Deciding Between a Leather or Fabric Sofa

A sofa might be the only thing missing from your living room or bedroom furniture, but what kind should you opt for? There are plenty of materials to choose from, so you’ll have to decide if you want a leather or fabric sofa. Be sure to think about aesthetics, the comfort the sofa provides, and how easy it will be to take care of the sofa throughout its life. Keep reading for help deciding between a leather or fabric sofa.

Aesthetic Appeal

Because leather and fabric sofas have such different looks to them, it’s difficult to say that one material is objectively more visually pleasing than the other. Rather than compare the two, think about what you’re looking for in your living room or bedroom furniture. Leather is a high-end kind of material, and it can add elegance to any space. This makes it a good choice for modern designs. Fabric, on the other hand, is much more versatile and comes in a wider array of patterns, styles, and colors.


Fabric tends to come out ahead of leather in the comfort category. After all, you won’t stick to a fabric sofa the way you might stick to a leather one during the summer. Fabric is also softer and warmer than leather in most cases, making fabric sofas more comfortable for many people.

Maintenance and Durability

You might assume that leather is difficult to care for, but it can actually be rather easy as long as you care for your sofa properly. If you keep food and drink—not to mention pets—off your leather sofa, you’ll only need to wipe it down occasionally to keep it looking attractive. The maintenance requirements of fabric vary as well, depending on the type of fabric you choose. Better quality fabrics hold up longer, but fabric in general tends to do a better job of holding up against pets and spills.

Are you still having trouble deciding what kind of sofa you’re looking for? Reach out to the Mancini’s Sleepworld team and let us help. You can also look through our website or call us at (800) 647-5337 if you have any questions about our living room or bedroom furniture in San Francisco.

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