In this article, you’ll find over 40 of the best places to buy upholstery fabric in Australia, focusing mostly on those who sell fabric by the metre. I’ve included designer through to discount upholstery fabric suppliers and many in between, including several who specialise such as linen, leather and outdoor upholstery fabric.
- Types of upholstery fabric suppliers in Australia
- What is upholstery fabric?
- Designer upholstery fabric suppliers
- Ink & Spindle
- Utopia Goods
- Patricia Braune
- Grace Garrett
- Willie Weston
- The Society Inc
- Clare Martin Design
- The Foam Booth
- No Chintz
- Rosebery Fabrics
- Provincial Fabric House
- Redelman Fabrics
- Verve Designer Collections
- Ideal Drape Makers
- The Fabric Editors
- Fabric Studio
- Online Fabric shop
- In Stitches
- Next Furnishings
- Sofa and Soul
- Discount upholstery fabric suppliers
- Linen upholstery fabric
- Outdoor upholstery fabric suppliers
- Leather upholstery fabric
- Faux leather and vinyl upholstery fabric
- Upholstery fabric basics
Types of upholstery fabric suppliers in Australia
In this article, I’m mostly covering Australian suppliers who sell upholstery fabric by the metre to the general public. Some of these suppliers only sell their upholstery fabric online, some sell online and in-store, while others sell only in-store.
Of all the types of fabric, upholstery fabric is probably one of the trickiest to source. If you google upholstery fabric Australia, you’ll mostly find interior designers or big international fabric houses with Australian distributors.
The fabric houses will often allow the general public to browse their collection in their showroom, but will typically sell their fabrics only to the interiors trade.
Many interior designers, curtain manufacturers and upholsters will sell fabric only as part of a custom design or production job. However, more recently there is a small but increasing number who will happily sell fabric by the metre to the general public. It’s these ones I’ve focused on in this article.
Also trending is the Australian artisan textile designers who have set up shop online and will happily sell directly to the public with low minimum order quantities. This is a truly exciting development in interiors fabrics! These are the ones to watch.
What is upholstery fabric?
Upholstery fabric is any type of fabric that is at least 350gsm, but preferably heavier, and is woven tightly enough to withstand daily wear and tear.
Sometimes upholstery fabric gets lumped together with other interiors fabric. You can use fabric that is lighter than 350gsm for curtains and cushions but I wouldn’t generally recommend this weight for upholstery, especially if the piece will be used frequently.
Having said that, if you’re covering a decorative chair that will sit in the corner of a room and won’t really be used much, and you’ve found a fabric you love, then go for it! There are heaps of great fabric options in this mid-weight soft furnishing category of 250-350gsm and I’ll cover these in another article.
Designer upholstery fabric suppliers
Best for: Artisan hand-printed upholstery fabric showcasing Australian flora
Julie Paterson is a legend and absolute pioneer in Australian hand-printed textile design. Julie’s designs are inspired by the Australian landscape which she captures in such a unique and beautiful way.
The designs are printed on upholstery weight hemp and linen using natural dyes. No chemicals are used to finish the printing, so the fabric will fade naturally and become even more beautiful over time.
You can order fabric on the website by the roll, by the piece or by the fat quarter (perfect for cushions). All of the fabrics are hand screenprinted so the cost reflects that, yet is still within reach if you’re looking for something special.
I’ve used Cloth Fabric to cover canvases resulting in a really beautiful piece of high-end artwork without the high-end price tag. The colours and designs complement our pared back Australian interiors style perfectly.
If running a textile company isn’t enough, Julie has also published a book – Cloth Bound – showcasing her design aesthetic including both artistic and practical applications for her fabrics. Fabric nerds will absolutely love that Julie’s book is literally cloth bound.
Ink & Spindle
Sacred Heart Building, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
Best for: Artisan hand-printed upholstery fabric (Melbourne-style)
Ink & Spindle are quite the Melbourne institution when it comes to local textile designers.
Their distinctive Australian flora and fauna designs are all hand screen-printed on natural base cloths in their studio in Abbotsford Convent: a gorgeous arts precinct in Melbourne’s inner north-east. The convent is a destination in itself (religious beliefs optional)!
