All of our bespoke handcrafted chairs can be upholstered with your choice of fabric. Our team of designers are on-hand to help find the perfect fabric for you or your client.

Below are just a few things to consider when deciding on your choice of fabric for your dining chairs.

Quantities required

Fabric quantities required are on the Price List and are based upon plain fabrics only with a 137 – 140 cm width. For different widths, pattern repeats or the use of more than one fabric, please check with the showroom for the quantities required per design.

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Fabric suitability

Fabrics must be suitable for upholstery (n.b not silk) and we recommend a minimum rub test of 15,000.

The Dining Chair Company accepts no responsibility for the suitability or condition of fabric supplied to us by customers. We cannot guarantee detection of any fabric faults and assume quality control has already occurred prior to our receiving the fabrics.

Fire safety

The Dining Chair Company is responsible for the fire safely of all the chairs leaving our workshops. All must pass FR regulations. Most fabrics require the use of a fire retardant barrier cloth with some requiring backcoating where an interliner will not suffice. All fabric suppliers can confirm what their fabrics require. If, at the point of order, the fabric is not confirmed, the cost of the barrier cloth will be added to the invoice and if necessary the cost deducted from the balance invoice.

Fabrics which are exempt: real leather, 100% wool and 100% linen ONLY.

Important information about leather

All designs can be upholstered in leather and the number of hides required will be advised per size of hide (standard 5 sqm/55 sq feet) and per design.

Please note that small hides may require stitching together resulting in additional seams visible around the chair.

Important information about Faux Leather

Please note that the construction of faux leather – PU or PVC with the application or lamination of 100% polyurethane to a base material – means that the product has no give or stretch and so is not suitable for upholstery on chair designs with curves.  It can also pucker around the base of the seats as once stretched it will not go back to shape.

The use of nailing around the base, top and sides can help to achieve a better finish.

Faux Leather

Completely wipeable.

Real Leather

Wipeable but porous so will soak some liquids especially oil.

Faux Suede

Mostly cleanable.

Heavily Textured Linen

Will hide most marks.

Lightly Textured Linen

Marks will show.

Fabrics with no texture

For example satin/wool show dirt quickly.


Can bruise or crush subject to construction and depth of pile but quite practical. Velvets with a deep pile are not suitable for piping.

Loose Weave

Not suitable for tight upholstery.


Not suitable for tight upholstery.


See a sample of our most popular chairs below