Nuggety Styling Guide: Our Fabrics

"Our Fabrics" written across a trio of Nugget fabrics: Microsuede, double-brushed microsuede, and corduroy

Durable. Machine washable. Infinitely buildable and endlessly slide-able. Comfortable for kids and kids-at-heart, and their pets too. We could go on and on about our love of Nuggety fabrics, so for this post on the blog, that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

Meet the Fabric Fam

From light and soft to ultra-cozy, there’s a Nugget fabric for every Nuggeteer. Our fabric family tree includes microsuede, double-brushed microsuede, and corduroy – all carefully created to put the “fun” in “functional.”

Three circular swatches of Nugget fabrics: (from left to right) Microsuede in Koala, a calm cool gray; Double-brushed Microsuede in Atlantis, a peacock teal; and Corduroy in Lilypad, a fresh, fern green.

The Magic of Microsuede

Microsuede is a fabric made from high-performance, superfine fiber polyester. The polyester is brushed with a steel brush, which transforms the filaments or fibers into the soft pile, or texture, of the fabric that Nuggeteers know and love. Because microsuede is made up of many, many tiny fibers, the fabric softens over time as the fibers loosen with each wash — just like that favorite pair of jeans you love.

Because microsuede is made up of many, many tiny fibers, the fabric softens over time as the fibers loosen with each wash — just like that favorite pair of jeans you love.

This play-friendly fabric can withstand just about anything, including the test of time. Because it’s made of durable polyester, spills don’t absorb immediately, making a quick clean-up a breeze. For bigger messes, toss it in the wash using our super simple care instructions.

With microsuede, we found the ideal fabric for the Nugget… but what if it turned out that there was more than one kind?

Double the (Microsuede) Love

Side by side comparison photo of three double-brushed microsuede fabrics, in Harbor, Redwood, and Atlantis

As long-time Nuggeteers know, not every Nugget is covered in our original microsuede. But why would we introduce something new, given our love for our first cover material? First, everyone loves choice – and with microsuede, double-brushed microsuede, and corduroy, the Nugget team has worked hard to provide something for everyone! Second, we knew from Nuggeteers that NugDogs and NugCats love the Nugget just as much as their human friends, and offering a fabric that is both luxe and a bit more hair resistant seemed like a great option. 

So, the search began. We tested various fabrics for a good two years, but we kept coming back to our beloved microsuede as a solution, just in a slightly different form: double-brushed microsuede.

We tested various fabrics for a good two years, but we kept coming back to our beloved microsuede as a solution, just in a slightly different form: double-brushed microsuede.

The original polyester is brushed not once but, as the name may give away, twice. This creates grooves in the fabric, which can help hide animal hair and debris, while delivering the softness, durability, and playability that Nuggeteers love and expect. The double brushing gives the colors a rich sheen and texture that brings a cozy, luxe vibe to any home.Three Nugget pillows with different color covers stacked side by side, one microsuede in Saturn, and two in double-brushed microsuede in Redwood and Harbor

Corduroy: A Blast from the Past

We’ve introduced a lot of new concepts throughout the last ten years, but this one feels different. Literally. 

After the outpouring of love for double-brushed microsuede from Nuggeteers, we started wondering what it would be like to introduce even more texture to our fabric offerings – and in our explorations, we found inspiration from our own childhoods.A close up of Nugget's corduroy fabric in Bearhug, a plush, caramel brown.Corduroy joined the Nugget fabric family just in time for fall ‘22, a favorite throwback-turned-classic texture that combines cozy feels with a nod to nostalgia. The ridges, called wales in the biz, are medium weight, providing a plush texture that is ideal for your most ambitious builds. This fabric is currently available in two colors: Bearhug, a plush caramel brown, and Lilypad, a fresh, fern green. 

A Win-Win Scenario

With the range that Nugget offers, you can shop by fabric or by color, and either way, you’ll wind up with a Nugget that can do it all: slide, build, play, machine wash… the list goes on and on. 

Curious how to care for your Nugget? We’ve got you covered. Want to learn more? We covered a lot of ground with this IG highlight about Harbor. Want us to stop with the cover puns? It’s a hard habit to break. We’ll just have to disguise them better, like the characters in those spy movies… what’s that called again? Oh yeah: going undercover.