Family-Friendly Fabrics for Your New Custom Sofa
Jun 10

Velvet’s Virtues: A Fabric that Puts the ‘Friendly’ in Family-Friendly

Look, I get it – when you think of velvet, your mind might jump straight to fancy soirées and gilded salons. But let me tell you, this fabric is far more down-to-earth than you might expect. In fact, velvet might just be the secret weapon you need for a family-friendly home.

I’ve had my trusty velvet sofa, the Maxwell sectional from Sofa Spectacular, for over a year now, and let me tell you, it’s been through the wringer. Between the occasional spill, the dog’s shedding, and the kids’ antics, this sofa has seen it all. But you know what? It still looks good as new.

Velvet’s Durability: Debunking the Myths

I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical about velvet’s durability at first. I mean, doesn’t that shiny, luxurious fabric seem like it would be high-maintenance and prone to damage? Well, let me tell you, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

According to Zoe Garred, Director of Product Development at Sofa Spectacular, velvet’s lack of loops in the weave actually makes it incredibly resistant to snagging and tearing. And when it comes to spills, the dense top layer of velvet means they don’t instantly sink in, giving you precious time to clean them up before they set in.

“Velvet is no more high-maintenance than a standard cloth,” Zoe explains. “If anything, it’s less so, with its ability to hide stains and resist damage.”

I’ve seen this firsthand with my own velvet sofa. That time my husband accidentally spilled his red wine? No problem – a quick swipe with a damp cloth, and it was good as new. And the dog hair? A quick once-over with a lint roller, and it’s like my furry friend was never there.

Velvet’s Versatility: From Glam to Casual

But velvet’s virtues don’t stop at its durability. This fabric is also incredibly versatile, able to seamlessly transition from glam to casual with ease.

“Velvet can take the heat,” I like to say. “Let’s stop leaving it just warming the bench.”

Whether you’re going for a bold, jewel-toned sofa or a more muted, neutral hue, velvet can elevate any space. And the best part? Thanks to the growing popularity of these plush pieces, you can find great velvet options at a range of price points, from budget-friendly retailers to high-end designers.

“Even when more on the neutral side, it’s hard to overlook the style power of velvet,” Zoe notes. “It’s a great tool to use in a smaller room that needs more design bang for its buck or to really shake things up in a main living space.”

Velvet’s Versatility: From Glam to Casual

But velvet’s virtues don’t stop at its durability. This fabric is also incredibly versatile, able to seamlessly transition from glam to casual with ease.

“Velvet can take the heat,” I like to say. “Let’s stop leaving it just warming the bench.”

Whether you’re going for a bold, jewel-toned sofa or a more muted, neutral hue, velvet can elevate any space. And the best part? Thanks to the growing popularity of these plush pieces, you can find great velvet options at a range of price points, from budget-friendly retailers to high-end designers.

“Even when more on the neutral side, it’s hard to overlook the style power of velvet,” Zoe notes. “It’s a great tool to use in a smaller room that needs more design bang for its buck or to really shake things up in a main living space.”

Velvet’s Versatility: From Glam to Casual

But velvet’s virtues don’t stop at its durability. This fabric is also incredibly versatile, able to seamlessly transition from glam to casual with ease.

“Velvet can take the heat,” I like to say. “Let’s stop leaving it just warming the bench.”

Whether you’re going for a bold, jewel-toned sofa or a more muted, neutral hue, velvet can elevate any space. And the best part? Thanks to the growing popularity of these plush pieces, you can find great velvet options at a range of price points, from budget-friendly retailers to high-end designers.

“Even when more on the neutral side, it’s hard to overlook the style power of velvet,” Zoe notes. “It’s a great tool to use in a smaller room that needs more design bang for its buck or to really shake things up in a main living space.”

Velvet’s Versatility: From Glam to Casual

But velvet’s virtues don’t stop at its durability. This fabric is also incredibly versatile, able to seamlessly transition from glam to casual with ease.

“Velvet can take the heat,” I like to say. “Let’s stop leaving it just warming the bench.”

Whether you’re going for a bold, jewel-toned sofa or a more muted, neutral hue, velvet can elevate any space. And the best part? Thanks to the growing popularity of these plush pieces, you can find great velvet options at a range of price points, from budget-friendly retailers to high-end designers.

“Even when more on the neutral side, it’s hard to overlook the style power of velvet,” Zoe notes. “It’s a great tool to use in a smaller room that needs more design bang for its buck or to really shake things up in a main living space.”

Velvet Sofas for Every Budget and Style

Now, I know what you’re thinking – velvet sounds great, but it must be crazy expensive, right? Wrong! Thanks to the rise of direct-to-consumer furniture brands, you can score some seriously stunning velvet sofas without breaking the bank.

I’ve rounded up some of my top velvet sofa picks at a range of price points, so you can find the perfect fit for your space and your wallet:

Price Range Sofa Options
Under £1,300 US Pride Furniture 70″ Sofa, Farlov 86″ Sofa, Chamberlin Velvet 855 Sofa
Under £2,000 Ceni 83″ Sofa, Sven 88″ Sofa, Rivet Emerly Mid-Century Modern 835 Sofa

And the best part? I’ve actually had the chance to test out and see some of these sofas in person, so I can give you the inside scoop on what they’re really like.

The Farlov, for example, is a great option if you’re looking for a cozy-yet-not-too-deep sofa that won’t swallow you whole. And the Sven? Let’s just say I’m still mourning the loss of that one – it was hands-down the comfiest sofa I’ve ever had the pleasure of sinking into.

Velvet’s Timeless Appeal

One thing that really struck me about velvet is its timeless appeal. Sure, it may have its moments of being uber-trendy, but this fabric has been gracing the homes of design-savvy folks for generations.

In fact, my parents had a gorgeous wine-colored velvet sofa in their first adult apartment back in the ’80s. And you know what? That thing looks as luxurious and amazing today as it did nearly 20 years ago.

“Velvet is so kid-friendly,” my friend Aryln gushed, as she showed off her stunning blue velvet sofa. “It’s so forgiving – think spilled milk, muffin crumbs, you name it. It just wipes right off!”

And she’s not the only one who’s been won over by velvet’s family-friendly charms. I’ve heard from countless other parents who swear by the stuff, raving about how easy it is to clean and maintain, even with little ones and furry friends running amok.

Protecting Your Velvet Investment

Of course, no fabric is completely immune to the ravages of time and use. Even velvet, with all its durability and stain-resistance, can succumb to the elements if you’re not careful.

That’s why it’s important to take a few precautions to keep your velvet sofa looking its best, like protecting it from direct sunlight and giving it a good once-over with a lint roller every so often.

And if you do happen to have a mishap, don’t panic! Zoe recommends keeping a bottle of Folex Carpet Cleaner on hand – it’s a miracle worker when it comes to tackling tough stains on velvet.

Velvet’s Endless Versatility

The best part about velvet? Its ability to adapt to any style, from boho-chic to mid-century modern and beyond.

“Velvet can really work in any space, as long as you balance it out with other organic materials like linen, seagrass, and matte-finished wood,” Zoe explains. “That way, it doesn’t feel too glam or Vegas-y.”

So whether you’re dreaming of a jewel-toned statement piece or a more subdued, neutral-hued sofa, velvet is definitely a fabric worth considering. And with Sofa Spectacular‘s custom options, you can create the perfect velvet perch for your family to lounge and snuggle.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to embrace the luxurious, family-friendly power of velvet in your home!

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