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J A Milton - Upholstery Supplies Ltd.
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Servicing your Upholstery needs
for Over 30 Years

Fabric & Braid Information & Sampling Service


Tips on Buying Upholstery Fabric

The Following information is from FIRA - The World's Leading Independent Furniture Technology Centre

The Martindale Rub Test

The Martindale Rub Test measures upholstery fabrics to see how durable they are. Each fabric is continuously rubbed by a machine until a thread breaks or a visible change appears therefore the higher the number the more durable the fabric. This number can then be put into one of the following groups:

Light Domestic Use

- Generally fashion fabrics which are suitable for light careful living room use

General Domestic Use

- Fabrics for general domestic use are suitable for most styles of upholstery

Severe Domestic Use

- These fabrics are suitable for upholstery likely to be used throughout the day

Fire Retardancy

In the UK all fabric must meet UK domestic or contract fire regulations. Our fabrics vary and you should enquire to make sure you select the right fabric. A fabric may be able to be treated with an FR coating to make it apply or in some cases can be used with a fire retardant interliner. If in doubt please contact us.

For more information regarding FR Treatments and what is required please contact FIRA (

Sample Service

J A Milton's offer a wide range of braids and fabrics and while we feature these on our website and in our brochures colours can always vary. Due to this we offer a free sample service for up to 5 samples.

Braids and Trimmings

As printed and screen colours may vary the best way to get a true colour match it is best to send us a cutting of your fabric - no matter how small.  We will then send you up to 5 colourways to choose from. If your fabric is multicoloured please state which colours you prefer to tone with the braid. It is also important to state an approximate quantity required as we may have some limited stock items and would make sure there is sufficient quantity for your needs. If you recieve your samples and they aren't suitable please give us a call so that we can discuss your requirements. 

To view our full braid ranges click here

Fabrics, Leathers and Vinyls

At J A Milton's we have a wide range of fabric books to help find the perfect fabric for you. Some of these are featured on our website but many are just in our show room so please contact us with your requirements and we will help to find your fabric.

To view our full leather range click here.
To view our full vinyl range click here.
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How to Order your Samples

J A Milton's offer FREE samples -  Order FREE of charge up to 5 samples of braid or 3 samples of top fabric, leather, faux leather and suede. If you require more than 5 samples of braid or 3 samples of fabric, leather and vnyl, a £5 fee will apply for every 5 additional samples ordered. The fee is refundable on orders over £30 when you go on to purchase your braid or fabric.

To Order Samples on Line -  If you find the braid or fabric you are looking for on our website, in the grid there will be a free sample option. Add a quantity of 1 for each sample and proceed through the checkout process - no money will be taken but we need your delivery address details. Alternatively use our contact form to list your delivery details and either the names of samples or a description of what you are looking for. If you'd like to speak to someone please phone us to discuss braid and fabric options on 01691 624023.