Your guide to buying a leather or fabric sofa
Shopping for a new sofa is a big decision. It’s the place where family and friends gather, and where you enjoy a cup of tea after work. It’s also one of the most used and permanent pieces of furniture you will add to your home.
But with so many options on the market, picking one can get tricky – and usually, you will be stuck between choosing a leather sofa or fabric one. To help put an end to the sofa dilemma, Leather Gallery highlights the benefits of both materials.
Leather is superbly comfortable and a pleasure to look at. Sofas made from leather add a touch of class to many room designs, and if cared for, will reward you for years to come, growing more beautiful as time goes by. Leather is family friendly and can easily be cleaned. Its colour palette is also more colourfast than fabric.
When purchasing a leather sofa, you need to ask the consultant what type of leather the sofa is made from. Reputable companies, such as Leather Gallery will happily supply an Authenticity Certificate of the type of leather used in their sofas e.g. Full grain, Top grain, Corrected grain, Cow or buffalo. Many furniture companies sell sofas covered in bonded leather (glued leather shavings rolled into fabric!). This may be called leather because of its leather component.
Fabric sofas are usually the warm, cosy choice. Fabric is durable and versatile, giving you lots of fabric designs, colours and textures to choose from. Overall, fabric is an easier option to leather, offering unlimited tones and pattern choices to fit any décor.
If you like something clean and matte, fabrics in solid colours work great as a complement. Depending on the quality of the material, fabrics have different lifespans in terms of wear and tear. If the fabric is not premium quality, and does not have stain protection, removing stains can prove a tough task.
Both materials have their benefits, and at the end of the day, you need to decide what you value most – durability or comfort.