Differences Between Leather and Fabric Recliners: Pros & Cons

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As you might have noted from our top most popular recliners reviews, most of the models today come with either a leather or fabric upholstery. This has opened up a never-ending debate on which of the two materials is better for a recliner.

However, the truth is that both models have their pros and cons. There will not be one that is better than the other. Choosing the suitable upholstery boils down to the following factors:

Durability

It’s a no brainer that leather has a superior quality than any the fabric used it to make recliners. This means that leather will last way longer than fabric. Beware of faux leather though that looks and feels just like leather. But if you are looking for a more affordable cost than faux leather will do the trick and has a very similar look and touch as leather.

Comfort

It’s a no brainer that leather has a superior quality than any the fabric used it to make recliners. This means that leather will last way longer than fabric. If you live in a warmer climate some feel that the leather can get sticky in warmer climates though. So take this into account as fabric doesn’t tend to have this feeling.

Appearance

Leather recliners tend to give your room a touch of elegance that is hard to achieve with fabric models. In other words, leather seats look trendier than their fabric counterparts. So, if you’re looking for a recliner with a contemporary, modern look, go for leather models. Not to say that fabric doesn’t look well, and it depends on the other style of the other furniture in the room to determine what’s best for you.

Care

If you buy a fabric recliner with high-grade materials, it’ll withstand tear and wear for a longer period of time. Most fabrics are extremely easy to clean and you can treat them with stain-resistant finishes. You can also just clean them using specialty products when a spill occurs. One thing that makes fabric stands out from leather is that it doesn’t get scratched easily, so it’ll withstand pet claws or your kids’ activities.

Leather recliners are also easy to clean. You just need to do some gentle dusting or rubbing to make them look as clean as new. If you spill on fabric, especially wine, it may be tougher to get out if you don’t have a stain-resistant finish.

In conclusion, both fabric and leather recliners are easy to clean, depending on your lifestyle.

Allergies

If you’re an allergy sufferer, you’d be better off with a leather recliner. Unlike the fabric seats, leather models do not accommodate allergens such as pet dander, dust mites, etc.

Cost

You can always get a fabric recliner with a low budget. A quality fabric chair with quality framing will be expensive. However, leather recliners with the same quality will always cost more.

Hopefully this helps you to make your decision between leather and fabric recliners. If you have any questions let us know and we’d be happy to help.

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