Sofas come in a variety of materials and designs, but to simplify things, we’ll take a look into the most common types; leather and fabric. We’ll examine the pros and cons of each so that you’re able to select a sofa which is ideal for you, your family and your home.

Unfortunately there is no right answer when it comes to which type of material is best; both have their unique features which will appeal to different people with different needs.

Fabric Sofas

Fabric sofas tend to be the most popular choice and there are a variety of reasons for this. First and foremost is the abundance of styles and designs available. Fabric sofas come in a range of colours, making them much more suited to particular interior designs.

They also offer warmth, owing to the fabrics used which then adds additional comfort, as well as looking more homely. View our entire fabric collection here.


  • Fabrics help to make your home feel more cosy, providing comfort and warmth to aid relaxation
  • There are a variety of styles, colours and designs available so you’re more likely to find the perfect sofa for your home
  • Different fabrics diversify the choices available; velvet, linen, chenille and wool all help to create differences within the fabric sofa spectrum
  • Some fabric covers are removable, which makes it easy to keep clean and free from dust/other particles


  • Fabric, although washable, can become so stained that no amount of cleaning can remove marks
  • Fabric sofas can wear with time, meaning frays can develop
  • Fabric sofas attract odours, so if your sofa is going to be around pets, children and smoke, fabric may not be your best option

Leather Sofas

Leather sofas are elegant in appearance and can help to radiate a contemporary feel in your living space. They are a popular choice because of how easy they are to keep clean; a damp cloth and a vacuum will allow you to complete most cleaning tasks.

The increased durability of leather sofas also makes them an attractive option for those wishing to renew the furniture in their homes. Unlike fabric sofas, leather sofas are much more resistant to unpleasant odours so they may be a viable option for those with pets or those who smoke indoors. Additionally, they are easy to keep clean so those with children may select a leather sofa on this reason alone.

At ScS, we are proud to sell our exclusive range of Endurance sofas, which are designed to be superbly durable and long lasting. View the range here.


  • Clean with just a vacuum or damp cloth
  • Over time leather sofas will become more comfortable and improve in appearance
  • The modern image of leather sofas means that your furniture will not date as quickly as a fabric sofa
  • Wide variety of sofas to choose from to suit price range and interior style


  • Leather is cold to the touch, so may not feel as cosy as a fabric sofa
  • Leather can be susceptible to scratches, so sharp objects should be kept at a distance
  • Less colours to choose from than a fabric sofa

Anyone who is considering purchasing a new sofa should consider both the advantages and disadvantages of both types, in order to make sure you are happy with your choice and that it is suitable for your home.