Who says synthetic fabrics can't be fabulous? Whether you're looking for long-lasting color (that won't bleed or rub off), durability, elegance, or the perfect combination of beauty and comfort – chances are there's a synthetic fabric (or a synthetic fabric blend) that can be exactly what you need!
Let's take a closer look at some of the textile industry's most popular synthetic fabric options...
6 Popular Types of Synthetic Fabric Choices for Interior Design
Originally intended to be an alternative to wool, acrylic fabric or fiber is a durable (and surprisingly soft) option that's perfect for home decor. Along with having the ability to hold colors extremely well, acrylic fabrics are often recognized for being shrinkage, stain, and tear-resistant – making them a great option for high-traffic areas and for households with kids or pets.
Though a 100% nylon fabric would be both strong and durable, when it's used for home decor purposes, nylon is most often found in blends containing other fabrics like cotton or polyester. Typically both 100% and nylon blend fabrics are recognized for their ability to hold color well, resist stains, and for their strength and resilience.
Function meets comfort with this synthetic option. Olefin is an incredibly durable fabric option that's ideal for high-traffic areas . It's ability to hold color and resist everyday wear n' tear makes it perfect for furniture and upholstery projects.
Of all the fabrics on our list, polyester wins the award for "Most Likely to be Featured in a Fabric Blend." While 100% polyester fabrics are hardly ever used (for anything, let alone home decor), polyester blends are an incredibly popular fabric option for everything from sheets! Wrinkle-resistant and great for sitting areas, polyester blends are available in a number of different textures and colors – making it possible to find a poly-blend fabric that's perfect for any project.
You can think of rayon as silk's semi-synthetic cousin. Loved by many for it's bright, shiny texture and it's durability – rayon can be a great option for those looking for the look and feel of silk without the worry. That being said, rayon is also known it's tendency to wrinkle, which makes it a better choice for projects and pieces that won't be sat or lounged on.
First introduced to the clothing industry in 1962, over the last 54 years spandex has become synonymous with serious stretch. While straight spandex may not be able to meet your next project's needs, a spandex blend should be able to offer the perfect amount of give and stretch!