Game Changer Performance Fabrics

Furniture can be a big investment for your space. You not only want it to look and feel inviting, you need your furniture to wear well and perform for years to come. Sound framing and stable cushioning are important qualities to consider when selecting your pieces, but upholstery fabrics often receive the first signs of everyday wear and tear. Fabric selections are so abundant and selecting the right fabric for your specific application can increase the longevity and performance of your furniture. Here’s a few well-performing fabrics worth mentioning:


Crypton has been around for quite a while and has built-up a pretty reliable reputation as a performance fabric. It’s noted for its impenetrable moisture barrier that protects it from spills that could further lead to staining, odors and mildew. And it’s Earth-friendly to boot! When first introduced on the market, the colors were muted and the hand was nothing to brag about, but Crypton has come a long way and is now offered in vibrant colors and patterns and softer hands.


Sta-Kleen is another popular commercial fabric specifically used in polyurethane vinyls. Sta-Kleen is cleanable, removing tough stains like coffee, wine, ink, and nail polish, and its durability can withstand cleaning after cleaning. Another great selling point is the invisible barrier that keeps denim dyes from transferring to the fabric, a common problem with light colored vinyls.


Another spill resistant fabric, Nanotex maintains the natural hand of the fabric, making it a great choice for commercial and residential applications. Nanotex uses no formaldehyde, PFOA or VOCs, so there’s no off-gassing and is environmentally friendly.


Sunbrella offers great indoor/outdoor performance fabrics in a multitude of colors and patterns. These 100% solution dyed acrylic fabrics are UV, water, and mildew resistant, yet breathable and soft. Popular as an outdoor upholstery fabric, Sunbrella is easy to clean by brushing away loose dirt and removing stains with mild soap and water.