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November 2, 2016

Fabric or Leather Sofas

That is the main, primary, amazingly often asked question, when buying any furniture, starting from simple sofa beds, and ending with your all-time favorite: recliners. Let's see what point we can explore over this topic.

First, and most importantly - it all comes down to personal preference. Furniture production in modern times is pretty solid, and it's really doesn't matter what type of material you'd prefer in the end - most likely you will be satisfied and WOULD probably want to change your favorite seating product even before it will be aged and heavily used. There are few things to consider though. Let's start with fabric.

fabric example

Fabric can be different and quite often features patterns

Fabric is all-around favorite - it is mostly more pleasant to the naked skin (this is, however, subjective, as tastes differ), so if you're living in a place where summer clearly wins over winter, you may consider fabric as your primary choice. Sweat is better with fabric, obviously. Also, fabrics for sofas, sectionals, chairs, ottomans come in quite different types nowadays: microfiber, linen fabric, chenille fabric, texturized microsuede, etc. They are all different, microfiber probably being the softest of all. Fabric is long-lasting upholstery, however, in general REAL leather is even more long-lasting.

leather sample

Leather is durable and pleasant to the skin

Leather is obviously a traditional upholstery for any type of seating furniture. It was around for decades. Leather sofa with some tufted surfaces for extra comfort and looks - what can be better? However, real leather lately has become really expensive. A good quality leather sofa made 100% of real authentic leather might cost thousands of dollars. In general, real leather can last dozens of years, depending on a usage of course (hey, they still have some Victorian era leather couches looking almost like new!).

By the way, we have added an amazing furniture leather guide to help you easily understand what types of real and man-made leather exist - read this leather guide here, in articles section.

But leather is, subjectively of course, is worse material to use in hot environment. On the other hand, leather is generally easier to clean. Fabric used for sofas is easy to clean too, but some drastic nasty things, like hot sauces, very active chemicals or such can ruin the fabric (with leather isn't not as easily achievable). In case of leather care, you are good with mostly a wet paper towel and once in a lifetime leather treatment if it becomes too dry.

So, finally it's a matter of personal choice. Some customers think leather is must, since it's durable, besides it has this 'rich' feeling. Some, on the opposite, consider most leather products 'too traditional' and prefer more modern, fabric sofas and sectionals. Whatever suits you more, we have an amazing choice here, on for both main upholstery choices in modern furniture industry.

To help you choose we've separated leather sofas and fabric sofas to 2 separate categories. Additionally, sectionals can be filtered by leather sectionals or fabric sectionals, for example and same applies to sofabeds: choose leather sofa beds, fabric sofa beds or microfiber sleepers.

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