I am looking for fabric to reupholster a couch. Is 100% cotton as durable as synthetic fabrics?

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I am looking for fabric to reupholster a couch. Is 100% cotton as durable as synthetic fabrics?

Asked by Polly Scott

I need something very durable (it has to last) and kid-proof. I am considering a 100% cotton uncut corduroy or a 100% nylon velvet.

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Kati Curtis, LEED AP ID&C, CID's picture

One hundred percent cotton (unless treated with toxic chemicals) is not the most durable upholstery choice.

I would recommend a commercial grade upholstery fabric of recycled content, such as

Tough enough to stand up to kids and pets, but beautiful enough to make the entire room.