The Advantages of Using Fabric
Underlying its apparent beauty, each fabric application—upholstered, stapled, shirred, and pasted—has functional characteristics to consider. Insulating, soundproofing, and concealing irreparable cracks are benefits of shirred, stapled, and especially upholstered walls. In room where steam is a factor, fabric posted to walls is the best choice because it won’t curl at the edges or deteriorate, and spots can be easily removed.
Follow this article and I will do my best to impart to you all the necessary step-by-step instructions which will lead you from beginning to end of each installation, getting you around every corner and finishing every edge. You will also learn from here how to compute for the yardage of fabric you are going to buy.
Guidelines for selecting fabrics
In choosing fabric for your walls, select the patterns that will both enhance your possessions and express your taste. Choose firmly woven fabrics that have strength and stability in both the lengthwise and crosswise directions. Loosely woven fabrics, such as tweed, will unravel and stretch out of shape on a wall. Silk, linen, and very lightweight cotton fabrics stain easily and attract dust, so they are not recommended for rooms that receive hard wear.
Upholstery fabrics are an excellent choice. Available in widths up to 60 inches, they’re usually treated with a repellent that inhibits stains and dust collection. In addition, these fabrics are printed with pattern overlaps at the selvages, making it easy to match the pattern at the seams.
Also, consider using flat bed sheets—these are suitable for all applications except pasting, where their size makes them hard to handle. Less expensive than upholstery fabric, sheets are made from tightly woven fabric in widths up to 108 inches.
Be cautious when selecting a printed fabric. Generally, the print will be slightly off-grain—veering at an angle from the lengthwise and crosswise threads. Often, the misalignment isn’t noticeable. But if it is, don’t use the fabric, since it won’t hang properly.
To check patterned fabric, fold it back a few inches along the horizontal grain, wrong sides together, aligning selvages. If the print runs evenly along the fold, it’s fairly well aligned with the grain. If the print wanders across the fold, it’s badly off-grain.
Fabrics with allover designs show less soil than those with large, open-ground patterns. Allover patterns can help camouflage wall textures and imperfections, uneven ceiling lines, and mistakes in application.