Basic Fabric Crash Course
Updated: Apr 21, 2019
Ever wonder what types of fabrics are out there for window coverings? Just like an outfit you put on your own body, you can manipulate what type of fabric will frame on your windows.
Fabrics have a huge impact on design. But what types of fabrics are out there? We compiled a list of fabrics that are ideal for window coverings to help you with your next creative home decor move.
Acetate is a manufactured fiber with a cellulosic-base, made from cotton linters or wood pulp.
Crisp or soft hand
Wide range of colors; dyes and prints well
Shrink, moth, and mildew resistant
Low moisture absorbency, relatively fast drying
No pilling problem, little static problem
Cotton is a natural fiber that comes from the seedpod of the cotton plant.
Natural fibers free of chemicals
Crisp, vibrant appearance
Vast array of colours and prints
Gentle finishing touch, casual
Great insulation properties for hot and cold weather
Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant
Cool to the touch
Smooth and crisp texture, lint-free
Natural luster of colour shades
Durable, strong fabric
Resistant to dirt and stains
Resistant to moths and carpet beetles (vs. cotton)
Quick drying properties
Nylon is a fully synthetic fabric
"Soft hand" appearance
Excellent abrasion resistance
Sunlight damage resistance
Resistant to mold, mildew and chemical damage
Poly-Acrylic fabrics are synthetic fibers made from cellulose.
Lightweight, soft and warm with high bulk
Wool-like texture that can mimic other fibers such as cotton or cashmere
Good shape retention, resistant to wrinkling
Quick drying properties
Excellent weatherability, resistance to sunlight
Polyester is a synthetic man-made fabric
Tends to have a shiny finish
More rigid appearance
Practical and durable
Resistant to mildew, wrinkling, shrinking
Great weatherability, resists fading
Silk is composed mainly of fibroin, produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons.
Soft, smooth, luxurious
Great insulator for summer and winter
Loses up to 20% of its strength when wet
Moderate abrasion resistance
Expensive due to it's harvesting nature
The listed varieties all have positive benefits to achieve the practicality and design for window coverings. Window decor can be matched in sync to harmonize a home or offer bold contrasting flair. With many colours and fabric choices, you can create art in your own home. These simple upgrades can create a view, impress dinner guests or be the finishing touch to sell a house.
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