9 Best Sofas for Your Home 2021
Best Sofas for Your Home 2021
Martha’s Vineyard Sofa by Cobble Hill: Best Slipcovered Full-Sized Sofa
Massoud Sheila Geometric Sofa:Best Single Cushion Standard Sofa
Maxfield Sofa: Best Sofa for Families with Kids
Copper Grove Bielefeld Grey Microfiber Recliner Sofa: Best Reclining Standard Sofa
Lifestyle Solutions Westin Sofa: The Best Standard Sofa on Budget
Furniture of America Fren Contemporary Wood Padded Sofa: The Best Sofa with Table and Storage
Morgan Gray Chesterfield Leather Sofa: The Best Chesterfield Standard Leather Couch
Grand D.E.L Sofa Bed: Best Sleeper Standard Sofa
Turino Sisal Sleeper Sleeper Sofa: The Best Comfortable Standard Sofa
Penelope Sofa: The Best Contemporary Velvet Sofa
The Best Full-Sized Sofas
We found ten amazing full-sized sofas that will not only make your home look amazing but provide you with the support and comfort your
The Best Slipcovered Full-Sized Sofa: Martha’s Vineyard Sofa by Cobble Hill
We like this handcrafted full-size sofa with a 94” width because it has a wonderful cotton slipcover that’s very soft to the touch.
Made of 100% pre-washed cotton, this slipcovered sofa, as well as many similar ones on the market, come with unattached seats and back cushions.
As such, this slipcover is easy to clean and offers low maintenance.
These cushions with foam wrapped by 75% recyclable fiber and 25% RDS certified feather/down, is what makes this sofa highly resilient and will regain its normal shape after you get up.
The added plus is that you never need to fluff your cushions.
Navy or smoky slipcases are available.
Martha's Vineyard Sofa by Cobble Hill at ABC Carpet & Home
The Best Single Cushion Standard Sofa: Massoud Sheila Geometric Sofa
This single cushion sofa is the best when it comes to taking naps and cuddling. That’s because there’s only one cushion rather than three.
Most full-sized couches have three or four-seat cushions and can’t support you when you take a nap. You’ll end up in the sofa cracks.
But a single cushion, or bench cushion, has the same feel of a mattress, as it is both smooth and supportive.
The gaps between multiple seat cushions mean that you may lose things.
Falling between the cracks and then sliding underneath the multiple cushions can be frustrating, as you can lose car keys, pocket change, remote controls and other things.
A bench cushions means no more lost change, no more lost toys.
This bench cushion should sell itself. The frame is made from hardwood, which holds up over time. The details like the nailhead trim are in tune with the style of a traditional sofa, which often offers embellishments like this.
The rayon/polyester upholstery thread doesn’t break down as easily as natural thread.
And the champagne-covered design is subtle enough to be used in any room.
Plus, you can dry clean the seats.
Sheila Geometric Sofa by Massoud
The Best Sofa for Families with Kids: Maxfield Sofa by Sunbrella
We chose this sofa because it’s made with Sumbrella fabric. Sunbrella is kid and pet friendly as it is water and sun and stain-resistant.
The Sunbrella fabric is also durable.
We fell in love with the marine and white wide pinstripes because it reminds us of beach houses and summer swimming.
And yet the subtle stripes, whimsical in nature, are also sophisticated enough to be used in a formal living room. But, we, of course, are putting it in the family room so that we don’t have to worry about food spills.
The fabric cleans up easily so your couch never looks dirty.
Best Reclining Standard Sofa: Copper Grove Bielefeld Grey Microfiber 4-seat Recliner Sofa
Plush and modern, these updated recliners seat four and reclines individually. There are cup holders so you don’t ever have to miss the game, as well as storage for convenience.
With its plush seating, its tufting, we chose this sofa as it’s the best-looking recliner we’ve seen. Many recliners with cup holders tend to look tacky and cheap.
This sofa is for the true couch potato who perches his or her recliner in front of a TV.
But this grey-colored couch is special for another reason. The polyester microfiber upholstery is ultra-soft, softer than leather.
Microfiber, a synthetic fabric, is durable, stain-resistant and water-resistant.
Microfiber is great for those who have pets. Because there are no loops in the fabric, its very resistant to claw marks, as claws do not catch on the weave.
