How Much Fabric do I Need For….

There are secrets to finding designer fabrics for budget prices.  The internet is the perfect place to start.  What do you think happens with all that extra yardage after an interior designer is finished a project?  It’s out there, and you can find it. 

But how do you know how much to buy?    To figure out just how much upholstery fabric you need to have that sofa reupholstered, or how much fabric you need for the loveseat, use the following cheat sheet:


Most upholstery fabric is 54 inches wide, there are some odd widths that can go up to 62". Fabric for draperies is normally less than 54" so be careful on the width. Buying your fabric is by the running yard, so 1 yard in length and 54" in width is a 1 yard by 1-1/2 yard piece of fabric.


Twin:  6 yards
Full/Double:  7 yards
Queen:  8 yards
King:  12 Yards

Duvet Cover 
Twin:  5 yards
Full/Double:  6 yards
Queen:  8 yards
King:  10 Yards

Dust Ruffle 
Twin:  5-6 yards
Full/Double:  6-7 yards
Queen:  8-9 yards
King:  10-11 Yards

Twin:  9 yards
Full/Double:  10 yards
Queen:  11 yards
King:  15 Yards


Shower Curtain  5 yards
Shower Valance  3 yards

Throw Pillows

The general rule of thumb is half a yard for 14 to 18 inch pillows and 1 yard for 19 to 24 inch pillows. Ruffles will require up to another 1/2 yard of fabric.


  Chair Seats

3/4 yard of 54" wide fabric is enough to re-cover 2 standard chair seats. Three yards of fabric will be enough for eight chair seats. If the repeat is large or a pattern has to be centered, you may need more.

A wing chair will require 5-7 yards, a traditional chair with upholstered seat and back 3 yards and a club chair 5-6 yards.

Sofas and Couches

Three cushions with arms                  
6 ft sofa   10 yards                                                           
7 ft sofa   11 yards                                                           
8 ft sofa   13 yards                                                           
add an extra 2-3 yards for a ruffled skirt or tall backed sofa.

6-7 yards

Chaise Lounges
7-9 yards

2-3 yards