FIVE GREAT FABRICS FOR HOME DECOR, WHERE TO BUY THEM AND PRINT TIPS
Digital Textile Printing offers a viable print solution for Customised Home Furnishings.
Volumes in the Interior marketplace have seen a huge drop in the last 15 years. Once upon a time a best selling pattern would print over a million metres, this is no longer the case in a new era of mass customisation.
In a Customised, On Demand world, Digital Textile Printing offers a viable solution for manufacturers large and small. Enabling the creation of Textiles, multiple Design options and Colourways customised to the clients demand. With no constraints on scale, repeat or number of colours, Digital Printing delivers a truly unique product.
Our technical team present five of the most popular substrates and share a few Digital Printing Tip’s…
Belgian Linen: 300 gsm
The Rolls Royce of Interior Fabrics, ideal for Curtains, Upholstery and Accessories. A completely natural and luxurious fabric, OEKO-Tex certified, totally organic, and crafted in one of the oldest linen weaving mills in Europe. The cool feel and natural handle of this fabric make Linen products a firm favourite with the buying public.
This fabric can be printed with either Pigment or Reactive Systems, however, if it to be used for curtains or drapes the pigment process is preferred because of its superior light fastness properties. For Upholstery choose Reactive for superior Rub Fastnesses.
Cotton Satin : 240 gsm
A solid choice for curtains or drapes, with the subdued lustre adding charm and elegance to the print. Smooth to the touch and with a beautiful drape it makes an ideal medium for all Furnishing products. This fabric tends to be the most Digital Print friendly of all fabrics because it has so much of the weave concentrated on the face side for a high definition print.
This fabric, because of its Satin face, gives a beautiful reproduction of design, just be careful to protect the selvedges against head strikes, as curling during printing can sometimes be an issue.
FR Panama: 240 gsm
An ideal choice for Contract Curtains or Drapes where FR certification is required. This polyester fabric is certified to BS 5867 and can be used on any contract furnishing project. The fabric is reasonably priced, and gives an excellent print quality with the plain weave allowing the print quality show to the full.
This fabric has to be printed using the Dye sublimation method. Care should be taken during transfer to ensure that no creasing occurs, this can be achieved by setting up a square feed to the heat press and watching the tension.
Cotton Chintz: 160 gsm
A historic fabric much favoured by the top London Interior Designers for Drapes. It is light and smooth to the touch, and has a faithful print reproduction. It is however, more complicated to produce, since it involves both Digital printing and Chintz calendaring. Many Textile finishing companies now offer a service for small volumes, but lead times can be as much as 6> weeks for delivery. The base fabric is a 60 square Cotton square weave, which when chintzed acquires a subtle lustre and smooth handle.
Printing of the base fabric (60 square Cotton) is best done using pigments for lightfastness issues. It is a good idea to re-roll this fabric before use to ensure that an even tension is present throughout the roll to prevent slippage and creasing during printing.
Polyester Velvet: 320 gsm :
A tactile and luxurious pile fabric much loved by the public, whether in Curtains, Cushions or Throws. Drapes really easily and has a soft and gentle handle with the pile depth adding to the overall attraction of the fabric.
This fabric has to be printed with the Dye sublimation process. The dyes penetrate deeply into the pile during the transfer process, however pre shrinking may be needed to avoid movement during transfer affecting register and a distorted print.