Leather Couches and Sofas vs. Fabric – Which Type is Right for You?

Not sure whether to choose leather or fabric? Shopping for a couch or sofa is a big thing. Considered as the heart and soul of your living room, and one of the most expensive pieces of furniture in the home, your couch or sofa needs to be more than just eye-catching; it should also be functional and comfortable. Whether you have your eye set on a red L-section modular sofa with a high back and big cushions, or a white mid-century three-seater couch, there is always the question of leather or fabric. If you’re not sure which one is best for you, then it’s time to put an end to your dilemma. Let us tell you more of both, so you’ll be confident that you’re investing in the right one.

Leather is Timeless and Long-Lasting

A material born of beauty, class, elegance, and luxury, leather is natural, it looks expensive, and it smells lovely. As a lifelong investment, a good quality leather couch or sofa can easily last up to 30 years or more if looked after properly. Whereas a contemporary art deco fabric couch covered in flowers or flamingos will need to be replaced or covered within 10 years, leather is super easy to keep clean. In fact, a regular vacuum and a damp cloth are all you need to keep it pristine. It is resistant to stains and is easy to look after in terms of general day-to-day living. Leather couches and sofas will stand the test of time and can be passed down the family as an heirloom. While there is no doubt that leather couches and sofas are a symbol of luxury, class, and sophistication, contemporary upholstered fabric sofas can be just as desirable.

Fabric Variety is Both Stylish and Endless

Yes, it’s true that not everyone enjoys leather, and whether it’s because they are vegan or they prefer the feel of fabric against their skin instead of leather, there is nothing more striking than a gorgeous mid-century couch or sofa upholstered in a beautiful piece of art deco fabric. In fact, one of the greatest benefits of choosing fabric over leather is the variety of fabrics and colours that is available. Unfortunately, leather is usually offered in a few standard shades, but fabric couches and sofas can be found in just about every colour or pattern.

However, as much as we love fabric couches and sofas, they have some disadvantages, especially for those who have pets or young children. Fabric soils easily, and it’s not always easy to clean. The reality is maintenance can be a nightmare for those who don’t have the time, so if you’re a big family or a business that sees daily traffic, it would be in your best interests to choose leather. However, should you be dead-set against purchasing leather for personal reasons, choose a darker colour fabric with removable covers.

Choosing between leather couches and sofas is not easy, as there are many factors that need to be considered such as lifestyle, style, the kind of maintenance you are prepared to perform, and the amount of traffic your sofa will see each day. At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference. One thing we can be sure of is that whichever type you decide to choose, you won’t be disappointed with the leather and art deco upholstered couches and sofas that can be found at JOY Furniture.

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