Shopping for furniture can be very confusing, and understandably so. From shape and size to finding the style that suits you best, there’s a lot to consider. One other important aspect to consider when furniture shopping is upholstery. Upholstery, by definition, is the materials (such as fabric, padding, and springs) used to make a soft covering, especially for a seat. When you think about it, upholstery is a really big deal!
When it comes to upholstery choices, you have two main options: leather (or faux leather) and fabric. Both are beautiful and both have their own set of pros and cons. Let’s take a quick look at what makes each of them great so you can better decide which is right for your home.
Benefits of Fabric Upholstery
Colors and Patterns
Right off the bat, one of the greatest benefits of fabric upholstery is the variety of colors and patterns that are available. Although leather does come in various colors, that’s about as far as it goes. Fabric, on the other hand, is a very broad category, encompassing a seemingly endless number of variations in color, pattern, and texture. With such a wide range of options, you have a much greater
At the end of the day, we want to curl up on something comfortable — and that’s just what you’ll get with a piece of furniture upholstered in fabric. In general, fabric tends to be an overall soft and warm material. You don’t have to worry about your upholstery feeling cold in the winter or hot and sticky in the summer, nor will it need to be “broken in” like leather sometimes does. With that said, it’s important to avoid fabrics that are too soft. There are plenty of fabrics out there that feel great to the touch without skimping on their ability to maintain their shape and not wrinkle or sag easily from use.
The weight and grade of a fabric often depict how durable it will be. As expected, high-quality fabrics (just like high-quality leathers) will withstand wear better than low-quality fabrics. This would also include its durability against pets (in general, fabric doesn’t get scratched in the same way leather does).
Quality fabric and framing are expensive, but you’d pay more if that same sofa was in leather. In the end, fabric essentially gives you more bang for your buck.
Benefits of Leather Upholstery
Leather can be a great choice for allergy sufferers as it doesn’t harbor allergens as easily as fabric does. That being said, basic regular maintenance like vacuuming can make a world of difference in keeping your fabric furnishings a sneeze-free zone.
There’s a certain elegance about leather that is hard to duplicate in a fabric. It also has the ability to look just as classic as it does trendy. Leather can make certain pieces appear sleeker, which is perfect if you prefer a contemporary or modern style in your home.
Leather is very easy to clean, often only needing a light dusting or rub down a couple of times a year. Conversely, fabric is higher maintenance, needing attention a lot more regularly.
When cared for properly, leather can last for decades and often looks better with age as long as it is conditioned consistently to prevent cracks and splits.
Fabric or Faux, Cutting Corners Has You Covered
As you consider both options, focus on what will best suit your style and your home life. From fabric to faux leather, we have something for everyone. Stop by the showroom to see our wide selection of discount designer fabrics. And, while you’re at it, look for that perfect home accessory to complement your final upholstery choice.