There is no right answer.
There are some advantages and disadvantages with both options, but understanding the differences will certainly help you make the right decision for your home.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Fabric:
- Fabric tends to be more comfortable than leather, because overall it is softer and warmer.
- Wear and tear on fabric can vary depending on the grade and the contents of the fabric. Fabric will not scratch like leather may.
- Fabrics are unlimited in their colour and pattern selections. This is a very useful feature when matching a sofa with already existing pieces or colours in a room.
- In terms of budget, fabric is usually less costly than leather.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Leather:
- Leather is more sensitive to fluctuations in temperature, where it can feel warmer in summer and rather chilly in winter.
- Wear and tear on leather is very consistent. Initially, leather can be stiff when it is first purchased, but with time, the material becomes more flexible and relaxed.
- When it comes to colour and pattern, leather options are more limited than with fabric. Leather is available in its natural form, dyed or undyed, but the combinations of patterns and textures are more restricted, given the natural characteristics.
- Leather sofas are not susceptible to dust mites and other allergens that you will find in a fabric sofa. This is a very important advantage to leather, especially if there is a member in your family that suffers from allergies.
- Leather is very easy to clean. Spills can easily be wiped off with a lightly dampened cloth. If taken care of properly, it is very durable, having greater resilience to wear and tear.
There are pros and cons to both choices. By better understanding them, we hope you have gained the right tools to find the material that will best suit your lifestyle.
At Decorium, both these materials meet a common ground when it comes to warranty and protection. With the protection plan that we offer, you can protect your furniture against many of the disadvantages mentioned above.
Article written by Adriana Glait, Design Consultant at Decorium Furniture.