You can buy their ready-made upholstery fabrics directly from their showroom or online. If you’re ordering over two metres you can design your own fabric by choosing the print, colours and base cloth. I can’t be more enthusiastic about this custom design service. Very few other artisans offer the same flexibility.
30 Oxford Street, Paddington
Best for: Sophisticated hand-printed designs
Utopia Goods design the most amazing artisan upholstery textiles with a really distinct flair.
The subject of their textiles is exclusively the Australian bush, yet instead of being raw and pared back like many Australian textile designs, their style is ultra detailed. It comprises many layers and borrows from a range of traditional illustration styles spanning the last 100 years.
Their gorgeous prints are designed in Australia and printed by hand onto 100% linen in India. They use multiple screens to achieve an incredibly high quality result.
You can buy directly from their store in Paddington, Sydney or from any of their agents around the country. You can also order swatches from their web site.
Best for: Designer upholstery fabric in sophisticated prints
Patricia Braune is a classic example of the rising number of boutique surface designers who are selling their artisan textiles by the metre, direct to the public.
For too long, these types of beautiful and unique fabrics have been locked away from the general public with layers of agents, re-sellers, exclusive stockists and other interiors industry middle-folk. Not any more! You can buy Patricia’s gorgeous textiles direct from her web site.
Patricia has yet another take on Australian flora, in her Australian Lines collection of upholstery textiles. Her style is quite delicate, detailed, and slightly feminine. Other collections include Brazilian, African and Amalfi subject matter. There really is something for everyone with the extent of her international ranges.
The designs are printed on durable upholstery-grade base cloth with a high Martindale Rub rating and you can order as little as one metre.
Best for: Designer upholstery fabric, no matter what your style
Grace Garrett is a veteran of the Australian interiors industry. Her design talents span many mediums, but more recently it is her textile designs that are in the spotlight. 3 Birds Renovations use her textiles extensively in their award winning projects.
It’s hard to pin down the Grace Garrett style. She has ranges inspired by the Mediterranean, Africa, Asia and a particularly lovely one titled Sunburnt Country (I’m sure Dorothea would approve).
You can order any of the Grace Garrett designs and have them custom printed onto upholstery weight base cloth. You can choose from several linen and polyester blends for indoor or outdoor applications. The lead time is generally only a couple of weeks and pricing is in the $110-$120 per metre range.
Best for: Australian Indigenous fabric in contemporary colourways
Willie Weston produces the most beautiful Aboriginal upholstery textiles for commercial and residential interiors.
What I particularly love about their range is the beautifully soft and contemporary colour palette. The designs also co-ordinate particularly well with each other with a well balanced offering of both feature and supporting prints.
In developing their fabric collections, Willie Weston work in partnership with Indigenous artists through Indigenous-owned art centres. The business has a strong ethical foundation with a focus on fair, equitable and ongoing payments to the artists. They are a member of the Indigenous Art Code, an organisation that works to promote ethical trade in Indigenous art.
Their full range is showcased on their web site but you can’t buy online. You’ll need to contact them directly to buy retail quantities.
The Society Inc
Best for: Traditional florals, stripes and seafaring nostalgia with a contemporary twist
Sibella Court is known for her distinctive bower bird style, her amazing interiors books, her paint collection for Murobond and her ‘corner store’, The Society Inc. She has also turned her talents to designing fabric with ranges titled Nostalgia and more recently, Seaworthy.
Nostalgia includes both traditional and modern florals and several serious stripes. With various nods to the past, the sophisticated colour palette firmly plants the designs in the present. My personal favourites are the Franklin stripe and the Baxter floral both printed on a linen and polyester blend with 50,000 rub count.
Seaworthy is a gorgeous collection of solids, stripes and prints in Sibella’s distinctive vintage seafaring aesthetic. It would work perfectly in a relaxed Aussie beach shack and equally well in an upmarket coastal retreat.
You can view samples and order fabric by the metre at the St Peters store or online.
30D Salisbury Road, Stanmore
Best for: Artisan shibori designs
Shibori refers to the traditional Japanese tie-dying technique.
Karen Davis and Pepa Martin, the design duo behind the label, use a variety of techniques but have really made Shibori their own – stretching it’s application from fabric to wallpaper, vinyl and even leather.
Shibori fabrics are designed by hand and then commercially printed on upholstery weight base cloths. So you’ll end up with a beautiful piece of art that is super practical.
