Another sustainable fabric you can use for upholstery is wool. Much like linen, wool is a natural material, created by shearing sheep fur. The dense fur has several advantages when it comes to being used as upholstery. Unlike linen, which can be a little rough and rigid initially, wool is very soft and retains this softness for quite some time. This is why wool works so great for chair and sofa upholstery, as well as bedding.
Wool is also a very versatile fabric to work with as it can be dyed and threaded in a variety of ways. This means it can be used in almost any type of interior as long as you can match the colors and patterns of the upholstery with the other interior details. While wool can be stylized to suit a slew of designs, most woolen fabrics have a distinct grainy texture that evokes feelings of rustic comfort.
Unlike more processed fabrics out there, wool is very heat-resistant. You’d think that this isn’t a particularly essential factor for upholstery, but a few unhappy accidents will prove otherwise. If you put candles or put hot baking trays on the dinner table, you’ll find yourself sighing with relief every time your woolen upholstery shrugs off heat damage that other fabrics wouldn’t endure.
Wool upholstery also does not allow for any buildup of mold and mildew, something that can cause allergies and increase the risk of you and your household getting sick. Considering how busy sofas and chairs can get, especially if you regularly have guests over, it is very important that your upholstery is not susceptible to contamination.
As with pretty much any other fabric, wool upholstery fabric needs regular cleaning. Being a natural fabric, it doesn’t have to worry as much about hardening from old stains and smears. Because of how rich and fibrous wool is, dust can easily build up inside. This means you will have to regularly vacuum the upholstery to get rid of all the dust hiding deep inside the fabric. Especially if you have kids who like to jump on the sofa, blowing all the dust out into the air, which could be a real health hazard, it’s important to clean out this dust and keep your household safe from all those nasty air particles.