Recline in Style

February 23, 2015

A Guide to choosing between leather or fabric upholstery for your new recliner.

 When it comes to purchasing a new recliner, choosing the right upholstery can be one of the most difficult decisions. The right answer is: there is no right answer! This decision is completely based on personal preference and style. It is so important to weigh the available options and there are a few questions you can ask yourself that may make things a bit easier for you.

Get the Look

When choosing upholstery for a new piece of furniture, the first thing that most people consider is the look. It is important to consider whether leather or fabric will be consistent with the décor of the room where you plan to house it, as well as the décor of your home as a whole.

Another consideration is color. While leather recliners typically come in more neutral tones, they can be customized with different colors as well – though they are almost always going to have a consistent, solid coloring throughout. Fabric recliners are more easily customizable, coming in every color of the rainbow, as well as different patterns and fabric types.

Comfort is Key

It is extremely important that you take time in the showroom to sit in your new recliner. Take into consideration all the positions of your new piece and make any necessary adjustments to ensure that it will fit your intended needs. Once you’ve determined that the function of the chair will suit your needs, begin feeling the way the fabric contributes to the overall comfort of the chair. Does it feel too warm? Too cool? Is it breathable? Will it stick to your skin uncomfortably? All of these questions should be answered to help you determine which upholstery will best suit your needs and personal preferences.

Practicality Considerations

There are many more practical, in-depth questions you should ask yourself when you consider the upholstery of your new recliner. Cleaning concerns should be taken in to consideration. While leather may be easier to clean in some cases, that is not always the case. Smooth leather is often simple to remove liquid stains, but greasier or ground-in stains may be more difficult. Suede and fabric have a reputation of being more difficult to clean, but there may be addition protection products available for these upholsteries. Remember to ask your furniture salesperson about included or additional fabric protection warranties to ensure that you have given yourself the highest odds of maintaining your recliner for years to come.

Something that should be considered is whether – in the unfortunate event that an incident does occur – the recliner will maintain its good looks and hide imperfections well. Leather recliners tend to wear stains or dirt more (depending on the color), while fabric recliners don’t show scratches or dings. Depending on your lifestyle, be sure to purchase the upholstery that will stand the test of time for you and your family.

Get Your Money’s Worth

As with most purchases, you get what you pay for when you purchase a new recliner. There are many variables that factor in to the cost of your new piece, but knowing the upholstery-specific variables can help you to make a smart decision and allocate your money where it will pay off.


Pricing of Leather Recliners

Leather recliners are typically pricier than their fabric counterparts. This is because the sourcing and supply of leather is slightly more limited. There are some important considerations when it comes to choosing the leather recliner that is right for you and your family. We recommend that you always search for a recliner that comes with top grain leather upholstery. Top grain leather is premium upholstery, which will stand the test of time and prove to be the easiest to maintain. Another option is split leather, which is sold at a lower price point, but gives up quite a bit of quality.


Pricing of Fabric Recliners

Fabric recliners are priced based on the quality of the fabric that is used. Cotton and wool are good options for natural fabrics, because they can withstand a large amount of wear. Steer away from fabrics like cotton blends or polyester, as they are less resistant to stains and may develop pills over time.

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