The Schumacher Guide to PAPER-BACKED FABRICS

Hey designers, we've got your back!

Did you know that Schumacher offers paper-backing to transform your favorite fabrics into stunning wall coverings? The service is a fan favorite, but also a bit under the radar, so we're here to give you the lol on paper-backing fabrics. We spoke with Schumacher's VP of Design, Pam, Marshall, to get tips and insights on paper-backing.

SCHU:

What types of fabric are best for paper-backing?

PM:

Things that are tightly woven (prints or woven) are best. Fabrics that are on the drier side (i.e. not shiny) tend to work better as well. Some textures and tight embroideries can be used too.

SCHU:

What's harder to paper-back?

PM:

With anything that is very lightweight or sheer, the adhesive will come through the fabric to the face. Things that mark easily (like velvet) are difficult, too - and require experience to handle.

SCHU:

Why should one have Schumacher paper-back vs. a workroom?

PM:

We are experts in fabrics and wall coverings and know how to handle even the more unusual items to get the best results. A designer would need to be certain that a workroom had expertise in this area and may not get the results they are looking for. Using Schumacher is also more convenient and one less step and work order to worry about!

SCHU:

How does paper-backing compare to wall upholstery?

PM:

Once your fabric is paper-backed, it's ready to install just like regular wallpaper. Upholstering a wall requires installation of the batting material, followed by installing the fabric over that. It is a longer and more costly process!

SCHU:

In what, if any, environments should clients NOT use paper-backed fabric?

PM:

If you want to install paper-backed fabric in a bathroom, I'd recommend adding wainscoting so splashes stay far away from the fabric. But, in general, avoid using it in bathrooms with showers due to high humidity.

SCHU:

What are the care guidelines for paper-backed fabrics?

PM:

We apply a stain-resistant finish, which is included in the pricing, to our paper-backed fabrics. This protects the materials during install, as well as for many years to come! Otherwise, care will be the same as for most upholstery and curtains. Each fabric type has its' own guidelines, but it should not be scrubbed with a wet sponge. Brush dirt away and blot with a damp cloth if the fabric type allows.

SCHU:

Any other pro tips?

PM: Whatever fabric you'd like to back- no matter how standard it may seem, you should ALWAYS test a few yards first to ensure there's no reaction (color, staining) to the fabric. Better to go the extra step to be super sure of your results! For a small fee plus the cost of one yard of fabric, you can see how the treated product will look.