The Ultimate Showdown: Fabric Vs Leather

One of the most frequently asked questions I get from my clientss when it comes to choosing a material for their sofa or sectionals, especially if they have pets and small children is, Fabric or Leather, which one should I get?

Now, there are valid arguments I can make for both options, but in the end what I always reply is that it’s a matter or their personal lifestyle, design preference, and budget.

When it comes to choosing between Fabric or Leather there are pros and cons for both.  Here are  few that can help you decide which one would be best for your home and your family:

  •  Maintenance:  Spills can be the nemesis of any sofa.  Leather can be slightly more forgiving.  However, regardless of your spill type, both should be treated the same way; soak it up ASAP.
  • Lifestyle: If you have pets, leather tends to be the better option, although it can get scratched easily.  But if you have children, especially if they enjoy using crayons or sharpies, fabric is a good choice because most fabric sofas come with cushions that are flippable.
  •  Comfort:  The feel of fabric sofas tend to be overall softer, warmer, and much more comfortable than leather; which can feel hot and sticky in summer and cold in winter.
  •  Colour and Pattern:  Although leather is now available is a variety of colours, they are still limited in texture.  Fabrics are virtually unlimited when it comes to colour, pattern, and texture.
  •  Hypoallergenic:  People suffering from allergies can often do better with leather versus fabric because it doesn’t harbour dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens.
  •  Cost:  It goes without saying that a sofa in a good quality leather will always cost more than in fabric.

Regardless of which you choose, there’s no fool proof way to protect your furniture.  The most important thing to keep in mind is to choose high quality materials.  The better the quality the longer your furniture will last.

Article Written By: Beatrice Espinola
Design Specialist at Decorium
Beatrice@decorium.ca

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