Leather Or Fabric Sofa – Which One Should You Go For?


Homeowners today are spoilt for choice with the wide array of sofas available in furniture shops. Among the considerations, the question that is asked the most is “should I buy fabric or leather?”.

There is no single answer as it boils down to your preferences. Chances are, you will be using your sofa on a daily basis for many years to come, so take your time with this decision. Take into consideration your family’s needs and habits, as well as the benefits of each material to decide what’s best for you and your home.

How leather and fabric compare in characteristics 

In this article, we will explore and compare leather vs fabric sofas so that you can make a well-informed decision when shopping for one. Here are some of the common and basic characteristics to consider.

1. Durability

Leather is one of the most durable materials out there. Sofas that made of leather are built to last as long as you can maintain them. And with leather, it is easier to clean off spills and dirt without damaging the integrity of your furniture. Unlike other sofa materials, leather usually gets better with age when it begins to develop natural markings.

The ageing process is associated with a unique natural patina that makes the material even more appealing in the long run. In a way, leather sofas can be considered a good investment. However, leather can show signs of cracking due to excessive sun exposure. Stains caused by ink, hair dye, lipstick and nail polish can be tough to remove on leather sofas

Fabric sofas, on the other hand, feel more comfortable in humid, hot weather like Singapore. However, fabric absorbs moisture easily and it is more susceptible to stains. For certain types of fabric, fraying will also occur after some time. Some sofas come with removable fabric covers that are easy to clean.

2. Comfort

The comfort level of fabric sofas varies widely as it depends on the fabric and support system of the sofa. With that said, they are generally more comfortable than leather sofas. Fabric has a softer, warmer material than leather – and in hot weather, leather sofas can be hot and sticky.

But for hypoallergenic concerns, leather sofas can be good for allergy sufferers as leather does not harbour pet dander, dust mites, and other allergens as easily as fabric.

3. Colour options and designs 

While leather can come in a variety of colours, fabrics are nearly unlimited in texture, pattern and colour – offering a much better chance of matching your existing décor and achieving the look you want. You get to express your own style: choose a sofa in a calming neutral shade to anchor a room that’s filled with bold, decorative pieces, or a bright-coloured sofa that makes a visual splash in the room. Leather is mostly available in black and chestnut colours, which can help to lend a certain elegance to a room that is hard to duplicate in a fabric. 

Whichever you decide, you can explore our selection of sofas and sectionals at Finn Avenue. Our 3 seater leather sofas are crafted in French, and occasionally, North American calf leather that is valued for its softness, fine grain quality and durability. Meanwhile, our fabric upholstered sofas include materials like velvet and linen, available in various colours to provide a comfortable, beautiful seating.

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