Fabric vs Leather Sofas

Sofas are some of the biggest pieces of furniture in a living room. With the potential for such great impact, it is just appropriate to invest some time into thinking about what kind of the sofa to get. One of the main considerations should be the type of material used for the sofa.


Comfort and Variety: The Fabric Sofa

Fabrics sofas are unrivalled when it comes to variety. You want colour? The hues are endless. You want prints? They can come in every imaginable design. What about texture? Fabric sofas can be rough or smooth, soft or firm.

The fabrics used for sofas are primarily chosen for their resilience. They need to be durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of everyday use. Usually, the materials are cotton, or a blend of cotton and polyester. A good way to determine the sturdiness of a fabric is to inspect its thickness. The material needs to feel strong against the fingers.

Fabric couches need consistent care to ensure that it maximizes its natural life span. Dust mites and stains are the enemy of fabric. Fortunately, there are solutions that can be applied to the surface of the sofa to make them water and spill-resistant. The owners should also dust and shampoo the sofa regularly to prevent deep staining.

For more info on the types of fabric, check out Furniture Fabrics.

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Low-Maintenance Elegance: The Leather Sofa

The greatest advantage offered by the leather sofa is that they are built to last. Households with lots of activities will certainly benefit from choosing protected leather — leather that is coated to protect it against scratches, fading and spills. This material is more than a match for children, pets or even both! Spills and dirt can easily be wiped off with some soapy water.

There are plenty of options when it comes to leather couches. Aside from the textures, also consider the colour. Leather couches do not just appear black or brown, although they are the classic choices. The characteristics of the sofa depend on the material used. My personal favourite are seatings made of young cow hide. The material feels like a baby's skin and is OMG comfortable. The sofa also looks better as it becomes worn down with age.

Another option is to use faux leather, which can be dyed to any colour. I've seen leather couches in yellow, green, and even a hot pink. They don't look natural, but can certainly make interesting accents to a room's decor. Price-wise, faux leather is significantly lower than real leather. You can find faux leather sofas at around the same price range as fabric ones.

Leather sofas are not all good though. Some people may find leather a bit warm to sit on when the weather is hot so before making the purchase, try sitting on the sofa for 10 minutes and see whether it's an issue for you.

For more info on the types of leather, check out Types of Leather Furniture.

Fabric vs Leather (Generalised Comparison)
Fabric Leather
Bigger variety Smaller variety
Harder to maintain Easier to maintain
Fade over time More beautiful over time
Not hot to sit on in hot weather May feel warm to sit on in hot weather
Less expensive More expensive