Upholstery fabric stores are often tricky to find. However Sydney has some really great options, you just need to know where to look. And that’s where I’m hoping this list of the best upholstery fabric suppliers in Sydney will help you.
In this article, I’ve focused on upholstery fabric suppliers who have a bricks and mortar retail store where you can buy fabric by the metre.
Also see my related article on upholstery fabric in Australia where I cover suppliers that have stores in several locations around the country, like Warwick Fabrics.
- Shop 6, 1-5 Mandolong Road, Mosman
- 123 Edgecliff Road, Woollahra
- 509 Willoughby Road, Willoughby
- 243 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul
Best for: All sorts of contemporary upholstery fabic
If you’re in Sydney and looking for upholstery fabric, then I’d recommend you look first at No Chintz.
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 fabic range is beautiful, practical and well priced for the quality. Many of their fabrics are 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. The contemporary linen range is exceptional, although it is at the pricier end of the scale.
They also have a particularly great range of trims and they sure know how to use them! Think luscious fringing, super-fun pom poms and extravagent tassels.
Their blog is also worth browsing as it’s full of good advice collected from many years of experience. For example, you might be wondering if it’s worth recoving your old sofa? This is a really common question and one that Chrissie Jeffery answers perfectly right here.
Provincial Fabric House
2 Currockbilly Street
Best for: Belgian linen and European prints
Provincial Fabric House has an excellent range of over 350 different upholstery fabrics stocked in their warehouse. If you’re in the Welby area in the Southern Highlands of NSW, you can drop in to view the range between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday. You can also buy online from their beautiful website.
When it comes to giving advice about fabric for upholstery, these guys know their stuff as they also run Provincial Upholstery.
They travel overseas reguarly to source their designer fabric from European and UK mills. The broad range includes natural fibre cotton and linen blends, embossed silks, chenilles, 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.
The Society Inc
75 Mary Street
Best for: Traditional florals and stripes with a contemporary twist
Sydney-based Sibella Court is a force to be reckoned with: an interior designer, product designer, author, cornerstore-keeper and all round globetrotter. And recently she has turned her prodigious talents to designing fabrics – how exiciting!
Sibella’s ‘corner store’, The Society Inc, is home to many of her products including her fabric range, titled Nostalgia. This gorgeous collection 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.
You can view samples and order fabric by the metre at the St Peters store or online here.
30D Salisbury Road
Best for: Artisan shibori designs
Karen Davis and Pepa Martin have run Shibori design studio in Sydney since 2005.
Shibori refers to the traditional Japanese tie-dying technique. Although the designers use a variety of techniques, it’s Shibori that they’ve really made 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 here.
Ici et la
43 Bay St
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 here).
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.
30 Oxford Street
Best for: Intricate and sophisticated hand-printed designs
Utopia Goods design the most amazing artisan upholstery textiles with a really distinct flair.
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.
Bev’s Remnant House
722 Bourke Street
Best for: Discount upholstery fabric
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.
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 to see what’s on offer at the time.
You can find out more about Bev and her fabric buying adventures though through her blog here.
7 Ferngrove Place
Best for: Upholstery supplies and fabric
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.
Bargain Upholstery Fabrics
13 Burnt St
Best for: 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.
The stock changes regularly but they usually have a broad range 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. These types of stores that offer great value are increasingly hard to find, so if you can get to Seaforth, I’d highly recommend it.
152 – 154 Railway Parade
Best for: Vinyl and velvet upholstery fabric
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 and a decent range of velvet upholstery fabrics. They also have a small waterproof upholstery range including a waterproof suede which looks interesting.
Do you know of other upholstery fabric suppliers not covered here? If so, please let me know and I’ll add them to the list.
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