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Oldroyd Microfiber Reclining Pillow Top Arm Sofa by Red Barrel Studio
The Best Standard Sofa with Table and Storage: Furniture of America Fren Contemporary Wood Padded Sofa
There are so many reasons to like this couch. The loose back pillows allow you to sink into the couch for maximum comfort, the frame is made from solid wood for longevity, and the couch itself has a casual feel due to the armless seating.
But the best reason to like this light grey faux linen couch is that it features a flat surface built-in, a low-slung rectangular table at one end.
The table does double duty. The top of the table offers convenience, as you can put a table lamp on it or your own beverage. You can also keep your remote and smartphone on the surface so that they’re both readily available.
The table has an attractive surface made from wood grain, and it opens to reveal storage space. This opening is a great way to store blankets and extra pillows when you need more comfort.
Fren Contemporary Wood Padded Sofa by Furniture of America
The Best Budget Standard Sofa: Lifestyle Solutions Westin Sofa
Many love the look of a leather couch, but it’s often very expensive in cost. If you have pets who will scratch the sides, you can disguise them with a buffing polish. But it’s not like they’re going to come all off.
Since microfiber is designed to look like leather, we found this dark grey microfiber couch that will give you the look but at a fraction of the price.
This standard microfiber couch we found only costs around $400. This makes it our best budget sofa.
Microfiber is durable and maintenance is easy.
Even though the cost is very affordable, this doesn’t mean that the couch looks cheap.
With defined, plush cushions and a modern take on the traditional English rolled arm, this couch will look best in a mid-century modern room.
The Best Chesterfield Standard Leather Couch: Morgan Gray Chesterfield Leather Sofa
This Chesterfield sofa is classic in design and evokes an old-world ambience. It’s perfect for a traditional, paneled library.
But really, it can add depth to a transitional room. If the dosage is right, as Hicks said, then a room can still look contemporary with the couch.
The traditional Chesterfield, just like this one, is made with rich, grey button tufted leather and has high rolled arms that are the same height as the back and also features the iconic nailhead trim.
This Chesterfield leather is very expensive, but the look is so striking and luxurious that it’s worth the price.
Morgan Gray Chesterfield Leather Sofa by Old Hickory Tannery
Best Sleeper Standard Sofa: Grand D.E.L Sofa Bed by Per Weiss for Innovation Living
A sofa bed never looked this good. Its chunky look and straight lines and panel cushions make this sofa very modern.
The chrome base is for longevity. The spring fusion plush mattress means it’s resilient and that you won’t sink into the cushions.
That the cushions also don’t sag means that the middle section won’t cave in.
The innovative design of removable wooden armrests allows you to place your snack on it or maybe a lamp.
The convertible sofa folds out into a queen bed for when you have guests.
We also chose this sofa because it’s made of polyester fabric, which tends to hold its shape better than cotton because the fibers are resilient.
That’s necessary if you want a sofa bed like this. You want a material conducive to sleeping and polyester does the trick.
Grand D.E.L. Sofa Bed by Per Weiss for Innovation Living
The Best Most Comfortable Standard Sofa: Turino Sisal Sleeper Sleeper Sofa
The aesthetics of this couch drew us in. Rolled arms, nailhead trim, and turned solid wood feet.
But when we realized this was a loose back and loose cushion type of sofa, we knew that we found the most comfortable sofa around.
A loose back sofa features unattached or semi-attached cushions on the back. This sofa has unattached cushions.
And since the cushions are loose too, this means that the couch was designed so that you can sink into it when you sit down, making it the most comfortable sofa on the market.
Because all six seats and back cushions are loose, you can throw them in the wash.
Comes with four 30” accent pillows
Best Contemporary Velvet Sofa: Penelope Sofa
If you've noticed the array of seating available these days, you'll notice that velvet has come back in a big way.
Velvet, while beautiful, in decades past wasn't really known for its durability.
However, the velvet of our times is quite different. Not only does it look and feel fantastic, but it's now one of the best fabrics for furniture.
It can even withstand some wear and tear from pets and kids. Spills can be wiped away easily from velvet because liquid doesn't absorb quickly.
This old-world fabric exquisitely combined with this transitional style makes the Penelope Sofa a new-world classic.
This sofa is made-to-order and two matching throw pillows are included.
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Here are the criteria we used to find the best sofas by category.
