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There’s nothing quite like the versatility that a leather sofa adds to your living space.
Easy to style and maintain for years, leather sofas evoke a sense of timelessness, while modern designs ensure that the sofa is in touch with the rest of the space. According to Karen Rohr, “the rich texture and classic leather furniture style gives any room an elegant, sophisticated look.”
We put together a guide to 12 of our favorite leather sofas, along with styling tips from the experts.
Brand: Burrow Price: From $2,495 Dimensions: From 85" Wide, 35" Deep, 33" Tall
The customizable Nomad Sofa is made from soft Italian leather and a Baltic Birch frame. The classic sofa is built with modern details, including a built-in USB charger and 72” power cord.
Interior designer Yoselin Castro writes our Nomad sofa review that the sofa “feels very durable and sturdy, yet plush enough to take a midday nap,” while Karen Rohr says that the “size is very flexible, and the sofa is easy to move around, which makes it practical.”
What we liked about the Nomad Sofa from our review:
Timeless Style: The sofa can provide comfort and support for years to come. It's modern and casual but the look will still last forever!
Easy Assembly: This easy to put together sofa is one of the best perks about it, and most of the work can be done by one person with moderate strength and no extra tools.
Fabric and Color: An extra plus to the sofa is that it is stain resistant, especially for those with little ones running around or those who like to entertain and can’t resist a good get together with friends and family.
The Nomad is one of the most versatile leather sofas in the marketing and is available in a number of configurations — from sectional sofas (including L-shaped and corner sectionals). Thanks to Burrow’s patented modular system, you can adapt the layout of your sofa and even expand it to add new sections in the future.
Brand: Maiden Home Price: $5,200 Dimensions: From 75” Wide, 40” Deep, and 30.5” Tall
With a classic profile and relaxed features, the Varick can be dressed up for those seeking to curate an elegant look, or dressed down for the everyday. Reviewer Natalli Amatowrites, “the Varick Sofa and matching ottoman are practical and suited to hold up to everyday wear. While I don’t have children or pets, I did manage to stain the bottom of the sofa in the first few days…however, with some water and a little dish soap, the stain came out.”
What we liked about the Varick from our review:
The sofa is very deep; great for curling up with a book and a blanket.
The ottoman makes a comfortable footrest or extra seat.
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The sofa is available in two different types of leather, guaranteed to fit in well with your home decor:
Tuscan Leather is a top-grain Italian leather with a soft, supple hand and clean finish.
Pebbled Leather is a top-grain, semi-aniline leather with a silky smooth hand and beautiful texture.
The Varick also comes as a sectional with a range of configurations on offer — from chaise sectional, to L-shaped and U-shaped. A matching ottoman is also available.
With a clean silhouette and modular seating, the Jonathan Leather Extended Sofa offers a modern perspective on the classic leather sofa.
Karen Rohr says that “modular seating is excellent for families starting to grow, as it allows them to grow over time, and this option being in leather makes it great for a more timeless look.” Additionally, modular seating allows for you to play with various sofa configurations, giving you the freedom to experiment with what works best for your space.
The Jonathan is a genuine leather sofa made from Top Grain Leather and comes with a choice of two colors, Caramel and Warm Taupe.
Brand: Albany Park Price: $1,599 Dimensions: 82” Wide, 35” Deep, and 35” Tall
Upholstered with vegan leather, The Park Sofa delivers on timeless style and long-lasting comfort. With cushions made from high-resiliency foam wrapped in feathers, the sofa is guaranteed to live up to the comfort promised– or your money back. The Park Sofa is also available as a sectional.
Brand: BenchMade Modern Price: From $5,628 Dimensions: 85” Wide, 40” Deep, and 32” Tall
With medium-soft level comfort and a relaxed feel, the Couch Potato Sofa gives you permission to release your inner, well, couch potato. The sofa’s traditional profile is made modern through plush back cushions and simple lines. Reviewer Dana Rose Falcone writes that the OG Couch Potato Sofa, “easily feels at home in any area of the house, especially with all the fabric customizations BenchMade Modern provides.”
What we like about the OG Couch Potato from our review:
The customizability lets you truly tailor the sofa to your space, down to the inch
The cushions offer firm support with slight give
Timeless, sleek but simple design
The OG Couch Potato is available in a wide range of leathers, from brown to blue, green, and gray. There are around 19 options in total.
