There are sofa materials on offer to fit just about any type of home. Choose from wipe-clean fabrics with stamina or soft-brushed suede finishes. We’ve summarised the pros and cons of the most popular options.
Fabric upholstery provides comfortable seating at a modest price. However, daily maintenance can be required to keep your sofa free from dust and stains.
Each piece upholstered in leather is unique. Leather develops a distinctive patina over time and can last up to fifteen years. Avoid placing it next to windows as direct sunlight can cause fading.
The lack of a topcoat paint or insoluble pigments gives aniline leather its distinctive grainy surface. You’ll need to apply some kind of protective coating to make it resistant to stains.
This leather finish is hardwearing and very easy to clean due to a protective polyurethane film bond.
Nubuck leather has a soft velvet-like surface, making it delicate on your skin. However, it’s susceptible to water damage and stains.
Although suede is notoriously difficult to maintain, its elegant soft-brushed finish makes it a popular choice.
This environmentally friendly option can be dyed virtually any colour, ideal for brightly colour schemes. With a smaller price tag than real leather, this easy-clean material suits first-time buyers.
There are lots of combinations available but cotton blend and microfibre are the most common. The cotton blend has a coarse weave making it a hardwearing family favourite. Microfibre, on the other hand, is woven with different textured cloths for a softer feel and is easier to clean.