Our Home Decorator Fabric category at our fabric store contains
fabrics that are produced for drapery and upholstery
uses. You will find the primary use of each fabric when
viewing its description.
Drapery Fabric: A fabric described solely as drapery fabric is usually
lighter weight and is not suitable for upholstery
Upholstery Fabric: If a fabric is described as only "upholstery", that
particular fabric is extra heavy weight and / or thick
and is not suitable for common drapery uses.
Upholstery or Heavy Weight Drapery Fabric: When you find this term in a description, this means
that this particular fabric is most suitable for
upholstery use because of its weight and texture, but
it is also suitable for many drapery uses depending on
your project. If a fabric is described as upholstery or
heavy weight drapery, it should not be used for
projects requiring gathers or a more slinky
Drapery or Light Weight Upholstery Fabric: Fabrics using this description should only be used as
upholstery when extreme wear will not be an issue. If
your project is just for looks and will get very little
traffic, a drapery or light weight upholstery fabric
will work just fine.
Medium Weight Upholstery or Medium Weight Drapery
Fabric: Now this is a tough category and only a few fabrics
will have this description. If you find one of these
fabrics, it means that the weight, texture, and all
other aspects of this fabric will work great for almost
any drapery or upholstery use. However, these uses will
exclude any project requiring a light weight drapery or
a very heavy weight upholstery.
Tapestry Fabric: Tapestry can be used anywhere an upholstery fabric
would be used as well as for many projects that are
suitable for heavy weight drapery use.