We initially chose sofas that are affordable for buyers. But as we honed in on our list of the best sofas, we found that many of the features that buyers wanted were well above the $1,000 range. So, we also looked at transitory sofas, mid-priced sofas and splurge-worthy sofas.
We did a lot of background research to help us better understand what makes a great couch. Cushions, both on the back and on the seat, turned out to be very important as they determine how soft or firm a couch is.
The fabric you choose can determine where you place a couch. But there are other things to look for in a fabric. So, we looked at fabrics using four considerations: durability, care requirements, appearance and comfort.
For appearance, we found that most people don’t prefer a sofa that clashes in pattern and with the style of the room. However, if a room is designed with a specific fabric in mind, a heavily patterned sofa can be a fabulous statement piece. It can really make a room.
Most of the online stores gave us little information about the couches they sold and focused on measurements.
So, we looked at who made the couches and were able to get authoritative descriptions from the manufacturers, who each had their own sites. Researching the manufacturers gave us more info on how the sofa is made and helped us determine if it’s the one we want on our list. This is how we got down to ten of the best couches found online.
Gear Patrol, Good Housekeeping, Business Insider, House Beautiful, The Consumer Guide, Apartment Therapy and New York Magazine.
How to Choose the Best Standard Sofa
A couch or sofa is usually the center furniture piece in anyone's living room and can provide not just beauty but also support.
A couch refers to more casual seating and is designed for comfort. A sofa is more formal, and the emphasis is on style.
But, for the most part, a couch and a sofa are used interchangeably
Like a mattress, the sofa is also one of the most expensive pieces of furniture you can buy.
A basic 3-seater will cost you around $1,000 and up—meaning you should really invest time in researching what couch you want.
According to Feng Shui, sitting on a well-positioned and suitable couch can have many benefits.
It can boost your mood, which can boost your health, and eventually your wealth, as noted by Susan Chan, the Feng Shui Realtor who’s an expert on this practice.
The ideal couch is seating that is not only comfortable but also provides support.
What is a Full-Sized Sofa?
A full-sized sofa tends to be between 70” and 87” long, and the most common length is 84.” The sofa can seat three or four people, and they come in a wide range of styles and price points.
The full-size sofa is often called a standard sofa. It’s the most popular style and is distinguished by having three seat cushions or one long cushion.
The upholstery is often made from fabric, from velvet and linen, and from microfiber to polyester. In many cases, if you can’t decide, try looking at custom fabrics.
What Size Should Your Sofa Be?
Your couch should have a good scale.
Scale means how something like furniture appears in relation to the other furniture and pieces in the room.
You may have other furnishings in the room that will determine the scale of your sofa. But they all should tie in with each other and support each other’s proportions.
In a very large room, a loveseat may easily get lost while a large L-shaped couch may overwhelm a studio apartment sizewise, says Chan.
Once you determine your scale, then you’ll be able to figure out how well it will fit in your family room or living room.
How to Place Your Sofa
The placement of your couch in terms of scale should not be an afterthought.
And if you really want to figure out its proper placement, a couch should ideally be in the ‘command position.”
This means that while sitting on it, you will be able to see who is coming into the room without turning your head.
You don't want traffic behind your back, as Chan states, because that would be unsettling.
The goal is to be able to “greet anyone potentially coming into the room, feeling relaxed and ‘in command.’”
If your room is large, and you would like to “float” the couch in the middle of the room, adding a console table with large objects behind the couch can anchor the couch and allow whoever is seated to feel “supported’ from behind, according to Chan.
To avoid this, always check the depth of the couch. If it is deep, then it will be more comfortable.
Overall, a sofa that is comfortable has to do many things.
You should be able to sit up and be able to drink easily and eat snacks while watching a movie or you should be able to slouch in the couch or lay down.
Basically, as Hicks suggested, what you need is “something that feels like a bed.”
That means using the best quality and most expensive cushion fill, which is down. For maximum comfort, look for a sofa with arms that is fairly low so you can put a pillow on it and lay your head down, mimicking a bed.
The sofa also needs to be deep enough so that you can curl up without hanging off the edge. Lastly, the fabric needs to be really soft.
What Makes a Quality Sofa?
A hand made sofa with attention to every detail makes for a well-constructed sofa.
This means the quality of the materials from which it is made.
