Is Chenille Fabric Good for Chair Upholstery?

Written by diane perez
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Chenille fabric feels soft and luxurious against your skin due to its high thread count. Fabric mills produce two kinds of chenille: clothing quality and upholstery quality. The dye and construction process is different, making clothing chenille fabric unsuitable for chair upholstery. It is easy to identify the two fabrics. Mills attach a woven backing to upholstery chenille to keep the fabric plush and lessen the amount of shedding.

Daily Use

Chenille fibres are delicate and therefore not suitable for rough-and-tumble children. Although most mills treat the fibres for stain and water-resistance, the pile damages easily. Chenille chairs need gentle treatment to maintain their luxurious appearance.


Keep chairs with any type of indoor upholstery fabric away from sunny windows. Vacuum chenille chairs frequently for dust and dirt. Sunlight will cause streaked fading if the chenille fabric contains rayon, also known as viscose. Avoid this problem by choosing chenille made from natural fibres, such as silk, cotton or worsted wool. A chair with natural fibres that is in direct sunlight may still fade somewhat, depending on the dye used during manufacture, but it will do so evenly.


Clean chenille chairs by vacuuming them with the upholstery brush attachment. Rubbing the stain with soap and water on a sponge will only work the dirt deeper into the twisted fibres. If the spill is wet, then absorb as much of the liquid as possible with a clean towel. If a stain remains after blotting, consult a professional dry cleaner for advice on removing that particular liquid. Dry cleaning solutions do remove some stains; however, refer to the care label on your chair since mills use their own chemical formulas when dyeing the fabric.


You can buy chenille fabric for your chair in many colours and designs. Silk chenille is significantly more expensive than cotton chenille. For example, silk chenille sells for £121 per yard at the WorthPoint website, while 100% polyester chenille sells for £1.30 to £1.50 per meter at the AliExpress website.

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