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All About Sofas: Is Leather or Cloth Best for You?

by | May 9, 2019

Sofas are a central focus of living room furniture. They provide comfort to your family and guests and influence the overall style of the room. Therefore, making decisions about what type of sofa to choose is bound to be difficult.

One of the questions you may be asking yourself is whether you should choose a leather or cloth sofa.

Consider the following factors so you can make an informed choice.

Maintenance and Cleaning

One of the first considerations to make when choosing a sofa material is cleaning and taking care of it. Leather sofas require less maintenance and cleaning than their cloth counterparts. They simply require you to dust them or lightly rub them at least twice a year, as well as some moisturizing to keep them soft and prevent cracks from forming,

Cloth sofas require vacuuming and cleaning regularly. On the other hand, cloth sofas can resist scratches and stains by pets or children better than leather ones. Whatever you choose, try to obtain high-quality materials for either one. Get aniline, semi-aniline, or full-grain leather sofas, and look for wool, linen, or cotton, blended with synthetics when it comes to cloth.


Are you vulnerable to allergies? Then leather sofas are the ideal choice for you. The fabric in cloth sofas is porous, so it can catch dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens, exposing you to them on a daily basis. Leather sofas are generally considered hypoallergenic.

Appearance and Style

The appearance of the sofa is an important factor to consider, particularly when creating a specific style and mood. Choosing between a cloth and a leather sofa depends on whether you value a contemporary look or more traditional design selections. Leather sofas have a timeless and elegant modern look. On the other hand, cloth sofas offer a greater variety in not just colors, but also textures and patterns. Ultimately, decide on what works best for your living room.


Again, this factor depends more on what you personally consider comfortable. Generally, cloth sofas are softer and offer more warmth in comparison to their leather counterparts. Leather sofas can provide a cool respite on a warm day, and a simple throw blanket can be enough to warm you in cooler seasons. Since leather reflects the climate of the room, make sure to adjust the temperature accordingly.

The choice of cloth or leather sofas depends on your lifestyle, and design aesthetic. Heritage House Furniture provides you with high-quality options for either material.

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No matter your needs, Heritage House Furniture has the sofa, living room set, or entire room you need to furnish your home to your ultimate comfort. Browse our website, stop by our showroom at your earliest convenience, or contact us today for more information about our comprehensive selection of home furnishings.