Published on April 17, 2019

Imagine walking into a vintage shop and finding the perfect armchair. It’s in your budget, it’s a mid-century dream, and you’re fairly certain it’s the finishing touch your living room requires—except there’s one small snafu: The upholstery on the cushion is absolutely heinous. Rather than walk away from your dream piece, why not try your hand at a DIY and reupholster it? With so many amazing online resources for fabric, getting crafty has never been easier.

These fabric resources are not just for furniture reupholstery. Maybe you think your sofa throw pillows could use a little refresh and you want to fashion new covers or maybe you’re seeking to bring color to your space in a bigger way through, say, brightly patterned curtains. There’s a fabric for every style and price point, and you can opt for a sample size or a custom cut. You’ve heard of heritage brands like Pierre Frey and Schumacher, but there are tons of under-the-radar, direct-to-consumer fabric retailers worth checking out as well if you’re about to undergo a DIY project of any scope. Ahead, we’re highlighting some of our favorites.  

Rebecca Atwood

Price Range: $124 to $212

Signature Style: Painterly prints

What to Know: You know Rebecca Atwood for the designer’s beautiful collection of home goods and wallpaper, but don’t sleep on the fabric collection. Linen and cotton materials abound in a variety of subdued hues and watercolor-like patterns. If you have a thing for artistic prints, you’ll love the designs that look like a page from a sketchbook.

Cope

Price Range: $165

Signature Style: Ethereal and celestial-inspired

What to Know: With names like “Eon” and “Aurora,” these fabrics have their roots in otherworldly references. Cope offers a limited range, but each dreamy pattern comes in numerous colorways. The flowy designs lend themselves perfectly to something breezy, like curtains or light blankets.

Flat Vernacular

Price Range: $140

Signature Style: Colorful psychedelics

What to Know: Looking for a snazzy accent piece for your living room? Head to Flat Vernacular—the vibrant, playful patterns would be ideal for reupholstering an accent chair or even a sofa if you’re feeling ambitious. Bring back the ’70s with some of the brand’s groovy designs and maximalist-approved fabrics.

Calico x Domino

Price Range: $31.49 to $89.99

Signature Style: Punchy prints

What to Know: We may be biased, but this is one collaboration definitely worth shopping. Our fabric line, created with designer Robert Allen, is made for mixing and matching, and between the watercolor patterns and the more statement-making prints in saturated tones, there’s a lot to choose from. The best part: It’s super wallet-friendly. Go for something uber maximalist to give a tired old throw pillow new life.

Chelsea Textiles

Price Range: Price upon inquiry

Signature Style: Subdued antique

What to Know: If your ideal aesthetic is English country-chic, check out Chelsea Textiles. Through collaborations with designers and brands like Robert Kime and Kit Kemp, the retailer has perfected the art of traditional style. Each subtly hued, intricately detailed print is quintessentially classic, so if you’re looking for a more old-timey look to fit your DIY project, this is the spot for you. Make a price inquiry via an easy online form, and get started.

Andrew Martin

Price Range: Price upon inquiry

Signature Style: Globally inspired

What to Know: If you’re not quite sure what your style is, Andrew Martin’s got you covered. From contemporary neon green to old-school prints that wouldn’t look out of place in an antique shop, the retailer has something for every design aesthetic—though, in general, most of the fabrics have a globally inspired edge, featuring bold prints and rich hues.

AKN Fabrics

Price Range: $3.99 to $40

Signature Style: Traditional African prints

What to Know: What AKN Fabrics lacks in expensive product, it more than makes up for in variety: There are literally hundreds of budget-friendly options. Specializing in traditional African prints, AKN Fabrics is chock-full of lively, colorful options. This brand is a favorite of our creative director, Kate Berry, who recommends the under-the-radar retailer for finding unique patterned treasures.  

Marimekko

Price Range: $29.16 to $80.21

Signature Style: Vibrant maximalist

What to Know: The Finnish design mainstay is also a purveyor of daring fabrics. Minimalists need not click through: Every page of the virtual catalog is covered in bright greens and pinks, large botanical prints, and mesmerizing styles. Head to Marimekko if you want to give an old furniture piece a fresh, modern look—after all, nothing makes a splash quite like large-scale flowers.

Dedar

Price Range: Price upon inquiry

Signature Style: Italian elegance

What to Know: The family-owned business, located near Como in Italy, is all about classic luxury. Exhibit A: Dedar is a partner of Hermès for its home and wallpapers collection—and you can get a taste of that elegance customized in your own style by buying their fabrics. If you’re willing to splurge and have an antique furniture item that requires a very special kind of upholstery, this is the spot for you.

See more Domino shopping guides:
Where to Buy Coffee Tables: The Domino Guide
Where to Buy Dressers: The Domino Guide
Where to Buy Armchairs: The Domino Guide

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