The joints should be constructed and welded if the sofa has a metal frame. The webbing or springs are essential to a quality sofa.
If the frame is made of wood, there should be dovetail joinery. The framework is important. If it’s made of solid wood, then the sofa will last longer.
Different styles of solid wood, including beech, oak, walnut, and mahogany are your options. Solid wood tends to make a sofa more expensive.
In a high-end sofa, these will all be hand made. Then the construction and materials of the cushions will give the exact amount of comfort and durability needed for a long-lasting sofa both in terms of time and comfort, as Tiffany Hicks, a top interior designer, suggested.
The quality sofa is able to carry a lot of weight over time and be able to distribute weight evenly for balance.
In general, the larger the seat cushion and the deeper the frame, the better a full-sized sofa is for lounging.
What if you have kids? If your kids often use the couch in the family room, you know what a mess they can do to it. Thus, you should purchase fabrics that are stain-resistant or easy to clean.
Deciding on the Type of Sofa Seating
The cushions on the couch determine the comfort level. So it’s important to know that couches come in two different styles, tight seat or loose seat.
What is a Tight Seat
If the seat of a full-sized sofa is all one long cushion, then that’s a tight seat. (A tight seat is also known as a bench seat). This also means that the back cushions are built into the frame of the couch.
The inside of a tight seat is made of high-density polyurethane foam over springs.
If your kid hops on and off the sofa, there will be no smashed-down cushions and the cushions will retain their integrity.
The tight seat is perfect for those who can’t walk by a couch and not fluff the throw pillows.
And when you sit on one end of a tight seat, the other end shouldn’t rise up. That may happen if you buy a really cheap tight seat.
With the tight seat, your couch—and your room-- will always look neat.
Because of its streamlined silhouette and clean lines, a full-sized tight seat sofa is often modern or contemporary in look.
What is a Loose Seat?
If the seat cushions are separated, that’s a loose seat.
A loose seat, otherwise known as a cushioned seat, comes with a loose back, which means the cushions on the back are unattached or semi-attached.
Loose seats are comfortable because they allow you to sit back deeply on the couch and relax.
Interior designers agree that pairing a loose-back with a loose-seat makes a couch even more comfortable and is great if you like to snuggle up and settle into the couch with a cup of tea.
A drawback is that a loose back loose seat needs a little more attention, unlike a tight seat.
If you want to keep your couch in good condition and for a long period of time, the best way is to continually flip, rotate and fluff the cushions. This helps the cushions wear evenly over time. But you have to do it regularly, on a monthly basis. If you don’t, the cushions will start to sag. This is the same as flipping your mattress for longevity’s sake.
The Cushion Fill Material is Important
Customers looking for a couch often buy one based on aesthetics. But to make an informed choice, it’s imperative for you to look at a couch’s filling.
Cushion filling is the material used in your couch to either make it soft or firm.
There are three basic types of cushion construction for most couches and sofas sold in the U.S.
Foam Cushioning is the Most Common Type of Filler
A couch made of high-density foam, often wrapped in polyester, is the most common filler for couches. They come in different densities.
High-density foam gives off a firm feel.
Low-density foam has a soft feel and a medium firmness.
Both foam types give you support.
A cushion with foam is also highly resilient and will regain its normal shape after you get up. The added plus is that you never need to fluff the cushions.
In contrast to down filling, which is natural, foam is mostly synthetic.
In general, since foam retains its form, the cushions give off a cleaner, crisper, and more streamlined look.
Keep in mind that you want foam that’s soft enough for a comfortable sit, which is a low-density foam.
But at the same time, you also want the foam to be firm enough so you don’t feel the seat deck underneath, which is high-density foam.
Can you have both?
According to Hicks, you can, but you’re going to have to pay for it because there’s a lot of work involved when making a sofa using high-density foam and having it give off a comfortable and soft feel.
High-end modern sofas would likely use foam rather than hand-tied springs and they would use a relatively high-density foam that is wrapped in a batting fabric to give a softness both in looks and comfort.
By using layers of different materials, a structured look can be maintained while giving firmness without being hard and uncomfortable.
Cheap sofas might insert foam cushions directly into the cushion inserts which is harmful to the wear of the fabric and can be uncomfortable.
