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There are many ways to make your home uniquely yours. It starts with choosing paint colors for the walls and carpet colors. Then, there are little details you can add, pictures you can hang, and flowers you can place on the tables.

Along with making your home look original, you also want it to look rich and welcoming. A key way to do this is by adding leather accents. But, of course, leather is expensive. So, to get the look without the price, you can accent your home with artificial leather. There are a number of ways to do this. Here are just a few:

1. Add Leather to the Walls
Adding a little color to the walls is not the only way to turn a white wall in to something more distinctive. For a dynamic and luxurious look, you can add leather upholstered textured wall panels. If you are not sold on a wall of leather, mimic this idea and mix it up with glass tile. The look will be sure to be admired by all houseguests.

2. Add Leather to Furniture
You already know that a leather chair is a classic addition to any living room but did you ever think about adding leather to a bookshelf? This example shows shelf that is entirely covered in leather with metal tacks to act an extra special design. The piece is simple yet very elegant and sure to be an interesting piece.

3. Add Leather to the Bedroom
Leather does not have to stay in the living room with bookshelves, chairs, and walls. Bring it to the bedroom with an awesome headboard. This one shows an entire wall covered with leather paneling but you could limit it to just behind the bed for an equally rich look.

These ideas are just small ways to incorporate artificial leather in to your home. The little additions here and there will provide a special and unique look that is entirely your own.

Pleats are seen on everything from furniture to car seats to skirts. It’s a simple, symmetrical design. All one needs is a sewing machine, foam, white chalk or pencil, measuring tape, (optional) adhesive, and whatever fabric wanted. In this article, we will use vinyl as our test subject.

The thickness of the foam and the fabric are based on what the user chooses for whatever the pleats are being used for. Car seats would seemingly need a wider measurement of foam for tushy comfort. Once that is figured out, it’s time to measure the fabric to the foam.

Before buying the vinyl, look up what kind of elements it has. For example, stretch. Two-way stretch means it only stretches horizontally. Patent vinyl carries less stretch ability and is better used for things such as car seat upholstery. Of course, the exteriors of the vinyl are optional and free willing. Once the vinyl is chosen, the measuring tape can be taken out of the toolbox.

The width of the pleats is also a free-for-all. To figure out what would look best, measure the piece of foam from beginning to end. If it’s a smaller piece of foam, then smaller widths would be ideal. Random patterns can be made, too; maybe one pleat is an inch and the next is 3/5 of an inch. Do not let the fabric fool you, though. When the actual sewing of the fabric to the foam takes place, the thread will ultimately pull little bits of fabric with it, creating those indentations.

An 8 inch piece of fabric will not cover an 8 inch piece of foam. Leave extra room. Or let the foam remain a bigger size because it can also be cut down after sewing everything together. Also, leave space at the edges for “seam allowance.” Sewing the edges up will make the final product look neater, and prevent it from tearing or ripping, later on.
Mark the size of the pleats. Before the actual sewing begins, decide whether or not to stick the fabric to the foam. It will be harder to sew in nice straight lines without the fabric jumping all over the place, if it isn’t somehow attached to the foam. Maybe taping the corners down, somehow temporarily putting the two materials together, would be an alternative.
After all the specs and planning comes the fun part. Take the time to look over everything before committing it to the sewing machine. Is just one side of the foam being covered, or the whole thing? Is there anything that needs to be done to the fabric before it’s finished? Questions like this could help avoid resentment.

Sew, nice and easy, down the marked lines. Foam is flimsy, so using something like a thick ruler near the line being sewn will be very helpful. First and foremost, take your time. After the sewing is done, make sure everything is up to your standard. Cut or sew any extra thread, foam, etc. Hopefully, you get what you wanted.

Bringing anything back to life is a difficult feat. But when one has the proper tools and materials, especially if they’re not tearing holes through wallet pockets, the challenge can turn into a fun and rewarding activity. This article focuses on the reupholstering of vinyl in a muscle car’s interior.

After physically removing the seats, take the careful time to rip along the seams in the seating. The best tool to use for this process would be a seam ripper. Make sure to place the upholstery in the exact way it was sewn on in the first place, or make a strong mental note of their positions.

