How to Select the Right Leather Sofa for You

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Are you ready to buy the leather sofa of your dreams? Make sure you are prepared for what to expect when making your purchase.

Choosing a couch involves considering a number of factors, including design, special features and material. Continue reading to learn the steps involved in obtaining and maintaining your perfect couch.

1.     Measure up

While it is all well and good to have dreams, you need to make sure your dreams are practical. There is no use buying a gorgeous leather sofa if it will not fit in the house. Make sure you take measurements of your space and doorways to ensure that it will fit nicely. If you have a small space or narrow doorway you might want to opt for a modular design or one that can be built inside the property.

2.     Select a material

The material you choose depends on your specific lifestyle. If you have young children or pets, a leather sofa make might be a good choice as it is easy to clean and maintain. Fabric options are good for those that want to jazz up a room or prevent fading if it is being put in a sunroom.

3.     Be picky with style

Your leather sofa should suit the space it is being placed in. Beachy rooms will suit lighter coloured couches with wooden frames, for instance. Avoid making design mistakes by not using clashing colours or patterns. Black or white are timeless options, so you may want to consider opting for one of these.

4.     Take a seat

You wouldn’t buy a mattress without testing it out first, so why would you do the same with a lounge? Ensure that you visit the showroom and have a feel of each couch; looks are not everything! Check to see if it provides a comfy depth, solid back support and a long enough length for you to lie on it. If you want to go all out, ask about whether it includes cup holders and footrests, too.

5.     Buy a solid frame

The frame can make or break a leather sofa, so ensure you select one that has at least a 15-year warranty. Hardwood frames are ideal as they tend to provide the best support and have the longest lifespan.

6.     Choose quality cushions

Cushions come in a range of different materials, each which has its pros and cons. Select a material based on your needs.

  • Feather options are the most comfortable but require regular plumping to retain the shape
  • Foam or fibre options are not quite as comfy but provide good shape (though this can fade over time)

A popular option is to select cushions which are made of both foam and feather – this combines the benefits of both materials for comfort and structure.

7.     Take care of it

After you have selected your leather sofa, you will need to clean and maintain it to maximise its lifespan. This can be done with regular vacuuming (under the cushions as well), wiping any spills with a cloth, and using a lint roller if necessary to get rid of fur. You may also want to apply a conditioner occasionally to maintain the look and feel of your couch. Fluff any cushions you have on top, too.


A high-quality leather sofa makes an excellent addition to the home. They are comfortable, long-lasting, durable and attractive, and perfect for anyone with pets or kids. They are also easy to clean and maintain. Ensure that you choose a reputable provider who provides a good warranty policy.

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