As colours appear deeper and more luminous when you look at velvet along the grain, single-colour velvet should be used against the grain. When working with cotton velvet, velvet made from fibre blends and Trevira® velvet, we recommend using the fabric with the nap pointing from bottom to top (against the grain). However, if you are working with a shiny velvet (viscose velvet) or a printed/patterned velvet, we recommend using the material with the nap pointing downwards (with the grain) as its sheen will otherwise be lost.
We also recommend you line your velvet curtain (see our LININGS book) as this prevents the pile from being lost and the fabric from fading in sunlight. It also makes for an even better drape.
Check that the velvet you have chosen is labelled as being suitable for upholstery. Use the fabric with the nap pointing downwards on the back, seat and sides of the furniture. The nap should point from the outside to the inside on the armrests. Ideally, furniture should be upholstered using fabric from the same roll. This prevents problems with the direction of the pile and minimal colour deviations.
Trim the raw edges and fold the velvet over twice at the ends before stapling it or nailing in tacks. This stops the velvet from fraying. Never put velvet straight on top of foam. Always use a lining, even if the velvet is coated. We recommend synthetic or cotton padding. This makes the fabric last longer and minimises pile loss.
Below is a selection of our velvet and plush fabrics:
Velvet Pixel 14488
Visconte II 14002