So, you’re browsing the market for a new couch and can’t decide which material is better, leather or fabric couches? A new couch can be a pretty steep purchase, so it’s important to weigh the pros and cons that each sofa offers before making the commitment. If you’re torn between a leather or fabric couch, here are four considerations to help you choose the best sofa. Click To Tweet

What’s Better, Leather or Fabric?

Both sofa types have their own unique quirks so you have to ensure that your choice matches your individual personality. Here are four characteristics to consider before making your purchase.

  • Style
  • Comfort
  • Cleaning
  • Allergies


Leather and fabric sofas each have their own style. Fabric couches offer more textures, designs, and colors than most leather couches. So, think about your design scheme and narrow your choice down to three couches.

Pro Tip: When it comes to choosing fabric or leather on your couch, examine both styles and determine which one you can envision in your living room. Go with what feels right.


Once again, this is a personal preference. Some people think fabric sofas are more comfortable than leather, while others prefer the feel of leather. Whether you like the way leather or fabric feels, it’s important to choose high-quality materials. Cheap, fake leather will show wear and tear, develop scratches, and stick to your skin on hot summer days while quality leather couches will feel smooth and satiny. Cheap fabrics will bunch and pill while quality fabrics will last the test of time.


The way in which you spot clean a fabric couch is dependant on the textiles used. Read the manufacturer’s tag or website to ensure you’re washing the couch correctly. Leather sofas are easier to clean than fabric sofas. Leather doesn’t stain as easily as fabric. They are naturally stain resistant which makes them a top choice for parents and pet owners.


Does anyone in your household have common allergies? If they do, that should make leather couches the top contender. Leather sofas are hypoallergenic because leather doesn’t trap pet hair and regular allergens like fabric does.

Your Ideal Sofa

Overall, your ideal sofa comes down to your personal taste and needs. Leather furniture is a better choice, especially when it comes to stain resistance and allergies.

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