Leather vs. Fabric

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The decision of whether to choose leather or fabric on your sofa or chairs is a very personal. Some people, for reasons of lifestyle, will always choose fabric, others with make the decision based on style and durability. There are several pro’s and con’s of each material that should be considered when making your final choice.

Depending on your décor, leather can have a more modern and clean look or a more “lived-in” feel to it. Most leathers are  semi-aniline and have a corrected grain, which means the leathers have been dyed and stamped to hide blemishes. Leathers are very easy to keep clean with just a wipe of a damp cloth. Leather is a very durable material and will outlast fabric sofas by many years. Leather also comes ina variety of types that can suit your budget and lifestyle. Some drawbacks to leather is that it can scratch easily, can be cold to the touch when first sitting on, and there is not as many color or pattern options that are offered in fabric.

Fabrics as an option, will give you more pattern and color options than leather. Fabrics will give you a more warm and inviting feel to your upholstery items. Fabrics offer you several types and textures that leather will not. Some sofas offer you a removable cover that can be professionally cleaned. Drawbacks of fabrics are obviously the durability factor.  Most fabric covered sofas, depending on usage will only last five to seven years. Fabrics, depending on style and pattern, can also date an item of upholstery. Lastly, fabrics are easily stained or soiled by food and drinks, making them harder to care for.

Ultimately, your final decision should be based on how you want your furniture to look, and last. There is no doubt that leather will last a lot longer than fabric, but depending on your personal style and décor, fabric may be more practical. The choice is yours-there is no wrong or right, just what makes you comfortable in the end.

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