Contract Fabrics

Contract Fabrics

RM COCO is proud to offer a wide array of contract-grade drapery and upholstery fabrics. Fabrics passing NFPA 701 for drapery fabrics and NFPA 260 for upholstery applications are the most desired in these settings. Additional factors may also determine which fabrics are best suited for specific interior/exterior room settings. These may include abrasion ratings and cleanability factors in addition to FR ratings that may be required. Many contract-grade fabrics may also be excellent choices for residential design settings.

Hospitality venues such as restaurants, cafes, hotels, and bars, may have more varied requirements than ordinary spaces. As atmospheric spaces that serve food and drinks, it can be tricky to source the perfect upholstery or drapery fabrics for hospitality venues.

A primary consideration for selecting fabrics for hospitality venues is; will this fabric be easy to manage. Will it be cleaned with little fuss? While this may be a key consideration, many additional factors must be determined when designing hospitality venues. Is the fabric selected durable enough for daily use? Will the fabric deteriorate over time and negatively impact the setting? Is the fabric safe to use in a hospitality setting – for example, are they flame-retardant and anti-microbial? The list goes on. 

Multiple factors must be taken into account when specifying fabrics for contract environments. This can be a bit tricky when various contract sectors often have different requirements and regulations.

Flame Retardancy (FR) Testing

 

Not all FR tests for fabrics are the same! Identifying the specific application and environment where fabrics are to be used will help determine which FR testing fabrics will need to pass.

Abrasion Ratings


Both Wyzenbeek and Martindale are abrasion, or rub tests. They are, however, different tests with different test properties. Success in one test does not infer success in the other. Wyzenbeek involves rubbing along the warp and weft of the fabric whereas Martindale is a figure-8 rub.

Light Control

 

Another consideration for fabric selection is what light control a fabric needs to offer depending on the environment it is going into – for sleep, to create ambiance, or provide privacy. If the end-use is for a hotel bedroom, blackout or dimout fabrics may be ideal to assure visitors don’t have disrupted sleep. On the other hand, sheers or voiles offer little light protection but are great for privacy or acting as room dividers where necessary.

Sound Control

 

The use of fabric in space is a highly effective way to control or enhance the acoustics in the setting by controlling noise reverberation. They can create ambiance acoustically, as well as visually.

Ecological Considerations

 

Sustainable, ethical, ecological – all these factors are becoming increasingly important when selecting a fabric. Some to look out for include:

REACH Free

 

European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of Chemicals.

Oeko-Tex®

 

Worldwide association of independent institutes for product safety and sustainable production in the textile industry. If a textile article carries the STANDARD 100 label, you can be certain that every component of this article has been tested for harmful substances and that the article, therefore, is harmless in human ecological terms – this is applicable to all processing steps from yarn to finished product.

Phthalate Free 

 

Phthalates are chemical compounds used in a multitude of products that demand high performance, long-lasting wear, and durability.

PERFORMANCE FABRICS

RM COCO offers an assortment of performance fabrics suitable for contract/hospitality settings. Performance fabric is a term used in the furniture industry to describe fabrics that are easy to clean and withstand the wear and tear of everyday life. Simple stains should be able to come out with a little water and blotting. Tough stains like coffee, cupcakes, and dirty paws, should be able to come out with some household or upholstery cleaner. Performance fabrics should also resist abrasion over an extended period and are the best choices for high traffic areas and living spaces needing to stand the test of time. 

 

Today we see a variety of performance fabrics. Some are for outdoor use, some for indoor, and some perform in both outdoor and indoor spaces. RM COCO offers the following types of performance fabrics in its line.

Flame Retardant Drapery

Fabrics used in most public spaces are required by law in many states and cities to be certified as flame retardant, according to standards developed by the National Fire Protection Association. In the case of draperies, curtains, and similar hanging textiles, the standard that applies is NFPA 701: Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Flame Propagation of Textiles and Films. This test measures the flammability of a fabric when it is exposed to specific sources of ignition.

Collections containing all or some NFPA 701 patterns:

Contessa | Faux Silk 

Eclipse | Blackouts 

Twilight Dimmers | Dim-outs 

Room with a View | Sheers 

Sheer Indulgence | Sheers

Prelude | Textures

Capistrano | Sheers

Modern Mix | Wovens

Soiree | Velvet

Shutterspeed | Sheers

Hendrix | Textures

Sheer Perfection | Sheers

Royalton | Sateen

Window Dressing II | Sheers

Flame Retardant Upholstery

NFPA 260 measures the ability of upholstery fabric to resist ignition by a smoldering cigarette when the specimen is tested in combination with polyurethane foam cushioning.  

Collections containing all or some NFPA 260 patterns:

Winner’s Circle I | Textures

South Beach | Wovens

Winner’s Circle II | Textures

Ocean Drive | Textures

Winner’s Circle III | Textures

Soiree | Velvet 

Winner’s Circle IV | Wovens

Pied a Terre | Velvet 

Modern Mix | Wovens

Savoir Faire  | Velvet 

Deluxe | Velvet 

Headboard

Velvets

Soirée 

NFPA 701 & NFPA 260 

Martindale 100,000

Wyzenbeek 200,000

Savoir Faire

NFPA 260 

Wyzenbeek 200,000

Pied a Terre

NFPA 260 

Wyzenbeek 100,000

Deluxe

NFPA 260 

Wyzenbeek 100,000

Marquee

NFPA 701 

Wyzenbeek 105,000

Coming Soon

Crypton®

Our Winner’s Circle collections include some of our best-selling textures and patterns featuring Crypton performance finishing. Performance technology is engineered into every fiber, so soils bead up, stains clean easily and odors don’t cling. Best of all, every stain can easily be cleaned with soap and water!

