Make sure you choose a fabric that is strong enough to survive the reupholstery process and durable enough to stand up to the traffic it's going to receive when it's finished. The easiest way is to check for the word 'upholstery' or 'home decor'. Ask your supplier if you're unsure.
THE RUB TEST
THE RUB TEST (OR MARTINDALE TEST) IS A WAY OF MEASURING THE DURABILITY OF UPHOLSTERY FABRICS:
Decorative (less than 10,000 rubs) - recommended for decorative purposes (e.g. cushions).
Light Domestic (10,000 to 15,000 rubs) - recommended for use on furniture that will only receive occasional use.
General Domestic (15,000 to 25,000 rubs) - recommended for use on the main furniture in the house.
Heavy Duty (25,000 to 30,000 rubs) - suitable for heavy duty domestic use.
WHAT IS 'RAILROADING'?
Railroading is something you need to consider if you're working on a headboard or sofa (or other wide piece) and are using a patterned fabric. You want your pattern to be up the right way on your project and, if possible, to eliminate seams. If you unrolled your fabric along the length of your headboard would the pattern be going the right way?
* check out this Charles Parsons blog for more detailed info.
HOW MUCH FABRIC?
Deciding how much fabric to buy can be tricky - you want to have enough for your project but don't want to pay for fabric you're not going to need!
To keep things simple, here are the fabric requirements for the Classic Headboard workshop: Single 1m / King Single 1.5m / Double 2m / Queen 2m / King 2.2m / Super King 2.5m
For the Tufted Footstool workshop you will need 1.2m of fabric.