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Leather Sofa VS Fabric Sofa

19 December 2018

The focus of any living room is, arguably, the sofa. It’s where we rest and relax with our loved ones at the end of a hectic day. But are you having a hard time choosing between a leather and fabric sofa? Read on as we break down the differences between leather and fabric sofas for you!

Leather is all about that glam; a luxurious statement material that refuses to be ignored in any space. A leather sofa is able to lend a certain classy elegance to your living room that is hard to replicate with a fabric sofa. On the other hand, fabric allows more creativity because of the variety of colours, textures and weaves. It can add a casual and fun atmosphere to your living room. 


Leather does not habour dust mites, pet dander or other allergens as easily as fabric does. This can be perfect for allergy sufferers or households with younger children, especially as they are still trying to figure out what their allergies are.


In terms of comfort, it can be pretty subjective. The feel of fabric sofas varies widely depending on the type of the textile itself and the support system of the sofa (ie. the cushions and frame), but some people prefer the softer, warmer material than leather, while others may prefer the firmness of leather. Try sitting on different type of leather and fabric sofas to find out for yourself which one feels better against your body!

Durability & Maintenance

Quality leather upholstery are generally longer lasting than a lot of fabric upholstery. That being said, there are definitely good quality fabric that are lasting as well (Come down to our showroom and have a chat with our friendly salespeople who would be happy to show you some of our fabric swatches!).

Maintenance for fabric and leather sofas differ as well – spills and dirt can be easily wiped off a leather sofa and you just have to care for it from time to time with some soft cleaner and conditioner. For fabric, however, especially if it is not of premium quality, removing stains might prove to be difficult and it may also be susceptible to absorbing odours such as smoke.


Leather sofas are generally more expensive than typical fabric sofas (though good quality fabric sofas are not that cheap either). But if you take into consideration how long a leather sofa can last with minimal maintenance, you’d find that it is a worthy investment to make!

At the end of the day, you will have to make your own decision, taking into account your preferences with regards to the various factors mentioned above. If you are still unsure, you can come down to our showroom and have a look/ feel at our sofas. While Castilla is known for our leather sofas, our upholstery is customizable– which means that we have a range of leather and fabrics for you to choose from!

Our showroom is at Big Box Level 3, 1 Venture Ave 608521!

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Check out our guide to caring for a leather sofa here!

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