Fabric Ideas for your Upholstered Crate

Choosing a fabric for your upholstery crate can be difficult, especially when there are so many options available. There are various different aspects to choose from such as the pattern, colour and texture of the fabric. We thought it would be useful to share some fabric inspiration and how these have been used by our upholstery workshop clients in situ.


Niva from Linwood Fabric is the perfect durable fabric for a busy home. This hardy collection of upholstery fabrics embraces the timeless style of Scandi design. The stain resistant fabrics, made from a mix of natural linens and cotton, are presented in a harmonious palette of 28 soft colours. One of our upholstery workshop clients, Jane, chose this fabric for her storage crate/ stool for her bedroom. The colours go brilliantly and add a unique touch to her interior.


Laura chose this beautiful Fuchsia colour from the Linwood Juno range to make a statement when she made her storage crate on her recent upholstery workshop. Juno is their standout range of plain weaves. Made by their trusted Italian mill, the stain resistant linen blend has a textural quality that feels smart and contemporary. Treated with an innovative fire-retardant treatment, which is ecologically friendly, this durable collection is ideal for upholstery.

Lana Wool

Lana Wool is the ideal homely fabric to upholster in. It is warm in the winter and cool in the summer making it perfect for all year round. The Lana Wool collection is made using recycled wool which is also a bonus and fits in with our belief of giving waste purpose.

Ros came along to our workshop and used this beautiful fabric to upholster her storage crate in. She chose a warm grey colour called Chrome and made buttons using Canary. The colour combination works amazingly with her room scheme.

Plush Velvet

Warwick Plush velvet fabrics combine luxury with practicality.  One of our clients recently used it to upholster their crate. They chose Plush Velvet Zest for the main crate seat, and chose three additional colours to make contrasting buttons. They definitely created a statement with this fabric combination. I absolutely love it.

This velvet must be felt to appreciate its wonderfully soft texture and depth of colour. Plush Velvet is so soft, yet hard-wearing, it comes with a super EasyClean quality which helps to repel liquids – there really is no reason not to love this fabric! The expanded range (now a massive 66 colourways) ensures you have the best choice of colours to compliment your scheme.

If you would like to put one of these fabrics to use on your own upholstery creation, why not join us on our next upholstery workshop on Wednesday 5th August where you can learn a new skill and make a piece of furniture to take home at the end of the day. We can also provide you with a free fabric guide on how to choose and use the perfect fabric for you.

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