Now, mathematics. Measure how much fabric will be needed to replace the original. Usually, yard increments are counted. This part is tedious because it would take a robot’s brain to be able to pinpoint exactly how much fabric to order. Remember to leave a little room for the imperfect shapes and spaces that the original fabric inevitably has. Sometimes, tracing or marking helps. Along with buying the appropriate vinyl, foam and a cotton fabric (like muslin) have to be bought in order to add backing to the new upholstery. Recycling or reusing is always the best option, but it can’t always be enacted. An adhesive should at least be considered, too, because these things have to somehow stick together.

Once the new vinyl has arrived, it’s time to start cutting and sewing. Cut out the appropriate measurements and sew the new vinyl using a sewing machine, keeping the back parts of the seats sewn separately. This leaves space for error and should make it easier to fix possible mistakes, as well as offering ease when putting things together. If there’s extra fabric left over after sewing, it can be cut off or folded under and sewn. Extra upholstery fabric is a good thing, especially for vinyl because it can be pulled and stretched to its limit, leaving a neat and perfect seat cover. Fit the backs and bottoms on in the same fashion you would a pillow in a case. Make sure everything is tight and sew or cut any “loose ends.” Bolt back the seats, sit, and enjoy.
While a project such as this has the capability to be accessible to those with little to no experience, it does take time and patience. Visual reference is a useful guide along with this helpful model.


Headboards are surprisingly easy to make at home. The base, or foundation, can be old or unused shutters, a small ladder, plywood, etc. It fully depends on what the builder wants. After all the measurements are planned (how much fabric will be needed), batting is usually set between the base and the cover; fabric, and in this case, faux leather. Sometimes, foam is stuck on, using an adhesive such as glue, before the batting, for extra comfort.

Faux leather, as a headboard cover, may be better to use than actual leather. Not only is it cost effective, it is easier to clean, and is animal friendly. If something irreparable were to happen, though, it would not cost much more time and/or money to replace. Unlike its use in clothing, faux leather’s breathable ability (or lack of) does not need to be considered. The material is simply being used to create and Ikea meets Pottery Barn type of look. Faux Leather Headboard

Faux leather arrives in many colors, so it can be customized to fit the feng-shui of the room. A leather headboard can be appreciated by most age groups. For college students, as an example, it may be ideal to incorporate brighter colors, or ones that are not usually associated with genuine leather, like blue.

Thickness of the material is also individualized. If batting and foam are being used, then a thicker cut of fabric is probably best. Usually, the headboard is then mounted onto a wall. After all, it’s a piece that is meant to be seen, especially if made from scratch. Something that took time and effort should be exposed. It would also keep the board in shape for possible future moves. It wouldn’t be a bad idea as a house-warming gift, either.


Choosing an ottoman style and upholstery fabric with which to cover it offers as many options as choosing a décor style does. Ultimately, the fabric that you choose should lend itself to the function of your ottoman, whether it is stylistic, a storage tool, or a table, as well as tying into your overall theme.

A leather ottoman coffee table is an incredibly functional piece of furniture.

Brown leather ottoman

While you can design one in any style, an ottoman coffee table with four serving trays is the perfect way to get dual usage out of your furniture: when flipped over, it appears to be a traditional ottoman; when turned with the trays facing up, your family is able to eat and drink in front of the television, without having to store bulky tray tables. From there, you can design your leather ottoman coffee table to be smooth on the sides, or to have a convenient spot underneath for storing books and magazines, adding an additional facet of hidden functionality.

Leather Storage Ottoman

Storage ottoman

When you need to maximize the space in your home, a faux leather storage ottoman can be the perfect thing to keep your home organized and tuck away your mess. In the bedroom, storage ottoman are perfect for keeping blankets and linens; whereas, in the living room, they are ideal for keeping odds and ends that you do not want on display for your guests, while providing you with a stylish furniture piece and foot rest.

White patent vinyl cube ottoman.

Modern white patent vinyl


A patent vinyl white ottoman can give your home an uber-modern touch of Space Age sophistication, perfectly complementing the clean lines and minimalism of the décor style. If you have a modern décor with a dichromatic scheme of black and white, an ottoman with a colorful fabric can be the perfect way to incorporate an accent color, whether you want the bright punch of a pop art color palette to accent your Andy Warhol prints, green to give you that 1960’s Miami style, or any other theme of your choosing.

