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Leather vs Fabric Sofas: Which is Right for Me?
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Leather vs Fabric Sofas: Which is Right for Me?

When it comes to choosing a new sofa, one of the biggest decisions you’ll face is whether to go with leather or fabric upholstery. Both options have their own unique advantages and drawbacks, so it’s essential to weigh the pros and cons based on your personal preferences and lifestyle. To help you make an informed decision, the Kent Beds & Sofas team is here to dive deep and explore the topic.



Leather sofas

Leather sofas are timeless, elegant and luxurious, and can instantly elevate the aesthetic of any living space. Leather upholstery tends to have a sleek and polished appearance, offering a classic and refined look that can complement both traditional and modern interior styles.

One of the significant advantages of leather sofas is their durability. It can withstand daily use and is highly resistant to stains and spills when properly cared for. Leather sofas often age gracefully too, developing character and charm over time, again, when they’re properly looked after!

In terms of maintenance, leather sofas need a bit of looking after if you want them to survive as long as they can. For example, they may need occasional conditioning to prevent the leather from drying out and cracking. However, they generally require less day-to-day maintenance compared to fabric sofas, as leather is easier to clean and doesn’t trap allergens or pet hair as easily.

Finally, leather sofas do tend to be quite a bit more expensive than fabric sofas as a rule, so this is something you need to factor into your decision. As we mentioned earlier though, leather sofas can last for decades if treated properly, so you can get lots and lots of value out of your purchase.

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Fabric sofas

Fabric sofas offer a wide range of styles, colours and patterns, making them incredibly versatile when it comes to matching your existing interior style or expressing your personal taste. Whether you prefer a cosy and casual atmosphere or a vibrant and eclectic look, fabric upholstery provides endless possibilities.

Comfort is another area where fabric sofas really come into their own. The softness and texture of fabric makes for a great sitting experience, and fabric upholstery tends to breathe better than leather, which can make it feel cooler in hot weather and more comfortable during extended periods of lounging.

However, it’s worth bearing in mind, while fabric sofas can be treated with stain-resistant finishes, they are generally more prone to staining and soiling when compared with leather. Removable and washable fabric covers can make cleaning spills and accidents easier, but there’s no getting around the fact that if you do manage to spill something on your fabric sofa – you have your work cut out.

If you do your research though, you’ll find that certain fabrics may be more resistant to stains, so selecting a durable and tightly woven fabric can really help combat the problem of dirt and stains.

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Our verdict

If you aren’t immediately sold on one style or another, and if price isn’t a dominating factor, then the type of sofa you choose is probably going to come down to your lifestyle. For example, if you have pets or young children, leather sofas might end up being a more practical choice as their durability and resistance to stains is just too good to pass up.

On the other hand, if you prioritise comfort and prefer a wider variety of design options, a fabric sofa might be the way to go. The versatility of fabric allows for more creativity in terms of patterns, colours and textures, enabling you to achieve a look that truly reflects your personal style.


Want to learn more about what kinds of fabric or leather sofas might best suit you or your home? Give Kent Beds & Sofas a call and we will happily help you find the perfect sofa for you.

Our customer reviews

At Kent Beds and Sofas, we’ve built up a bank of happy, returning customers across the county, all of whom tend to have nice things to say about us! Here, you can read some of the reviews and testimonials that we’ve received over the years, so you can get a better feel for who we are as a company and the reputation we’ve achieved.

“Amazing team”

Nigel was very helpful today when we chose a new bed, very knowledgeable about spring count in each mattress. Encouraged us to lay on the bed to ensure it was the right mattress for our needs. Highly recommended company.

- Angie Watchus
“Great bed”

Really helpful in store when we desperately needed a bed for the following day. Delivery sorted quickly and really helpful.
Bed is lovely and just what we needed.

- Anonymous
“Amazing team”

Amazing team, from the store guys through to the delivery guys. And all delivered in 1 day. Well done to you all, Highly recommend them.

- Julian N Tina Goffin
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