Upholstered Sofas - Choose the Best Fabric for Your Furniture

One of the biggest considerations when choosing a new sofa is the fabric. You’ll want something which fits with your interior style – perhaps a bright velvet for a maximalist theme, or distressed leather for a rustic look.

You’ll also need to consider the practical element – especially if you have children or pets. Is the fabric wipe-clean or stain-resistant? Are the covers machine washable?

With so much to think about, we’ve put together this handy guide showcasing some different sofa fabric options, and their advantages and disadvantages. Read on to discover the best fabric for your furniture.

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1. Fit for Royalty

Swyft Sofa in a Box Model 06 Modular Royal Velvet 2 Seater Sofa with Chaise

Add grandeur to your home with Swyft’s modular Model 06 Royal Velvet Sofa. Available in 4 sumptuous velvet shades – Burgundy, Moss, Navy and Fog – these deep, rich colours will bring warmth and a touch of luxury into your living room.

The textured Royal Velvet fabric is great for snuggling into at the end of a long day, and best of all, each thread has stain-resistant technology, so you don’t need to sacrifice practicality for comfort or style.

All Swyft sofas are delivered in manageable boxes, so they’re easy to fit through doorways and up staircases, and slot together easily with no tools required – you don’t need a palace or servants for this regal furniture!

2. Light & Airy Linen

Swyft Sofa in a Box Model 06 Modular Linen 3 Seater Sofa with Chaise

If you would prefer a lighter fabric, Swyft sofas are also available in ‘Linen’ – a mix of 73% polyester and 27% cotton.

Choose from 3 stunning neutral shades – Shadow, Seaglass or Pumice – depending on the look you’re trying to achieve. All would be suitable for both contemporary and traditional interior styles.

The fabric is highly durable, which is why Swyft guarantees it for 2 years. It also features industry-leading stain-resistant technology in every thread – so you don’t need to worry about your friend waving their glass of red wine around whilst animatedly telling a story!

3. Classic Velvet

Swyft Sofa in a Box Model 06 Modular Velvet Corner Sofa with Ottoman

The velvet trend is going nowhere, which is why Swyft sofas are available in a selection of popular velvet shades, including Teal, Brick and Vine – all of which are perfect for creating that Instagram-ready look.

Stain-resistant technology is applied to each thread of the luxurious, 100% polyester velvet fabric, so it’s perfect for households with kids or furry friends.

The practical and stylish fabric covers seat cushions are made from a high-density foam core, wrapped in a combination of feathers and polyester fibre, for the ultimate comfort.

4. Luxurious Leather

Rodeo 3 Seater Leather Sofa in Tan by BePureHome

If you’re going for a more natural, rustic look in your home, perhaps consider a leather sofa.

This Rodeo 3 Seater Leather Sofa in Tan by BePureHome would be perfect in a traditional living room accessorised with warm, neutral furnishings or in a bohemian interior, surrounded by plants.

The leather is recycled and consists of 70% leather and 30% polyester. It’s easy to wipe clean, so you can let kids, pets (and friends!) loose on it, secure in the knowledge they can do no harm!

5. Bouclé Beauty

Alto 3 Seater Sofa

For a sofa fabric that you can nuzzle into at night, look no further than our bouclé – shown here in the Alto 3 Seater Sofa. This is the perfect sofa fabric for cosy evenings in with your favourite boxset.

The bouclé fabric is made up of 95% polyester and 5% acrylic and has an on-trend, teddy look, which will add texture to your room.

Choose from a selection of neutral shades, ranging from Ivory to Charcoal – which is perfect if you’re worried about it showing the dirt!

6. Bed of Velvet

Swyft Sofa in a Box Model 04 Velvet 3 Seat Sofa Bed

Sofa bed fabrics can be uninspiring – but not the Swyft Model 04. This stylish sofa bed is available in a selection of Swyft’s most popular fabrics, including Vine and Teal velvet.

Velvet might not be your first thought for a sofa bed, but it’s surprisingly perfect. You get the on-trend look and sumptuous feel of a velvet sofa, and then your guests can pull out the bed, cover it with the included mattress protector and enjoy a night of luxury!

The fabric is rated up to 100,000 rubs under the Martindale abrasion test, meaning it can withstand roughly the same use as airport seating. So, there’s no reason not to have people stay every night if you want!

7. Mixed Materials

Hadleigh 3 Seater Leather Chesterfield Sofa in a Box with Scatter Back

Struggling to choose just one fabric? Check out the Hadleigh 3 Seater Leather Chesterfield Sofa in a Box with Scatter Back.

This trend-led option features a distressed brown leather sofa with a selection of scatter cushions along the back. These consist of four fabric cushions and one leather, giving the sofa a stylish mixed-materials look.

The fabric cushions compliment and add warmth to the leather, which is not generally considered ‘snuggly’. Leather can be wiped clean though, so it’s a good choice for busy households.

8. Sofa Sophistication

Cirrus 3 Seater Sofa

Our stylish Cirrus 3 Seater is available in a choice of velvet, linen and boucle fabrics.

The linen shown here boasts 4 colourways, all of which perfectly compliment the walnut feet and mid-century styling of this sleek and sophisticated sofa.

Made up of a blend of 47% viscose, 23% cotton, 14% linen, 12% polyester and 4% wool, the fabric combines the best features of all these materials to create something truly sublime. Linen and wool both have temperature-regulating properties, so this is a great option for rooms that are too hot in summer and cold in winter!

9. Eco-Friendly Fabric

Stratus Sustainable 4 Seater Sofa

Last, but by no means least, is our Stratus Sustainable 4 Seater in Velvet.

The plush velvet of this sofa is available in 10 fabulous jewel shades, including Green, Teal and Terracotta, and is made from 100% recycled polyester.

On top of that, the lining is made from 80% recycled bottles, the seat cushions are ‘Quallofil Blue’ 50% recycled fibre, and the back and bolster cushions are made from 100% recycled bottles.

We think this is one of the best sofa fabrics to choose if you want to help the environment (don’t we all?)

Decided on your Favourite Sofa Fabric?

Whether you’re leaning towards velvet, leather or bouclé, if you want to talk over your options, give us a call on +44 (0) 1305 231231 or email us at customerservice@cuckooland.com.


With more than 10 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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