With the many upholstery fabric options available, you can let your imagination run wild designing the perfect ottoman to suit your home. The styles and combinations are limitless and, by designing your own ottoman, you are able to create a unique piece that perfectly integrates your overall design goals into a functional and artistic piece for your home.

In this YouTube video we are presented with a small room and faced with the question of how to properly decorate it without making it seem too over crowded and making sure that the area is utilized properly.  Typically, in small rooms, we tend to try to cram as much small furniture as possible in order to ensure that there is enough storage space, and enough surface space to use.  However, doing so generally makes the room look cluttered rather than chic, and we do not want that.


Here Before & After TV was able to utlize the room in a fitting way that gave it more pizaz while at the same time not being too clutttered.  When picking a leather couch, as suggested in the video, you really do not want to go too big otherwise it will be overwhelming.  Simple, smaller pieces are key to furnishing any small room.  When choosing larger pieces such as couches and lounge chairs going with a leather look is very chic.  Choosing vinyl fabric as opposed to leather is another choice that will give your room that much more umph.  Vinyl upholstery is not only simpler to care for, but is also more versatile and much more in vogue than its animal derived counterpart.  Even if you choose to go with a couch that is of a different upholstery, accessorizing with vinyl covered pillows is another option that will give a little pop to any plane sofa.


Other great elements to a small room are the ottomans, because they allow for a multifunctional uses such as foot rests, storage containers, and even a substitute to that tired old coffee table look that takes up more space than needed.  You can choose great looking ottomans that are upholstered in vinyl in nearly any color.  If you are unable to find the color or style of vinyl upholstered ottomans ready to go, then simply go to your trusted vinyl retailer to grab up some vinyl fabric and simply upholster it yourself.  With a little direction and knowledge of basic sewing skills you can have the look from this video or from any other home decor magazine.  You can even vamp up an old ottoman with a lively layer of high quality vinyl upholstery.  There are many different options out there that can utilize the benefits of vinyl fabrics.


In the video they mentioned that adding a long rug to a room with colors or designs adds a little flair and elongates the small room.   This is a way to not only give the elongation of the room, but to give different depth levels to make the room seem larger and more modern.


There are so many different home decor options to choose from that can be modernized with a leather look made out of animal friendly vinyl fabrics that are far more versatile than leather.  Pillows, curtains, rugs, upholstery, table tops, etc there are so many ways that there is sure to be a vinyl look out there to please you.

PETA stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.  PETA is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting animals rights no matter how big or small.  PETA has many campaigns that it runs with celebrity help, and with help from everyday individuals.  These campaigns range from “I’d rather be naked than wear fur” to the “Pleather Yourself” campaign.  Each campaign is designed to bring awareness to the plight of animals in the leather goods industry, and the fact that many celebrities do not support the use of animals in creating their red carpet attires.


Peta anti leather fabric campaign.The “Pleather Yourself” campaign is all about making the conscious decision to purchase only faux leather items of clothing and accessories rather than those made of animal hide such as leather and snakeskin.  The reason they are trying to make this campaign is in order to not only save animals lives, but to keep people from being blind to how these animals are processed just for the sake of a cute pair of shoes.  Pleather involves the use of only man made materials, and is never infused with animal products.


One of the most well known “Pleather Yourself” campaigns is of that run by Porn Mogul Jenna Jameson.  This campaign features postures and photographs of models clad in specifically faux leather clothing to show that leather is not the only option out there to achieve that sexy look.


Jenna Jameson’s work has brought more and more presence to the campaign as many porn stars do indeed wear pleather or latex clothing in videos and photo shoots mostly, because these sorts of fabrics have been generally seen as fetish clothing.  However, Jenna Jameson’s work has brought pleather clothing from the backroom to the front showing all the different ways men and women can utilize pleather in more conventional ways.


Alicia Silverstone fake leather suit.Alicia Silverstone is another PETA activist that has posed for numerous “Pleather Yourself” photos.  Alicia is a known vegetarian, and like Jenna Jameson is attempting to spread further awareness that pleather is not only practical but sexy as hell.  In one campaign photo you see Alicia in a skintight patent pleather bodysuit that is gorgeous.


