Types of Leather Sofas – Which One Is Best For You?

If you’re shopping for new furniture you may be intrigued by the idea of a real leather sofa. If taken proper care of, they are durable, comfortable, and look great in your home. You may not know, however, that there are several different kinds to choose from. They all require different amounts of cleaning and suit different lifestyles. Which is overall best, and why?

Protected Leather

Most leather sofas on the market today are made from protected leather. This mean that the leather is treated with a coating to make it more durable. It has a smoother look and feel to it, and can be easier to clean and treat stains with. It might be suitable for you if it’s your first venture into leather furniture or if you have young children or pets. However, since it’s been treated with a coating on top, it looks less like ‘natural’ leather and it can be difficult to gauge its quality.

Aniline Leather

Aniline leather is leather that has been treated minimally with dyes, and does not have any coating or pigment on top. As such, you can see the grain of the leather and it is soft to the touch. It is usually very high quality leather and therefore comes with a high price tag. However, since the leather is ‘naked’ with minimal pigments, it stains very easily. If you’re looking for a top quality, unique sofa with unmatched comfort and softness, aniline leather might be for you. However this is not recommended for families with small children or pets.


Semi-aniline leather is a little more processed than aniline leather. It has a light top coat that makes it more durable and stain-resistant than aniline leather. It is also a little less expensive usually. However, much of the unique look and feel of an aniline leather sofa is lost. This might be best for you if you like the appeal of aniline leather but without the high price tag and maintenance worries.

Each type of leather carries its own pros and cons, and ultimately it is up to you to decide which suits your lifestyle best. Do you prefer the easy maintenance of a protected sofa? Or the unique look and feel of aniline leather? Or perhaps somewhere in between?

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