So…last week I accidentally sold our couches. How do you accidentally sell your couches?
Before we got married, we got to do a little furniture shopping for our new home with my husband. And let’s just say my style has changed quite a BIT since then (I have a bright lime green room upstairs). I enjoyed a bit of a bright, modern type of vibe. If you check my Pinterest account, you can now see that that was a thing of the past.
Lately, my style has been changing a lot; I am now in love with all things gray and white. Which means that my leather beige and bright orange sofas had to go. I didn’t really expect to sell them, so decided to put them up for sale and see how things go. After a few weeks of no interest, I forgot all about them. To receive a message two months later of someone showing great interest in them took me back a little, and shortly left us couch-less!
And that is how I accidently sold our couches.
Now the big question is, what couches do we buy? Do we stick to leather? Or go with a fabric sofa this time? I have finally decided on getting an L-shaped sectional for our small living room, but the question of the material remains.
Easy to Clean
A leather sofa generally doesn’t require more than a periodic dusting or wipe down with a cloth. Food and spills do not soak into the leather, so you can simply wipe it off and it’s good as new!
Leather couches generally come in a very wide variety of styles, particularly in the modern category. If you are looking for a modern/contemporary style, you can find a lot of options with the leather option.
Since the material does not seep in dust and mites, it is ideal for people with sensitivity towards allergens. This might actually be a big factor for our decision as Mr. R is very sensitive towards allergens.
Quality leather comes with a high price, and if you do not want to deal with finicky leather, good quality is a must!
Leather sofas generally lack the softness you’d want in a sofa. In the summer, they tend to get hot and stick to your body, and in the winter, when you are looking to cuddle up on the sofa, they tend to be freezing cold!
Style, in my opinion, falls under both categories. Although leather sofas offer some really cool options, leather is fairly limited in color and style generally. It is much more difficult to adapt it to existing décor and style than it would be for a fabric sofa because of the lack of options.
Fabric sofas are hands down more comfortable than leather sofas. The biggest reason is as mentioned earlier; it does not adjust to the weather like the leather does. A fabric sofa is generally softer and cozier to the touch, making it the perfect place to cuddle up both in the winter and in the summer.
Fabric sofas are typically lower in price than leather sofas. Nevertheless, a high-quality fabric is essential so that might drive the price up a little.
Fabric couches can come in an infinite amount of styles and colors. The material can be dyed to match any color you can imagine… and any style you have in your mind, you can probably find!
More difficult to clean
Although modern day technology has steadily increased and most good quality fabric sofas come with a stain-resistant finish to prevent stains, fabric sofas are more difficult to clean and maintain than leather sofas. Stains and dust mites are an enemy for fabric sofas and therefore, they need to be vacuumed and cleaned often, especially if you have someone sensitive to allergens in the house.
In the end, it really comes down to two things, comfort vs durability. Of course, if you invest in a high-quality material, those two things will be greatly minimized and the choice is ultimately up to you! As for us, we will be looking around at our options, keeping these things in mind, and will update you on our final decision once we come to one!