Olivia Munn is also another PETA supporter, and in her campaign poster to save the elephants from poaching for use in clothing, she decided to go naked.  Many celebrities are joining these kind of naked campaigns, because they want to show that they and you do not need to kill animals in order to get the look that everyone wants.


Now if these celebrities with all their money and power are saying that pleather is not only a practical and inexpensive option for clothing, but it is also something that they would wear, then we should all give great consideration to choose more pleather styles for our wardrobe or home furnishings.   When it comes to your next  purchase take the advice PETA and choose pleather.

Snake skin fabric looks amazing when used in shoes, jackets, jewelry, and other clothing items, however, it’s just as versatile when used in home decor.  There are so many different ways that one can use snake skin to create a one of a kind in home experience.


Pink snake skin jewerly box.Many people see an animal print like snakeskin as too strong to be utilized properly within the home, but there are many subtle as well as wild ways to use such a fabric.  With all the items in your home, why not try to spice it up with some snake skin upholstery?


Faux snake skin is all the rage these days, because it means not spending a pretty penny for a real snake hide, as well as helps further the campaign to save animals from the killer hands of fashion.  It can be utilized in the home for pillow cases and trims, adding a simple faux python trim to a black suede throw pillow is the perfect way to not only incorporate snake skin into the home, but to add a little umph to something so simple as a pillow case.  Doing this would be easy with some basic sewing skills and a small bit of high quality fabric.


Another option for individuals wanting to spice up their home is to look into adding accents to furniture like jewelry boxes, dresser tops, table tops, and much more.  You can choose from the simplest of patterns and colors to keep the feel mellow and sophisticated, or if you are really into everything pink you can grab up a pink faux snake skin fabric and attach it with some furniture adhesive for the edgy funky look that you love.


Faux snake skin toilet cover.Another option for those who just love the look of snake skin is to us it in creating bath coordinates such as toilet top and seat covers.  You can choose bright or natural colors for these.  Even window treatments can take a dash of reptilian fabric.  You can use it for little accents or you can create an entire curtain out of one or many styles of faux snakeskin, and since these fabrics have different gauges you should be able to find the one with the right thickness so that it is not too heavy or too light blocking.


There are even some options for your walls and floors where you can use create a floor treatment or wall paper.   There are so many options and ways to use these unique fabrics that you should consider it in your home if you are trying to go for a different look.

Pink vinyl sofa

Pink vinyl sofa

Patent vinyl has a very nice sheen to it that makes items like leggings, shoes, handbags, and even costumes stand out.  Patent vinyl, is the animal friendly alternative to leather, and is far more versatile.  Patent vinyl fabrics allow for individuals to create fashion looks and accessories that stand out from the crowd.

Patent vinyl is not just reserved for clothing and accessories any longer, it is also able to be utilized in the home.  Home décor options are becoming more and more avant garde and are allowing individuals to express themselves through the pieces in their homes.

One of the newest, coolest, and funniest options for patent vinyl is wall decals.  There are many custom websites that offer wall decals to individuals who are looking for a little something extra for their walls, however, these wall decals generally are pretty pricey and are not made with patent vinyl.

Patent vinyl fabrics, however, can be made to be a homemade version of these vinyl wall decals.  This allows you to customize the decals any way you want without the constraints of a wall decal supply company.  Patent vinyl has also made its way into other home décor options through bedding, shower curtains, place mats, sofas, and much more.

vinyl pillow

vinyl pillow

Bedding is generally made with cotton and satin fabrics, but patent vinyl is another option for those who want to have a more stylish bed.  Patent vinyl can be used to make an entire bed set of a fitted sheet, a top sheet, and pillow covers.  However, you have to be absolutely in love with vinyl fabric in order to do this and be comfortable sleeping in it.

If you are less extreme, then patent vinyl can upholster a cute little throw pillow on your bed in a bright accent color in order to give the bed set some attitude.  Another way to incorporate patent vinyl into bedding is to have your duvet or comforter cove trimmed at the edges with patent vinyl.

