The Leather Sofa

Symbol of money to spare and luxurious tastes, leather furniture occupies a special place in our hearts and minds as well as in the world of funiture. There can be no greater status symbol for the living room than the mighty leather sofa, and this is one item that, because it is accessible to a broad spectrum of people, need not be derided as a snobbish affectation that only the rich can afford. The truth is, real leather need not cost that much more than a fabric upholstered sofa, and cheaper leathers that are almost indistinguishable from the real thing are even cheaper.

You might think that you can get away with buying cheap leather sofas- think again. This stuff is often made of pigskin or goatskin, and while you might not be able to differentiate it from cowhide initially, it wears out much faster and will probably need to be replaced much sooner than you would expect. You get what you pay for, as the old axiom goes, and in this case, it’s worth it to pay the higher price for real leather.

That’s right- whether you’re looking for an ever-popular black leather sofa or considering the also in-demand brown leather sofa, you need to make sure it’s quality cowhide if it’s real leather you’re after. Regardless of the color of the sofa, quality leather will be more durable and attractive, outlasting fabric sofas by a long shot and getting more comfortable with wear.

In terms of the type of leather sofa to get, you have a choice. Common combinations are a sofa and loveseat seat, perhaps with a matching leather ottoman. This is the tradtional setup and one that continues to be popular. A sofa and loveseat combination has the benefit of versatility, as it usually has more possible arrangements. A common one is to make an ‘L’ shape with the two pieces and put an end table in the corner where they meet. A more contemporary setup is the leather sectional sofa, also known as the leather corner sofa. Here, a piece will join the sofa and loveseat, providing a continuous seating surface. Many such sectionals also come with a chaise, adding a comfortable function to the design. With a corner sofa, you have a continuous ‘L’ of leather seating- a very impressive way of making a room feel complete.

For those concerned with the ethics of leather use, you are right to be. The leather is usually taken from cattle in the beef industry, which are subject to unnatural and often cruel conditions during their lifetimes and slaughter. However, the hides would otherwise be discarded if not used for making sofas.

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