My last blog on Hemp seating fabric was very popular so I thought
it may be a good idea to explain how to choose the seating fabric to suit your
needs and your budget.
Many cheap chairs will be supplied with a choice of blue,
black, red etc. If you go for a chair for a little extra expense you should be able
to choose from very wide variety of fabric colours, patterns, finishes and
Two of the best know seating fabric companies are Camira
and Bradbury Contract Fabrics (http://www.bradburyfabrics.com/).
Both are based in Yorkshire and sell a wide range of fabrics for seating and
desk divider screens.
The most popular fabric we sell is 'Xtreme Plus'. It is
available in 60 different, very bright, attractive, modern colours. It has a
good abrasion resistance, which means it will wear well, with a 10 year
guarantee of wearability, although some of the lighter colours may show the
dirt after a while. It is also priced well, being in the cheapest but one price
band. This is important when you are buying a large number of chairs as fabric
in a higher band can add as much as £50 and more to the price of each chair.
Just lately we have been selling a lot of chairs in 'Intervene
fabric'. This fabric is ideal for use in
healthcare, education and other heavy duty areas. It is fire-retardant,
waterproof, urine proof, stain repellent, anti-bacterial, breathable and bleach
cleanable. If you spill a liquid on it, the liquid simply 'balls-up' and rolls
off the fabric. This fabric is available in textured finish, pattern with
circles, plain or marl finish.
As I've blogged about before, the Hemp and Sting fabrics are
an eco-friendly choice, which cost a little more and have a limited colour
choice. Hopefully these will come down in price over time.
Blazer is a mid-range choice in 32 colours in 100% pure new
wool making this a sound ecological choice. It is renewable and compostable.
This has a nice 'cosy' feel with some great colours.
Choosing fabric colours can be a very personal choice, which
you may have to live with for a long while. It pays not to make an error and
choose a colour that will not date. It is also prudent to pick a fabric suitable
for your situation. If people are going to be eating or drinking while sitting
on the chair, a stain repellent fabric may be a good choice.
If you'd like to
talk to us more about choosing seating fabric or to order swatch cards and
information booklet, contact me Mark Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a
call on 0116 251 7741.