If you own a business, whether it be a cafe, bar, hotel, office or restaurant at some point in the future you will probably need to refurbish the public areas. Commercial refurbishment as a whole is too much of an expansive subject to fit into one article. So this post looks at the UK’s Top 10 Contract Fabric Suppliers that you may consider purchasing from, or specifying to your contract furniture supplier. All companies operate from within the UK and provide a nationwide delivery service. We have compiled this list to broaden your choice of fabrics should you wish to purchase contract furniture from ourselves, or from elsewhere.
1. Sunbury Design (Lewis & Co (Fabrics) Ltd)
Founded in 1947 Sunbury design have extensive experience in the contract fabric industry. The company is based in Essex with another office serving the North which is located near Newcastle. Sunbury are a reputable, reasonably priced supplier offering a fairly large product range which includes fabrics, faux leathers and faux suedes. One of our favorite products from this company is Aquaclean, which is a faux suede with a difference! This fabric gives a whole new meaning to stain repellant, you can literally draw on it with a marker pen then drub it with a wet sponge and the stain will push right through the fabric to the backing resulting in a clean surface again. Sunbury Design also have some bespoke options available (minimum order quantities apply) for special orders where a customer may want a particular colour or pattern.
2. Skopos Design
Based in Dewsbury, Yorkshire Skopos design is one of the market leaders when it comes to supplying high end, quality contract fabrics. Their range is divided up into the following categories; Leisure & Hospitality, Cruise Ships, Education and Healthcare with a substantial amount of pattern and plain fabrics available in each. Like many of the other companies listed on this page, Skopos also provide a bespoke service for quantity orders. The company goes one step further in this process and will actually allow you to access their design team as a resource who will help you to turn your ideas into the perfect fabric for your business. In terms of pricing Skopos are mid to up market but the quality of their fabrics make it well worth it. Skopos also have a bespoke curtain making department so you have the option to match your curtains to the rest of your furniture.
A forward thinking, innovative fabric company based in Burnley, Lancashire where they have been established for over 27 years. Their fabric range can be divided into three clearly defined sectors; Hospitality, Healthcare and Corporate with more than enough fabrics to choose from in each sector. Panaz supply fabrics for various uses including upholstery, curtains, duvets and bedspreads all of which targeted towards the contract market. The company strives to produce fabrics that solve problems such as staining or the spread of bacteria which gives them a competitive advantage in the contract fabric market. Panaz are a mid market supplier with ranges to suit the majority of budgets, there delivery service is prompt and covers the whole of the UK.
Sekers fabrics have had an interesting history. Established in 1938 by Sir Nicholas (Miki) Sekers and another family member Tomi de Gara, the company was initially located in Cumbria where they spun silk for the fashion industry. Sekers operation swiftly changed to producing thousands of meters of nylon for the British military during the war and then resumed to doing what they loved shortly after the war ended. Sekers now have two offices, their head office in Dundee and their London showroom. They are a design led fabric house with some fantastic looking ranges of patterns and plains with new designs being introduced regularly. Sekers also provide wall coverings and offer bespoke fabrics where they can produce your custom designs (minimum order quantites apply at the time of writing this 300m) this is a great way of creating something unique that you can incorporate with your brand.
5. Harlequin Contract (Walker Greenbank)
Based in Denham, Oxford Harlequin are considered by many to be one of the most prestigious fabric suppliers around with multiple brands supplying all sectors. Harlequin Contract have many ranges of luxurious and opulent fabrics for up market commercial establishments. Part of Walker Greenbank, the company also supplies a fantastic range of wall coverings and recently then have introduced accessories to their range such as rugs, cushions and towels etc. however these are more orientated to the domestic market. Although Harlequin Contract fabrics look the part, they do come with a bit of a price tag unfortunately but in our opinion, well worth it!
6. Kirkby Design (Romo Ltd.)
Part of the ROMO group of companies which was established over 100 years ago. Kirkby Design offers a significant range of upholstery and curtain fabrics for both the domestic and contract markets. Because this company isn’t solely orientated towards the contract sector, most of their fabrics require further treatment to conform to CRIB5 Fire & Satefy regulations (BS5852), this can slightly increase the delivery time of your chosen fabric but if time is on your side then this shouldn’t be a problem. One thing that we like about Kirkby Design is that they are constantly expanding their range and bringing out fresh new contract fabrics all the time. They have a fantastic website that allows you to easily search through all of their options and find exactly what you are looking for. In terms of price we consider Kirkby Design to be mid range to mid market, they also offer delivery world wide.
7. Chieftain Fabrics
Predominantly a vinyl supplier, despite their name. Chieftain Fabrics offer a fantastic range of high quality upholstery faux leathers. Their main ranges are Just Colour and Lionella both of which come in a huge range of colours. For the healthcare maket Chieftain also introduced Just Patterns which correspond to the tones in Just Colour. Based in Trim, Ireland Chieftain offer UK nationwide delivery. It might not be as quick as some other suppliers but you’re only looking at approximately a week to take delivery of your order, their stock levels are usually pretty good too. Chieftain take a proactive and sustainable approach to the way that they produce vinyls, all of their ranges conform to the Reach initiative and contain 0% phthalates (environmentally harmful chemicals used in to manyfacture many other vinyls). Their faux leathers can be seen in many stadiums, airports and restaurant chains all over the country such as Mcdonalds and Wembley stadium which is proof enough that these vinyls will stand up to even the harshest contract environments.
8. Moons Fabrics
Offering a broad range of natural wools such as tartan, tweed, dobby and other popular designs, Moons supply some of the countries finest fabrics. They actually own and run the UK’s last vertical spinning mill which puts them in prime position to manufacture bespoke orders when quantities and circumstances warrant it. The company was founded in 1837 so ts fair to say that they know what they are doing and the company is more than established within the industry. The Moon’s website features all of their ranges and its so user friendly we think its one of the best in the industry. For the quality of the fabrics that they supply Moon offer great value for money, but they are by no means cheap. They also run a sister company called Bronte Designs which supply handmade accessories such as scarves, bags, throws and cushions using the wool that their mill creates.
9. Camira Fabrics
Camira run quite a large operation, with an impressive 10 million meters of fabric sold per year world wide. Although they are known in the leisure and hospitality industry, we feel that their focus is more on applications such as auditorium seating, bus seating, corporate and healthcare. With a broad range of fabrics available on their website, mainly plains but with some patterns Camira are a great company to work with. They provide a bespoke manufacturing service where they can turn your ideas into life, if you want to incorporate you logo into the fabric then no problem this company can embroider or emboss your logo onto the fabric for you. Camira also offer services to manufacturers such as ourselves where they can pre-cut their fabrics ready for upholstery, they can even sew them too which helps to reduce the time it takes to manufacture the furniture.
10. Bradbury Fabrics
Based in Huddersfield, Yorkshire Bradbury not only supply all of their fabrics, they also manufacture them in their 400,000 sq/m facility Along with Moons they are one of two fabric companies on this page that do not import any fabrics, this enables complete control over the supply chain. Unlike many of the other contract fabric suppliers on this page, Bradbury’s range consists almost entirely of plain fabrics. For this reason most of the coverings that they supply are for corporate use however their fabrics are sometimes used in the leisure and hospitality industry.