How to choose the best kind of fabric for my rocking chair


Upholstered rocking chairs are stylish and unique. It is safe to say that no 2 pieces will be alike. This is because the choices of the materials made to make the chairs are unlimited. Fabrics can be either used to cover the whole rocking chair or simply to make supportive cushions if you prefer to sit on the rattan or hard bottom. But in all cases you would definitely need some kind of cushioning either on the back, the armrests or the seat. This is equally true whether your rocking chair is made from wood, MDF, or metal.

Finding the right kind of upholstery fabric is a bit of a challenge. It is not just about the patterns and the colors, but choosing the right type of fabric will depend on a number of factors. In this article we will tell you the things that you should consider while choosing the most suitable fabric for your rocking chair:

  1. The nature of your household:

Are there children in your household? Do you have any pets? Choosing your fabric should take such factors into consideration. Of course, you could make it clear that your rocking chair is off limits but that would never keep your little ones or your furry friend from getting comfortable in your favorite rocking chair. For this reason, you are better off choosing a material that is water resistant or waterproof. This will make it easier to deal with liquid spills. Choose a synthetic material that will be easy to clean and cheap to replace in case of a cut. Generally speaking synthetic fabrics are more durable than natural ones and are also a lot cheaper.


  1. The weather:

Different fabrics have different feels to them. Silk for example gives a sense of cool on a warm summery day. It could be however, too cold to sit on if your household is always cold. Velvet, wool and cotton are warmer fabrics. They can be used to give a sense of cosines and warmth.


  1. Where do you plan to use your rocking chair?

If you are planning on using your rocking chair in the garden, the backyard or your patio, then you must choose a material that won’t be affected by the elements. This means that even if you go for natural fabrics, your fabric must have some kind of treatment to make it water-resistant. The dye should also be stable and won’t fade away due to exposure to the sun.


Considering these factors will help you choose the best fabric for your rocking chairs.