The question that often first comes up when shopping for a new sofa is leather, or fabric? With the sofa being such a central part of the home – the spot where we relax after a long day, and gather together with family or guests – it makes sense to spend some time considering which fabric will be the best for your needs.
A sofa is a great long-term investment, with a good quality one from PH Gammons lasting you years. With this long life in mind, it’s best to choose one which is well suited to your home. We’ve put together this guide to help you figure out which will suit you and your living room the best.
Fabric sofas always help to create a comfy, inviting atmosphere. Since they come in a huge range of colours and patterns, it’ll be easy for you to find one that suits your interior décor and personal style. A single colour sofa is always easy to restyle with some new patterned and colourful cushions, so this can be a better choice than a patterned sofa which has the potential to go out of fashion.
When making your choice between fabric and leather, consider how much time you want to spend on maintenance, along with the durability of the sofa. Choosing a sofa with high-quality fabric ensures that it keeps its look and lasts a lot longer.
When it comes to cleaning, fabric may need a bit more cleaning than leather, but they’re still easy to maintain; a simple mix of soap and water will keep it clean. You can also use stain protector sprays for even more protection.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that children and pets will affect the life expectancy of a fabric sofa. You should expect to find some stains and pet hair, but these can be taken care of with a bit of extra cleaning.
Leather sofas are generally more durable and last longer than a fabric sofa, although this does depend on how much you plan on cleaning and maintaining it. A good quality leather sofa will keep its look and shape for years. They don’t come in as wide an array of colours as fabric sofas do, but a neutral leather look will go with pretty much every living room. Leather gives a sleek, elegant, and sophisticated look to any room, complimenting every style of interior décor.
Leather is easier to clean than fabric, as a quick wipe and some dusting is the extent of cleaning. Although lighter leathers aren’t as stain resistant, they’ll still be easier to clean than a white fabric sofa. However, you’ll still need to occasionally maintain your leather by moisturising it to keep it soft. It’ll also be vulnerable to scratches from unruly cats and dogs.
Whether you choose a fabric or leather sofa is ultimately down to the needs of your home and lifestyle. We can help you find the perfect sofa for you out of both of these options and more at PH Gammons. If you can’t find one for you in our range, then we can also build a bespoke sofa that’s exactly what you’ve been looking for. Come and have a browse in our showroom, or get in touch with us today for more information or a quote.