Leather or fabric sofa and why?

coodyApril 1, 2009

I need to select 3 pieces of sofa. Do you think the leather or fabric is better and why?

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Fabric - unless it's on an accent chair. Leather is hot (and sticky) in the summer and cold in the winter. Ever sit on a leather chair on a humid August day while wearing shorts? Ewwwww. Just my 2 c's.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2009 at 3:08PM
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You need to sit on better leather. Cheap leathers are hot and sticky, good ones are not. Leather lasts appx 4x the life of any fabric.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2009 at 9:20PM
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I have sat on good leather and I stand by my opinion. UNLESS the leather is in a completely climate-controlled environment the "experience" of sitting on leather will change as temperature and moisture levels fluctuate.

Yes, leather will last longer than fabric. Never said it wouldn't.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2009 at 11:05AM
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The Harverty furniture seems expensive though its quality maybe (not sure) better than the other furniture store. Do you know any good furniture store (or recommend a good sofa) where I may see the better sofa and king size bed? I am looking for the sofa, bed, dresser and nightstand.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2009 at 1:46PM
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Before we bought leather furniture, I thought the same as bumble and didn't want to get it. But I was talked into it because all we could find when we looked was chenille stuff and it all looked like it wouldn't hold up over time.

We are in Central Texas with hot, sticky summers and our den is an add-on with no a/c, just a ceiling fan. The furniture is a bit cool in the winter until your body warms it up, just like crawling into bed on a cold winter night, and it is actually cooler in summer. I haven't had any problem sticking to it or it causing sweatiness. I don't know if it breathes because it is a natural product or why.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2009 at 8:58PM
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An aniline leather will breath the best and provide the best comfort, hot or cold. Semi-aniline provides better protection from stains and still breaths but not as well, usually by recommended choice if your budget allow. Next will be the pigmented grain leather, the most poplar for durability, but doesnt breath as well so depending on each individual, may or maynot be so comfortable. As always the bi-cast leather is just an expensive vinyl and not my recommendation at all. But on the fabric side a micro-fiber of a tight structure with some nap is tough to beat for price vs performance.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2009 at 12:17AM
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Leather by all means!luxury & comfort...

    Bookmark   April 5, 2009 at 5:22PM
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Fabric for me. The combination of fabric choice, a vast amount of styles, many colors to choose from, and the comfort of fabric is what attracts me. To me, leather is a tad boring.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 2:46PM
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If you have children or pets, I would be afraid of holes getting poked into leather. Just a thought.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2009 at 2:57PM
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It depends upon your style. If you have a traditional room--other than a den or library--you will probably want fabric. Leather sofas seem to be popular in big, open space houses with a casual feel to them. You'll rarely, if ever, see them in rooms that have a color scheme--and they are, by their nature, frequently bulky.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 4:35PM
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Leather last 4 times as long. It doesn't collect dust mites, assuming you get a good leather it is very resistant to holes and all in all is a much better investment.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 9:02PM
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Personally I prefer leather for the look of it. However, the leather eventually going to start cracking up and you will have holes about after a year or so..
It's just like leather car seats. In the summer it's too hot, it gets sticky because of the body sweats on it. In the winter it's cold!!
Cats love scratching leather. BUT..it's super easy to clean ;)

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 1:46PM
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Coody, you will get a lot of answers one way or the other. Ultimately, it comes out to your style, budget, and what you're comfortable with.

Personally, I hate leather couches. I don't like the feeling of the surface on my bare skin and never get as comfortable on them as on fabric couches. A chair is ok because I don't want to settle into a chair as much. But a couch? That's for getting cozy and comfortable, and taking a nice nap in.

I also generally hate the look of leather couches, especially the giant, dark, bachelor pad monoliths that just take over a room so you notice nothing else. A slightly paler, clean-lined one with a warm, soft throw on the back would be slightly more visually appealing to me, but I stand by my dislike of them in terms of comfort.

I would say go look at both fabric and leather couches and consider things like...
Style-- What works best with your particular style? More importantly, what will work best if your style changes a bit or you bring in additional pieces? What size of the room are you putting it in (large, dark couches will make a small room feel smaller, regardless of whether they are leather or fabric).

Comfort-- Sit in them in the store. What feels most comfortable for you?

Longevity-- This will vary. Some folks have said leather couches last longer, but a good microfiber couch will last.
Also, consider what types of wear and tear it would be exposed to, like pets and kids, and compare costs of reupholstering each type.

You can always visit a store, try out different ones, write down names of ones you like, and take the list home to think about it/do some online research on the particular pieces.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 2:34PM
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I think a leather sofa is an excellent choice because of its durablity, easy to care and comfort. Fabric sofas are cheap in comparison to leather but you will not get such comfort in fabric sofas.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2014 at 3:54AM
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If you are going for fabric slipcovered is a good option as they are generally washable.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2014 at 8:15AM
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I got a leather sofa some years ago. Got cat scratched and then looked ugly. It was comfortable but I could not look at it any more, plus it was big and heavy and hard to move.
After several tries in fabric covered furniture, I have a slipcovered fabric sofa and loveseat, always looks nice, sits comfortable.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2014 at 8:25AM
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We have white leather...Italian...we have 3 kids... it has pen, marker on it, and i have to wipe it daily... It still is fine for kids because i can wipe it with a wet rag/spray it with cleaner and nothing ..i do hate cleaning between the cushions (its nasty over time). I'll stay with leather...but go brown next time around.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2014 at 8:44AM
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If you do have leaather you should make should you clean it with a conditioner. Once it is conditioned it is much safer to use an ink remover to remove ink. Otherwise everytime you use the ink remover it does remove a bit of the finish. You can purchase ink remover from Guardsmen or Guardian.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2014 at 6:46AM
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Holly- Kay

I wanted fabric, DH wanted leather. We bought a tufted back leather sofa. It is a very masculine look but I added softness with upholstered chairs that I pulled from another room. I find the leather very nice to sit on regardless of it being summer or winter and it holds up beautifully with two dogs. I still love an upholstered sofa but leather is so much more durable so I think it's an excellent choice for a home with pets or children.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2014 at 1:20PM
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