THE TRUTH ABOUT KNIT BACKING FOR UPHOLSTERY FABRICS
#1 Myth or Fact: Is Knit Backing Necessary for Upholstery Fabrics?
Fact. Fabrics used for upholstery require a sturdy and durable foundation to withstand the wear and tear of everyday use. Knit-backing is a technique used to reinforce fabrics, making them more suitable for upholstery.
When fabrics are knit-backed, a layer of light knit fabric is attached to the back of the primary fabric. This adds a layer of strength, elasticity, and stability to the fabric, allowing it to better resist stretching, tearing, and other damage caused by wear and tear.
The knit-backing fabric used for backing is typically made from a synthetic material, such as polyester or nylon.
These materials are strong, flexible, and resistant to abrasion, making them ideal for use in upholstery applications.
In addition to providing strength and stability, knit-backing can also improve the appearance of upholstery fabrics. By creating a smoother and more even surface, keeping seams from opening,
piping from slipping, pouches from forming with frequent use and it helps fabrics maintain their shape.
Overall, knit-backing is an important technique for creating high-quality upholstery fabrics that are both durable and attractive.
# 2 Myth or Fact: Do All Thick Upholstery Fabrics Need Knit Backing?
Myth. The thickness of a fabric used for upholstery does not necessarily determine whether it needs knit backing or not, it is the tightness of the weave. The need for knit-backing is usually dictated by the specific characteristics and requirements of the fabric, such as its strength, stretch, and durability.
”Knit backing fabrics has given my customers many more years of using their furniture. It has helped to give the fabrics more strength, stability and has helped with seam slippage. My customers have been ecstatic after they get the knit backed fabric. They are always impressed with the top quality of workmanship from Fabric back. I send them all my knit backing orders to process.” Arnold Markowitz - Finishing Manager at Kravet Fabric-Furniture
Thick fabrics, such as those made from heavy cotton or wool, may have enough inherent strength and
stability to withstand the wear and tear of upholstery use without knit-backing.
Fact. However, wool or cotton fabrics that are thick but have a loose weave may require knit-backing to reinforce their structure and prevent them from stretching or tearing.
In general, the decision to use knit-backing for upholstery fabrics is based on a variety of factors, including the type of fabric, its intended use, and the desired aesthetic qualities.
A professional upholsterer, fabric supplier, and fabric finishing company can advise on whether knit-backing is necessary for a particular fabric.
"When we knit back fabrics, there is an immediate different in durability and quality. It prevents stretching on upholstery over years of use, and overall holds the fabric together better and for longer. On outdoor upholstery, backing and treatment will help prevent damage to the fabric as well.” Grace Abraham - Head of Purchasing at Carrie Long Interiors
Sticking with Facts: Knit Back is Upholstery's BFF
Based on our extensive 20 years of experience in the textile backing industry, we can confidently say that by investing in knit-backing, you're ensuring the longevity and durability of your furniture, saving you time and money in the long run.
Make a wise choice and give your upholstery the best support it deserves with knit-backing. Your furniture will thank you for it!