The Pros And Cons Of Microfiber Upholstery

Winston loves the posh living-Timeless Sofa Sectional
This microfiber is so comfy…..

Have you ever noticed how many of today’s  seating pieces come with upholstery in microfiber materials? A lot can be said about getting yourself furniture made from this fabric. In most cases,  this type of fabric provides luxurious looks for a fraction of the cost of fine leather or suede items. Although this is a highly-popular fabric choice when it comes to sofas, chairs and decorative pillows, it never hurts to examine both the pros and the cons of buying products made with microfiber materials.With the purchase of a living room set being a larger financial consideration for many families, it helps to know whether your choice is going to be one that works for your lifestyle.

What Makes Microfiber Material A Positive Choice For Home Seating Items

There are many reasons why this particular material is widely manufactured as an ideal fabric for home seating products. Here are just a few of the positive benefits:

  • Microfiber is a durable synthetic fabric that is inexpensive to purchase when compared to genuine leather, velvet, brocade e.t.c. and can be produced in mega-quantities in a cost efficient way.
  •  This material can come from recycled resources like plastic which make it planet-friendly.
  •  One of the comfort benefits is the way the fibers breathe and allow air to circulate in and around the surface of the fabric. This is one plus  factor where microfiber has genuine leather beat. If you have ever found yourself stuck to a leather sofa, you know what I mean.
  •  You will be able to sit on a microfiber sofa much longer without worrying about sweating, sticking, or getting too hot.
  •  It can be surprisingly easy to clean in case of an accidental spill. The wicking properties of the thread construction help microfiber materials resist some stains that would destroy other types of upholstery.
  •  Comes in a vast array of colors and patterns to suit many types of interior decorating themes

Cons Associated with Microfiber Materials

Here are a few cons or challenges to consider when it comes to microfiber seating pieces:

  • Lighter shades can attract and enhance  wear patterns that  can look like stains even if the sofa is clean
  • Microfiber seems to have resistance between your clothing and the fabric making harder to move around and adjust your position
  • Microfiber can act like a dust, hair and thread magnet which can be a challenge if you own pets. However, many pet owners let their companions enjoy the comfort of the fabric as well and find that a lint brush works well as a spot cleaner for those stray hairs.

What I Like About Today’s Microfiber Technology

One of the things that I like about this fabric is how close it looks to genuine suede leather. This is especially true when you see good-quality fabric. Some of the colors are fabulous for creating beautiful rooms on a budget. Another plus that many people don’t  consider is how perfect this fabric choice is for those who embrace a vegan lifestyle.  You don’t have to deal with leather products to get the rich look of suede. All in all, microfiber has more good things going for it than bad and is a great fabric choice to consider.



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