Living & Dining Room

What to Choose: Fabric or Artificial Leather?

If you want to buy a new piece of upholstered furniture, you are faced with the choice: what kind of cover to choose? Fabric or artificial leather? Today we highlight the advantages and disadvantages of different types of covers.


Fabric Covers for the Sofa

Advantages of fabric covers: Fabrics usually offer a much broader range of designs. In terms of color and decorative pattern, there are no limits when choosing a fabric cover for your sofa.

Disadvantages of fabric cover: Fabrics are more delicate and – compared to most artificial leathers – they react more sensitively when they come in contact with liquids. If your sofa is covered with smooth artificial leather, wine splashes simply can be removed with a cloth. Such a mishap could make your fabric-covered sofa a case for a cleaning specialist.


Artificial Leather Covers for the Sofa

Advantages of artificial leather covers: Upholstered furniture made with artificial leather cover are less sensitive to certain impurities, e.g. when coming in contact with liquids, dust, and hair. If you have small children or pets, this is certainly very much appreciated. 

Disadvantages of artificial leather covers: Basically, artificial leather offers only a limited selection in terms of design, since decorations and patterns usually are not available. Artificial leather covers also can react very sensitively when coming in contact with sharp-edged objects. In addition, some people perceive it as unpleasant when bare skin comes in contact with a (cold) artificial leather cover. 

The question of whether to decide in favor of a piece of furniture with fabric or artificial leather cover remains primarily a question of personal taste and is strongly influenced by your individual circumstances. Our opinion: fabric offers a lot of variety, and artificial leather has some practical advantages. Always good to know: if you want to change the cover from artificial leather to fabric (or vice versa) reupholstering by a specialist like Finkeldei always is an option.



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By Danica Maričić

Interior Designer and Integrated Marketing Communications Pro, Loving Writing and Photography, Passionate about Life & Style, “True Blue” Mediterranean Girl, Curious Traveller & Designer