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Picking The Right Sofa For Your Interior; Leather Or Fabric?

The living room sofas are a very important component of every home. Usually situated at the living room, it is one of those items your guests would first set their eyes on immediately they enter into your home, due to its size.

A beautiful and quality sofa would always enhances the beauty of your home and also improve comfortability. There is always a question of which to go for in a buyer’s mind whenever it is time to buy sofas. The question is usually fabric or leather?

It is usually difficult to pick between the two, this difficulty and confusion usually leaves buyers stuck between which to pick.

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Picking The Right Sofa For Your Interior; Leather Or Fabric?
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So in this article, I’ll be carefully comparing both materials so as to help you make a good pick next time you’ll be getting one.

Comparing Fabric And Leather Sofa


Aside the fabric or leather which covers a sofa, there are a number of other factors responsible for the comfortability of the sofa.

This is the support system (cushion), the frame, the type of wood used e.t.c. But having to consider both in terms of comfortability, fabric sofa seems to be more comfortable than leather sofa.

This is because a leather sofa will absorb heat faster than fabric. This is why it usually feels warm after sitting on it for a while.

Therefore it is not advisable for homes in tropical areas, especially those lacking any of the electronic cooling systems available.

Leather sofas have also been found to be slippery and annoyingly sticky to a warm and sweaty body. The only problem related to fabric sofas in terms of comfortability is its coarseness to a fragile or delicate skin.

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Leather sofas are easy to clean due to it’s stain resistance feature while fabric sofas are difficult to clean when stained, it is also vulnerable to dust, smell, spills and pour from liquids.

Therefore, it is advisable to go for a leather sofa when there are risks of stains, spills and unavoidable dusts in your home.


Leather sofas don’t come in very different varieties of designs and patterns like fabric sofas which are abundant in varieties of designs, patterns and colors that would easily suit your home. But leather sofas in their simple colors and less patterns also fits and elegantly beautifies living rooms as well.


Leather sofas don’t absorb dust, this makes them hypoallergenic unlike their fabric counterparts that highly absorbs dust and are not recommended for people that are allergic to dusts.PRICE

In terms of prices, leather sofas are always more costlier than the fabric sofas. Therefore, someone on a low budget is recommended to go for the fabric sofas.


Leather sofas are usually very durable than fabric sofas. A quality sofa when well maintained can last as long as 10 – 15 years.

The only problem affecting it’s durability is it’s susceptibility to peeling and tear, but this is usually associated with low quality leather. Fabric sofas are not as durable as the leather sofa, this is because it is very prone to stains, smell and wear.

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The elegance, beauty and class which a leather sofa exhibits is not in anyway comparable to that of fabric sofas. This is because a quality leather sofa will neither lose it’s color nor appearance in a long period of time, but such isn’t the case for fabric sofa because it is easily stained and it also wears off easily.

In conclusion, I strongly believe that the carefully articulated comparison above will assist those of you hoping to buy a new set of sofa for your homes or those who wants to replace theirs. This article will help you consider all factors carefully and enable you reach a perfect decision.

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Adegbija David

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