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What is Ticking Fabric and How To use It

Ticking fabric is a popular choice for curtains, blinds and upholstery – it's usually a cotton or linen fabric mix tightly woven with a timeless stripe. If you’re looking for a contemporary interior choice that won’t go out of fashion, incorporating the traditional ticking style is a fantastic solution.

Ticking fabric is a classic choice for soft furnishings which has endured ever-changing trends. Typically used as upholstery and curtain fabric, ticking comes in two colours, the main cloth being woven in cream or white yarn and then a bold colour as the main stripe. The weave is a herringbone style with a feathered striped edge, this makes the stripe appear larger. Discover more about what ticking fabric is and how you can use it, in this handy article. 

What Is Ticking Fabric?

What Is Ticking Fabric?

The word ‘Ticking’ originates from the 1940’s where they would use ‘Tick’ a densely woven herringbone cloth to cover mattresses for utility use. This would ensure the feathers and straw would not poke through when in use. The stripe was then developed over time to the classic striped herringbone look of the ticking fabric we see today. Not only is the stripe attractive but it makes the fabric durable and highly practical.

What Can You Use Ticking Fabrics For?

What Can You Use Ticking Fabrics For?

The possibilities are endless with Ticking fabric, there really are no limits with what you can make. Ticking also works as an upholstery fabric, whether it’s for a sofa, armchair, or headboard. As a curtain fabric ticking is a popular choice because it not only has a subtle pattern which does not date, but the weight of the fabric also drapes beautifully too.

Ticking fabrics can suit a range of interior schemes whether you prefer modern or traditional textiles, the fabric is simple and elegant. It is also ageless, ticking fabrics can be used for any interior scheme, whether it be a traditional 1930s house or a new build. Softer colours like duck egg, beige and yellow ticking stripes look wonderful in a nursery as curtains or on a nursing chair. If you are looking for something bolder opt for Ticking in red, navy or green for a living room or office.

Coordinating With Ticking Fabrics

Coordinating With Ticking Fabrics

Due to ticking fabric’s classic design it is easy to complement with other fabrics - florals, coastal scenes, animals and tapestry designs are brilliant choices to pair with it.  If you are after the traditional seaside look, opt for the Gulls fabric in Sky, this features swarming seagulls on a summer's day.

Otherwise, if you are wanting something that oozes Shabby chic, then why not pair the ticking stripe with the Grande Floral Red. This design has a linen look back cloth with fading red flowers perfect for a rustic home. The ticking fabric comes in an array of colours so you will be sure to find one to fit your scheme.

Ticking for Made To Measure Curtains, Blinds and Bespoke Furniture

Ticking for Made To Measure Curtains, Blinds and Bespoke Furniture

Let us do the hard work for you, by opting for our Made to Measure service with your favourite Ticking Fabric - Roman Blinds are a popular choice, but we also make curtains, cushions, headboards and have a reupholstery service for local customers too.

If you are not local to the Cotswolds, we have a bespoke furniture service online where you can choose your style of furniture and fabric and our experienced upholsterer will build this for you. Our JF ticking fabric has a 25,000 rub test result so the perfect choice for general domestic upholstery and other soft furnishing projects too. Head to our ticking section to discover more about our Ticking fabrics and order a sample today with our free sampling service.

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