Of all upholstery coverings for sofas and footstools, leathers are the most popular. And when it comes to buying a leather sofa for your home, there are a number of factors you should consider. You don’t want to cough up so much money to purchase something you’d end up kicking to the curb, I suppose.

There are quite a lot of grains, textures, and coatings available on the market for leather sofas, so it is important you know what you are buying before making payment at all. Check out the following factors to help your choice.

Leather types

All leathers are not the same. The part of cow hide from which a leather is made determines its type and quality—those with the highest quality are full-grain, and they feature textures and markings of natural hide.


A lot of leather couches today are made with top-grain leathers which are gotten from the outer parts of cowhide. They last longer than most other leather types you’d find in stores, and they are way tougher.

If you prefer leather sofas that cost next to nothing, you can go for those made with split-grain leathers. Some manufacturers paint the surface of such leathers to give them the high-quality, top-grain look.

Leather finishes

Some leather sofas are upholstered with cheap plastic materials and finished with real leathers for class and elegance. For instance, bonded leathers are mostly comprised of artificial polyurethanes which are then sprinkled with some leather shavings and marked with a leather grain-like pattern.

Sofas made with natural leathers are often finished using aniline dye—it gives the furniture some touch of beauty and reflect their natural texture.

Construction of couch

The couch construction is just as important as the type of leather and finishes. Top-quality leather sofas that can last a lifetime are usually built on solid hardwood frames, and they look more firm than the others.

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