We're sure many of you have read interior magazines and have noticed many designers are using outdoor fabrics for indoor upholstery. Many textile designer like LULUDK and Scalamandre are also adding unique textiles that don’t like look your typical outdoor look. When meeting with clients or having items custom done for customers the inevitable question always comes up, “How durable are these fabrics?” And with all the DIYers who love to take old pieces and making them new, we would like to suggest using outdoor fabrics for indoor upholstering. So if you live with kids and or pets, it's always a huge disappointment when you buy a new piece to find out that is not durable or stain resistant and your kids and pets have clearly made it their own!
If you would like to spend a little extra dough you may want to take a look at Christopher Farr and Missoni and LULUDK which I would say is the Rolls Royce of outdoor fabrics! Of course these are sold only to the trade but can also be purchased at Patio Culture.
Some resources you may want to consider:
- PatioCulture: they have a full library of fabrics and upholster services/
- Sunbrella: outdoor fabrics
- F and S Fabrics: located on Pico, Diamond Foam and Fabric, has a back room filled with outdoor fabrics.
- Diamond Foam and Fabric
- House of Fabrics features the sample Waverly fabric shown above.
And if you get a chance to reupholster your pieces, we would love to share them with our fellow AT readers, so please send us your before and after images. Good Luck!
Vanessa De Vargas is the owner of Turquoise, a Los Angeles furniture and interior decor business.