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Fabric vs. Leather Couches: Which One Is Right For You?

When redecorating your living room, you'll be faced with many choices: glass vs. wood table, blinds vs. curtains, or even fabric vs. leather couches. No matter which team you're on, there are always pros and cons that come with these two sofa materials — But which one will be worth it?

The Pros & Cons of "Team Fabric"

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With the versatility of fabric, you can make any ordinary sofa into a unique extension of your personal style.

Additionally, fabric couches can also be less expensive than leather ones. So you can create the perfect persona in your living room without breaking the bank.

Unfortunately, fabric couches do also come with some drawbacks.

You may find that even the cleanest of homes can attract stains, odors, and dust to your furniture, and it can be difficult to get them out of fabric once they're there.

Furthermore, the durability of your couch material may be of concern in households with young children and pets, as most fabric is made from either cotton or a mixture of both cotton and polyester.

The Pros & Cons of "Team Leather"

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Think of the fanciest home you've ever seen, and envision the furniture within. What material is it? If you're thinking leather, you're right.

Leather furniture easily introduces elegance and luxury into any home, even without the mansion! If the leather is real, your new couch can feel as amazing to sit on as it is beautiful. Moreover, leather is a highly durable material that can over a decade if properly cared for.

But with any leather couch, there's always a price to pay — literally!

Leather sofas tend to come at a higher price than fabric, in addition to the cost of maintaining the leather to prevent aging and maintain durability.

Your comfort on the leather may vary if your house is kept at above or below average temperatures, as the leather may reflect that temperature on you. 

What to Consider Before Deciding on a Material

As important as looks are when it comes to buying a new couch, you should first consider your current lifestyle and household to help you determine whether leather vs. fabric couches are right for your home. Here are some key questions to reflect upon before making a decision:

  • Do you have young children?
  • Do you have pets? Dog? Cat? Bird?
  • How do you use your current sofa? Do you eat on it? Do you lie down on it a lot?
  • What is your personal or home style?
  • Do allergies concern you or your family?
  • How much maintenance are you prepared to do for your new couch?

Whether you're Team Fabric, Team Leather, or Team Undecided, let Bassett Furniture help you choose the perfect new addition to your home. Shop our online catalog or visit a location nearest you today!



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