It often seems like technology is advancing at the speed of light, while most of the common things we use in our everyday lives haven’t changed in years. Textiles and fabrics are examples that seem like they’re due for an update, with the polyester jumpsuit of the 70s being the most recent development that comes to the minds of many people. Contrary to this view stands microfiber, a utilitarian material that is able to be used for everything from cleaning and upholstery to clothing.
Microfiber, micro suede in particular, is a synthetic material that mimics more expensive and delicate suede leathers. It reproduces a luxurious feel that millions of people love while providing superior durability and functionality, all at a fraction of the cost. Most often seen being used as upholstery for couch cushions or seats, micro suede can be dyed into many colors, creating innumerable options to match your home’s design. Resistant to staining and discoloring, micro suede is an excellent choice for indoor/outdoor patio furniture fabric. It has also gained popularity recently as an alternative to traditional vinyl bean bag covers, which often look tacky and can be uncomfortably hot.
In addition to comfort and support applications, many DIY audiophiles and acousticians have found a useful role for micro suede in their sound treatment projects. Bass traps that use fluffy insulation materials can be wrapped in micro suede to encase the performance product with an attractive covering that won’t look out of place in your listening room or workspace. Micro suede’s durability makes cushion cleaning easy too, whether you choose to use a lint roller or do a little spot cleaning. If you’re on the lookout for a new fabric material that blends durability, comfort, and aesthetics, look no further than micro suede.