How to Choose the Right Fabric for Middle Tennessee Homes

Pets and children. When it comes to furniture, that means fur, claw tears and marks, and possibly pet accidents. Food and drink spread.

But furniture doesn’t have to be sacrificed for pets and kids.

Most furniture today has some type of fabric protection that allows for spot cleaning and washing with mild soap and water.

Sunbrella, Krypton and Revolution are among the popular fabric brands that interior design experts say offer protection.

“Over the past few years, many fabric manufacturers have brought performance fabrics to the forefront of their collections,” said Carolyn Kendall, owner and designer of Alcott Interiors in Nashville. “Some companies, like Sunbrella, have made it possible for performance fabrics to serve as beautiful and durable materials that can be used indoors and outdoors.”

Krypton is another fabric that interior designer Missy Pitt says is stain-resistant and embedded. Cleaning up red wine or soda spills are usually easier to clean than any leftovers with bleach water.

“For the first time, I feel like I can get a busy family a white sofa,” said Pitt, owner of Mississippi Pitt Interiors in Gallatin. “(Crypton) is great for kids and very durable.”

Laura Thurman of Thurman Design Studio in Williamson County said there are companies that can seal and spray furniture that isn’t already made with fabric protective materials for reasons such as age.

Protective and decorative frames are available for existing chairs and sofas. Gates can restrict access to a room or area of ​​the house. And there’s a variety of pet beds and furniture as dog and/or cat options.

Curtains that kiss the floor instead of down can help with tripping or accidents, and certainly furniture that children and pets can climb on should be safe. Parents should also watch out for sharp edges that can cut.

Vinyl luxury flooring technology has improved. Pitt said it’s waterproof and has the look of hardwood at a low price point.

Square U-shaped furniture in front of a television or fireplace area can promote conversation and provide good seating for everyone in a large family, Pitt said.

Reach Andy Humbles at or 615-726-5939 and on Twitter @AndyHumbles.

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