Sofa Upholstery : Fabric vs Leather

Sofa Upholstery : Fabric vs Leather

When it comes to sofa upholstery, the material that is used is as important as the furniture itself. If your choice is between fabric or leather, we’ll make it easy for you with some pointers below

Leather is often chosen by homeowners to upholster their sofas in living rooms. There are a large variety of leather materials available nowadays, real as well as faux. If you’re confused about what to choose, here’s a look at the pro’s and cons of both leather and fabric.

What is the best material for sofas?

The main one is that fabric is overall more comfortable than leather. Like your car seat, leather absorbs heat faster than fabric. The same is with leather furniture, it will feel warm after sitting on it for a while. Leather furniture however, are firmer than the fabric ones.

FABRIC UPHOLSTERY COVERS

Fabric is available in a variety of styles, textures, colours and patterns and homeowners love this variety of choices in upholstery material. Many factors can be considered before selecting fabric materials and this works great for people leaning towards print, floral or geometric patterns. Fabric is durable and washable too. The problem with fabrics is that they get stained easily, cannot be removed and cleaned frequently, are susceptible to dust mites and not spill resistant.

Fabric upholstery
Fabric is most commonly used as sofa upholstery and it is made from natural and synthetic fibres. If your sofa is subjected to a lot of wear and tear it will require tough and tightly woven fabric. The higher the thread count the more tightly woven the fabric will be.

Fabric sofas are comfortable because the natural fibres that are present in fabric upholstery make it soft and allow it to breathe. These sofas need to be cleaned and vacuumed regularly. Fabric can easily get stained by food and drink spillage and permanent marks can become difficult to remove.

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LEATHER UPHOLSTERY COVERS

Real leather comes in standard, classic shades leaning towards darker tones. Faux leather can be dyed to any shade and can even be textured as per taste. Classic colours lend a sophisticated look to your living room. Given that this material doesn’t allow for a lot of brightness, you can use cushion covers in cheerful shades to match the decor and brighten the room.

Leather upholstery
If you want a high-end, modern look for your home go for leather upholstery

Leather upholstery is easy to maintain. it is a highly durable material with a lifespan that can range between 10 and 15 years.

Leather that is spill proof and dust-proof is the best option for people who don’t have the time to spend looking after their furniture. Before buying leather, familiarise yourself with its maintenance and care instructions to know how to look after it. Leather is comfortable but can get hot and uncomfortable during summers.

Whether fabric or leather, the material you go for has to look fashionable as well as be practical. Just going by the look and price isn’t enough because you are going to live with it for a long time. Any upholstery and material you choose must be an extension of your self, a reflection of your personal taste and yet adaptable to the general decor of the home.

What type of sofa cushion is best?

Foam. Foam is the most common filling material for sofas, and it comes in a variety of densities

Feathers and Down. Feather-filled cushions are ideal for people who prioritize softness in a sofa.

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