Choosing a new sofa for your home is a big decision, it’s often the largest and most expensive piece of furniture in your home. Leather couches are a timeless and beloved fixture in living rooms around the world. They bring an unbeatable sense of style and sophistication to any home and offer incredible value for money when taking into consideration the many years they will last for.
If you’re considering swapping your worn-out old fabric sofa for leather, read below for the lowdown on the top things nobody tells you about purchasing and owning a leather couch.
Not all leather couches are created equal
Buying a leather couch can be overwhelming. There are many different options on the market and a lot of jargon to learn when it comes to the different grades of leather. Figuring out which leather couch is right for you can be a complicated affair. To top it off, not all ‘leather’ couches are actually leather!
So, first things first, what is leather exactly? It might seem like a straightforward question, but it’s important to understand how leather is defined and what constitutes ‘genuine’ leather. Leather is a durable material produced from animal hide; it is made up of a network of natural fibres and is incredibly difficult to tear of puncture. The tanning and treating of leather is a true art form.
If you hate cleaning, you’ll love your leather couch
These types of sofas are perfect for those who hate having the clean every other day. This is because the dye that is used to colour the leather is absorbed into the material so any spills or scuffs that your sofa may be bombarded with won’t even show up! This also means that the material keeps its colour over time while also retaining its remarkable strength.
Sofas like these come in a variety of colours and are good for all households. If you have small children who are more than likely to spill something on it you don’t have to worry as it will simply wipe right off. Pet owners can also rest assured if their furry companion wants to come and cuddle with them on the sofa as their durability allows even the toughest of feet from making any everlasting marks.
When anyone asks the perks of these types of lounge room chairs I always mention this point. It really is one of the best perks as markers, drinks and even food can come right of the material making it look like the spill or accident never even happened.
A leather couch is a great choice for all seasons
Another great perk that comes with leather couches is that they can fit in with all décor colours and are great all year round. Leather is normally sold and distributed in neutral colours so that it will go with all types of seasonal décor and match every other element of your house. From dark wall paint to lighter furniture you can be sure that the centre piece of your lounge room will always flow.
Additionally a new season brings new weather conditions with it. Leather is a great material all year round as it can retain heat in the colder months and yet can stay cool in the warmer months. This small yet very important feature is one of the reasons families are going with leather couches when they choose to get a new lounge room centre piece.
They are worth the bang for your buck
After hearing about all these amazing features that come from owning a leather couch you may be thinking that the price of these pieces of furniture is just too high. While these sofas are generally more expensive than their normal counterparts you have to keep in mind that because of the durability of leather, you will be having this sofa a lot longer than any old sofa. You could go through several different sofas before you put a dent into even the shoulder of the leather.
So during the long term it is actually more cost effective to own leather couch as you will own it for longer and get more value out of it. Think of it as an investment for your family and household that you will be able to use over many years.
At the end of the day leather is also a healthier material choice. The material doesn’t hold allergens or dust like other fabrics do. If your family suffers from allergies it may be the wise choice to get a piece of furniture made out of leather to increase your overall quality of life. Also in saying that if you have pets, their hair or fur won’t get caught up in the material leaving you to scrape out a fur ball every couple of days.