Lets quickly explore the top 3 myths of why some clients will reject Leather Furniture.
Myth #1 "Leather is hot and sticky!"
or "Leather is soo cold, especially for the basement!" Many people's experience of leather seating has been limited to the car. When the sun is beating down in a car, it can literally get hot enough to fry an egg on the dash, and of course the seats are going to be absolutely steaming. Same thing in winter...you never worry about hot buns, it is like sitting on an ice cube! Add to that, car makers are not using the highest grade leathers that breathe, and the backseat is almost always a vinyl. A good quality leather sofa set will actually breathe to some extent. If it is cool out, by the time you count to 6 seconds, it is warming to your body temperature, and is also going to disperse the heat. If it is hot out, with no air conditioning in the house and bare legs, you certainly can sweat and stick as soon as you sit down...but think of this. You are sweating whether you are sitting on leather or cloth. On leather, the sweat can be wiped off. On cloth, it sinks in, damages your foams, and is there the next time you place your face on the sofa to lay down. Enough said on that topic.
Myth #2 "We have pets and kids, leather is not in our future!"
Cloth certainly can provide a great place for kids to roughhouse and mess around without worrying about scratches and damage in the same way as you would see on a leather set. Cloth also is definitely more budget friendly when there is a low limit set on what a client can spend. Of course, there are several downfalls to cloth. Pets can just as easily snag a cloth sofa with their nails as they can scratch a leather set. Once cloth is damaged or stained, it is all over with but the tears. Good quality leather is actually very hard to puncture. You may scratch it, you may scrape it, but it isn't easy to puncture, even with teeth involved. Different types of finishes on leather can lend more durability and have less noticeable scratching. Leather is wash and wear, and is a great choice for persons suffering with allergies, as dust settles on top and can be wiped off. Cloth retains dust and odors much easier. Many people think that they can just throw their cloth cushions in the wash, but it is important to really look at the care labels. Often you will void their warranty doing this, and I have had complaints of never getting the cushions to fit back on the foam properly due to shrinking. Lastly, repairs are lot easier on a leather set, often being barely perceived and maybe looking like a natural scar in the hide. Plus the area of the fix is actually stronger than the rest of the hide! Trying to sew up a hole in cloth is a futile venture, the hole often reappears as soon as there is stress on the fix. It takes a lot to truly damage a leather set. Small surface scratches are often only noticeable to the owner, the average visitor is not going to notice these things. Cloth does have the benefit of a softer feel, and it can add warmth and texture to the look of a room. There is maintenance required though, and high traffic, food eating areas may not be best suited for cloth. Many clients want to put cloth downstairs "for the kids", because of cost and no one really seeing it; yet this is the area they use the most in the house, watching movies, snacking with the kids and generally living on their set! Nothing can compare with the ease of care a quality leather set provides. Dog hair vacuums up in a jiffy, spills wipe off in a second.
Myth 3 "Leather is so expensive!"
Well, this is one that I can't really dispute. The only thing I can say is that good quality leather and a good quality cloth sofa are only going to be about 500.00 difference. If you are on a tight budget, I would much rather encourage clients to look at a cloth set of decent quality with an easy to care for synthetic fabric than go with a very cheap bonded leather. Anything besides a good quality leather set is going to be disappointing as you lose all the great things about leather...the durability, the cleanability, and most of all, the breathability! The one thing to be said is ...value. A cloth set wears out, a leather set just gets broke in. I find you get double to triple the amount of years out of a leather set compared to a cloth set. A leather set you can dress up and make look different just by different accents. A cloth set you may tire of and not be able to change the look up as easily, especially if you choose a pattern. A great compromise, and a very trendy look if you truly can't make up your mind is to have of bit of each. A cloth set can be dressed up with a beautiful leather accent chair, or a leather set can be finished off with a lively patterned accent chair and pillows.