You can view samples and order by the metre at their Stanmore Studio. You can also buy from their their extensive collection online.
Clare Martin Design
Best for: Fresh, whimsical designs on upholstery fabric of your choice
Clare Martin is a surface pattern designer/illustrator who works from her studio in Perth.
Claire’s designs are fresh, colourful and whimsical. they would be perfect for a child’s room or anywhere you’re looking for an injection of fun.
Along with surface design for readymade products, Claire sells her textile designs directly to customers via the Spoonflower platform.
The great thing about Spoonflower is you can choose the design you’d like and then select from a range of different base cloths. The upholstery weight options include a beautiful Belgian linen at 335gsm, a sturdy cotton denim at 395gsm, a basket weave cotton canvas at 360gsm and a luscious upholstery velvet at 389gsm.
The Foam Booth
Best for: A broad range of beautifully curated and understated fabrics
The Foam Booth specialises in custom foam products such as bench seats, chair and sofa cushions and ottomans for both indoors and out. They also sell upholstery fabric by the metre in their online store.
Warwick and Zepel feature heavily in the indoor collections with a focus on solid contemporary colours. There are few outlandish prints here, the focus is on practical and beautifully understated fabrics.
They also stock several vinyl collections, a nice faux leather range and a great outdoor range.
If you follow Three Birds Renovations, then you can view and buy the fabrics they used in their various projects in specific categories on The Foam Booth web site (a stroke of brilliance!).
Shop 6, 1-5 Mandolong Road, Mosman
123 Edgecliff Road, Woollahra
509 Willoughby Road, Willoughby
243 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul
Best for: A Wide range of contemporary upholstery fabrics
Founded by Chrissie Jeffery, No Chintz has been around for over 25 years. They now have three beautiful stores in Sydney and one in the coastal town of Thirroul, 70kms south of Sydney.
No Chintz’s upholstery fabric range is beautiful, practical and well priced for the quality with many fabrics exclusive to them.
Their offering includes woven cottons in a variety of textures in both solid colours and prints. The range of ikat and striped fabrics is particularly lovely, as is the linen range, although it is at the more expensive end of the scale.
They also have a particularly great range luscious fringing, super-fun pom poms and extravagant tassels.
Their blog is also full of good advice collected from many years of experience.
558 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Best for: A broad range of upholstery fabrics for indoors and out
Rosebery Fabrics has a range of options for upholstery fabric by the metre. They sell some of their own fabrics and also sell Warwick, Zepel, Charles Parsons and other designer upholstery fabrics.
Rosebery started as a canvas business and still has a very strong focus on outdoor canvas suitable for upholstery, awnings, shade structures and caravan and camping applications. The canvas range includes extensive Sunbrella options as well as Australian brands, Brella, Billabong, Coolabah and several others.
They also stock an excellent range of marine vinyl for both commercial and domestic applications.
You can buy from their online store or visit their retail store in Surry Hills in Sydney.
Provincial Fabric House
2 Currockbilly Street, Welby
Best for: Belgian linen and European prints
Provincial Fabric House has an excellent range of over 350 different upholstery fabrics stocked in their warehouse.
They travel overseas regularly to source from European and UK mills. The broad range includes natural fibre cotton and linen blends, embossed silks, chenille, damasks and velvet.
The real standout for me is their gorgeous range of Belgian linens. Prices for the linen start around $57/metre which is excellent value for upholstery weight Belgian linen. You’re likely to pay upwards of $100/metre elsewhere in Australia.
When it comes to giving advice about fabric for upholstery, these guys know their stuff as they also run Provincial Upholstery.
The warehouse is located in Welby in the Southern Highlands of NSW. You can drop in to view the range between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday and also buy online from their beautiful website.
Melbourne – 424 Smith Street, Collingwood
Sydney – 55 Bridge Road, Glebe
Canberra – Unit 1, 167 Newcastle Street, Fyshwick
Brisbane – 54 Robertson Street, Fortitude Valley
Gold Coast – 38 Ashmore Road, Bundall
Adelaide – 103 Wright Street, Adelaide
Perth – 274 Newcastle Street, Perth
Best for: Any style of upholstery fabric you can imagine
Warwick is one of the best know Australian upholstery fabric brands. They stand for quality and are used extensively by upholsterers in Australia.
