It all begins with decorating fabric — the fundamental element of your design.

When you talk to us, you’re getting access to some of the world’s finest materials and nearly limitless options.

  • A huge assortment of fabrics in any color, style or pattern
  • Designers bring fabric samples to your home
  • Top-quality fabrics to choose


When you are considering interior design and decorating, there are so many decisions to make about the fabric and the huge array of choices. This will guide you to a starting place to discuss with our interior designers at Sunshine Drapery & Interior Design.

What Type of Decorating Fabric Should I Use?

Some fabrics lend themselves to certain items for reupholstering or draperies better than others. This guide can help you to make a decision on the types of fabrics available and on the patterns.

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Two Main Categories of Decorating Fabric

1. Natural Fabrics
  • Cotton is the strongest fabric of the natural fibers. It dyes well, so there is a huge amount of colors and patterns available. It allows for airflow as it breathes well. Cotton works well for upholstery to enhance the cooling comfort of chairs and couches. Café curtains and less formal window treatments are often made of cotton.
  • Linen is stain resistant, but it wrinkles quite easily. It gives a shabby chic appearance to a room when using it as a window treatment on a decorative rod.
  • Silk is susceptible to sun damage, but it is a great investment as it is versatile with many different weights from which to choose. When using silk as a window treatment a liner can be added to make it more durable and resist sun damage.
  • Wool is a heavy natural fabric that will last for many years. Wool is often used in upholsteries that you are updating and want that heirloom furniture to last forever.

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2. Synthetic Fabrics

  • Rayon hangs well but it will shrink up in the summer with the humidity and let itself back down in the winter months with low humidity. If you love the look of rayon, a liner can be added to keep it at the same length year-round.
  • Acrylic resists stains well and is sun-resistant too. It is often used as a blend with natural fabrics to add to its durability and works well for dining room chairs.
  • Nylon is super tough, stain proof and electricity proof and it wears well. Many homeowners choose nylon for its durability as window treatments.
  • Acetate is softer than some of the other synthetic fabrics and it resists wrinkles, making it a great choice for drapes.

Contact us today to get access to some of the world’s finest materials and nearly limitless options