1. Genuine vs Synthetic Leather
When choosing a leather sofa, it’s important to know what type of leather you’re getting with your purchase - genuine or synthetic. Genuine leather used in sofas mainly come from the hides of cows, which are very strong. On the other hand, synthetic leathers are made out of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) or polyurethane (PU), which lacks this strength and have a very limited lifespan.
Sofas, such as the Dado Leather Sofa and the Dandy Leather Sofa, both designed by Roberto Bendini, are made with genuine leather and apart from looking stunningly chic in the living room, they’re also more breathable and cooler to sit on as compared to fabric sofas and synthetic leather sofas — perfect if you’re living in a tropical climate like ours.
2. Choosing The Frame
Apart from the type of leather, when choosing a leather sofa, it is just as important to make sure it is well constructed on a sturdy frame. The more durable couches feature solid frames built out of sturdy hard wood or steel.
To test frame strength, lift one front leg of the sofa off the floor by about 15cm. The other front leg should lift too. If the other leg is still touching the floor, then the frame isn’t strong enough.
For peace of mind, look for a sofa that comes with a guarantee for the frame. The sofa frames at OM Home all come with a five-year warranty against manufacturing defects.
3. Less Dander = Less Allergies
Unlike fabric sofas that can be breeding grounds for allergens like dust mites, leather sofas do not accumulate dander. Dust mites in particular, are an additional concern in warm countries such as Singapore as they love humid conditions. These microscopic organisms feed on the dead skin that comes off our bodies and also from our pets.
So if you have members of the family that suffer from allergies or if you are simply looking for an option that is designed to reduce the risk of allergies, a leather sofa is the ideal choice.
4. Leather Sofas Are Very Durable
Leather is a lot more durable than fabric (roughly four times more) which really helps when you’ve got little ones running around.
Leather is also a fire retardant material so a lit match will not burn the sofa. This means one less fire hazard in the house and increased home safety.
Lastly, protected and semi-aniline leathers have surfaces that are hard wearing and very durable. The inherent strength of the criss-crossing fibres also make leather resistant to tearing.
5. Up The Comfort Level With Recliners
When you’re tight on space and still desire comfort, opt for a recliner sofa instead of an L-shaped one. You will be able to give your legs a rest whenever you need it and keep within the space constraints that you may have. Recliners are also great for users who spend long hours sitting down as one can easily stretch his/her legs out when needed.
6. Easy Breezy To Clean
As compared to fabric sofas, leather sofas are much easier to clean and maintain. There’s generally little fuss involved as all you need to do is clean the sofa once every three to six months using a water-based leather cleaner and conditioner.
Although leather furniture does not tend to stain easily, remember to deal with spills quickly and efficiently (using a soft, dry cloth to blot the area), to prevent any discolouration.
As an added bonus, owners of leather sofas tend to worry less about wear and tear as leather ages naturally. It is often said that the patina on the leather only gets better with age, looking increasingly rich and beautiful.
As leather for upholstery is a by-product of beef production, buying a leather sofa also means more efficient use of the animal, making it a more environmentally-friendly purchase.