Railroad is a term that refers to the direction in which a textile is applied to upholstery and drapery products. In contrast to the off-the-bolt or up-the-roll textile applications, railroaded textiles are positioned perpendicularly, in the direction of selvedge to selvedge. Stripes in particular are frequently railroaded. Since they are mostly woven horizontally, they are turned at a 90-degree angle to create a vertical stripe in the application process. It is important to pay attention to railroading information when selecting a textile. Railroaded textiles may require different, often less yardage when it is applied on furniture. It is advised to check with the manufacturer on your yardage needs when using a railroaded textile.

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