One of the biggest decisions you will need to make when it comes to your furniture is the cover (fabric, leather, etc). It is very important that the material you choose works well with your lifestyle!
If you’re not quite sure which cover is best for you, read through the following benefits of fabric, leather, and performance fabrics to help you decide!
Fabric covers offer many benefits, including a soft comfortable feel, a wide variety of color and pattern options, and they’re typically the more cost-effective choice. The downside of fabric is that it is more absorbent than leather, so is less protected against spills and stains. This is where lifestyle comes into play!
If you have pets and/or small children, a fabric sofa can still be an excellent choice BUT, you’ll want to think about the color of the sofa, the durability of the fabric, and the measures you can take to protect it. We wouldn’t recommend a white cotton sofa if you have a busy home! Instead, you may want to go with a darker material to hide stains, a more durable polyester blend, and use protectant products to make the material more resistant to stains.
On the flip side, if you’re simply looking for an accent chair to put in your home office that will be used primarily for looks, the fabric’s durability can be a secondary concern! It’s all about how the piece will be used.
Leather is a popular choice because of its beauty, durability, and resistance to allergens. Leather options do tend to be more expensive, but if you have a busy household and you’re looking for durability, leather is often well worth the price. A quality leather sofa will be made to last, and because the material isn’t very absorbent, it makes it very easy to clean if you have any spills!
If you’re not comfortable with the price but you love the look and feel of leather, you can always get a faux leather that would offer you the look without the price!
Arguably the best option for those who need furniture that is durable and easy to clean, performance fabrics are specially designed to withstand the trials of everyday life! No more stressing over spilled milk.
Using special dyes and a protective solution on every fiber, performance fabrics are an excellent choice for keeping your furniture clean and stain-free. Despite the high level of durability, these fabrics are also soft-to-the-touch and look similar to other polyester fabrics!
If you’re ready to take a break from worrying about pieces getting stained, and having to go furniture shopping AGAIN, a piece of furniture that is made-to-last and features a performance fabric may be just what you need. The initial cost is going to be worth all of the time and energy you would have to put into replacing another sofa in 2-3 years!
For those of you empty nesters without any kitties or pups, a regular cotton or polyester fabric would probably work just fine for your needs, but if you enjoy the extra peace of mind (for that occasional wine spill) we would be happy to help find a great performance fabric for you too!
We hope this information was helpful and that you feel more confident when it’s time to go out and buy new furniture! If you have any questions, would like more information, or would like help deciding between covers, we are always here to help!
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