Read’s of Watton have one of the largest selections of sofas in Norfolk.
But with over 45 suites in our range, finding the perfect sofa can be overwhelming. There are so many questions to consider. Traditional or modern? Recliner or fixed? Matching accessories? While these are all important factors, one question dominates all others: Leather or fabric upholstery?
To help you make the right decision, Read’s of Watton have compiled a list of advantages and disadvantages for both upholstery choices. Now you can finally determine the style that is best suited to your needs!
Advantages of Leather Upholstery:
1) Its timeless, classic and sophisticated look. From a fashionable jacket to expensive car upholstery, leather is the epitome of wealth and sophistication! Fabric, on the other hand, is often seen as plain and practical. So, for a timeless, yet modern, classic, yet contemporary look, look no further than leather upholstery for a statement piece.
2) Its iconic smell. While this may seem ridiculous, the iconic leather smell that is extremely satisfying. After all, everyone loves a “new car” smell. Fabric, however, is porous. Therefore, it is more likely to absorb smells. From food odour, take-away curry or a pet toilet emergency, many nasty smells can be left lingering. The Read’s of Watton team would take a “new car” smell any day!
Disadvantages of Leather Upholstery:
1) Money’s too tight to mention! When looking for quality fabric, you expect it to cost more than your average material. However, leather will always be more expensive. Yes, this is due to its high quality, but not everybody has the money to spare. If you are on a budget, fabric is your best bet.
2) Lower levels of comfort. Want somewhere to relax after a hard days work? Then leather may not be your first choice upholstery. Fabric is far more forgiving and soft, creating a comfortable, snuggly sofa. Also, in the summer, leather can stick to your bare skin. This may make it uncomfortable to sit for long periods of time. However, its worth noting that if you suffer with back problems, the rigidity of leather may provide support.
Advantages of Fabric Upholstery:
1) More comfort. As a rule, fabric is both softer and cosier than leather. So, if you’re a sofa snuggler or like the comfort of a squishy sofa after a hard day at the office, fabric is your go to upholstery. It maintains the same level of comfort year round, unlike leather which can become sticky and uncomfortable in the summer.
2) More resistant to damage. Leather can easily become scratched or dented. Fabric, however, can withstand pet claws or studs on jeans for far longer. One of the biggest hassles with leather is its vigorous cleaning and conditioning routine. Without it, leather will harden and crack. Fabric, meanwhile, is far easier to mainten! A quick vacuum or steam-clean every few months will keep your sofa fresh and clean.
3) It’s all about the design! Leather is often restricted to a set range of colours, and even then they are boring. Blacks, browns and beiges are the norm. However, fabric has unlimited pattern and design choices. So, if your home is an eclectic mix of colours and patterns, be sure to choose fabric upholstery.
Disadvantages of Fabric Upholstery:
1) Say hello to stains and spills. As previously stated, fabric is unlikely to scratch as easily as leather. However, a simple spill could prove lethal, staining your upholstery forever! Unless your fabric sofa has a stain-resistant finish, stains (such as mud, ink or tomato sauce) may never fully disappear. Leather, however, can typically be wiped clean. If you are a family with young children, a leather sofa is your best choice.
2) A haven for allergies. Dust, pet dander and other allergens can easily be harbored in fabric. Leather, meanwhile, is hypoallergenic. This means it can easily be wiped clean of dust or other irritants. ____________________________________________________________________________
Now you have seen the advantages and disadvantages of each upholstery, you are ready to choose your perfect sofa! Browse our selection online or visit the Read’s of Watton furnishing superstore in Norwich.
Give us a call on 01953 883613 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.