Winner’s Circle I | Textures

Winner’s Circle II | Textures

Winner’s Circle III | Textures

Winner’s Circle IV | Wovens

FibreGuard®

RM COCO is pleased to offer an array of exclusive performance fabrics featuring FibreGuard® stain-resistant finish. The fabrics are family, pet-friendly, and business casual fabrics engineered to meet the demands of residential, professional, and hospitality use.

South Beach | Wovens

Ocean Drive  | Textures

High Abrasion Fabrics

The Wyzenbeek and Martindale tests are the two methods commonly used to predict durability. Actual performance is determined by many factors such as fiber content, weaves, finishes, furniture design, maintenance, cleaning, and usage. Durability of an upholstery fabric is a complex combination of a number of performance tests that, in addition to abrasion, includes seam slippage, piling, tensile strength, and usage.

Sunbrella®

Sunbrella® fabrics are woven to provide years of great memories, whether indoors, outdoors, or on the water. These fabrics oven from 100% solution-dyed acrylic yarns, Sunbrella® fabrics offer superior lightfastness. Most stains are cleanable using soap and water. Tougher stains may require cleaning with a water and bleach solution.

High UV Polyester and Olefin Fabrics

RM COCO also features fabrics woven from High UV Polyester, High UV Olefin, and blends of the two fibers. The products offer high abrasion, superior lightfastness, and easy cleanability. Our Cabana and Veranda collections feature several high UV fabrics to chose from.

Cabana  | Wovens

Veranda  | Wovens

Fortitude

Fortitude Performance Vinyl – the new look and feel of vinyl. This product is not your typical vinyl, it has the supple hand of leather while demonstrating incredible durability and strength. The product is environmentally-friendly. It is FR additive-free, REACH compliant, phthalate-free, formaldehyde-free, heavy metal and lead-free, Prop 65 compliant, and over 99% of the solvents used to produce the product are recaptured and recycled. Fortitude Performance Vinyl is suitable for residential, hospitality, healthcare, educational, marine, and recreational vehicle usage.

Bahama Breeze Trimmings

This RM COCO exclusive range of colorful trimming is perfect both indoors and out. Woven from 100% solution-dyed acrylic, all items in this collection may be cleaned with soap and water. Stubborn stains may be cleaned using a water and bleach solution.

Contract Drapery Linings

There are several drapery linings offered by RM COCO that are perfect for use in contract and hospitality settings. Our collection includes FR blackout lining, thermal lining, water-repellent lining, and even an assortment of FR linings.

Outdoor Hardware

RM COCO offers a collection of drapery hardware that is specifically made to handle the elements of the great outdoors year-round. There are several different finishes in the collection from which to choose.

In-House Custom Creations Workroom


Draperies, shades, valances, bedspreads, pillows, and throws. For more than half a century, the RM COCO workroom has served our designers with professional, luxury-grade furnishings for residential and hospitality settings. Our workroom products adorn beautiful residences, hotels, and businesses across the United States and beyond.

 

Precision and workmanship are born into the soul of everything we create at RM COCO.  Whether using an RM COCO fabric, or a COM fabric, our workroom process always begins with a careful inspection of materials. This attention to detail carries through each step of fabrication, from cutting, to sewing, to stitching, and finally packaging. Our goal is ready to use furnishings right out of the box. No ironing, no steaming, no washing required.

  
Our workroom strives to make ordering custom-designed products simple. Our knowledgeable customer service representatives are familiar with the processes involved in the design, development, and fabrication of custom treatments and will guide you to the right solution for your project.

Fabric Finishing Service

 

If fabric for a project does not meet the needed FR code, RM COCO can topically treat the fabric to meet the test requirements and provide a test certificate for our customers when required. We can add any of the following after-finishes for our customers.

 

Soil & Stain Repellency (without or in combination with an FR finish)
Acrylic backing (non-FR and with NFPA 260)
Mildew Resistance
Anti-Microbial
GreenShield® (performance finish for ease of cleanability)
NFPA 701 and NFPA 260 for trimming

ColorWorks™

 

There are times when the perfect printed fabric cannot be found for a design project, or a custom pattern is desired. RM COCO can help provide the perfect pattern and color for our customers through our custom digital printing brand. With ColorWorks™ by RM COCO, our customers can create their own exclusive prints on a selection of luxurious base fabrics.

 

Choose from silk, cotton, viscose, linen, and linen blends.

 

We can help you recolor one of our ColorWorks™ patterns, design your own artwork, or have our Design Studio create something unique for your special project. Our custom printing is available with just a one-yard minimum. Once printed, all fabrics can be treated with any finish offered as part of our fabric finishing service.