They have showrooms in all major Australian cities, along with a presence in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Although Warwick doesn’t sell direct to the public, they welcome customers into their showrooms and are very happy to offer advice and swatches to help you decide. You can also order swatches on their website.
You then purchase the fabric as part of your upholstery or interior design project. Alternatively, you can buy the fabric by the metre from one of the fabric retailers in this article, such as Material World.
Sydney – 27 Daphne St, Botany
Melbourne – 550 High St, Prahran
Brisbane – 4/269 Abbotsford Road, Bowen Hills
Best for: Traditional and heritage designs
Redelman Fabrics is one of the few design houses who keep some of their fabric ranges in stock. You can’t buy online, but you can browse their full stocked range on their website (although you’ll have to contact them for pricing).
They specialise in traditional damask, tapestry, velvet, silk, cotton, and chenille. If you’re looking for printed or patterns upholstery fabric to suit a heritage home, then Redelman are definitely worth looking up. They have showrooms in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and agents in Adelaide and Auckland.
Verve Designer Collections
Melbourne – 747 High St, Armadale
Sydney – 21 Boundary St, Darlinghurst
Perth – Suite 8, Chelsea Village, 145 Stirling Hwy, Nedlands
Best for: Big brand designer fabric
Verve Designer Collections is an interior design house with showrooms in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. I’ve included them in this list as they keep stock of many of their ranges which you can buy by the metre in store.
Verve stock a particularly good range of upholstery fabric basics. This includes lots of textured plain natural fibres and high performance synthetic fibres. They also have a lovely range of patterned weaves and an extensive range of velvet upholstery fabrics in a rainbow of colours.
For discount upholstery fabric, I’d also recommend you check out their online outlet (see Verve Outlet under Discount Upholstery Fabric Suppliers section below).
Ideal Drape Makers
Best for: A smorgasbord of upholstery fabric options
As their name suggests, Ideal Drape Makers make custom curtains, blinds, shutters, awnings and cushions. They don’t have a retail store but they do sell a massive range of interiors fabrics via their web site, including a large variety of upholstery fabrics. You can order the fabric as part of a custom soft furnishing job, or simply as a length of fabric.
The web site fabric listing is extensive, boasting 120,000 lines of fabric. Some of the big brands stocked include Zepel, Warwick, Unique Fabrics, Sanderson, Mokum, James Dunlop and many more. They don’t keep all of these in stock, but will quickly confirm availability and delivery time before charging you. You can also order cuttings of many of these before buying.
Ideal Drape Makers is a family owned business and has excellent reviews for customer service. So, they are definitely worth considering for upholstery fabric shopping.
The Fabric Editors
Best for: A nicely curated collection of designer fabric
The Fabric Editors are another interior design house who are happy to sell upholstery fabrics online.
They offer a beautifully curated collection including some of the usual options such as Warwick and Zepel, but also others that are more difficult to source by the metre These include Anna Spiro, Andrew Martin, Designers Guild, Kate Spade and Ralph Lauren.
Like most design houses, The Fabric Editors don’t keep stock of fabric, but will custom order for you and confirm delivery timeframes. Pricing is as you’d expect for the big brands.
Best for: UK upholstery fabric brands
Fabric Studio is another Interior Design house that offers their fabric selection by the metre. Like the other design houses I’ve listed in this article, you can buy online and they will confirm availability and delivery times with you. Delivery is usually a week for local brands and up to 3 weeks for international labels.
Fabric Studio offer fairly traditional fabrics with a focus on UK brands such as Sanderson, Prestigious Textiles and Morris and Co. They also offer one of my favourites which is hard to find in Australia – Ian Mankin who does gorgeous contemporary woven stripes in natural fibres.
Online Fabric shop
Best for: Big brand fabrics at discounted prices
Online Fabric Shop offer a range of discontinued fabrics on their web site at heavily discounted prices. The range is small, but certainly worth a look as there are some big brands on offer.
They can also source other fabrics for you at recommended retail prices from the big fabric houses.
Best for: Big brand fabrics and price matching service
In Stitches has a nicely curated selection of the big brand upholstery fabrics for sale on their web site. Brands include Warwick, i-LIV, Wortley, Mokum, Rowe and Australian brand Charles Parsons.
They offer affordable shipping and a price matching service in the event you find a particular fabric cheaper elsewhere.
