Reasons to upgrade to a leather sofa

Animal skins have been used in a wide variety of products over human history and the leather sofa is a good example of a sturdy material that has remained popular for hundreds of years.  This material has remained highly valued and suggests a level of refinement not found with more common fabrics and textiles.

This is a material that has a wide range of benefits that have kept it in high demand with homeowners. Despite the abundance of synthetic materials on the market, most people are still happy to pay more for a real leather sofa.

Buying a leather sofa is a milestone for many people who want to upgrade to a really high quality lounge that will last them a very long time.

Let’s take a look at some of the main reasons people still place value in upgrading to a leather sofa.

Quality of the material

When we talk about this kind of furniture we are talking about top-of-the-line products that are leading in the furniture industry. There are few living room features that can give a first impression equal to that of an authentic leather sofa.

The rich smell and appearance of this material suggests a modicum of elegance and sophistication that simply can’t be communicated with an alternative. Due to our modern treatment processes like tanning the material of a leather sofa is able to resist peeling or cracking, keeping its aesthetic appeal for longer.


Naturally, a leather sofa is very different to sit on that a fabric couch, loveseat or an ordinary chair. Due to the strength of the natural fibres the material will actually become softer and more inviting to sit in the longer you own it.

Another benefit is that the material can breathe quite easily, allowing heat and cold to pass through it. It doesn’t matter what temperature the rest of the room is, the couch will remain comfortable to sit in.

The material is also able to reflect moisture very well which means it is less likely to feel sticky or sweaty like vinyl or plastic-based alternatives.


Furniture experts will tell you that a leather sofa is able to survive average wear and tear for about 4 times as long as fabric couches. This material is flexible as well as strong so it is able to withstand tears and cuts.

Because of its natural properties, the couch can retain its tough structure, even the seams too. The material is also dirt and spill resistant and can be cleaned simply using a damp cloth.

Aesthetic appearance

The act of dying animal hide is special as the colour is allowed to seep into the material. This means that the colour will not fade over time, even in areas that endure the most wear and tear.

Because the material is taken from the hide of a living animal, no two pieces will ever be identical. They will have all of the natural patterns and markings that come special with that particular animal.

Get what you pay for

While in the majority of cases a leather sofa will be more expensive than a fabric alternative, they are a much longer-term investment in furniture. They also pick up less allergens over their lifespan, making them better for your health than a fabric lounge.

For anyone wishing to make a great long-term investment in their living room furniture, it’s hard to do much better than a leather sofa. Between their durability, attractiveness and comfort it’s a no-brainer when it comes to upgrading your furniture.

Christian Woods
Christian Woods
Christian is a morning reporter and technology columnist for Best in Australia. Christian has worked in the media since 2000, in a range of locations. He joined Best in Australia in 2018, and began working in Melbourne in 2019.
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