Upholstery fabric articles and information

Articles about upholstery fabrics including vinyl, pvc, patent vinyl, snake skins, and reptile prints.

The interior design industry had greatly evolved starting from the use of plain fabrics, to the use of leather, then to the use of genuine fur and the ever popular and exclusive authentic reptile fabrics. The controversial use of animal skins as fabric is the cause of heartbreaking skinning of these animals.

As technology evolved, it facilitated the manufacturing of faux fabrics to imitate the exact feel and texture of genuine animal skin, resulting in a cheaper alternative, leading to the use of these materials without feelings of guilt. The common man cannot tell the difference between original animal skins compared to reptile vinyl fabric because it is manufactured in such a way that it imitates the physical characteristics of the original skin almost perfectly.

Snake skin fabric for upholstery

Snake skin fabric from MJTrends

The popularity of fur and animal skins in the fashion industry has expanded its use among home, office and automotive upholstery. Besides being preferred for the style the material conveys, it also has been proved to be more resistant to cuts and damage, thus making it easy to maintain. The best part is that faux reptile fabrics are available at a very cheap price.

Features of Reptile Vinyl fabric
Vinyl imitates the original feel of authentic animal skins, thus providing the full essence without the cruelty. It is cheap and fashionable without the guilt of hurting animals or destroying the environment.

Texture and thickness
These materials are available with different textures to choose from, depending on the type of animal skin being imitated. For example, crocodile skin is thicker and larger grained, as compared to snakeskin. But snake skin itself comes in a variety of textures and thickness to choose from, depending on the type of snake the manufacturers are trying to imitate. One might be glossier than the other, or thicker and embossed, as compared to another.

Thickness also varies depending on the use of these materials, for example if used on a sofa, some customers prefer it thicker and stiffer, while others prefer it softer, thinner and more elastic for other uses.

With the different types of vinyl grades, there are also varieties of colors to choose from- whether plain or textured, from white and black, to silver, purple, gold, maroon and many others. There are many colors to suit your needs. There are also manufacturers who customize these materials depending on the preference of the client.

Thus, it is best to consult these providers as they can assist you better and can provide you with the style you want your fabric to have.

Similar to patent vinyl, the reptile prints are basically the same type of material, and since it is plastic- it is waterproof and damage resistant, and can be used on furniture, deck coverings or outdoor sofas, and it has a much longer lifeline compared to wood, metal and leather.

Ease of maintenance is a huge benefit to owning these types of fabrics. Any stains or day-to-day dirt can be removed by wiping it off with a damp cloth.

The availability of faux animal skin allowed designers to be creative as we are able to replicate the original hide almost perfectly. These materials look good, are in style, and loved by people worldwide, as they present the feel of the real animal skin, without harming animals.

Pink snake skin fabric

Snake skin fabrics sold at MJTrends.com

Since this material is made of Vinyl, this fabric is best used for furniture covers and upholstery. Faux reptile skins are not only limited to use on bags, shoes, and wallets, but are used as couch covers, bar stools, outdoor sofas and vehicle interiors to name a few. They are the best choice for people who admire animal skins and leather, and want to enhance the style of their home and office furniture.

Due to the flexibility of this material, interior designers have maximized its use and have incorporated reptile vinyl in furniture. Not only is it inexpensive, it lasts long compared to the other materials like woven fabrics, which are prone to wear and tear within a few years of usage.


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