5 Reasons to Upholster Your Furniture with Hemp

The type of fabric you choose for your furniture can make a big impact on everything from comfort to styling, so it makes sense to consider all available options. However, one fabric you might not have considered is hemp.

Hemp isn't as widely used for upholstering furniture as other fabrics, but it is becoming more popular thanks to its wide range of natural advantages. Here are just five reasons you should choose hemp for your upholstery fabric.

1. It's Durable

Many people assume that natural fabrics can't offer much in the way of durability, but hemp proves them wrong. It is very hard wearing and is considerably stronger than other natural fabrics, such as cotton and linen. That helps it resist serious damage, and it also means hemp fabric is resilient against pilling and shrinkage.

2. It's Hard to Wrinkle

Some upholstery fabrics look great before anyone sits on them, then quickly become wrinkled. Linen is a prime example among natural fabrics. This can be a problem if your furniture sees a lot of use but still needs to stay looking its best. Hemp is ideal since it is naturally resistant to wrinkling, so it will stay looking fresh however much it is sat on.

3. It's Eco-Friendly

It's becoming more and more important to consider the environmental impact of different fabrics, and hemp is one of the most eco-friendly. It's a completely natural fabric that requires relatively little water to grow and can thrive without the use of pesticides thanks to natural weed-suppressing properties. As such, it's a great choice for those who want to upholster their furniture in a fabric that's good for the planet.

4. It's UV Resistant

Many types of fabric will fade when exposed to UV radiation. As such, furniture that is exposed to direct sunlight can often start to fade over time. However, hemp boasts a natural resistance to UV radiation, which is one reason it provides such great protection for your skin when made into clothing. That natural characteristic also makes hemp ideal for upholstering furniture since you can leave it exposed to direct sunlight without worrying about fading.

5. It's Breathable

Finally, hemp is an extremely breathable fabric that allows air to circulate freely. This means that you can sit on your furniture and find that it stays cool, dry and comfortable even when temperatures start to climb. As such, hemp upholstery is becoming particularly popular in parts of the country that often experience high temperatures. 

For more info about upholstery fabric, contact a local professional.