Ballard Designs fabric guide

Ordering upholstered or slipcovered items online can feel daunting when you haven’t seen a piece in person, can’t touch the fabric, or even get a true read on the colors. And while we offer free swatches for all of our fabrics, we wanted to help you understand and shop for the right fabric for your piece! So, we put together this handy fabric guide to help you get a feel for the options we offer and what will work best for your next project.

Suzanne Kasler's Signature 13oz Linen

Suzanne Kasler’s Signature 13oz Linen

Suzanne Kasler’s linens are the perfect weight. They look lovely upholstered on a chair or headboard, but the linen has a fantastic drape for drapery too. Made from 100% linen and woven in colors hand-picked by Suzanne herself, you won’t regret bringing any of these fabrics into your home.

Ballard Designs' Microfiber fabrics

Easy-Care Microfibers

These suede-like fabrics are hard-working and are the ideal choice for heavy traffic areas! A little mild detergent is all your need to spot clean these fabrics, which is why Microfiber fabrics are great for homes with children and pets.

Ballard Designs' Danish Linen fabric

Danish Linens

Danish linens are blended with cotton to create a soft, supple hand. They’re also machine washable! We offer them in a variety of tried-and-true colors that will work for almost any home.

Ballard Designs Trilby fabrics


Our Trilby fabrics are at the top of our favorites list because they wear well, they’re backed for extra durability, and they get softer with age. Any of these go-with-anything neutrals will work in your home.

100% cotton twills at Ballard Designs


Our 100% cotton twills are a no-fail favorite. They’re easy to clean, soft to the touch, and give your furniture pieces a relaxed, casual style.

Ballard Designs' document fabrics

Document Fabrics

Our Document fabrics are one of our classic fabrics. Their pattern makes them a great choice for heavily trafficked areas (they camouflage stains!), and we love that vintage European look they can give a piece.

Ballard Designs check fabrics

Cotton Checks

You simply can’t go wrong with cotton. For table cloths, chair cushions, slipcovers, or upholstery, a go-anywhere classic cotton check is machine washable and soft to the touch. Plus, we love how forgiving this check pattern is on stains!

Ballard Designs Ticking Stripe

Ticking Stripe

There’s no denying the charm of a classic ticking stripe. No matter what color you choose, we love the look of Ticking on everything from upholstery to drapery to bedding!

Ballard Designs' everyday linens

Everyday Linens

These 10 ounce linens are a thick blend of cotton and linen. They’re go-anywhere fabrics that will work well in just about any application, and we love the subtle herringbone pattern of the natural color!

Ballard Designs' quilted fabrics

Quilted Fabrics

These quilted cotton blend fabrics are heaven to touch, and their quilted construction turns a sofa into the most comfortable spot in your house! Use these fabrics on slipcovers for an easy-to-care-for option.

Shop for all of our Fabric By the Yard options, as well as slipcovers and upholstered pieces.