Leather Sofa VS Fabric Sofa, Which Is Better?

Shopping for a sofa is a big thing. This is a central spot in each household, where family and friends usually gather. You should look for both comfortable and stylish piece that will fit your interior. But with all those options on the market, it can get really confusing. Usually you will be stuck between picking a leather sofa or a fabric one.

It is time to put an end to the sofa dilemma, as we highlight the benefits and disadvantages of both materials.


There are many factors that determine the comfort of furniture. The type of textile and the support system, such as cushions and frames play huge role. In this case, the fabric pieces are more comfortable than their leather counterparts for several reasons. The main one is that fabric is overall more comfortable than leather. Like your car seat, leather absorbs heat faster than fabric. The same is with leather furniture, it will feel warm after sitting on it for a while. Leather furniture however, are firmer than the fabric ones.

Our take: Fabric sofas


Maintenance and durability are two important features to consider. Depending on the quality of the material, fabrics have different lifespan before wearing and tearing. Of course, better materials last longer. The cleaning products for fabric are cheap. Furthermore, most of the fabric sofas have stain – resistant finish, making their cleaning much easier. You can take care of spills with a handled steam cleaner or with a sponge and soap. Mind that if the fabric is not a premium quality, you might have hard times removing the stains. In this case leather, might be a better solution.

On the other hand, leather sofas are more vulnerable to scratches and humidity than the fabric pieces. Thus they are not pet friendly. It’s worth mentioning that leather is very easy to clean. It requires light dusting and vacuuming. Of course the cleaning of both materials depends mainly on your lifestyle.

Our take: Leather sofas. If you keep cats or dogs at home, it's a choice between having fur getting stucked on the (torn) fabric, or unsightly scratch marks on leather. The latter seems more resistant and easy to care for.

Colour Durability

Both materials offer varieties of options. Fabrics provide unlimited tones and pattern choices that will fit any decor. The downside is that colours tend to fade out very quickly in time. It can be due to the excessive use of the sofa or simply because it gets old. On the contrary, leather’s colour palette is more lasting.

Our take: Leather sofas


A leather sofa, with its sleek and classic appearance, adds certain elegance to the room. You can hardly achieve the same effect with fabrics. Fabric sofas are available in many hues and designs, and tend to add to a contemporary vibe to a home.

Our take: It really depends on the look you are going after. Why not see how leather and fabric sofas set the tone for these homes before deciding on one?


The leather sofas are hypoallergenic, which makes them appropriate for people with allergies. Unlike fabric, leather doesn’t accumulate dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens easily. In case of allergies, you need to turn professional cleaning or take care of the furniture regularly. With the leather sofa you will save efforts, money and time.

Our take: Leather sofas


The cost of both types of sofas is determined by the quality. Undoubtedly, good fabric and framing are expensive. At the end, however, the same leather piece will cost you the same if not more as buying a high quality fabric sofa. The best strategy is to compare prices and features such as ease of cleaning, comfort and durability. When making your decisions, take into account your own preferences.

Our take: If you own cats or dogs at home, opt for a more premium material for durability, so expect to pay more.

So which should you pick?

Both materials have their benefits and disadvantages. At the end of the day, you need to decide what you value most – durability or comfort.