Leather Sofas vs. Fabric Sofas: Which One is Best for You?

Different sofa textures

Picking out a sofa can be a tough decision. When choosing a sofa, you need to take many things into consideration. This sofa is where you’re going to do a lot of your relaxing as well as entertain guests. Sofas are not so cheap, so it’s important that you choose a good quality sofa to last you for years as well as one that suits your home and your lifestyle. Between leather and fabric sofas, there are pros and cons to both. Here are some pros and cons to each sofa to help you figure out which material is best for you!

Fabric Sofas


Fabric sofas have a wide variety of looks, patterns, and colors which could easily help you narrow down what kind of fabric sofa you are looking to buy. Fabric sofas offer great comfort and often are more comfortable than leather sofas. The fabric usually tends to be softer, warmer material. Similar to leather seats in your car, leather sofas can get hot and sticky in the summer and very cold in the winter.

Another benefit of a fabric sofa is that it does not get scratched the same way leather does, especially if you have pets. Pets’ claws can sometimes be damaging to your leather sofa.

When choosing a fabric sofa, you also have more variety of patterns, texture, and color. This will help you get the exact look you want in your home. It will better be able to express your style and ambiance. When purchasing a fabric sofa, you want to make sure you are choosing a high-quality fabric. This will ensure your sofa lasts longer.


When it comes to cleaning your sofas, fabric sofas will most likely need more cleaning than leather sofas. It is a lot easier to stain a fabric sofa. The good thing is that it is not hard to clean a fabric sofa. Usually, all you need is simple soap and water if you catch the spill right when it happens. If the stain has been there for a while, then you may need to invest in a stronger fabric cleaner. But at the end of the day, all stains in sofas should be able to come out, always leaving you with a beautiful clean sofa.

Another thing to be careful with a fabric sofa is the fabric being too soft. You want the fabric to be able to keep its shape and not wrinkle or sag over time. If you prefer a firm sofa, the leather may be the way to go.

Leather Sofas


There are many benefits to leather sofas. Leather sofas are a lot easier to clean and one very important benefit is that it is hypoallergenic. People who suffer from allergies tend to do better with leather sofas since dust and pet dander doesn’t build upon them. But remember, if you have an unruly pet a leather sofa tends to easily get scratched. If that is the case, you may want to choose a fabric sofa. You would just have to make sure you’re cleaning and vacuuming your couch more often.

The appearance of a leather sofa often looks more elegant and higher-end than a fabric sofa. If you are looking to have a more elegant ambiance for your home, a leather sofa may be the way to go. Leather sofas are also more durable, and the shape lasts longer than a fabric sofa.


Most of the cons of leather sofas have already been stated above. To reiterate, they are usually not as comfortable, and the material often gets hot and sticky in the summer and then cold in the winter. Leather sofas are also a bit pricier which may be a little off-putting. Leather sofas also tend to get scratched up and have fewer options when it comes to color and pattern.