Spring Down Provides a Lot of Softness
The filling is made with coiled springs. The springs absorb and transfer weight while you sit on a spring down. They are covered by a foam box and then covered again with a thick layer of polyester fiber.
These layers are then stuffed inside a down cover for that extra layer of padding that softens the feel of the cushion.
Like foam, spring down is resilient and the down is what gives this filling an incomparable softness.
If you’re looking for that added softness, then this cushion filling is best for you.
Overall, the cushions hold their shape but do require some maintenance. If you rotate the cushions and regularly fluff them, the couch will retain its plumpness.
Cushions filled with 100% down, which is derived from the underbellies of geese, is considered the most luxurious cushion filler for consumers who want the softest sofa possible.
It’s for people who typically sit back on a couch to relax, or to be enveloped in coziness.
Expect to pay a premium for down because only the best high-end couches use the natural feathers of down.
Since down is expensive, a cushion is often made with a mix of 60/40 feather and down.
Cushions filled with 100% down are considered the most luxurious although more common is a mix of 60/40 feather and down.
However, down cushions need regular maintenance.
Down doesn’t retain its structure and original shape after you get off the couch. It will look squashed in.
The cushions need to be constantly plumped so they don’t sink in and lose their shape and make the couch look messy.
To combat this, as Hicks said, you can purchase poly foam cushions wrapped in down to give a little more firmness and shape.
Cushions filled with down lend a more casual air to the couch because of its loose structure. Best put in a family room, the down is inviting rather than being “buttoned up.”
Also, it’s hard to get the feathers dry if you spill something on the cushions. If you’re accident-prone or have sloppy children, then you should buy a down-filled couch upholstered with performance fabric.
What are Upholstery and Weave?
Upholstery refers to the materials that make up the soft coverings,
including fabric, padding, webbing, and springs.
Upholstery fabrics come in different colors and different patterns.
Every fabric is created by weaving threads together. If the weave is tight, it can determine the way the fabric feels as well as its durability.
And a tight weave means that dirt, dust, and liquid spills won’t penetrate into the sofa.
How Much Do You Want to Spend on Your Upholstery Fabric?
With a budget in place, you can narrow down your sofa fabric choices.
You can find a cheaper fabric and it won’t have to look if you got the sofa from a big-box chain.
Many luxe fabrics such as faux velvet and faux suede are available in affordable price ranges, starting at the $800 price point.
Fabric with a tight weave often requires a significant amount of hours of labor because there is more thread to construct.
Highly durable, these denser weaves are the most expensive.
But if you don’t want to purchase a new couch every couple of years, or you are intending to buy a forever couch then the tight weave is for you.
Just be prepared to spend well over $1,000.
Leather and velvet are also expensive, even in contrast to natural fabrics like cotton and twill.
Leather couches start at $2500, but you should really expect to pay over $3,000 if you want a good one.
Velvet is pricey because it requires more labor, as there are many stages involved in the weaving process.
The Different Types of Fabrics Used on Couches
Informing you of different fabrics will help you decide which sofa finish is best for you.
To get the best fabrics, keep in mind that there are four points that will further help you in your decision.
These are durability, care requirements, appearance and comfort.
Just remember that the higher the thread count, the longer your couch covers will last.
Linen, specifically Belgian linen, has a loose weave. Because its not tightly woven together, linen often wears out quicker than other fabrics.
White linen is the most popular choice. But remember linen in white or in light colors are more susceptible to stains, as well as wrinkles once you get off the couch. Finally, linen doesn’t have that crisp look.
The best cotton is a blend of about 45% to 60% cotton and the rest is made from polyester, linen, and nylon, to name a few. The blend adds texture and strength and is not prone to soiling and wrinkling.
It’s the most popular choice for a couch because of its flexibility.
Cotton can come in many different colors—the colors seem endless!—as well as in different patterns.
Made of 100% cotton and with a tight weave woven on the diagonal, twill is great for busy families with kids who spill.
If you choose a sofa that has removable cushion covers or if you purchase a slipcover sofa, many choose twill because you can easily throw it in the wash.
In addition, if twill is made in part with polyester, it will be stain resistant. If you factor in the high thread count, then twill also will be water resistant. That makes twill easier to clean.
However, twill will come out wrinkled after a wash, so one con is that it isn’t resilient and you may have to iron it to regain its natural shape.
