Fabric. We all love it, can’t live without it. There is the occasional experience when you see a fabric across the room, you lock eyes, and you’re in love. I mean TRUE love. I see it every day at the shop. Our clients come in, start to wrap their head around all the options, and spot that perfect fabric. If all goes according to plan, that fabric makes its way to their redesigned furniture. However, tiny details can create a few speed bumps. One of those details…you guessed it…price! Most everyone has a budget when it comes to their furniture, and sometimes that first-love fabric just isn’t going to fit in it. Luckily, this isn’t the end of the road! Very often a particular print is redesigned in various ways and at various prices. You see it all the time in fashion, why not in fabric!? Here are a few fabrics we have found that make for a great substitute when faced with a price predicament.
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We all know how popular Ikat is these days, and I am on board! An embroidered Ikat is certainly something to behold. Martin Lawrence’s collection from Schumacher offers this style of fabric for $205 per yard, while B. Berger has created a similar look for $120.
The newest collection from Dwell Studios has brought in a similar yet affordable alternative to Studio Bon’s “Fuzz” ($149) at $50 per yard. Great substitute!
If a Chinoisee is what your heart desires the options are plentiful! Quadrille has created “Lyford Pagoda” that is a stunner ($141 per yard), while Duralee offers an affordable option at $45 per yard.
Hable’s newest collection offers a great ethnic woven at $147. In similar fashion, Robert Allen has come out with their new collection of value fabrics that can serve as a fantastic substitute! This print “Gila Mountain” is affordable and durable at $40 per yard.
A new modern classic out there is a trellis pattern. It can compliment all kinds of prints! Celery Kimble rose this style to popularity with her “Imperial Trellis” from Schumacher at $141 per yard. In similar fashion Windsor Smith for Kravet has used this style at $70 per yard.
What beauties, you can have your cake and eat it too! However, something important to note is that price is definitely one of the indicators of quality. So your first-love fabric is that price for a reason. Artisans all over the world can spend hours making one yard of fabric, depending on how it is made. Often times, you get what you pay for. But if finding the look for less is what you need, it can be done!
Come by and check out all our lookalikes if you have a piece that needs to be “spruced”, but on a budget. We’d love to help!