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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.


1. Acetate

Acetate is a manufactured fiber with a cellulosic-base, made from cotton linters or wood pulp.


Characteristics:

  • Luxurious appearance

  • 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



2. Cotton

Cotton is a natural fiber that comes from the seedpod of the cotton plant.


Characteristics:

  • Natural fibers free of chemicals

  • Breathable, hypoallergenic

  • Crisp, vibrant appearance

  • Vast array of colours and prints

  • Gentle finishing touch, casual

  • Great insulation properties for hot and cold weather







3. Linen

Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant


Characteristics:

  • 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






4. Nylon

Nylon is a fully synthetic fabric


Characteristics:

  • "Soft hand" appearance

  • Superior colourfastness

  • Excellent abrasion resistance

  • Sunlight damage resistance

  • Resistant to mold, mildew and chemical damage

  • High resilience

  • Great durability





5. Poly-Acrylic

Poly-Acrylic fabrics are synthetic fibers made from cellulose.


Characteristics:

  • 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

  • Flame retardant


6. Polyester

Polyester is a synthetic man-made fabric

Characteristics:

  • Tends to have a shiny finish

  • More rigid appearance

  • Practical and durable

  • Water resistant

  • Resistant to mildew, wrinkling, shrinking

  • Great weatherability, resists fading







7. Silk

Silk is composed mainly of fibroin, produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons.


Characteristics:

  • 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.


Layered window decor create balance and framework

 

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