It often seems like technology advances at the speed of light, while some of the common things we use in our everyday lives haven’t been changed or improved upon in ages. Textiles and fabrics are one example of an area that seems like it hasn’t had a major update in decades, since the polyester jumpsuit of the 70s. Standing contrary to this view is microfiber, a utility material that is able to be used for everything from cleaning and upholstery to clothing.
Microfiber, particularly micro suede, is a synthetic material that mimics more expensive and delicate suede leathers. It simulates a luxurious feel millions love at a fraction of the cost, while providing superior durability and functionality. Most often seen in use as upholstery for couch cushions or seats, micro suede can be dyed into any color, giving you innumerable options that match your home and your tastes. It’s resistant to staining and does not discolor, making it an excellent choice for indoor/outdoor patio furniture fabric. It has also become incredibly popular as an alternative to traditional vinyl bean bag covers, which often lack aesthetics and can be uncomfortably hot.
Beyond comfort and support, many DIY audiophiles and acousticians have found a useful role for micro suede in their projects. Bass traps that use fluffy insulation materials can be covered in micro suede to help reduce low frequency issues and test sound with an attractive installation in your listening room or workspace. Micro suede’s durability makes cushion cleaning easy, able to be done in minutes with nothing more than a lint roller. So if you’re on the search for a new material that combines durability, comfort, and aesthetics, look no further than micro suedes.