For example you could have a sued snakeskin embossed comforter cover with patent vinyl on the lower two corners, and the pillow could have patent vinyl on all four corners leaving the middle the soft embossed snakeskin sued.  There are many different options to choose from when it comes to incorporating something as eye catching as patent vinyl.

vinyl bedding

vinyl bedding

Patent vinyl can also be used in other areas of bedding such as upholstery of the bed frame itself.  This vinyl fabric looks great as a head board material, or if you have a round bed, as an upholstery for the entire bed frame.  Upholstery of beds is not the only place that patent vinyl can go, it can also be used on sofas and chairs in order to create a leather look without the steep cost of leather.  This is perfect for a bachelor’s pad or a sophisticated office; you can even upholster your office desk chair in patent vinyl in order to give it an exceptional look.

Another great option is to use the patent vinyl fabric as a shower curtain.  In fact, pretty much every shower curtain available on the market uses some vinyl fabric.  Patent vinyl, however, would give a great sheen as well as give more privacy to the individual using the shower.

There are different gauges in patent vinyl material, but in general it will be all one color.  Your shower curtain can be a design of anything from bright or dark colors, to a rainbow effect, the options are endless.  Other curtain options are not of the shower kind for patent vinyl.  Since you can get a heavier gauge, patent vinyl curtains are great privacy walls or room separators for small homes.  It is not recommended to us on windows, especially in hot climates as the sun will likely discolor the vinyl fabric as well as heat it up too much causing the curtain negative effects.

There are so many different and great options for use of patent vinyl in both chic and funky ways.  Patent vinyl allows for individuals to express themselves in other ways previously unavailable to them through conventional fabrics.  Try it out and you might be surprised with the looks you can come up with.

Why is vinyl the most widely used fabric in the world? Because it is a versatile material that makes our lives more convenient due to its resistance to damage and its ability to last without the need for replacement as well as ease of maintenance.

For home and office use:
Vinyl fabric is the material that replaces leather and wood furnishings in almost everything in the house. It can be used on sofas and other upholstery items. It does not rot, and is a perfect choice to be used in high humidity places where leather cannot be used. One good example would be the use of vinyl on boats. It’s difficult to use leather in such a situation, as leather will wear out with exposure to water without regular treatment.

Upholstery vinyl fabric

MJTrends upholstery vinyl fabric

Similarly, you can use vinyl in your backyard. It is durable and can take any weather condition, unlike leather. What’s more, vinyl is animal friendly and there is no skinning involved.

Fabric choices can be glossy or matte, according to your taste. You can choose from any of the many colors available in vinyl to suit your requirements. Besides the colors, there are many textures and patterns to suit your style and preference. Maintenance is also minimal – wipe it down with a damp cloth and your done.

Basement design
Vinyl is not just used in homes and offices, but you can perk up your basement with the it’s use. Add a mini bar – something that’s both decorative and functional. Furthermore you can use patent vinyl on bar stools and chairs

Art and Design
PVC is a popular choice for designers and due to its versatility. It provides a modern alternative to leather or other fabric products. It is used in a diverse range of consumer goods from bags, fashion, furniture and art, and plays and important role in everyday life.

Importance of Vinyl
- Vinyl is strong and lightweight. Its toughness is the primary reason why it is widely used in interior design applications. It is lighter and less expensive, as compared to leather.
- Durability. Vinyl is the preferred choice of many customers for lifelong use, especially for outdoor products. Vinyl upholsteries have life of up to 50 years. But in outdoor applications, with high wear and tear scenarios, the life reduces to 20 years. This long life makes it an extremely cheap option. With low maintenance costs, it comes to hardly a few pennies that you are spending. Leather comes expensive, and has high maintenance costs. Plus, vinyl is also loved my eco-friendly people.

Glossy Or Matte
Vinyl fabric is available in different textures. The glossy feel is great for automotive upholstery, sofas, bar stools, and headboards. It also come in matte texture.

Vinyl fabric for bar booths

Vinyl is the most tested fabric. The Internet provides easy access to different market providers of vinyl manufacturers and distributors who are willing to accommodate any inquiries from potential customers. Therefore with its wide range of availability in the market, one should be able to choose according to need and purpose the perfect type of vinyl basing on texture, thickness and price. There is always something in the market to accommodate one’s need.