Brand: Medley Home Price: $2,642 Dimensions: From 78” Wide, 36” Deep, and 28” Tall
The modern Dekayess Sofa is a versatile piece made to look beautiful in any part of your home, whether as a stand alone piece or pushed against the wall. The sofa’s removable zippered covers make for easy spot cleaning, and all back pillows, side cushions, and seat cushions are flippable to increase longevity.
Choose between three widths to accommodate small spaces or large.
Brand: Apt2B Price: $3,048 Dimensions: From 81” Wide, 38” Deep, and 33” Tall
With top grain leather tufted upholstery, the Toranado Leather Sofa provides both form and function. The sofa’s sturdy design is one you can depend on after a hard day, as its square arms, solid wood frame, and high-density foam cores will support you. Concealed power footrests bring luxury to your evening, and allow for you to quite literally put your feet up.
Choose between gray and brown leather for a sofa sure to complete your space.
Brand: Lulu and Georgia Price: $6,299 Dimensions: 94" Wide, 32.5" Deep, and 30" Tall
The Jocelyn Leather Sofa by Lulu and Georgia delivers on the timeless, mid-century modern look, with its low back, clean lines, and wooden legs. “Its casual yet tailored appearance make it a great option for multiple areas of your home, from a cozy living room to a more formal home office or study,” says Kristin Patrician. “It has a timeless and clean appearance, which makes it a perfect neutral piece that you can change up your style with.”
The Hoxton Leather Sofa is unique in that it has a slim profile that doesn’t skimp on downy comfort. “The Hoxton is such a great option, as it looks cozy and inviting,” says Karen Rohr. “It’s a great size, and the brushed brass finished legs add a touch of sleekness that could be both formal or casual at the same time.”
Brand: Interior Define Price: $3,595 Dimensions: From 95” Wide and 37” Deep
The Caitlin Leather Sofa is known for details like piped seams, lumbar cushions, and tapered arms. Kristin Patrician says that she “loves this sofa for its overall clean transitional style,” as “the subtle curved sloped arm gives it a really cool and unique personality.”
Known for its highly customizable living room furniture, Interior Define offers a wide range of options for the Caitlin Sofa. You can choose from a range of leathers from dark brown to blue and black. There’s also 12 leg options, a bunch of size and configuration choices, your choice of cushion fill, and two seat depth options. So you can truly make the Caitlin your own.
If you’re looking for a leather sectional sofa, the Caitlin is also availavle as a corner sectional and a right or left chaise sectional.
Brand: Industry West Price: $3,450 Dimensions: 86.6" Wide x 35" Deep x 29.5" High
The Ojai Sofa is a contemporary piece, perfect for a relaxing night kicking back with a good book or movie. Its thick cushions, 21.6" seat depth, and cushioned arms offer a cozy retreat. This sofa is a great accent piece to any living room.
Class and comfort converge in the handcrafted Eliot Leather Sofa. With an eye catching silhouette, the sofa “gives off big 90s New York City living vibes,” says Lucy Small. “Joybird has great pricing for the quality you get, and each unit is made to your specifications, allowing you to change the depth and width.”
Square armrests and a kiln dried, solid wood frame provide support you can trust.
Leather sofas are known for their classic appeal and the sense of traditional style that they bring to every space. According to Karen Rohr, “there’s a leather sofa to suit every taste and style, and the best thing is that they can be a timeless addition to your home.”
“There’s a leather sofa to suit every taste and style, and the best thing is that they can be a timeless addition to your home.”
However, there are numerous practical advantages to leather sofas as well. In fact, leather sofas are known for their durability and easy maintenance, as unlike fabric sofas, which require regular vacuuming and spot-cleaning, leather sofas can simply be wiped down with a damp cloth. As a result, leather furniture is a great choice for busy families, or those looking for a low maintenance piece. Leather is also
For additional care, use a leather conditioner every 6 to 12 months to protect the leather and prevent damage from future staining.
What to Look for in a High-Quality Leather Sofa
When shopping for a leather sofa, it can be intimidating to navigate different “types” of leathers, and the pros and cons of each. According to Kristin Patrician, knowing leather terminology will help you understand the quality and potential longevity of each piece.
Types of Leather
Full-grain leather: The highest quality of leather (along with top-grain), full-grain hides are essentially “un-corrected” hides that are sent straight into the tanning process. This means that all the natural properties of leather are unchanged.
Top-grain leather: Top-grain leather is when the top layer of the hide is shaved, a process used to create a seamless finish and more workable and malleable material. Both full-grain and top-grain hides are widely considered to be the best quality parts of the hide, which increases the longevity of a sofa.