Velvet is a fabric, not a fiber. It can be made from silk, mohair, wool and polyester. And each fabric is different in feel. Silk is the most voluptuous material for velvet and, because of that, it will cost more than other fabrics, although wool and mohair are fairly expensive too.
Velvet has a tight weave because of its intricate weaving process. This means that two layers of fabric are woven together and on top of each other and are joined using a second warp thread.
Keep in mind that the tighter the weave, the better it will wear.
Consumers choose leather because of its natural beauty. Sure, it’s stiff when you first get your leather couch. But in time it will become even more attractive if leather is exposed to sunlight. It will fade, but it will flourish gracefully over time and develop a fine patina, which is often the reason why consumers buy leather couches.
Leather is a durable material and if you spill something on it, a quick wipe with soap and water is all you need to keep it in good condition. Even scratching from pets can be minimized with a bottle of leather polish.
There are two main cons of a leather couch.
One, it’s prohibitively expensive.
Two, leather is cold to the touch in the winter and sweaty and very slippery in the summer. If you’re looking for warmth, leather isn’t for you.
The best overall, no matter who lives in your home.
Performance fabric is no longer for the outdoors. Since performance fabric has been designed to withstand the weather, this means it’s very durable and splash-proof.
If you have pets and kids, that white couch or ivory sofa that you love probably won’t be your option for obvious reasons. But if that white or ivory color is made with performance fabric, you can get what you always wanted.
Sunbrella is a company that first made performance fabrics popular. They have been used in conjunction with famous brands—from high end Thibault to mid-priced Pottery Barn-- in order to create many different styles and colors.
Besides style, Sunbrella fabrics tick all the right boxes. They are comfortable, durable, stain-resistant, easy to clean, and UV and fade resistant. Sunbrella is made of 100% acrylic.
Patterned and Custom-Made Fabric
If you like custom fabric options, such as those with patterns on them, always get samples. But ask for a larger swatch rather than a standard swatch. This way, you can test how the fabric looks in natural light and interior lighting.
This may sound weird, but the best designers like to rub against the fabric—around your neck and arms and on your face—to determine the level of comfortably.
Patterns or textures will give off a bespoke look in your living room, but if you are looking for them in bold patterns and bright colors, maybe save your style for an armchair. To you, the pattern may look great. To others, it may look too busy.
That’s because the patterns you choose may not work well with other pieces in the room. Designers are all for mixed textures in a living room, but would you linger in your living room if you have a blue and white chinoiserie couch, a graphic geometric pattern for some wingback chairs, and a bright solid-colored love seat?
If you like the patterned look but know realistically that you may tire of it in the future, try purchasing a neutral-colored couch and express your identity and individuality by adding fun pillows with different colored designs on them.
The best thing about patterns is that they’re very forgiving. You can mask a wine stain if the pattern is busy enough.
The Difference Between Custom and Made-to-Order
Made-to-order means the sofa is constructed only after a customer orders it.
Custom-made means that furniture makers build your sofa according to your own specifications, meaning you can use any color or pattern you want.
In contrast to custom, made-to-order has a shorter lead time whereas custom can take many months to create.
Hicks suggests if you have the money, always choose custom vs. made-to-order. “You will be able to pick your style, sizes, arm, legs and so on and COM (customers own material).” With custom, you’ll have a sofa for a long time so it’s worth it to work with an interior designer if necessary and design your own from scratch.
Slipcovers, which are often made of linen or cotton, offer a relaxed look. If you get washable slipcovers, you probably don’t have to worry about kid spills and wet dogs. Just throw it in the wash and see how clean they come out. Plus, if you can’t commit to the fabric of a couch, or if you like to change the look during different seasons, buy multiple slipcovers.
Synthetic Materials- Polyester and Acrylic
Natural threads like twill and linen are superior because they breathe well and are softer. On the other hand, synthetic materials like polyester, rayon and acrylic have neither, which is why many couch-buyers shy away from synthetics.
But synthetics do have advantages, including a lower price point. These threads don’t break down as quickly as natural thread. That means they are more durable than natural threads. They are also easier to clean, so there’s hope that a red wine stain can be removed.
Synthetic feels like a natural material like cotton or linen because it has a soft feel. And polyester and acrylic have more durability, is stain-resistant and is resistant to fading, wrinkling and abrasion.