traditional silk fibers. In fact, microfibers are approximately 100 times finer than human hair!!!
Microfiber Fabrics can consist of polyester, nylon, rayon, acetate or a combination of those fibers and can be made to resemble many traditional fabrics including silks, suedes, twill or duck (denim-like) and more.
Microfiber versus Microsuede
One of the first Microfiber fabrics in 1980’s was “Ultrasuede”. Since then many companies have developed microsuede fabrics. Microsuedes are usually 100% polyester and look like suede.
Montana Buff Macrosuede Magenta Montana Navy Vevi Suede Celery
Advantages of Microfiber Fabrics
Since they are very fine, microfibers can be tightly woven or knit into a very high quality fabric. The denseness of the fibers in the fabric leads to many desirable characteristics.
Microfibers are usually:
Very Drapeable yet not flimsy;
Soft with a luxurious hand;
Washable, dry cleanable;
High Strength (except Rayon)
Water Resistant (water tends to bead up and run off);
More “Breathable” than Similar Fabrics made from traditional materials;
Opaque (you usually can’t see through them);
Resist “Pilling” and Clinging;
Fade Resistant (take and hold dye well)
Lighter in weight than Similar “Traditional” Fabrics yet stronger and more durable
La Jolla Platinum
Acrylic: resists wear, lightweight
Developed as imitation wool, acrylic resists wrinkling, soiling and fading. Low-quality acrylic may tend to pill excessively in high-wear situations. Better-quality acrylics are manufactured to resist pilling. (Sunbrella is a good example of acrylic durability.)
What Is a Fabric Grade?
You may have to decide on a fabric grade. Fabric grades typically range from “1” on the less expensive end, to “6” (or “A” – “F”)on the pricey side. Depending on the manufacturer, the grade of the fabric can vary. Intricacy of the weave, fiber content, construction and performance are all variables. But it’s important to note that grade is NOT an indication of quality or durability. It’s just an indicator of how expensive the fabric was to make. The trick is to read the details on the fabric card attached to the swatch and to make your decision accordingly.
Easy to care for and less expensive than leather. Vinyl is a practical choice for busy family rooms and children’s furniture. There are many vinyl fabrics now that look and feel like leather.
Decorating with Flea Market Finds
Many of us have that little bit of the DIY in us as well as a good imagination. By using our time and a little effort, we can change just about anything old into something new that looks great for just a few dollars.
Here are a few ideas:
Paint and some square mirrors transformed this old end table.
Just by putting a set of three and some baby’s breath gives these old buckets new life.
Here’s an old TV cabinet transformed into a cute secretary. – Southern living
Faux bamboo chair had caning in disrepair. Reupholstered seat with a skirt and a new upholstered back turned this into a cute little chair. – Southern living
Barrel back chair had water damage and split wood at the seams, even with all that it had an airy feel. With some patching and repairing of the frame, some creamy white paint and new velvet fabric makes this a great accent. – Southern Living
This rocker was in a pile to be set on fire. It was made of good solid wood and just needed a home. New paint and upholstery turned this from trash to a little girl’s treasure in her cottage style bedroom. – Lisa’s Creative Designs
I love this one!
Turn an antique dresser into a bathroom vanity!
An old mirror, bottles and statue with a few accessories makes this a soft and peaceful mantel. Add some shells & coral for a great beach house look!
Simplicity Sofas Talks Spring!
Let’s brighten up our spaces for spring and summer!
In our April newsletter we talked about adding slipcovers, changing out your throw pillows, curtains and area rugs to brighten up our space. Here are a few more ideas that can make a difference.
Have a fireplace? Clean it out and put a vase with flowers or candles in it.
Put away the fireplace tools and wood carriers and add plants, flowers or even candles to brighten that dark space.
You can add a colorful fireplace screen, you can purchase one or make one out of old interior window shutters or window. You can just paint it white or if you’re crafty paint some flowers or plants on it.
Pinterest has lots of DIY ideas on these.
