One of my favourite fabrics is ticking. There’s something about its sturdy simplicity, somehow it manages to be relaxed and formal at the same time. The other great thing about it of course is the price. Ticking can be found for a little as £8.00 a metre in varying weights and colours. But like anything you get what you pay for. The stripe should be woven into the fabric as opposed to just printed on and you need to ensure that you select upholstery grade fabric for good longevity.