Contract Grade Commercial Furniture Upholstery Fabric


 Decorative Fabrics Direct offers a diverse range of commercial contract grade furniture upholstery fabrics that are performance driven, satisfying the requirements of industry standards. Shop high performance and heavy duty contract fabric that is ideal for high traffic furniture upholstery in restaurants, convention centers, hotels, motels, offices and healthcare facilities. Whether your commercial upholstery fabric needs are for hospitality, healthcare or commercial installations, you are sure to find a selection for your project. Please select and click below on your preferred method to browse our contract commercial upholstery fabric selections.

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Heavy duty, high wear use commercial furniture upholstery fabric suitable for office, hotel, healtcare, theaters and more.

Fabric for Commercial Use
There’s a distinction between textiles that are used for residential purposes and those that are used for industrial or commercial purposes. Commercial fabrics need to be highly-durable in high use environments such as in the hospitality industry, retailers, healthcare facilities, offices, convention centers and restaurants. Many commercial projects require a fabric that is produced to meet state code construction specifications. For instance, in a healthcare environment a fabric may be required to be anti-microbial, a fabric used in a hotel may be required to meet stringent non-flammability requirements and a fabric used in a commercial exterior will require that the fabric is mildew, UV and water resistant. We work directly with administrators, civil project managers, commercial designers, commercial real estate professionals and builders to supply them with contract-grade, commercial upholstery for their project needs.

About Commercial-Grade Fabric
Woven commercial upholstery fabric is typically composed of synthetic fibers or a combination of synthetic and natural fibers that produce a highly durability fabric. The following synthetic fibers are commonly used in the weaving of commercial fabrics:

  • Nylon
  • Polyester
  • Wool
  • Olefin
  • Acrylic
Non-Woven commercial fabrics include:
  • Faux Leather (Vinyl Leather)(Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • Bonded Leather
  • Genuine Leather
The Wyzenbeek Test is an industry standard to measure the abrasion resistance of upholstery fabric. A minimum rating of 30,000 double rubs is suggested for a commercial upholstery fabric. For comparison, 15,000 double rubs is the typical rating for a high use residential upholstery fabric. In commercial upholstery applications, abrasion resistance is key to longevity in both performance and appearance so you’ll find many commercial-grade fabrics exceed a 30,000 double rub rating with some reaching in excess of 100,000 rubs making them some of the the most abrasion-resistant fabrics available.

Industries Using Commercial Fabric (Contract Fabric)
Commercial textile fabric is used in a wide range of applications. Below are some of the most common industries to find extensive use of commercial upholstery fabric.
  • Restaurant
  • Healthcare and Medical
  • Hospitality (i.e. hotels)
  • Education Institutions
  • Retail Stores
  • Theater
  • Offices and Creative Spaces
  • Civic and Convention Centers
  • Industrial Offices
Commercial Upholstery Fabric FAQs

What are commercial upholstery fabrics?
Commercial fabric is any type of textile fabric that is used in a commercial environment or application. In most cases, these type of fabrics are woven using synthetic fibers or a blend with natural fibers to produce a high-performance and high-grade textile to stand up to extensive wear. Further, many commercial environments require that the fabric meets building code specifications for example non-flammability in an high rise or anti-microbial in a hospital.
You’ll commonly find commercial upholstery fabric in the following places:
  • Restaurant and Fast Food
  • Healthcare and Medical Waiting Rooms
  • Hospitality (i.e. hotels, motels, etc.)
  • Education Institutions
  • Retail Stores
  • Office and Work Environments
  • Airport Terminals
  • Theaters
  • Sports Stadiums
What is the double rub rating for commercial upholstery?
Commercial fabrics or textiles designed for commercial upholstery applications have a high standard of performance. Contract fabric (another term for “commercial fabric”) is typically rated at a minimum of 30,000 double rubs achieved on an industry standard Wyzenbeek test that measures the fabric’s abrasion resistance. Although a minimum double rub rating of 30,000 is suggested, some fabric exceeds 100,000 and are considered an extra-heavy duty contract commercial fabric.