Advice and Tips

Welcome to our 'Advice and Tips' section, where we share expert tips and advice on all things upholstery and textiles. Whether you're a professional upholsterer or simply a DIY enthusiast, our blog posts cover a wide range of topics to help you achieve beautiful and successful projects.

From fabric selection and preparation to advanced upholstery techniques, our experts provide insights and guidance to help you achieve the best possible results. We also offer advice on maintaining and caring for your upholstered pieces to ensure they remain in top condition for years to come.

Our 'Advice and Tips' section is updated regularly, so be sure to check back often for new blog posts and insights. We believe that everyone can benefit from the knowledge and experience of experts, and our blog is designed to help you take your upholstery and textile projects to the next level.

So, whether you're looking for advice on selecting the right fabrics, tips for restoring antique furniture, or guidance on creating custom upholstered pieces, our 'Advice and Tips' section is the perfect resource for you. We hope you enjoy reading our blog posts and find them helpful in achieving your upholstery and textile goals.

  1. The Benefits of Using Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Fabrics

    The Benefits of Using Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Fabrics

    As more of us become aware of the importance of living sustainably, a key part to making our homes more eco-friendly is choosing the right upholstery fabric. Sustainable fabrics not only help protect our planet and reduce environmental footprints but are also highly stylish, as well as being strong, durable and cost effective too - adding up to an obvious choice for conscientious consumers!

    What are Sustainable Fabrics?

    Sustainable fabrics are materials made with processes and techniques that reduce a garment's environmental impact while creating high-quality products. Depending on the type of sustainable upholstery fabric, they may use natural dyes, recycled upholstery materials, and non-toxic treatments to eliminate polluting elements. As a result, these processes help

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  2. The Benefits Of Using Organic Cotton For Your Projects

    The Benefits Of Using Organic Cotton For Your Projects

    Whether you're a seasoned upholsterer, sewer or crafter, you'll have probably heard that organic cotton is a great choice for all kinds of projects. And, while it's true that organic cotton does have some incredible qualities which make it the perfect choice for a wide range of upholstery and other crafting projects, it isn't necessarily the best solution for everything.

    Here at I Want Fabric, we've been supplying high-quality upholstery fabrics, tools and other materials to our customers for many years. Our dedication to delivering the best quality products for our customer's specific projects means that we don't always recommend using natural, organic cotton.

    Whether you're looking for a sustainable, eco-friendly solution, or hard-wearing, affordable

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  3. How to create Your Dream DIY Padded Upholstered Headboard

    How to create Your Dream DIY Padded Upholstered Headboard

    A headboard is a great addition to any bedroom. It can instantly change the look and feel of the room, making it more cozy and inviting. One way to make a headboard is by upholstering it with fabric. In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of upholstering a headboard.

    Tools needed: Staple gun, upholstery fabric, dacron, foam padding. + woodworking tools if you're baseboard is not yet prepared

    Step 1: Choose the fabric

    The first step in upholstering a headboard is choosing the fabric. I Want Fabric have a wide range of fabrics to choose from, including velvet, linen, cotton, and more. Consider the color and texture of the fabric, as well as its durability and maintenance requirements. It's also important to measure the size of your headboard to ensure you purchase enough fabric.

    Step 2: Prepare the headboard

    Before you can upholster the headboard, you need to prepare it. If the headboard is already

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  4. How to measure how much fabric is needed to reupholster a sofa

    How to measure how much fabric is needed to reupholster a sofa

    Reupholstering a sofa can give it a new lease of life and is a great way to update your furniture without having to buy a new one. However, it can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to measuring the amount of upholstery fabric needed. But don't worry, in this article, we'll provide you with some helpful tips and tricks to make the process as easy as possible.

    If you're looking for just a rough guide, take a look at our buying guide to get an idea of how much fabric is needed for different types of furniture. Click here to view our upholstery buying guide.

    Measuring Your Sofa

    Measuring your sofa correctly is the most important step in determining how much fabric you will need. Here's a more detailed guide on how to gather

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  5. Understand Fire Retardant Upholstery Fabric

    Understand Fire Retardant Upholstery Fabric

    Flame Retardant fabrics are critical for ensuring safety in both residential and commercial settings. The use of fire retardant fabrics is essential for any venue, such as restaurants, hotels, and bars, and is a necessary safety feature for protecting both customers and staff. Flame retardant fabrics are considered safer because they take longer to burn than normal fabrics, allowing for more time to react and put out the fire.

    There are several tests for flame retardant and fire retardant fabrics, including the match test, cigarette test, and Crib 5 and 7 tests. The match test ensures that the fabric can withstand a naked flame in domestic or residential settings, while the Crib 5 test is for fabrics suitable for settings where fires are more likely to start, such as in restaurants, bars, and hotels. The highest fire rating test, Crib 7, is used in high-risk applications

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  6. The Environmental Impact of Textile Production and How I Want Fabric is Working to Reduce It

    The Environmental Impact of Textile Production

    Are you conscious about what effect your consumer choices have on our environment? Since upholstery fabric can use a lot of resources and harmful chemicals during the production process, it's becoming increasingly important to be mindful of fabrics we purchase in order to reduce our global footprint.

    In this blog post, we'll explain the environmental impact of traditional textile production methods and discuss how I Want Fabric works towards creating a more sustainable industry.

    The Environmental Impact of Textile Production

    Textiles are everywhere, but their environmental impacts are often overlooked. Textile production is a complex topic

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  7. The History and Evolution of Fabric Manufacturing in The UK

    history of fabric manufacturing in the uk

    Do you ever wonder how fabric manufacturing in the UK has evolved over time? Upholstery fabric manufacturing is a vital part of the UK's economy, and its history stretches back centuries.

    Before the rise of digital printing, computer-assisted looms, and even the Jacquard Loom (which is credited with paving the way for automated weaving machines), there was a history of handcrafting material that goes far back. 

    Here, we take a look at how fabric production has evolved over time, from the first fabric mills to today's sophisticated machine-made textiles. Whether you’re a budding historian or simply someone looking for upholstery fabric, this article will help shine some light on Britain's p

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  8. How much does it cost to upholster a sofa?

    Old Sofa in the Street Upcycle

    When it comes to furniture, it can be difficult to know when you should replace something and when you should simply update it. A sofa is the perfect example: If you have a sofa that's ripped or stained beyond repair but still has plenty of life left in it, consider having it re-upholstered instead of replacing it completely! The cost of re-upholstery can vary dramatically depending on your budget and how much work needs doing. Whether you choose to hire an expert or do the job yourself, here are some things to consider before taking this important step:

    Many people don't consider having a sofa re-upholstered yet it could save hundreds of pounds. At the same time, it will transform a living room - and prevent perfectly good furniture from going to landfill. 

    You might not be aware of this, but you can pick up a sofa

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  9. The importance of upcycling

    The importance of upcycling

    When you think of upcycling, you probably think of repurposing furniture, but the practice of revamping and reupholstering old furniture with our fabrics is a great way to save money and good for the environment.

    The concept of upcycling is becoming more and more popular as people become more aware of the many benefits it has to offer. Whether it’s giving and old sofa a new lease of life, upcycling dining chairs or even turning waste items into something useful, it’s a great way to use resources in an eco-friendly manner.

    By using upcycled materials we can reduce waste sent to landfill sites and have an impact on reducing carbon emissions from manufacturing new products.
    It doesn’t matter if your project involves reupholstering an armchair or making curta

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