A recliner is an excellent addition to many rooms, marrying comfort and style in one indispensable piece. However, when you're picking a recliner out the upholstery options may seem overwhelming. A great place to start narrowing down your selections is by deciding what upholstery would work best for you. When choosing between fabric and leather upholstery it's helpful to consider a few of the pros and cons of each. Let's walk through some of the characteristics of each type to see which might fit your home the best.
While both leather and fabric recliners are made in a variety of styles, from traditional to rustic, each upholstery type has its own feel. Even in more casual looks, leather has a luxurious feel. If the rest of your home leans toward informal, you'll want to choose more distressed, simple leather looks to achieve harmony between the styles.
Fabric upholstery is a bit more down-to-earth, even in traditional styles. To keep a more formal look in fabric, lean toward classic and tailored looks. You don't have to match all your upholstered furniture, and both leather and fabric pieces can work together beautifully. Just be sure to take into account the ambiance of your home, so you can choose a recliner that will fit in seamlessly.
All of our recliners are made with comfort and durability in mind, with sturdy construction, smooth reclining mechanism, and soft yet supportive cushions. When choosing between leather and fabric you must consider the feel of the upholstery. Leather has a cooler surface, while fabric is a bit cozier and more breathable. Our leather is buttery soft top grain, so it doesn't feel stiff like some lower quality leather upholstery. Ultimately, this is a matter of personal preference, but some people find the warm feel of fabric more comfortable in casual, curl-up-by-the-fire settings.
High-quality fabric upholstery is available in sturdy and stain-resistant options. With the right fabric type, this look will last a long time, and it can be kept fresh with care and occasional professional cleanings.
However, for long, rugged wear you simply can't beat leather. It resists punctures from things such as pet toenails and kids' shoes. Proper care for leather upholstery only requires regular dusting and occasionally wiping it down with leather conditioner. For recliners that are going to see more mess, such as snacks, leather upholstery will probably stand up to daily wear a bit better.
Some people have to be extra careful to keep allergens such as pet dander and dust out of their homes. Fabric recliner chairs can be vacuumed to remove these allergens, but the smooth surface of leather makes it easy to wipe them away. The texture of fabric makes it more challenging to fully remove these irritants, but leather gives them no place to hide. For people with serious allergies that ease of cleaning can make a leather recliner much more comfortable.
When comparing price, you'll see that fabric is almost always more affordable than leather recliners. You can find cheaper leather recliners, but they are often made of lower quality leather, faux leather, or bonded leather. None of these will stand up to wear. Our top-grain leather is different and will definitely stand the test of time. Fabric upholstery cannot stand up to wear quite as well as leather, although some fabric choices are sturdier than others. Your choice will have to take into account your budget, the kind of wear your recliner will see, and personal preference.
Take a look at the many recliner styles we have to offer. Whether you prefer fabric or leather upholstery, we have a chair that will delight you. We stand behind our craftsmanship with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, so you have nothing to lose.
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