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A Brief Guide to Buying Fabrics

Jul 23, 2008
Buying fabric is not at all an easy task to do. There are many people who find it pretty tough to select the right fabric for the right purpose. There are countless number of qualities, textures and colours available for the fabrics. There are soft fabrics, transparent and opaque fabrics and there are some that are extremely fancy.

The price of the fabrics also differs according to the quality and the higher the price the better is the quality. There are seasoned buyers who can judge them and guess the price by just touching them in hands. If you are new at this then take a friend with you who are quite savvy in buying fabrics and can help you out.

Various Types of Fabrics

There are various types of fabrics available in the shops and showrooms. If you are planning to buy some fabric for the daily use curtains then this is good to buy the fabric which are smooth and don't catch dust easily. The coarse fabrics are not really good for curtains as this may spoil the look of the room.

If the fabric is for the curtains, which you use occasionally when the guests visit your place, then go for the lace and nets that are quite beautiful and often transparent. If you are buying fabric to make the covers of the sofa or cushions then look for the softest one, which can make you, feel comfortable whenever you sit on the sofa.

There are fabrics, which come with stain guards and are easily washable at home. They are good for these purposes. Otherwise it becomes tough to clean them if they catch the stains of coffee or sauces.

Colors of the Fabrics

The colors of the fabric should depend on your personal choice. You can buy fabrics for the curtains, sofa covers and cushions that match the color of the wall. They can also be the printed ones. There are many people who prefer the fabrics in light shades so that light can enter the room easily even through the curtains.

But the dark shades are also good, as they do not catch dust easily. You can find colourful checks and abstract prints which are quite unique compared to the general fabrics that everyone else buys.

Now- a-days you will get some good quality organic cotton fabrics, which comes at slightly higher price range but at the same time they are very much eco-friendly.

Prices of Various Fabrics

The price of fabric differs with the quality. The solid cotton fabrics are priced at $5 to $10 per yard. The organic cotton fabrics will cost you around $15 per yd. The silk fabrics are available in different budgets around $15 to $20. The nets and laces will be far more expensive as $45 per yd.
About the Author
April Kerr owns website Vintage Fabric Supply which has details of where to buy vintage fabrics including vintage pillow cases and vintage tablecloths .
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