Why are certain fabrics not recommended for all furniture designs?
If you look on this website in our fabric guide you will see that certain fabrics are not recommended for certain sofa or chair designs. Generally these are patterns with straight stripes, which we do not recommend for upholstery with buttoned cushions - when we upholster a chair or sofa with this type of fabric, the buttoning pulls the stripes out of parallel and some customers don't like this look.
When selecting your fabrics or, please be aware that some fabrics with deep piles will show where they have been sat on unless smoothed over afterwards. Deep pile fabrics which are subject to fabric crush are not recommended to upholster items which have reversible cushions placed on webbing, as the webs will leave an impression on the fabric.
Does ercol fabric have fire protection?
Yes, all our fabrics have passed the British government's flame retardant regulations and the test for abrasion BS2543.
Are ercol fabrics hard wearing?
All our fabrics have been selected for their durability as well as their attractive appearance. They have all passed the test for abrasion BS2543 and are appropriate for general domestic use. If you require upholstery for the contract market or you require a particularly abrasion resistant material, please contact customer services who will be able to help you. We can also provide specialist upholstery fabrics - for example we are sometimes asked for water resistant materials
See also our FAQ on pilling.
Can I have some fabric samples?
Yes, you can order up to five fabric samples from your local retailer. To see the full range visit your local retailer.
How are ercol fabrics sold?
Our fabrics are grouped into collections designed to go with particular furniture ranges. These collections are shown on the furniture product pages.