Fabric or Leather? Whats the best material for your Sofa

By Sklar Furnishings

Design Inspiration, Tips & Trends

May 7, 2019

A sofa and sectional is one’s long-term companion that will manage one’s relaxation needs, and probably handle multiple spills. It is an investment piece for any living space and no investment should be made on a whim. There needs to be careful consideration of one’s lifestyle, budget, and future use of the sofa. Other things to consider is the look and feel of the sofa. Will the sofa have a modern or classic look? High back or low? Lastly, and most importantly, will it be fabric or leather? With a thousand different choices available in a furnishing store, the quest to find the perfect sofa can be daunting. As a result, we have rounded up pointers to remember when going sofa shopping:

Look for Durability
The higher the quality of materials, the longer they will last. For fabric; cotton and linen are both great options, and when mixed in with some synthetics, the fabric is usually easier to clean and more breathable. Fabric sofas can pill with high use, however in choosing a high-quality fabric this will decrease the risk of pillage.

In the leather world all vendors name their different grades different names. The less treatment a leather has, the higher grade and more expensive it will be. Alternatively, the more treatment it receives, the lower the grade and the better durability.

Leather’s durability, easy maintenance and soft feel makes it one of the most popular upholstery options. Dakota, Oxford, Rawhide are just a few types of leather, and each of them have a distinct look and feel. Determine what kind of leather will fit in perfectly with your lifestyle and living room style. Cheaper leather will crack and eventually start to fade, thus taking your investment down the drain.

Life Factors
Life factors is another important thing to keep in mind when going sofa hunting in the wild furnishing world. Answer a few questions: Do you have pets who make occasional accidents? Do you have children who like to play with colors and sharpies? Do you have dust allergies? If you answered yes to any of the above three questions, you need to consider a leather couch. Leather sofas are hypoallergenic, and easier to clean. Kendall Sofa and Sectional is a timeless and functional leather sofa that comes in a variety of leg color options.

Lifestyle Comfort
Lifestyle comfort is all about testing the sofa and sectional individually. The aspect of comfort is subjective and so is what feels more comfortable to one’s body. Another key thing to remember here is the time for treating spills. Fabric and leather have different procedural steps to clean and treat the spills. Leather is a little more forgiving when it comes to this and can be treated by a dry cloth. A fabric sofa is extremely porous and will require more effort in cleaning the stains. Don’t forget the fun element of reclining sofas. Pinnacle M4 reclining sofa comes in fabric and leather options and provides all the world’s comfort with power reclining technology. While the Althon Sofa from Ditre Italia provides a unique seating unit that comes with an adjustable back height for comfort.

The options are endless but with our industry insights, we hope you pick the right material for your home.

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