Upholstery Fabrics UK

You can rely on Fabric Direct to provide you with the right upholstery fabric for the right project at the right price.

Upholstery Fabrics UK

Here at Fabric Direct, we have a wide variety of upholstery fabric online, which will bring your furniture to life.


If you are looking for a bold colourful pattern or a subtle plainer style, you will find a large range of fabric by the metre at our great prices. We hold a large selection of upholstery fabrics UK designs in stock, including all the latest patterns from the most popular brands.


Upholstery fabric is the material used to cover the padding on furniture and will provide the piece with its own unique style. Upholstery fabric can be made from natural fibres such as cotton, silk and velvet, but synthetic fabrics including polyester, nylon and acrylic are also popular options.


The colours and patterns of upholstered furniture have the ability to refresh your home. Whether you are looking to cover furniture for the first time, or are giving tired furniture a fresh new look, our range of fabric by the metre is ideal.


The upholstery fabric should be chosen to suit the individual style of your home and also the piece of furniture it will be covering. For example, a traditional piece would be well suited to more neutral tones, but a modern item will work well with bright colours. If you are looking for patterned upholstery fabric, remember that large repeating patterns are better suited to larger rooms.


The use of the furniture will also play an important factor when deciding which upholstery fabric to choose. If the piece is something which will be used daily such as a sofa, or you have children or pets around, choose colours which will not show stains so easily. For pieces which are only used for special occasions, it is possible to opt for lighter, more opulent fabric. The most durable fabrics will be those which are tightly woven.


We believe that upholstery fabric should be both fashionable and designed to last. By offering our fabric by the metre it is possible to order a few options, so you can find an upholstery fabric which you are completely happy with.


With so many patterns, colours and textures it can seem like a daunting prospect when choosing upholstery fabric. But, if you are looking for some inspiration about which upholstery fabric to choose, simply give our customer service team a call. We specialise in upholstery fabrics UK and will be happy to discuss the latest fashions which will complement your own individual style.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What Is The Best Fabric For Chair Upholstery?

Fabric for reupholstering dining, lounge and occasional chairs include natural fabrics from cotton to leather to cotton blend and linen. Leather looks super authentic and is longer lasting than a faux leather. Cotton is popular for its durability and its resistance to fading, pilling and wearing.

Can Curtain Fabric Be Used For Upholstery?

Ideally no. Upholstery fabric is heavier, thicker, and harder wearing than curtain fabric. Upholstered furniture usually receives heavy traffic and so a heavier and more durable fabric must be used.

How Much Upholstery Fabric Will I Need?

A general guide is to measure the width of the back of the piece at the widest point. Then measure the height of the back of the piece from the lowest point to the highest point. Then the depth is measured by measuring the widest point of the side, front to back. Round all your measurements up and then multiply them together to give you a total. You will also need to add measurements for any cushions that you are re-upholstering.

Is Re-Upholstering Easy?

Like any new skill, you will have to learn how to upholster furniture. For some it’s a very rewarding hobby, whereas others re-upholster for a living. If you want to have a go we would suggest a small piece of furniture like a dining chair. There are lots of courses available both locally and online.