Stylish choices for family friendly furniture


A white sofa used to be the first ingredient in a recipe for disaster. Mix in messy children, dirty paws and drippy desserts, and most adults run for cover. Hanging out with the family pooch, eating frozen treats in the once-forbidden living room, building forts with decorative pillows—this is the life of leisure for a child.

I am shocked and amazed at the growing number of beautiful indoor-outdoor fabrics on the market — and how gorgeous they are! Woven textures, intricate and graphic looks, trendy designs …much evolved from their limited striped-or-solid forbears.

And now for what may come as a surprise to you……..widely available on most everyday indoor sofas, the furniture gods were listening!!!

You may find a perfect sofa, but what good is it if you have a family that brings on muddy paws, spilled drinks and everything that come with everyday real life.


Sunbrella fabrics let you enjoy your home without worrying about the inevitable messes – so your children and pets can relax and you can breathe easy, even while hosting a dinner party.

the magic behind the tough-as-nails persona

Indoor-outdoor fabric is made of synthetic fibers, such as acrylic and polyolefin. What’s special is that it’s not dyed like conventional fabric, in which the fiber or the whole piece of fabric is dipped in a vat of dye.


Soft, durable and stain-resistant Sunbrella fabric can help parents create an inviting space that stands up to the nail polish, snacks and school supplies that will inevitably get spilled and strewn about.

Leah Shearer, a spokeswoman for Sunbrella says, “In fact, we do not use dyes at all. Highly UV-resistant pigments are mixed in before it even becomes a fiber. Fiber is then cut, baled, blended, spun into yarn and woven into fabric.” This process is called solution dying.”

The color is part of the fiber, so solution-dyed fabrics have great colorfastness in light and are resistant color rubbing off. Plus they hold up to bleach (yes, bleach!), perspiration and washing,


A whimsical brightly colored wingback chair in this imaginative morning room.

It’s fabric now has beautiful choices that you may want it in every room.

One of our customers asked us this question…..Has anyone had much experience using Sunbrella fabric for indoor furniture such as a sofa? Is it too stiff and plasticky?

Sunbrella fabric will withstand the messiest kids and the reddest wines. And, your friends will rave about its beauty, softness and texture in even the most formal rooms.

sunbrella bar chairs

Being the clumsy type, I’d be hesitant to put regular light-colored upholstery on these breakfast bar counter chairs. But indoor-outdoor fabric? You bet. The stain resistance of these kinds of fabrics makes them good candidates for dining chairs anywhere in the home.

Another performance fabric we do offer is Crypton Home. And here’s what they have to say about their fabric: “From markers to wine spills, Crypton’s proven performance technology is built into every fiber, so it won’t ever wear away. Spills and stains are easy to clean, and odors don’t cling.”

sunbrella -football

Your living room upholstery will stand up to Super Bowl snacks better if it’s upholstered in an indoor-outdoor fabric like the one shown here.

The fabric designs have come a long way, now it can be perfectly used for every room in your home. When you talk with our designers you will discover more styles and gain access to thousands of fabrics that are available.


Perfect for catching up on the Sunday crossword or enjoying a favorite glass of wine, the casual elegance of this transitional living space encourages relaxation.

At LJE, many of our sofas and sectionals, accent chairs, and dining chairs and benches are available in a huge selection of  Sunbrella, and Crypton Home Fabrics.

Caring for your Sunbrella fabrics is easy so you can live worry-free:

▪ Apply a light mist of mild soap and water using a spray bottle.

▪ Work the solution into the stain by lightly agitating the entire surface area of the fabric, moving from seam to seam, with a sponge or very soft bristle brush. Avoid scrubbing, and do not use a hard bristled brush or anything that will abrade the fabric.

▪ Rinse the entire fabric thoroughly to remove all soap residue.

▪ Blot excess moisture with a clean, soft towel or sponge.

▪ Blot or wet-vacuum excess water from the entire surface area of the fabric, moving from seam to seam.

▪ Air dry. Repeat rinsing and blotting until all soap residue is removed.

For severe stains, see our Stain Chart for removal instructions of specific stains.


Soft, durable, and resistant to both stains and odors, Crypton Home Fabric is available on our Huntington House sectionals and sofas.

Professional Cleaners

Inquire about a firm’s experience working with Sunbrella fabrics and knowledge of cleaning and re-treatment requirements.

Machine Washing

Some removable casings can be washed in the washing machine, however consult the furniture manufacturer before removing the casing as cushion construction may vary. To wash, first close all zippers. Machine wash in cold water on the delicate cycle with normal amounts of mild laundry detergent. Allow fabric to air dry.

Oil-Based Stains

Immediately apply an absorbent such as corn starch directly on the oil-based stain. Let sit for 10 minutes and remove the excess using a straight edge or ruler. This helps remove the stain and prevents it from being pressed into the fabric. Then proceed with the cleaning process.

Seam-To-Seam Cleaning

When cleaning upholstered pieces, clean the entire surface area of the fabric, from seam to seam, instead of rubbing the fabric in a circular motion on the stain. This method, along with an extractor, may be required in order to avoid water rings and stains.

Performance fabrics are now an interesting option for growing families who still want to live stylishly! I hope you can stop into our showroom and speak with one of our designers who can tell you much more about how to make wise selections on family friendly furniture.  Find us here:

Photos above: courtesy of Sunbrella, and Crypton Home.


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