Before purchasing your next sofa, you will probably ask yourself, “Should I buy a leather or microfiber sofa?” When you ask yourself this question, you need to take cost, comfort and durability into consideration. These factors will ultimately help you make your final decision.
Cost: Leather vs. Microfiber Sofas
As a general rule of thumb, you can expect to pay more for leather than microfiber sofas.
Leather has such varying grades that pricing can fluctuate greatly. We won’t discuss leather in detail here but remember that bonded leather, leather match, top grain leather and top grain Italian leather will play a big role in the cost.
Depending on the manufacturer and quality of materials, leather and microfiber sofas can be comparable in price. For example, you can find some manufacturers that can provide both microfiber sectional sofas and leather sectional sofas for about the same price. Let’s look at Coaster for instance. They have a leather modular sectional sofa and microfiber sectional sofa for about the same price. Of course, leather sofas can get quite costly if you are looking for a sectional sofa made from top grain Italian leather. Moroni leather furniture will cost more because they have developed a great reputation with their plush and luxurious leather sofa designs. You are also paying for superior quality in how your sofa is made by purchasing from Moroni, as they hand produce and closely inspect every leather sofa they make.
There is also a new phenomenon in microfiber sofas called “leather-like microfiber”. This is a full microfiber fabric but looks just like leather. Until you touch it, most people will never know that it isn’t leather. This is a great option if you are looking for a leather looking sofa but don’t want to pay the leather price.
Comfort: Leather vs. Microfiber Sofas
The comfort of leather and microfiber sofas come from the quality of materials used to produce the sofas. Bonded and faux leather sofas will typically not be as comfortable as top grain leather sofas. This is because top grain leather is softer and more flexible than the processed bonded leather. Comfort also comes down to a matter of personal preference. Some people do not prefer leather sofas for various reasons, so they might be more inclined to purchase a microfiber sofa. Microfiber sofas are great if you live in a climate that is very hot and humid as microfiber is known to wick away moisture. If you decide to purchase a microfiber sofa, you will have many options. Not all microfiber sofa fabrics are made equally and they come in all different textures. The texture of the microfiber comes from how the fibers are woven. If you would like to purchase a microfiber sofa in a particular microfiber, Broyhill furniture produces various different microfibers to meet your comfort.
Durability: Leather vs. Microfiber Sofas
If you have dogs or kids, durability will most likely be the most important factor in purchasing a leather or microfiber sofa. It has been said that the wear and tear from kids and pets can decrease the life of your sofa by half! Not to worry, by choosing the material that suites your needs you will still be able to get years of use out of your sofa.
Again, as a general rule, if you know your sofa is going to be used heavily (i.e. your main room or TV watching room) you will want to make sure you choose a leather sofa. Leather is much more durable, can take much more abuse and still looks and functions great.
If you are worried about spills, leather cleans extremely well and will continue to look great as you can just wipe spills away. Microfiber sofas are also great for spills but won’t clean as well as leather sofas. They are also more susceptible to staining.
If you are worried about tears, a leather sofa will be your best option. Leather is stronger than microfiber and will resist tears and fraying much better. So if you have a pet with claws, we recommend leather over microfiber.
If you are worried about scratch marks, we recommend microfiber sofas. Microfiber sofas won’t show the scratches the way leather will. However, if those furry critters have pokey nails, and you are worried about ripping or tearing, we recommend leather sofa as they are most durable over all.
No shocking news here, but if you are planning on putting your sofas through heavy use, you will definitely want to purchase a dark color to hide soiling and staining that naturally takes place over time.
If you do have pets and kids, your furniture will receive heavy use. We do highly recommend the 5 year furniture protection plan so that you can use your new furniture without the worry.
We hope this gives you a better idea in deciding whether a microfiber sofa or leather sofa is a better purchase for you. At GreatFurnitureDeal.com we want all our customers to know what they are purchasing and happy with the quality when their order arrives. Please let us know if you have any questions before making your purchase by calling us at 1-800-970-5889. We are happy to answer your questions!