Natural and casually elegant, linen gives a certain stylishness to your sofas. Use it for a trendy and timeless look this spring. This natural fiber warms up the room in the winter and refreshes it during the hot days of summer. Linen is made from an ancient plant, flax-linen has been used for thousands of years, particularly in Asia and Egypt. Often bested by cotton because it is cheaper, linen is always a winner in our interiors.
Ashley Furniture Homestore
Maisons du Monde
Maison Sarah Lavoine
Flax-linen: an anti-allergenic yarn
Naturally antibacterial and twice as strong as cotton, linen comes in spring colors to brighten your home: rose quartz, lavender blue, terra cotta, grey lilac… we dare the colors.
Linen fabrics, Dulux.
Large size sofas, French bergère or vintage banquettes; bohemian, classic or modern styles, we can upholster everything in linen.
Modern linen couch, Ethnicraft.
In addition to its fabulous appearance and elegance, linens are extremely durable with its hypoallergenic character. This yarn is 100% natural and contributes to an eco-friendly decoration and environment. Sofas upholstered in linen are more and more popular with many furniture companies, because the fabric is soft, simple to maintain and beautiful.
Blue sofa, 3D Warehouse.
Linen is mostly produced in France: one of the reasons Kenisa loves this fabric!
We often think of fluid summer pants when we think of washed linen. Washed linen is in fact very resistant and can be colored in all different hues, to coordinate with your decor. However, most sofas are upholstered in a linen mix. Sometime mix with cotton for its softness or with a synthetic fiber for its polished look.
Natural linen decor, IKEA.
Which linen to choose? 100% Linen or Linen mix?
It is the shape of the sofa that will determine the choice of fabric. “Washed linen” with its wrinkled appearance obtained by washing it repeatedly at high temperature, is perfect for casual look. Washed linen softens the look of the armrest and corners of the sofa. It makes large pillows look comfy and soft.
Loft apartment with linen couches, Wikipedia.
If you have an oversized couch with crisp lines, you can still use a 100% linen in a heavy weave construction (between 400 and 600g / m2). It gives a coarser look and a dryer hand, but it will prevent the linen fabric to pocket or undulate (linen tend to relax easily under the effect of body heat).
Linen sofa, Wayfair.
To make sure you have made the right choice with the 100% linen, just look at the fabric against the light: it should not let the light shine through.
Pink linen sofa, IKEA.
The surest way to have a perfect crisp look (especially for French bergere, English chesterfield, modern, …) is to opt for a linen-polyester mix, almost insensitive to wrinkling or even a linen-cotton mix. The cotton yarn adds extra softness and lowers the cost, while the slightly shiny viscose adds a touch of sophistication.
White living room, ArchZine.
How to clean it?
Linen is not difficult to clean. Its long, smooth yarns make it a fabric that retains very little dust. It can even be regularly dusted and vacuumed without pilling! On the other hand, wet soils are more easily impregnated. When you don’t have a slipcover on your sofas, it is better to choose a linen that has a Scotchguard treatment, which protects them from stains. You can also protect your sofa by applying a textile waterproofing treatment (TexGuard, Easytex …). Then, a simple blot is enough to make the stain disappear.
Modern living room, Fritz Hansen.
To remove exceptional stains (ink, wine, nail polish…) you can use cleaning companies that will dry clean directly in your home.
Slipcover: perfect for linen sofa!
Slipcovers have more than one advantage. You can change the style of your room in the blink of an eye! I like to buy slipcover sofas from furniture manufacturers like Crate & Barel, Frontgate, Pottery Barn, West Elm, etc. They offer a wide range of linen colors and textures. It is easier to invest on another set right away. You can achieve a different look according to the seasons.
Linen sofa, Leroy Merlin.
Another advantage of the linen slipcover: you can wash it in your washing machine. Don’t forget to use a suitable detergent and temperature.
A tip that I use for my linen covers, I wash them in cold water put them back on the sofa slightly wet. The fabric relaxes to the shape of the sofa rather quickly.
Modern living room, IKEA.
If you do not want your linen to shrink (this is often the case) the best way is to use a dry cleaner.
Striped linen sofa, Marie Claire.
Let’s succumb to the charm of this eco-friendly yarn that makes a breath of fresh air in the house.