LA Good Questions: Outdoor Fabric for Indoor Furniture?

LA Good Questions: Outdoor Fabric for Indoor Furniture?

Grace Shu
May 1, 2008

AT reader Brandi is thinking about reupholstering her classic wingback chair in something a bit more durable: I would love to see a piece on how people are using outdoor fabrics such as Sunbrella for indoor furniture. Everytime I go to a fabric store and ask for a durable fabric I am told to look at the Sunbrella line. I would love to see how this fabric looks on more formal furniture such as indoor chairs and sofas. I was thinking of using the fabric for a wing back chair since I want it to be white (my pugs sleep on it), but I am sort of afraid to use it. Would love to hear others experience.

[ Photo from Sunbrella ]

Hi Brandi,

As someone who lives with two very crazy dogs who both shed like to dig (not to mention shed...a LOT), I can vouch for Sunbrella's outdoor fabric's much so that I really would consider using their furniture fabrics line for reupholstery. Their furniture fabric line is basically their outdoor line, except there's a wider range of colors, textures, and patterns available. Their site has a pretty nice photo gallery that shows off their fabrics on classic furniture if you want to get an idea of how it would look. Even though the fabric may not be as soft as other fabrics out there, the level of maintenance is so easy.

Anyone have any experience with Sunbrella (or other outdoor fabrics) indoors?

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