Be sure to consider the pros and cons of your fabric choices. Sofas for every day use need durable fabric. The experts at Good Housekeeping have tested a wide variety of fabrics and find that cotton and linen are winners for durability, but even when treated for stain resistance aren't as easy to clean. Synthetic microfiber can mimic most fabrics and is stain resistant and durable. Blends of natural and synthetic fiber tend to pill within a year. Wool and leather are handsome and strong but expensive. Silk is sleek but fragile. Fabrics with patterns woven in tend to wear better than those with printed patterns. Be careful with loose weaves-they can snag. Take the time to understand your choices so that you select the best product for your lifestyle and budget.