Shopping for furnishings to adorn your home proposes many considerations – and when it comes to the sofa, the possibilities are endless. After all, it is an important part of the living room – this is where we find comfort after a long day, be it to relax while watching television, read a book, or have an intimate conversation.
While we find familiarity in fabric sofas, opting for a leather one also has its winning points. Ahead, we dispel certain misconceptions about leather sofas, and tell you why it can be a good addition to your humble abode.
1. It’s a statement of elegance
Nobody can deny the exquisite gleam and luxurious tactile quality of leather seating. From the smooth texture to contemporary finishings, it’s hard to resist sinking into one. Having a quality edge over its fabric counterparts isn’t the only selling factor – leather sofas, such as the Kelvin Giormani-designed Triplo series, also elevate the setting of any room to new levels and leave an indelible impression upon first sight.
2. It’s easy to maintain
There is nothing worse than spilling liquid on a fabric sofa before it seeps through the material to leave a permanent stain. Fortunately, sofas made with protected leather generally don’t have the same issue – wiping it down with a damp cloth is all that’s needed for regular maintenance.
There’s less worry over pets or children scratching on sofas. Protected top-grain sofa leather is generally more scratch and rub protected than typical sofa fabrics. Even if accidental scratches happen to protected sofa leather, it can be concealed by professional leather repair works (which are popularly available in the market) to bring back leather’s key properties for normal use again over years, while the same damage to fabric sofas will cause holes in not just its stitching, but one in your wallet as well when shelling out reupholstering costs.
3. It’s comfortable and versatile
Contrary to popular belief, leather sofas are not always “stiff”. High quality leather sofas are made entirely of treated animal hide and skin, making them more comfortable due to the material’s stretchable nature that takes after your body shape. Additionally, the material is also able to adapt to different temperatures to ensure instant comfort upon human touch.
Looking for a bold new look? Leather sofas don’t only come in classic monochromatic hues of black and white either. Take the Abbraccio sofa designed by Kelvin Giormani, for instance. Available in striking shades ranging from blue to red on top of a curved double-stitching that ensures endurance, the boldly-hued range can inject a quirky dash of style to your interiors.
4. It’s long-lasting
Gone are the days when leather was easily susceptible to premature cracking, tearing and peeling. Modern tanning treatments have overcome these common worries to make leather seating even more durable than fabric sofas. In fact, under proper use and maintenance, most top grain sofa leather can last up to 3 times longer than typical sofa fabrics, with a lifespan up to 20 years.
Leather sofas also get softer as they age and with top grain materials, leather’s tear strength can mostly be retained while it is ageing, allowing minimal need for care. Case in point: the Ponte leather sofa proves it’s very durable thanks to its strong leather grains and 3mm-thick leather covering that ensures sturdiness.
5. It’s not as expensive as you may think
Probably the most common misconception about leather sofas is that they are expensive. While the cost may set you back initially, think of it as a long-term investment that will save you from having to replace your sofa every few years. These days, prices of leather sofas can vary according to customisation. But a budget of between $3,000 and $4,000 will allow you to enjoy a Kelvin Giormani-designed leather piece together with the extravagance it offers.
The Abbraccio, Ponte and Triplo sofas by Kelvin Giormani are available at OM. This article was brought to you by OM, a leading furniture retailer offering a curated selection of original designer furniture.