1351 Toorak Road, Camberwell
Best for: The big fabric house brands and personal service
At Next Furnishings you can buy any of their stocked fabrics by the metre. You can also order as little as one metre of the big-name fabric brands such as Mokum, Zepel, Warwick and Elliot Clarke.
You’ll just need to get yourself to their Camberwell showroom in Melbourne as they don’t list them on their web site. If you know the exact fabric you want, you can possibly order over the phone too.
Sofa and Soul
614 Church Street, Richmond
Best for: High quality basics in muted contemporary colours
As the name suggests, Sofa & Soul is a sofa company, however they also sell their sofa fabrics by the metre. These are the actual fabrics they use to cover their sofas, so you can be sure they are high quality.
The range is small, but really worth considering. It includes beautiful contemporary solid colours including some simple textured woven options, a chenille texture and a heavily textured basket weave option. There is also a particularly luscious range of velvet upholstery fabric.
Pricing averages in the $50-$75 per metre range with a few of the velvets and one more complex woven sitting at a more expensive price point.
Discount upholstery fabric suppliers
Best for: A massive range of discounted upholstery fabrics
Fabric Traders is an online fabric store headquartered in Brisbane, shipping Australia-wide and to New Zealand. They stock a massive range of fabrics including many suitable for upholstery.
The upholstery range consists of solid colours, checks, stripes, velvet, faux leather, vinyl and traditional prints. They stock a good range of Waverly Fabric designs for interior upholstery and Tommy Bahama for tropical outdoor upholstery applications. The pricing is competitive and ranges from $20 per metre through to around $60 per metre.
The only tricky aspect of their web site is the home decor fabrics are categorised together, so to find upholstery fabric you’ll need to carefully check the GSM to ensure it’s suitable for your project.
Best for: Cheap upholstery fabric from the big brands
Verve Outlet is Verve Designer Collections’ online factory outlet. It’s definitely worth a look for affordable upholstery fabrics.
Prices are significantly discounted and range from $20-60 per metre for good quality options. They ship Australia-wide with free shipping on orders over $200.
Bargain Upholstery Fabrics
13 Burnt St, Seaforth
Best for: An everchanging range of discount upholstery fabrics
Packed to the rafters, Bargain Upholstery Fabrics is a goldmine for fabric hunters. With prices ranging from $2/metre through to $30/metre, they really do offer a bargain.
They offer an everchanging selection of prints, strips, checks and solids in contemporary colourways.
Although they have a website, they don’t sell online so you’ll need to visit the store in Sydney. These types of stores are increasingly hard to find, so if you can get to Seaforth, I’d highly recommend it.
Bev’s Remnant House
Sydney – 722 Bourke Street, Redfern
Adelaide – 30 High Street, Willunga (45 min south of Adelaide)
Best for: A treasure trove of discount upholstery fabrics
Bev’s is a treasure trove of remnant upholstery fabric. They sell cushion size pieces through to whole rolls of discontinued and designer fabrics at heavily discounted prices. They also have a beautiful range of Kantha quilts at great prices.
Because Bev’s is dealing with stock that comes and goes, there is no product listing on the website. You really do have to visit the Redfern store in Sydney or the Willunga store south of Adelaide to see what’s on offer at the time.
Sydney – 722 B152 – 154 Railway Parade, Kogarah
Best for: Vinyl and velvet upholstery fabric at affordable prices
Rainbow Fabrics stocks all types of fabric including some suitable for upholstery.
The standout range is vinyl in all sorts of interesting prints and colours. They also stock canvas, classic and patterned jacquards, some interesting tapestry designs, a range of velvet upholstery fabric and a small range of waterproof suede which looks interesting.
I Just Love That Fabric
Shop 2/27 Minjungbal Dr, Tweed Heads South
Best for: Tropical upholstery fabric prints you won’t find everywhere
What I love about I Just Love That Fabric is they offer upholstery fabric prints that I haven’t seen elsewhere in Australia at good prices.
What I don’t love is that the upholstery fabrics are mixed in together with lighter weight curtain fabric and they don’t list the GSM. However, they do note the uses against each fabric and include upholstery so this is a reasonable indicator.
Their retail store is located on the Gold Coast and I think this location reflects in their fabric selection. There are lots of bright colours and tropical prints and they also have a small but practical range of outdoor upholstery fabric.
