I am going to disagree with Ms. Hewitt’s statement that “anything you buy inexpensively is not going to hold up to the wear & tear of children over time.”
Most microfiber fabrics are extremely durable, extremely stain-resistant and extremely cheap.
How cheap is cheap?
There are hundreds (or thousands) of microfiber fabrics available to bulk purchasers in the $4 – $6 per yard price range. Some are even less.
Over the past five years, microfiber’s role as the go-to fabric for durability and stain resistance is being rapidly overtaken by High Performance fabrics.
Most high performance fabrics are extremely durable and have built-in permanent stain protection technology. Most are even more stain resistant than the microfibers.
High performance fabrics are available in a far wider variety of textures, colors and patterns than can be found with the microfibers.
High performance fabrics come in all price ranges.
Crypton, Sunbrella and Bella-Dura are at the high end with wholesale pricing generally ranging from $20 – $50 per yard.
Revolution and LiveSmart are high performance fabrics that are considerably less expensive, competing in price with the microfibers.
Almost all microfiber fabrics are imported.
Many of the high performance fabrics are Made in the USA.