Because I am so far from being a master at any of these things. But I can tell you what my requirements were, and maybe you super-seamstress-upholstery-goddesses can chime in in the comments and offer some legitimate wisdom on the topic.
I know they sell “upholstery fabric,” but I didn’t use that the first time and it’s not a requirement this time around.
Here’s what my requirements are:
- Must be at least 54″ wide. Much thinner than that, and it won’t cover the whole width of the headboard. I’m not cool with seams.
- Must have a forgiving pattern. Anything with a grid, or straight lines of any kind, will just be a daily reminder of how imperfect my upholstery “skills” are. There’s just too much stretching and pulling involved, and anything that doesn’t have a solid color or a large, random pattern will show every flaw. And it might make people think we built the bed while under the influence. Although that’s not the worst idea.
- Must be thick and sturdy. If it’s flimsy or thin, it won’t stand up to all the tugging and punishment I will inflict. No pansy fabrics allowed.
- Must either stretch or not stretch. Or stretch a little. Andy and I can’t decide which is better. I think maybe a little stretch is good, but you shouldn’t be able to tell if certain areas got stretched tighter than others.
I bought six yards the first time, and that’s what I’ll be picking up this time too.
Cool? What did I miss, fabric geniuses?
Update: Check out the updated posts on this new bed as we:
- Built a bed
- Decided to scrap it and start over
- Chose a fabric… then changed our (okay, my) mind
- Shared our supply list and cut a headboard
- Built a bedframe
- Upholstered the bedframe and upholstered the headboard
- Added the legs and finishing touches