Looking for durability in your upholstery or drapery fabric, then look no further than a synthetic fibre or synthetic fibre blend. Synthetic fibres offer benefits such as stretching, water-proofing, staind and wrinkle resistance.
Sunlight and the natural oils in your skin can cause natural fibres to break down and wear away. This is because natural fibres to an extent are biodegradable. Natural fibres are also more susceptible to mould, mildew and pests such ass moths and other fabric damaging insects.
Insects don't tend to have a taste for synthetic fibre, nor are synthetic fibres as susceptible to damage caused by light, water or oil.
Of course, an often quoted criticism of synthetics is their failure to 'breathe' in the same way that natural fibres do. While this argument does indeed hold credence with garments, it is far less relevant when considering fabrics for your soft furnishings project.
Although a rather counter-intuitive statement. Synthetic fibres are far less resource intensive to produce and although they do produce some carbon emissions in their production; are have a much lower environmental footprint in comparison to natural fibres.
Order a cutting and surprise yourself at how attractive and natural a wholly synthetic fibre can look and 'feel'. The subtle life they can add to the way your drapery hangs and the benefits of longer use than their natural fibre counterparts and your wallet will thank you!
Free match wallpaper also goes by the names ‘Open Match’, ‘No Match’, ‘No Repeat’ and ‘Random Match’. This type of wallpaper either doesn’t have a repeating pattern or doesn’t have any design elements that need to be matched at the seams.
Straight match wallpaper has design elements that cross the edges of the wallpaper sheets and need to be matched up. When hanging this type of wallpaper, it is best to lay it out on the floor beforehand. You will notice that each strip of wallpaper will be cut to look exactly the same.
Offset match’ or ‘drop match’ wallpapers have design elements that cross the edges of the wallpaper strips and need to be lined up. However, across the wall, these design elements might be bigger or made to look less regularly patterned. When you put the puzzle together on the floor before hanging it, you will notice that each strip does not look the same and you will need to cut off large pieces in order to align the design elements. 'Half drop' repeats will be identical every other strip whereas 'multiple drop' repeat wallpapers won't repeat for three strips or more! Offset match wallpaper is harder to hang and produces the most waste – but it sure does look amazing!