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Choosing the right leather sofa for you

If you're thinking of buying a leather sofa but you're not sure where to start, then here are a few tips to help you decide between the many options on the market.

If you're thinking of buying a leather sofa but you're not sure where to start, then here are a few tips to help you decide between the many options on the market.

1. Choosing between a bonded or aniline leather sofa

Bonded leather sofas Affordable and easy to maintain, bonded leather is made of leather fibres bonded with latex to a protective polyurethane top coat that feels soft to the touch. Available in a variety of colours from black or brown to cream, ivory and red, bonded leather sofas are smart, sleek and stylish - perfect for the contemporary home.  

Aniline leather sofas Every aniline leather sofa has its own unique colourings and markings as the long tanning process enhances the patina of the hides, allowing the inherent grain to shine through. Colours can range from coffee shades to rich reddish-brown and aniline leather sofas work equally well in a traditional or contemporary setting as their vintage appearance sets them out as classic pieces of furniture, even when brand new.

2. Choosing your sofa colour

The first consideration is practicality. If you have a young family, then you probably don't want to spend your time cleaning sticky finger marks and shoe scuffs from a white, ivory or cream leather sofa.

Black leather sofas are versatile, easy to keep clean and work with most types of décor. A brown leather sofa, especially in aniline leather, brings warmth and character to a room and a red leather sofa can provide a striking counterpoint to light, neutral décor. Cream and ivory leather sofas bring out the beauty of a polished wood floor and can be accessorised with colourful cushions: choose teal, purple or lime green for a great contemporary look.

3. Putting on the style

A black leather recliner sofa with bucket seats will give you support and comfort while matching your traditional décor. For contemporary homes, choose a smart bonded leather sofa in black or cream or a vintage aniline leather sofa. If your tastes are right up to date, why not go for an ultra-modern red or black leather sofa with winged arms and chrome legs.

4. Are you sitting comfortably?

Before you buy a new leather sofa, consider whether you want to change your current room layout and how many people you need to seat. This will help you decide whether you need a two-seater sofa, three-seater sofa or corner unit. A good quality sofa will have dense foam fillings and pocket-sprung seat cushions for the ultimate in support and longevity.

5. Mix and match

You've selected your leather sofa, but don't forget that many ranges also have matching armchairs, tub chairs and footstools. If you're revamping your living room, this is also a good time to invest in a new coffee table or sideboard.

If you'd like some advice on choosing the right leather sofa, the friendly team at Furniture Choice will be happy to help. Visit www.furniturechoice.co.uk or call 0800 035 0070.