Planning on a spot of DIY upholstery? If you’re looking for upholstery fabric in Melbourne, read on for my pick of the local suppliers. I’ve mostly focused on physical stores that you can visit to buy upholstery fabric by the metre.
It’s a short list as most of the big fabric houses will only supply to the interiors trade. If you’re working with an interior designer or upholsterer, then they will help you with fabric options and samples based on your design brief.
If you’re flying solo and you’re prepared to source your upholstery fabric online, there are quite a few options if you know where to look. For more on this, check out our article on Where to buy upholstery fabric in Australia.
1351 Toorak Road
Best for: The big fabric house brands
You can hire Next Furnishings for custom design projects such as blinds, curtains, cushions and upholstery. However, they are one of the small number of Design Houses who also sell their upholstery fabric by the metre. You’ll just need to get yourself to their Camberwell showroom as they don’t list them on their web site.
You can buy as little as one metre of any of their stocked fabrics. You can also order as little as one metre of the big-name fabric brands such as Mokum, Zepel, Warwick and Elliot Clarke. This is huge as many interior design houses don’t offer this. If you know the exact fabric you want, you can possibly order over the phone too.
So, if you’re after something fancy, Next Furnishings might be your answer.
Sofa & Soul
614 Church Street
Best for: Contemporary, high quality basics
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. In fact, they list the Mardindale Rub Rating against each to let you know how durable each one is.
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.
Ink & Spindle
Sacred Heart Building
1 St Heliers St
Best for: Artisan hand-printed upholstery fabric – Melbourne style
Ink & Spindle sell their beautiful Australian flora and fauna designs on natural base cloths including upholstery weight linen and hemp.
All of these are hand screenprinted 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 in increments of .25m. If you’re ordering over two metres you can design your own fabric by choosing the design, colours and base cloth. I can’t be more enthusiastic about this custom design service they offer. Very few other artisans offer the same flexibility.
I’d urge you to pop into their showroom if you get a chance and also hop over to their website for loads of upholstery and general interiors inspiration.
171 Kensington Rd
Best for: Luscious upholstery leather
Lefflers is THE place to go 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.
Naturally leather is something that is probably best puchased after viewing it which you can do at their West Melbourne showroom. But if you can’t make it there you can buy online from the 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.
12 Bignell Road
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. It’s suitable for a variety of boating and outdoor furniture upholstery. Pricing for the marine vinyl 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.
The extensive range of velour fabrics and car headlining (that’s the stuff on the inside of your car roof) is suitable for automotive upholstery.
550 High St
Best for: Traditional designs
With a long tradition of selling interiors fabrics in Australia, Redelman Fabrics is now a third generation business. They source an extensive range of what I would describe as high quality traditional designs in tapestry, velvet, damask, silk, cotton and chenille.
Redelman is one of the few fabric houses who keep a large range in stock. You can browse their stocked range on their website (although you’ll have to contact them for pricing) and view samples at their Prahran showroom.
424 Smith Street
Best for: A massive range from budget to designer upholstery fabric
Warwick Fabrics has been a leader in the Australian textiles industry for over 50 years. In fact, their current Collingwood location is pretty much where they started out.
They are know for their high quality soft furnishing fabrics with ranges that are trend-driven, others that are classic and many, many others in between. Their range is massive!
You can browse their collection at their showroom, but you you’ll need to buy the fabric from one of their many distributors.
One thing I really like about how they showcase their fabrics is the colour-coded price categories. These are clearly marked and start at orange at $30/metre and continue through to red at $100+/metre. So, no matter what your budget, there really is something for everyone.
422 Burnley Street
Best for: Contemporary outdoor upholstery fabric
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.
Pricing averages about $80-$100/metre and starts at $60/metre for the broadcloth range through to $150/metre for a beautiful stonewashed linen range (which is actually 100% hemp).
You can buy their entire upholstery fabric range by the metre directly from their Richmond store. You can also browse the fabric range on their website so you’re well equiped before you visit.
Verve Designer Collections
747 High St
Armadale, VIC 3143
If you’re looking for upholstery fabric in Melbourne, then High Street, Armadale is high-end-interiors-central. Verve Designer Collections is an interior design house situated right in the middle of this strip.
You can browse samples and order cuttings in stock. They keep stock of many of their ranges so you can buy metreage in store.
Verve stock a particularly good range of upholstery fabric basics. This includes lots of textured plain fabrics in both 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 every colour imaginable.
For discount upholstery fabric, I’d also recommend you check out the Verve online outlet.
Do you know of a Melbourne upholstery fabric supplier not covered here? If so, please let me know and I’ll add them to the list.
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