Fabric Backing for Upholstered Furniture

Strengthen your textiles for upholstery use with FabBack ®

There are three types of backings available for upholstery fabrics.

  • Knit Backing (Light, Regular and Heavy Weight)
  • Scrim Backing
  • Acrylic Backing

Knit Backing

Knit backing is permanently bonded to the back of fabrics, adding body, resiliency, and durability while eliminating seam slippage. Knit backing makes light to mid weight fabrics such as silks, cottons, linens, polyesters, and chenilles more suitable for upholstery use.

Types of Knit Backing

We offer two types of knit backing:

FabBack ® 1 Knit Backing FabBack ® 2 Knit Backing
Regular, plain, solids and flat weave fabrics Embroidered, textured, plaids & striped fabrics
Example of knit backing
Fabric with knit backing

Knit backing is permanently bonded to the back of fabrics, adding body, resiliency, and durability while eliminating seam slippage. This fabric backing makes lightweight fabrics such as silks, cottons, and chenilles more suitable for upholstery use. Knit backing provides a luxurious feel to fabrics while increasing wear resistance for longer life.

Our company has developed its own proprietary backing process that minimizes puckering, bonding separation, and grain distortion which are common with fabrics backed using conventional methods. In addition, variations such as creases, wrinkles, uneven selvages, shadings, and distortions are minimized by our knit backing techniques thereby enhancing the fabric's visual appeal.

We offer three different weights of knit backing. Our engineers will choose either light, regular or heavy weight backing depending on the type of fabric received for processing. Our regular weight backing is used for most upholstery applications. Our light weight backing is a super soft, ultra-light material used when it is critical to maintain the original feel, or hand, of the original fabric. Our heavy weight backing is used when additional body, structure or cushioning is desired in the finished product.

We've successfully applied knit backing on a wide variety of fabrics including:

  • Silk Fabrics
  • Linen
  • Polyester
  • Cotton
  • Solids Plaids & Stripes
  • Embroidered & Pleated
  • Velvets
  • Vinyls
  • Embroidered
  • Chenilles
  • Animal Skins (Leather, snakeskin, etc)
  • Faux Leather (Naugahyde)
  • Plastic
  • Grasscloth
  • Up to 120" wide fabrics
  • Loose weave fabrics

Common Uses for Knit Backing

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Embroidered fabric upholstery - knit backed and stain protected.

We have worked with a variety of companies and individuals who need to reinforce fabrics and textiles. These include fabric wholesalers and distributors, furniture manufacturers, interior designers and decorators, drapery workrooms, upholsterers and more.

Our team can tackle a variety of projects, from hundreds of yards to special custom projects. In fact, we once knit backed snakeskin for a customer who was making high end wallets. Snakeskin is only 9 inches wide and there were 24 pieces which had to be sewn together and then backed to look like one continuous piece. We devised a custom process to keep the integrity and appearance of the skin. Additionally, we frequently knit back leather for upholstery. Leather's unique and characteristic texture is maintained by our special process.

Scrim Backing

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Upholstery fabric with scrim backing.

Our FabScrim ® scrim backing is a woven poly/cotton fabric which is thermally bonded to upholstery fabric to add strength, stability and body. Slightly heavier and less elastic than knit backing, scrim backing is primarily used for stabilizing open or loosely woven fabrics.

Foam Backing

For applications that require additional padding for comfort or sound insulation, we offer a foam backing for fabric, called FabFoam ® . This service adds a layer of foam backing to the back side of fabric, and is usually used for table covers, quilting fabrics and acoustic wall applications.

Acrylic Backcoating

Our FabAcrylic ® acrylic latex backcoating is applied as a liquid, then permanently bonded to the back of upholstery fabric using a thermal curing process. Acrylic backcoating is an inexpensive alternative to our more popular fabric backing or scrim backing. This service is not recommended for thin fabrics or for any application which must maintain the original feel, or hand, of the fabric.  Thin fabrics which are not stain protected run the risk of becoming damaged from the liquid backing seeping through and staining the face of the fabric.

Acrylic backcoating is not the preferred backing for many upholstery shops and workrooms, as acrylic backed fabric has a tendency to prematurely dull cutting edges and sewing needles due to the gummy nature of the latex coating. Knit and scrim backed fabrics do not present these issues, and also are easier to cut and sew.

Recommended Treatments for Backed Fabric

Fabrics backed for upholstery, such as chairs, sofas, headboards, and upholstered walls are often stain protected. We have a complete lineup of stain protection products for all types of natural and man-made fabrics.

More and more designers are using fabric backing in place of interlining draperies. In this case, we recommend our ultra-violet (UV) protection along with the stain protection.

Special Projects

We really enjoy working on special projects. Our customers can be VERY creative, and serving their unique needs is both challenging and exciting. To view a growing collection of these projects click here.

Free Samples

See and feel knit backing on your own fabric. Send us a sample of your fabric and our technicians will gladly apply the appropriate backing to suit your application (for a small fee). We can also send you a free brochure of representative samples if you prefer.

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