7 Ferngrove Place, Chester Hill
Best for: Upholstery supplies and fabric basics
Home Upholster doesn’t just sell upholstery fabric, they sell everything you need for your upholstery project. This includes foam, tools, webbing, brackets, legs and feet, adhesives, decorative trim, and lots of great advice. They get excellent reviews for their expert and friendly customer service.
They stock a range of basic discount upholstery fabrics in their warehouse and also keep the Warwick, Wortley and Charles Parsons catalogues that you can order from.
Their showroom in Sydney is open to the public Monday to Friday and they have a solid online offering.
Various locations around Australia
Best for: Upholstery fabric basics at cheap prices
If you’re after something basic or just something really affordable, then Spotlight is definitely worth checking out. Their pricing ranges from $10-30/metre for most upholstery weight fabrics.
Spotlight’s stock may vary from store to store but you’ll usually find some solid colours as well as prints and also some tapestry designs. I also spotted some decent looking faux leather on their web site, including a gorgeous blush colour that looked way more high-end than the $25 price tag.
Various locations around Australia
Best for: Discount upholstery fabric
Lincraft offers a mixed bag when it comes to interiors fabrics. They combine their upholstery and curtain fabrics together in once category, so if you’re specifically looking for upholstery weight, then you’ll need to check the gsm if it’s listed.
While the offering is a bit hit and miss, if you’re looking for discount upholstery fabric, your local Lincraft is definitley worth a look.
Linen upholstery fabric
Unit 16/83 Mell Road, Spearwood
Best for: High quality European upholstery linen
If you’re after classic European upholstery linen, then Linen Things has a small but super high quality range.
You can buy their fabric by the metre direct from their showroom in Spearwood, just outside Perth, or from their online store.
When I ran Duckcloth as a fabric store, I used to buy linen from their wholesale arm, Pure Linen. The quality, colours and customer service were always excellent.
At 540gsm, you can be sure that the linen will stand up to most types of wear and tear. The pricing does reflect this though, at over $200/metre.
Unit 16/83 Mell Road, Spearwood
Best for: Lithuanian upholstery linen at affordable prices
France is known for it’s high quality linen, but some of the best linen also comes out of Lithuania. LineMe is owned by Lithuanian-born interior designer, Inga Lukauskiene.
Their upholstery weight linen is 360gsm so it sits at the lighter end of the upholstery range. This weight is priced around $30 per metre which is excellent value.
A contemporary colour palette rounds out the collection with beautiful washed greys, creams and greens. They keep over 1000 different weights and colours in stock so LinenMe is definitely worth a look if you love linen!
Outdoor upholstery fabric suppliers
Sydney – 7 Danks Street, Waterloo
Melbourne – 422 Burnley Street, Richmond
Brisbane – 9 Wandoo Street, Fortitude Valley
Adelaide – 13 College Rd, Kent Town
Perth – 2-4 Drake St, Osborne Park
Best for: Outdoor upholstery fabric in beautiful on-trend colours
Eco Outdoor has a beautiful range of contemporary upholstery fabrics suitable for outdoor applications. In fact, many of their fabrics would be perfectly suitable for indoor upholstery too.
They stock a comprehensive range of Sunbrella fabric along with a canvas collection and even some linen blend options that can be used in partially covered areas.
You’ll have to visit one of their stores to buy fabric, but you can browse the entire collection (including per metre pricing) on their website.
Fab Outdoor Fabrics
Best for: Outdoor upholstery fabric at affordable prices
Fab Outdoor Fabrics specialise in outdoor fabrics at affordable prices. They offer a huge range of different styles and keep most of them in stock.
Brands include Warwick, Tommy Bahama and Sunbrella. There is also a huge range of non-branded designs in floral, classical, tropical, geometric, solids and stripes.
Pricing ranges from $30 per metre through to $80 at the top end, but most fabrics are between $40 and $50 per metre.
They also have a custom made service where you can choose from their fabric range and have bench seating or cushions made up. So, these guys know their craft and it’s fairly safe to assume they will offer good advice on the right fabric for your particular application.
The Stripes Company
Best for: Deckchair fabric and ticking stripes for indoors and out
If you’re looking for a blast of colour in a deckchair style stripe, then check out The Stripes Company.