Vegan/Faux leather: Vegan leather isn’t leather at all, but often polyurethane. Vegan leather is often desirable because it is usually more affordable, and mimics the aesthetic of leather while eliminating the involvement of animals from the piece.
Bonded leather: Bonded leather consists of leather scraps that are grinded down to a pulp and re-formed into pieces of leather-like material. While not genuine leather, bonded leather often does give the appearance of being genuine, and is much less expensive.
The Leather Dying Process
Aniline leather: Aniline leather is made using soluble dyes that retain the natural surface of the hide. It is widely regarded as the highest quality type of leather, but is often hard to maintain.
Semi-aniline leather: Semi-aniline leather uses dyes that do add some pigmentation to the hide. Unlike full aniline leather, which shows every pore in the hide, semi-aniline leather does affect the visibility of flaws in the hide to some extent. However, the coating used in the dying process creates additional protection from stains.
Protected pigmented: Unlike aniline and semi-aniline leather, which aims to preserve the natural elements of the hide, protected pigment leather are treated with a spray coating that removes the natural grain, but makes the leather more durable. Blemishes and imperfections are removed through buffing of the leather, which is then embossed with an artificial grain.
Pro Tips for Styling a Leather Sofa
When it comes to styling a leather sofa, there are a few things to keep in mind. While a leather sofa is a timeless piece, it can be tricky to style, as it can look either too formal or too casual. The key is to strike the right balance between comfort and sophistication. Whether its a sectional or leather loveseat, here are a few tips for styling your sofa:
Start with the basics: Begin by choosing a sofa that fits your space and personal style. Then, select a few key pieces of furniture to complete the look, such as an ottoman, accent chairs, or coffee table.
Add some color with accessories: Don't be afraid to experiment with color when styling a leather sofa. A pop of color can add interest and help temper the leather's formality; this can be with pillows, throws, or big pieces like the rug and chairs.
Introduce texture: Another way to add interest to a leather couch is to introduce some texture. Throw pillows and bolster pillows are a great way to do this, as they can also make the sofa more comfortable,” says Karen Rohr. While choosing pillows, Kristin Patrician recommends choosing pillows that have blend-down inserts. “The blend down sits better on a smoother surface like leather,” she says.
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A high-quality sofa can last over 20 years if they’re made of geniune full-grain or top-grain leather. Ultimately, though, the lifespan of a leather couch depends on your indvidual circumstances and how much wear and tear you put on it. The better you look after a leather sofa, the more years it’ll tend to last. Be sure to clean and use leather conditioner regulalrly to get the best lifespan from your couch.
Faux-leather couches or vegan leather couches tend not to last as long as a geniune leather sofa.
How Do You Clean a Leather Sofa?
Leather is very durable, but every now and then, you’ll still need to give it a touch up or wipe away any accidental spillages. Here are two steps for cleaning a leather sofa:
Use a dry clean cloth to dry the couch. Add a few drops of liquid soap to your already dampened clean cloth, and use it to wipe all surfaces of your leather couch.
When there is no moisture left on the couch, apply the leather conditioner all over the couch. This is just like applying body lotion after a warm bath, and you will be able to tell the difference in the appearance of the couch.
How Do You Protect a Leather Sofa?
Placement is a key part of keeping your leather sofa looking at its best. Leather shouldn’t be exposed to direct sunlight or too much heat, so try to position your leather sofa in shadier areas of your living room.
Cleaning and conditioning your sofa on a regular basis will also aid longevity. Ideally, you should condition your sofa every 6-12 months.
You should also avoid any sharp objects on the sofa, like keys, as these can cause damage. Over time, every geniune leather sofa will develop a patina or slight sheen on the surface — this is normal and not something to be alarmed about. Patina adds character and makes every leather sofa unique.
How Do You Repair Peeling Leather?
If you invest in a quality leather sofa, it’s unlikely that your sofa will peel. Look for full or top grain leather to avoid this issue arising.
However, if you opt for bonded leather or vegan or faux leather, you might experience a bit of peeling. In this case, you’ll need to pick up a leather repair kit and follow the instructions it gives to solve your peeling problem.
Sasha Weilbaker is a freelance writer with bylines in Thrillist, Business Insider, and The Vegetarian Times. She's particularly interested in the intersection of sustainability and materials. In the wild, she can be found cycling around New England, scouting coffee shops, or obsessing over new podcasts.
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