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January 25, 2021

Durable, Lightweight, and Breathable: Sydney Coated Upholstery

Incredibly soft to the touch and carefully curated to coordinate with our existing vinyl and upholstery options, our Sydney coated polyurethane upholstery fabric are great for using in environments where furniture needs to look professional but hold up to regular use.

What is Polyurethane Upholstery?

Polyurethane, commonly referred to as ‘PU’, is fabric coated in a polymer that gives it the appearance of leather. Polyurethane elastomers are a polymer, meaning repeating chains of molecules, that can be shaped into a material used to create fabric. When these elastomers are spun into fibers, they produce a flexible material used for fabric.

Highly resilient, flexible, and durable material, Polyurethane is very versatile and can be manufactured in various forms – to be hard like fiberglass, spongy as upholstery foam, robust and protective when used as varnish, elastic like rubber, or very sticky as an adhesive. PU is becoming increasingly popular as an upholstery material, as it is PVC free and offers a combination of unique benefits including durability, suppleness, breathability, and an attractive appearance.

Learn more about the process of how polyurethane coated upholstery is made.

It’s used practically everywhere!

Highly breathable, and scratch resistant, you can find polyurethane used in:

  • Sportswear
  • Handbags
  • Accessories
  • Furniture

The flexible nature of polyurethane allows for the ability to be imprinted with different textures. It is commonly used to create rich, and realistic faux leather. Polyurethane fabrics won’t break down, crack, or develop sun damage under normal conditions. Sydney coated upholstery fabric is made with Writer’s Block, which makes these fabrics easier to clean.

Writer’s Block is a proprietary ink resistant technology for faux leather that offers the highest level of cleanability. With its repel and release stain-inhibiting system, Writer’s Block prevents ink and other stains from setting into the material and allows for easy cleaning. Writer’s Block also offers excellent cleaning of other tough food and healthcare stains including mustard, coffee, red wine, iodine, or blood.

When to Choose Polyurethane Upholstery

Depending on your project, our Sydney coated polyurethane upholstery is best when your project falls into these categories:

  • Curved furniture
  • Design flexibility over durability
  • A high-quality faux leather
  • Indoor furniture
  • Softer cushions
  • High traffic, frequently used spaces

Sydney coated upholstery is suitable for Healthcare, Hospitality, Contract, Education, and Residential environments.

Reduced Environmental Impact

Polyurethane fabric uses no solvents, so it doesn’t produce harmful toxins. With material that can withstand heat and moisture, there is less overall waste. Therefore, the life expectancy is longer than other fabric materials.

Our Sydney polyurethane coated upholstery with Writer’s Block is:

  • Phthalate Free
  • Lead & Heavy Metal Free
  • BPA (Bisphenol A) Free
  • Formaldehyde Free
  • Does not contain Conflict Minerals
  • Energy Efficient Production
  • Water Efficient Production
  • Water and Raw Materials used in production are reclaimed and recycled.

Sydney Coated Upholstery is available in 8 colorways. Download our digital card for fabric specification information.