Bring in some cut flowers or even branches, put them in a vase and you have a fresh spring look.
Rearrange the furniture and swap pieces from other rooms.
Swap out your picture frames for a white, cream or natural color. If you don’t want to swap out the frames, change out the picture mat. Rearrange your bookshelves.
A little spring cleaning and maybe freshen up the paint and you have a new room, ready for spring and summer!
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How about this problem?
Ever try getting a sofa let alone a sleeper up or down these staircases?
And this problem?
I have heard from so many customers about these problems and we were able to help them all. One customer sat on a chair for two years because she was unable to get a sofa into her apartment. Another finished her basement and realized she could not get any sofas down the stairs. Her contractor told her he would break open a wall for her to put in a sofa and would reseal it when she was done. More money to be spent and she would have to do it all over again if she ever decided to change her sofa! You can pay someone $500 or more to take apart your sofa and then put it back together. The problem is that the sofa was not meant to be taken apart and will never be the same as when you purchased it.
When purchasing a sofa (especially in areas like NYC) the sales representative should really ask: How wide is your doorway? Do you have narrow or spiral stairway? Do you have an elevator?
Once you make that purchase and they try to deliver it sometimes it’s too late. Some companies will not take back the product, and others will charge you a restocking fee.
I love it when a customer calls and tells me I AM SO GLAD I FOUND YOU!
Simplicity Sofas was designed to fit in an opening of 15” or wider and easy assembly or dis-assembly without any tools in 15 minutes.
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Screw on legs Insert arms/tighten 3 prong knobs Lift and attach back
Step 4 Relax and Enjoy!
Lock in back to arms
Check out our video of an 8 yr. old boy assembling a sofa in less than 5 minutes.
Simplicity Sofas has Sofas in three sizes, Sectionals, Pull out Sleepers and Chairs for Small & Tight Spaces
Sofas are shipped in 3 boxes from our manufacturing facility in High Point, NC via UPS Freight to your home or to your RV in your favorite campground.
February 2014 Blog
Need to remodel your RV? Simplicity Sofas has the answer!
New pull-out sofa beds for Small & Tight Spaces
They will fit through your RV door!!
Christy (shown with a full mattress)
Timothy (shown with a queen mattress)
I remodeled our 1999 Jayco in two weekends. The original colors were cream with blues and burgundy. I started by purchasing a new sofa (a sofa that fit through my RV door and was an easy install)!
Before After (New Sofa)!
Twillo Stone with Twillo Bluestone Welt
Once I put in the new sofa I decided to recover the cornices and make new curtains.
You can see the original ones in the Before picture above.
New covered cornices and curtains
The cornice fabric has cream, brown and a touch of the blue
Next I recovered the bench seats in the same fabric as the cornices. (I actually had someone else cover the bench seats because I hate working with zippers)!
(The bumper parts were covered in a brown fabric with specs of beige and blue)
As you can see, the difference is like night and day!
The bedroom area was next!
I purchased a beige maltase coverlet, brown sham and made the little throw pillow out of
left over fabric from the cornices and curtains. The cornices in the bedroom are a different
pattern than the main area, I didn’t want them all to be the same. The bedroom cornice fabric has the same colors as the main area so it all works well together well.
I removed the accordian shower door, it just made it seem like I had less interior shower space and replaced it with a shower curtain. The shower curtain has the same colors as the rest of the camper and just made it useable as well as look much better. Put in a brown rug in front
of the sink and a hand towel in brown and blue. I also hung a basket over the toliet to store extra toilet tissue and hand towels.
The kitchen cornice was recovered in a solid brown fabric with specs of beige and blue (same as the bumper areas on the bench seats). I decided not to hand curtains in that kitchen window. I added some cute dish towels and area rug in front of the sink as well as in front of the sofa. That was it!
The next project is to remove the rug from the main living area and replace it with a nice
wood type vinyl. (This is something my husband is NOT looking forward to) I will most likely leave the rug on the slide out and in the bedroom area.
With a little imagination and some time you can update your RV TOO!