| Choosing to reupholster
furniture shows that clients care about preserving high
quality pieces, and anyone who decides to extend the life
rather than discard gently used and well-worn pieces should
be congratulated. That said, customers who choose to reupholster
still wonder what kind of material should cover their treasured
for years to come, and one of the most common questions involves
whether to use leather or fabric.
When making the choice between leather or fabric to cover
pieces like sofas,
customers should consider their aesthetic preferences, their
family’s lifestyle and how long they plan to use the
These factors, combined with the customer’s budget,
can determine the best individual answer in the classic debate
of leather versus fabric.
In terms of preference, many customers choose leather upholstery
because it offers a sleek, upscale look that speaks of sophistication,
a perfect fit for many city apartments and modern homes. Leather
material is available in dark, rich colors like black and
chocolate, or it can appear playful and cheery in shades like
white and beige. One area where leather differs from fabric
is the lack of patterns, where fabric offers more choices
in the way of textures and shapes, in addition to a greater
variety of colors in every imaginable shade. Customers who
chose fabric often prefer the classic, stately look of the
material, which works well in traditionally styled apartments
and comfortable country homes.
Aside from the appearance, customers choosing between leather
and fabric should consider their family’s lifestyle
and whether the furniture
is likely to suffer high levels of wear and tear. Parents
with children often worry about spills and how those will
affect their upholstery,
which makes easy-to-clean leather a smart choice. Unlike fabric,
medium grade leather does not absorb liquids and dirt and
dust stay on top of leather, which makes the material a breeze
to wipe down and keep clean. In addition, leather is less
likely than fabric to hold odors from food, pets or cigarette
smoke. All of these reasons make leather an excellent choice
for busy families and people who suffer from allergies.
Likewise, people who want to keep their furniture
for a long time pick leather because of its durability, but
fabric can also show longevity, provided customers do what
it takes to keep the fabric clean. In general, the less work
one wants to perform to keep the upholstery clean, the more
likely leather is the better option for them. But customers
who pick leather trade off the greater variety of color choices
and coordinating possibilities that come with fabric.
In terms of price, leather upholstery costs slightly more
than most comparable fabrics, which can prompt some budget-minded
customers to avoid leather. It is important to remember that,
in the long run, the durability and easy cleaning of leather
could make the material more worth the cost, depending on
Whether to choose leather or fabric is a question asked by
almost everyone who wants to reupholster
treasured furniture. The answer depends on what kind of look
the customer prefers, as well as their lifestyle and budget.
No matter what, it pays to think years into the future when
making the choice.
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