Pattern Direction

Pattern direction can be important for upholstering. An upholstery fabric can be non-directional, railroaded or not railroaded. A non-directional material does not have a defined way that the fabric should be applied. Railroaded patterns are great because you do not need a seam every 54 inches. You would need a seam every 54 inches (the width) for regular fabrics, but this is not always a big deal. Not railroaded patterns are also good for drapery. Below are examples of railroaded and regular patterns:

railroaded fabric

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