What is a Performance Fabric: Panel Creates Base-line Industry Standards

November 17, 2023

Keith Nail, Scott Kahan,  Tammy Buckner, and Lance Keziah
Keith Nail, Scott Kahan, Tammy Buckner, and Lance Keziah

HIGH POINT, NC—Four experts created minimum standards for Performance Fabrics, the fast-growing upholstery category in the furniture industry during a panel hosted by the Interwoven Exhibition on November 15.
The four experts (see photo-left to right) are: Keith Nail, Vice President, Quality Assurance, Morgan Fabrics, Los Angeles; Scott Kahan, Director, Business Development, Regal Fabrics, Middleton, MA; Tammy Buckner, Senior Vice President, Design & Marketing, Culp Fabrics, High Point and Lance Keziah, President/CEO, Crypton, Bloomfield Hills, MI.

The minimum standards that should be accepted by the furniture fabric buyer and furniture retailer for Performance Fabrics are:
1. Wyzenbeek double rub test: 50,000 for basic performance body cloth
15,000 for fashion performance fabric
2. Seam Strength-50 pounds
3. Seam Slippage-25/30 pounds
4. Light fastness-indoors-40 hours/outdoors-1,000 hours
5. Warranty-residential- 1 year/healthcare- 5 years
6. Finish-80-100 spray rating (ASTM)
7. Stain removal-use detergent and warm water
8. Non PFAS-no fluorine!

The panel was conducted by Eric Schneider, Editor & Publisher, Fabrics & Furnishings International.

Note: More on this topic in the Spring issue of this publication!

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