When choosing an important piece of upholstered furniture, we usually have two options.
We either have fabric or leather.
While each one has its merits, let chart a few of the benefits and negatives of each one.
Pieces upholstered in fabrics have many more options to create the look and feel of a softer, sophisticated, or even a romantic setting.
Linen and velvet upholstered pieces seem to be a bit more sophisticated, while using chenille and heartier cottons can be casual and very family friendly. And at times, they are a bit more affordable.
On the other side, fabrics can require a bit more care. While simply vacuuming can help with the longevity of a piece, scotch guarding is a great way to add a protective layer. But honestly, no fabric is truly impervious to dirt and stains. Red wine, for example, might never come out of your dining chairs.
When it comes to leather, you need to know there are many grades and a few types to use.
Genuine leather has many grades and price points. Normally the higher the grade, the more costly the piece which can hinder some us from purchasing. There is also a bi-cast leather which feels a little firm due to a polyurethane finish. Lower grade leathers are usually used with this process. At times leather furniture can come off as cold and sterile depending on the style.
On the positive side, leather furniture can be much easier to keep clean. Simply using a damp cloth will remove most any dirt, dust or even a spill. It is also great for people with pets as it can be stain resistant and help with allergies. No matter which one works for you, be sure to do a little homework on each before making that purchase.