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Double Rub Durability Rating​​​​​​​

Light

< 14,000 DR

Drapery
Cornices
Roman Shades
Decorative Pillows
Window Treatments
Bedding & Duvets
Tablecloths

Medium

15,000 - 29,000 DR

Drapery
Cornices
Roman Shades
Decorative Pillows
Window Treatments
Bedding & Duvets
Tablecloths
Slip Covers

Heavy

30,000+ DR

Cornices
Seat Cushions
Decorative pillows
Upholstered Furniture

What is a Double Rub?

On the back of every fabric sample is the double rub durability test rating. This test consists of a machine that mimics every day wear and tear that rubs the fabric until it starts to pull apart. The number of time the machine rubs the fabric is it's durability rating. This number can be very helpful while choosing the correct fabric for your usage.

What Fabric Durability Rating Do I Need For My Project?

There are three different categories of double rub durability rating for fabric. Light, medium, and heavy duty. I made a helpful little chart to show each category, its uses, and its double rub count.

Light Durability Fabric

< 14,000 Double Rubs

A light durability fabric is perfect for drapery and window treatments, These get the least amount of wear and tear because they are not coming into contact with guests or residents as frequently. If you are in a fabric store or showroom and are looking for a light durability fabric look for drapery and sheer books. These designer drapery fabrics will all be under the 14,000 double rub rating.

The fabric in this picture is Schumacher's "Freeform" fabric. This is meant for drapery purposes. It comes in the three colors pictured below: navy 178710, tan 178712, and black 178711. These are very large scale organic geometric prints. To view the product's page, click on the image of the schumacher fabric.

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Medium Durability Fabric

15,000 - 29,000

A medium durability fabric will be able to withstand more wear and tear, which makes it more versatile. However, our showroom does not recommend using anything under 30,000 double rubs to upholster furniture. So while a fabric between 15,000 and 29,000 double run fabric is more durable, we don't suggest it for furniture that gets a lot of wear and tear. This is perfect for decorative pillows in a high traffic area. If you are shipping on our lynchburg showroom look for books listed for multipurpose fabrics.

There are a wide variety of schumacher fabrics shown in this pillow photo. These patterns all fall into medium durability. Each of the photos will take you to the product links if you are interested in purchasing a sample or yardage of this fabric.

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Heavy Duty Durability Fabric

30,000 Double Rubs

These high durability fabrics are perfect for furniture upholstery! These strong fabrics start at 30,000 double rubs but I have seen them go up to 200,000 double rubs. To find these designer upholstery fabrics in our showroom look in our performance fabric books. Outdoor fabrics are also going to fall into this Heavy duty fabric category, but they also have a water resistant quality to them. These discount upholstery fabric selections are available on our website. Just search the following pattern numbers for the patterns to pull up.

The fabric shown is offered in a large variety of colors. This high preformance velvet pattern is perfect for upholstery. The colors in the images below are black 66192, tan 66190, blue 66195, and mauve 66198.

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