5 Best Performance Fabric Couches That Are Pet And Kid Friendly

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Performance fabric couches are great if you’re looking for a material that’s pet- and kid-friendly. Choosing the perfect one will depend on your style, needs, and budget.

Most people start their sofa shopping journey by looking for the perfect style, color, and price. While these are all important factors the fabric you choose can have a BIG impact on the longevity of your new sofa.

In my opinion, performance fabrics are the only option. They usually cost a little more but they’re perfect if you’re tired of worrying about spills, stains, and everyday wear and tear.

The people who will benefit the most from performance fabric couches are anyone with pets, kids, or those who love to entertain. The stylish material is easy to clean, stain-resistant, and super durable.

To help you pick the best one for your home I pulled a few styles from the top 5 performance fabric sofa brands. They vary in style, color, and price so you’ll have an idea of the options.

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Best Performance Fabric Couches

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When it comes to couches with performance fabric that are pet- and kid-friendly five names come to mind.

The top 5 performance fabrics for upholstered furniture are:

  1. Revolution One of the more affordable performance fabrics for sofas
  2. Sustain– This can be found at Pottery Barn and Wayfair but it doesn’t always say the name.
  3. Sunbrella– Best performance fabric for outdoor spaces that works great indoors too.
  4. Crypton– Worth every penny! Liquids will bead off this fabric and not seep in.
  5. Perennials– This Luxury high-end performance fabric is an investment in your home.

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Many stores carry the same brands so it’s possible to find the same fabric at multiple stores.

If you love a sofa style at one store but fabric at another you can ask if they carry it. The furniture store I worked at also offered COM which stands for Customers Own Material.

With that option, you order the fabric your fabric and have it shipped to the factory. They then make the custom sofa with your fabric in their style.

1. Quilted Grey Revolution Fabric Sofa

grey quilted performance fabric couch

1. Quilted Performance Fabric Sofa– $2599

Who says your sofa can’t be stylish when you have pets or children? There’s a reason this Revolution fabric sofa is a best seller. The clean lines, tufting, and nailhead details will transform the look of any living space.

Aside from the beauty of this stain-resistant couch, let’s talk about the fabric. Revolution fabric is stain and fade-resistant plus it’s easy to clean. It’s even bleach-cleanable!

This is the same fabric in the pit sectional I designed below. It comes in neutral or bold colors depending on the vibe you’re after.

Revolution is one of the more affordable performance fabrics for sofas. It can be used in indoor and outdoor spaces. Some stores that carry it are Wayfair, PeriGold, and Bassett to name a few.

MORE DETAILS CAN BE FOUND AT >>> Revolution Fabrics

2. Carmel Square Wide Arm Boucle Performance Fabric Couch

white performance fabric sofa

2. Sustain Fabric Couch– $2599

This is a great stain-resistant fabric sofa for the modern home. It has wide track arms that your pet or kid will love to sit on. Not sure if you like that idea but thought I’d mention it lol. The bench seat means less change will fall through the cracks but you can choose the multi-cushions if you prefer a classic look.

Let’s talk about the fabric now, shall we? Sustain performance fabric is one of the brands I love to visit at the High Point Furniture market. Stores that carry it are Pottery Barn, Bassett, and Ethan Allen although it won’t always say the name.

It’s the same concept as the designer you hire to design your living room. She will show you the sofa options but not give away her trade secrets. If you want to know the brand just ask the store. chances are they’ll share the information.

MORE DETAILS CAN BE FOUND AT >>> Sustain Performance Fabrics

3. Cavallo White Sunbrella Fabric Sofa

white performance fabric sofa

3. Sunbrella Couch– $3495

Sunbrella is the best fabric for couches in outdoor spaces. It’s also a designer favorite because there are so many colors, patterns, and textures to choose from.

This sofa is the best of both worlds. The modern silhouette has thin track arms and tufting for an elevated look plus it’s durable and stain resistant. There’s no need to fear white sofas when you have Sunbrella fabric available.

Many stores carry this fabric including Pottery Barn, Walmart, West Elm, Serena & Lily, Arhaus, and Kathy Kuo Home. If you’re adding an outdoor sofa to your backyard this fabric is a MUST!


4. Ashby Crypton Fabric Couch

navy performance fabric sofa

4. Crypton Sofa– $4399

I chose the navy Crypton fabric couch as an example of the bold colors available. This fabric is my go-to when sourcing sofas for clients. We also have a navy sofa in our living room and it can be styled in so many ways.

Whether you add a navy or denim sofa to your living room it’ll act the same as a neutral. It’s just like your favorite pair of jeans that go perfectly with just about anything. Same concept!

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Stores that have Crypton fabrics are Pottery Barn, Arhaus, Kathy Kuo Home, Wayfair, and Crate & Barrel. Order a free fabric test kit from Crypton to your home. This way you can try it out and see how durable it is.


5. Barton Sofa in Perennials Basketweave Chalk

bench seat sofa with wood frame

5. Perennials Performance Fabric Sofa– $5695

Perennials fabric is the higher-end designer fabric of the five options. It’ll be an investment but will last for many years. Remember the average person shops for a new sofa between 7 and 15 years. You get what you pay for, my friends, so make sure you invest wisely.

The Barton couch is available in stain-resistant neutrals. Either one can be styled with a pop of color or monotone depending on the “look and feel” you’re after. This classic sofa is great for families, pet owners, or those who love to host parties. Stores that carry Perennials Performance Fabrics are Serena & Lily, Williams-Sonoma, and more.

MORE DETAILS CAN BE FOUND AT >>> Perennials Fabrics

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Now that you know the five names to look for you’ll be able to find the the perfect performance fabric sofa. If you missed the other posts in this series you can check them out below.

Let me know if this was helpful in the comments below.

Happy shopping!

xo Nicole

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Last Updated on November 23, 2023 by Nicole DelaCruz

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