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Fabric or leather sofas

(39 Posts)
TrendyNannie6 Sun 03-May-20 11:35:50

Which do you prefer?

Lucca Sun 03-May-20 11:38:13

Fabric. Leather is not comfortable. Also don’t like the look of it especially pale leather......all those awful Hollywood mansion with white leather sofas

Oldbat1 Sun 03-May-20 11:38:14

We have two leather sofas in one room and two loose cover sofas in the other room. The loose covers mean I can wash them and also change colour scheme. No real preference though.

B9exchange Sun 03-May-20 11:39:11

Never leather, hate my bare legs sticking to it!

Coolgran65 Sun 03-May-20 12:04:56

Leather every time. Our leather suite is 12 years old it has been used in every way by our dgc. Jumped and bounced on, rolled on, been tent etc
It still looks well with not a scrape. Chairs are like new despite daily use.
We have just the one living room.

I love it.
Never find it cold but I do always wear trousers or leggings.

I might consider fabric if I had a good room.

tanith Sun 03-May-20 12:38:27

We bought a leather suite but got rid of it after a year to return to fabric. It was never comfy, cold sticky in summer and I was forever sliding forwards I hated it. Each to their own.

rosenoir Sun 03-May-20 12:44:56

I have fabric now,which I prefer,but only because I do not have any animals now.

I would prefer to have animals.

MamaCaz Sun 03-May-20 12:50:28

For nearly ten years, we have had leather sofas and I hate them, especially in summer when I often have bare arms and legs, because I stick to the leather when I get hot!
I would love to have our old, fabric sofas back, but they were destroyed by son's ex's cat!

HootyMcOwlface Sun 03-May-20 12:58:54

I always liked the look of leather, but I have two sofas now and definitely wouldn’t get leather again. They are cold to sit on in winter and all your scatter cushions slide off as well. My sister has one too, and her seat cushions slide forwards which is very uncomfortable and annoying (mine are fixed not loose so don’t do that).

Dee1012 Sun 03-May-20 13:37:11

I have leather sofa's....mine are about 13 years old now and have taken quite a battering over time but still look good.
I think I'd opt for leather again if buying.

GabriellaG54 Sun 03-May-20 13:43:59

Fabric sofas. I do have a leather armchair, antique brown, a Mariners. Usually have a tweed and cream throw over one arm but it's not my fav chair. Back of thighs stick to it when wearing shorts.

kittylester Sun 03-May-20 13:50:47

Fabric all the way. We had a brown, antique leather armchair, gabriella which we just sold it because no one ever sat on it!

TerriBull Sun 03-May-20 14:06:13

I'm not keen on leather sofas, a certain type of chocolate brown one seems to be in every other house whenever I look on Right Move. When my older son moved out to set up home, we gave him an old, but really nice small Chesterfield which had a lovely printed fabric which may have been a Liberty print, can't remember because my mother in law bought it for us a long time ago, but suffice to say I loved it, although it had seen better days. As soon as he could, almost immediately he got rid of it and replaced it with the ubiquitous chocolate brown leather sofas so beloved by the younger demographic and oh so boring! a must have along with the mahoosive wide screen telly sad

Definitely fabric for me.

FlexibleFriend Sun 03-May-20 14:16:44

I've only ever had one fabric sofa and since then we've always bought leather. I prefer the look and feel of quality leather and have never had a brown one. Had a few black ones and a blue one and the current one is aged grey. Never had a problem with anything sliding off or legs sticking. I also have dogs so leather tends to be more hygienic and easier to clean.

silverlining48 Sun 03-May-20 14:30:41

Fabric, daughter has leather and it’s always cold or else I stick to it.

agnurse Sun 03-May-20 14:32:12

We've never had leather, but our current sofa is microsuede. It is amazing when it comes to cleanup - it doesn't stain. We have a flannel cover on it due to our having cats.

Greta8 Sun 03-May-20 14:37:19

Fabric - loose covers in a neutral colour. They wash well and I much prefer fabric to leather. I think they never look cosy or relaxing. We experienced leather sofas at a holiday cottage in Northumberland and they were very slidy and cold. Of course I can totally understand why a holiday cottage would have leather though, much more durable. But in a domestic setting, fabric every time!

glammanana Sun 03-May-20 14:39:37

I prefer leather and have just replaced my 14yr old leather sofa's with two new leather sofa's I hope to get as much use out of them as I did from the other ones we had which have gone to my DDs house they look as good as the day they where delivered all those years ago.

SalsaQueen Sun 03-May-20 14:42:38

I've had leather settees for several years. The ones we've got are dark brown, the previous ones were red. We got them originally as son no. 2 has got a dust mite allergy (Eczema and Asthma), and leather is so easy to keep clean.

Charleygirl5 Sun 03-May-20 14:51:10

My last cat loved and ruined my leather chairs. I was either stuck to the leather in summer or slipped and slid on it in winter. I did not find it as comfortable as fabric because of the sliding around.

My present cat rarely scratches anything nowadays (because of her age) but I have everything covered with a washable cover and they can be whipped off if anybody visits and does not know me well.

Washerwoman Sun 03-May-20 14:55:24

One of each.Decided we didn't want a traditional sofa and two chairs so got a very large fabric one which I lounge on .And a leather one that I like the look of but don't reallly like the feel of.Fortunately DH is happy to sit on that one and as a compromise he gets the best angle for the TV.

SueDonim Sun 03-May-20 15:11:16

Fabric. I hate leather, you slide about, any soft furnishings slide about, it’s either cold in winter or clammy in summer. It looks cheap, too, unless it’s top quality.

Rosalyn69 Sun 03-May-20 16:22:43

A mix of leather and fabric which I love. Best of both worlds.

sodapop Sun 03-May-20 16:23:27

Microsuede here too agnurse love it. Cleans easily and no sticking to it.

Redhead56 Sun 03-May-20 16:28:06

Hate our leather three piece brown leather. It too big and cold and not ergonomic too sit on. Told my husband he will never talk me into getting another one ever. My chair is covered in teddy throws from Dunelm.