They specialise in deckchair-style canvas in both modern and vintage colourways and also offer a waterproof range. There are two widths – 30cm to suit a standard deckchair and 150cm for other applications.
There is also a gorgeous, vibrant range of striped indoor canvas fabric including a modern take on the traditional ticking stripe. The weight of the fabric isn’t clear, so I can’t confidently say that it is upholstery weight, but looks suitable for light upholstery such as bench seating.
Ici et la
43 Bay St, Botany
Best for: Vibrant stripes in both indoor and outdoor upholstery fabrics
Ici et la (meaning ‘here and there’ in French) is known for their vibrant striped upholstery fabric often seen on deck chairs. Their fabric designs are are actually inspired by samples found in centuries-old Catalan archives.
You can buy their fabric by the metre directly from their Botany store and also online.
They stock various striped designs in both indoor and outdoor ranges. There is a narrow 43cm width specifically for deck chairs and a super-wide 180cm range which you could use for lots of applications, including bench seating.
They also have a small but luscious range of stonewashed linen upholstery fabric.
For more outdoor upholstery fabric suppliers, check out these suppliers under other categories in this article:
- Fabric Traders and I Just Love That Fabric (Discount Upholstery Suppliers)
- Rosebery Fabrics, The Foam Booth and Grace Garrett (Designer Upholstery Suppliers)
Leather upholstery fabric
171 Kensington Rd, West Melbourne
Best for: Luscious upholstery leather
Lefflers is THE place to go in Melbourne for all sorts of leather including over 250 different types of upholstery leather. This includes full hides in sophisticated colours for furniture, automotive, aviation and marine applications.
You can view and buy from their West Melbourne showroom and also buy online from their website. The hides are sold by the square metre and they have a nifty sliding scale where you can specify your preferred size and they will try to match it as closely as possible.
NSW Leather Company
16 Anderson Street, Banksmeadow
Best for: All types of upholstery leather
The NSW Leather company stocks leather hides for all types of upholstery applications including furniture and interior, automotive, aviation, marine and even outdoor. They stock a massive range in a variety of colours and finishes.
You can browse their full range online and can order samples, but you can only buy in store from their Banksmeadow showroom.
Faux leather and vinyl upholstery fabric
12 Bignell Road, Moorabbin
Best for: Marine vinyl and faux leather
Vyfab are a specialist upholstery fabric supplier located in the light industrial area of Moorabbin in Melbourne’s South East. They specialise in fabrics for automotive, marine and outdoor upholstery.
Vyfab’s vinyl upholstery fabric comes in a huge range of colours, textures and finishes and is suitable for boating and outdoor furniture upholstery. Pricing comes in around $20-40/metre.
They also have an excellent range of faux leather upholstery fabric that can be used for most types of furniture upholstery. This is priced around $30-40/metre.
For more faux leather and vinyl suppliers, check out these suppliers under other categories in this article:
- Rainbow Fabrics and Fabric Traders (Discount Upholstery fabric)
- Rosebery Fabrics and The Foam Booth (Designer Upholstery fabric)
Upholstery fabric basics
Margaret River Hemp Co
133 Bussell Highway, Margaret River
Shop 6, 3 Cantonment St, Fremantle
Best for: Natural hemp upholstery fabric
If natural, rustic upholstery fabric is your thing, then hemp is definitely worth considering. As the toughest of the natural fibres, most hemp fabrics heavier or close to 350gsm will be suitable for upholstery.
Margaret River Hemp Co has a really solid range of natural, unprinted hemp fabric that you can buy by the metre. Their Hemp and Organic Cotton Twill, Hemp Textured Canvas and 100% Hemp Canvas are all heavy enough for upholstery.
Unit 11a, 16 Aquatic Drive, Frenchs Forest
Best for: Hemp upholstery fabric in natural colourways
Hemp Gallery offer similar options to Margaret River Hemp Co, so it’s work checking out both if you’re looking for natural, environmentally friendly upholstery options.
Hemp Gallery offer three fabrics suitable for upholstery: Newport (available in several colourways), Hampton and Warialda.
For more upholstery fabric basics, check out these suppliers under other categories in this article:
- No Chintz, Warwick and Roseberry Fabrics (Designer Upholstery Suppliers)
- The Stripes Company (Outdoor Upholstery Suppliers)
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