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Leather vs. Fabric | Which is right for you?

Looking to spice up your living room but can't decide between leather or fabric? Let's explore the differences between leather and fabric furniture in terms of durability, comfort, maintenance, style, and cost, so you can make an informed decision and choose the best option for your home and lifestyle.

Ah the living room, for most of us, the little oasis in our home, meant for relaxing and enjoying the company of our family and friends. Or for lounging and watching Netflix, but either way, we spend so much time there, we need to make sure we’re filling it with the things we love too.

For a lot of furniture in our home, we have different material options. In the living room, when it comes to Sofas, loveseats and chairs, the most popular are leather or fabric and at some point we have to make the choice about which one works best for us. Here are some key differences to help you decide.


Generally speaking, leather is usually a more durable option, though they are making great strides with fabric every day and there are some incredibly durable options there too, you just need to know where to look (or ask an experienced associate for help!)  Leather is a strong material that can withstand regular wear and tear. As a bonus, it is also resistant to stains and spills, making it a popular choice for households with young children or pets. On the other hand, fabric furniture may be prone to wear and tear over time, especially if it is made of a delicate or lightweight fabric. However, you can also find fabrics made with high-performance fibers that are durable and can be resistant spills and stains.


When it comes to comfort, both leather and fabric furniture have their own benefits and you can choose which is more important to you. Leather is known for its softness and flexibility, and it can also be naturally cool to the touch, making it an excellent choice for warm climates. Fabric furniture, on the other hand, offers a wide range of comforts and textures, making it easier to find a fabric that suits your individual preferences. Find the perfect sofa, but not sold on the colour or fabric on it? Ask our team about your customizing options from our Canadian Manufacturers.


When it comes to maintenance, leather furniture requires relatively little upkeep. It can be wiped down with a damp cloth to remove dust and spills, and it typically only needs to be conditioned once or twice a year to keep it looking its best. Depending on your home, fabric may require more frequent cleaning to remove spills and stains, or a quick vacuum here and there if the kids like to snack on the sofa.


When it comes to style, both leather and fabric furniture offer a range of options and you don’t have to sacrifice style for your chosen material. Leather is offering more colours, shades and finishes all the time, it’s more popular in a timeless classic look. When it comes to fabric, the hardest part can be narrowing down to the colour that may best suit your home. We offer custom options for both leather and fabric furniture so your new living room can be exactly what you’ve been dreaming of.


When it comes to cost, leather furniture is typically more expensive than fabric furniture. The higher price tag often comes with a longer life as well with the proper care and you do have choices like leather matching to help you bring the budget down a little bit. Fabric furniture, on the other hand, can be found at a range of price points, from budget-friendly to high-end options.

Ultimately the choice between leather or Fabric is a personal one that comes down to your lifestyle, but keeping these key points in mind when you’re decided can help you make the right choice for your home and family.

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