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.
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At Read’s of Watton, we sell a wide range of sofas & three piece suites for your home. In fact, we have one of the largest selections in East Anglia!
But with over 45 different styles to choose from, you may find it difficult to decide which sofa is best for you. Luckily, Read’s of Watton have compiled a list of 6 top tips to help you choose the right sofa for your home.
Size is the first thing you should consider when choosing a sofa. You need to decide how much living space it will take up. For example, if you have a large living room, you could experiment with a large range of shapes and styles. However, if you have less space to spare, you need to consider more compact designs. Perhaps a L-shaped sofa which can fit in the corner of the room? This will take up minimal space. The smaller the room, the more the sofa becomes the focal point. Aim for something that is both practical for the amount of space it takes up AND has an eye-catching design, complimenting the room.
It is important to consider the main function of your sofa. To do this, think about how you spend the majority of your time in your living room. You can then choose a sofa to best suit your needs. Do you spend the majority of your time socialising? A L-shaped sofa may be beneficial as it can easily fit around a central table – perfect for coffee mornings! If your living room is where you relax, choose a comfortable sofa with plenty of cushions. Perhaps even consider a recliner? If you frequently provide lodgings for friends of family, a futon or day-bed would be a wise investment.
Suffer from back pain? While sinking into a soft sofa may seem more appealing, lack of firm back support may lead to back pain over time. When adults spend between 55% to 70% of their day sitting down, it’s important to choose a sofa which offers maximum support. Opt for a design with an upright back and firm cushions. If you suffer from particularly bad back pain, consider a sofa with a reclining mechanism. That way you don’t need to strain your back every time you try to get up.
The shape of a sofa can make or break a room’s layout. If you have a kitchen come living room, an L-shaped sofa is a great choice for a room divider. Round shapes are useful for opening up a smaller area. They also work well in gathering areas, such as a conservatory or media room, as they are very open and welcoming. Equally, consider the shapes of any existing furniture in your room. If you own a round table and a circular rug, a sofa with sharp lines and square cushions would look a bit out of place!
Yes, choosing the right colour or pattern is important, but functionality is key. While suede is a plush, attractive material, its porous surface makes it susceptible to dirt and moisture and can easily be damaged. It would be a good idea to avoid purchasing suede sofa if you have young children or pets. Sofas made of velvet or fabric are also inadvisable. A more suitable material would be leather. It too is an attractive choice, but can easily be cleaned, wears well, and seems to always be in fashion. If you are trying to save money, leather would provide a good return on investment.
Now you have chosen a suitable material, we can now consider the aesthetics of the sofa. First, think of a style which will compliment your home. Is your home modern or minimalist? Choose a design with clean, sleek lines and dramatic colours. If you’re a traditionalist, a durable, neutral design will look good for years to come. Maybe your home is a cacophony of styles and colours? A sofa with a funky print or vintage fabric would be right up your street. Too scared to experiment with bold colours or patterns but want to add a bit of excitement to your home? Simply add colourful cushions or a funky throw to your sofa!