The Best Leather Sofas
When you’re on the trail of a new sofa, it’s easy to be seduced by the vast array of leather couches but is the right choice for you?
On the one hand, leather furniture is arguably the most luxurious you can buy. When you enter a room with a leather couch in, you get an irresistible urge to sit down on it immediately.
How about the cleaning and maintenance, though? Maybe you’ve got lots of kids in the house and you’re concerned about how your new investment will last the distance. Think about this in reverse, though…
Fabric sofas might be cheap but they’re also very easily stained. If your children come in with their hands covered in chocolate and put those hands on a fabric couch, good luck removing it!
You’ll have no such issues with leather furniture. Leather is remarkably easy to clean. Many models allow you to use a vacuum on it without causing any damage. You can also wipe down leather and buff it up easily.
Resistant to moisture and, in many case waterproof, a leather sofa will stand up to a spilled drink a lot more easily than a fabric alternative.
The smooth surface is highly elastic which translates to impressive lifespan. While you might dig deeper initially for a leather sofa, you’ll be rewarded with exceptional durability and an investment that will return years of happy use.
We’ve got a colossal 18 different models for you to choose from today if you’re tempted by the elegance, luxuriousness and comfort of a leather couch. We’ve aimed to provide as much choice as possible in terms of layout and sizing so there really is something for everyone.
We’ll launch right in now with our reviews. Once we’re done, we’ll round out with some helpful hints so you can determine which type of leather would work best for you and what to look for when you’re in buying mode.
I. Top 18 Best Leather Sofas
1. Our Pick & Best Top Grain Leather Sofa: Homelegance Laertes Reclining Leather Sofa
Our overall pick and best top grain leather sofa comes from Homelegance. We’ve got multiple models from this powerhouse brand for you today but what makes it so good?
Power recliners give you the ability to relax when it’s movie time at the push of a button so you’re completely kicked back.
The top grain leather is soft and supple. There’s a gray leather fabric to add a bit of durability and a contrasting cover in a darker gray. The overall effect is a subtle yet striking aesthetic.
Measuring up at 109 ½ x 36 ¾ x 39 ½ inches, this is a sizeable sofa so make sure you’ve got the room to accommodate. You’ll also need some minor assembly but this is straightforward.
You can also choose from a number of other configurations to personalize your seating to your living space.
Homelegance has been in business for over 30 years and you’ll get a classic, design-driven leather sofa from a brand you can trust. Perhaps the best thing, it’s also remarkably reasonably priced for such a substantial piece of furniture.
2. Best Leather Sectional Sofa: Stone & Beam Charles Classic Oversized Leather Sofa
Perfect for a drawing room or formal living room, this leather sectional from Stone & Beam is a modern classic in the making.
Finished in a range of colors, our personal favorite is the walnut giving a real injection of sophistication to your living space.
100% cowhide leather is draped over a rugged hardwood frame so you’ll get all the comfort you need without sacrificing build quality or lifespan. Properly cared for, this couch will last a lifetime.
If you’re concerned about tasky maintenance and upkeep with leather furniture, you needn’t be. You can vacuum your couch without damaging the leather or simply wipe it down with a soft, dry cloth.
The rolled arms and turned legs add a dose of class to the leather surrounding it. From more traditional living rooms to a minimalist condo, the Stone & Beam slots neatly in just about anywhere.
Assembly couldn’t be easier and you’ll be ready to lounge back and watch a movie in 15 minutes or less.
3. Best Leather Reclining Sofa: Homelegance Pecos Double Reclining Leather Sofa
Next up we’ve got another entry from Homelegance, a double power recliner. This couch gets our vote for best reclining sofa in a crowded market.
The couch is covered with a comfy gel leather. Be aware that this does not qualify as genuine leather so you should be sure about what you’re buying here.
That said, you’ll be rewarded with a snug and plush sofa you won’t want to get up from.
You can build this set out with a complementary reclining chair and reclining double love seat so the whole family can lie back and watch a movie without anyone feeling cramped or left out.
As with most sofas, you’ll need a little assembly but you’ll be up and running in no time with no need to call in a professional.
Simple to wipe down and keep clean, this is a low-maintenance couch that should give you plenty of years of service at a reasonable price-point. What’s not to love?
4. Also Great: Ashley Furniture Design Graford Leather Power Sofa
Ashley Furniture Design make intelligently crafted couches built to stay the distance while still making a commanding statement in the living room.
You’ll get incredibly durable foam cushions housed with a supple leather inside and a more durable faux leather outside.
Make certain you’ve got a larger living space to accommodate this bulky couch. It’s sized at 91 ½ x 38 x 39 ¾ inches. On the plus side, you’ll get more than enough room to sit 3 adults in complete comfort.
Assembly calls for nothing except a little patience and a screwdriver so don’t let that put you off.
A homeware specialist in business for well over a half century, you can buy with total confidence from Ashley Furniture Design. You can also accessorize with plenty of other goodies from their broad and deep range.
5. Homelegance Power Reclining Sectional Sofa
It’s no accident we’ve got several great sofas from Homelegance and if you’re looking for a couch that doubles up as a makeshift bed, this model is your best bet.
As before, this is made from gel leather so it’s not the real thing. That doesn’t detract from either the aesthetics or the performance, though. The faux leather is composed of 90% polyester along with 10% polyurethane.
Both ends of the sofa recline as does one of the armless chairs.
A much-appreciated storage console onboard lets you keep everything you need for movie night close at hands. You’ll also get a pair of USB charging ports so you can give your phone a burst of juice without needing to get up.
Tool-free assembly completes another winning package from an industry heavyweight.
6. Stone & Beam Bradbury Chesterfield Sofa
Another superb sofa from Stone & Beam up next in either black, brown or cognac, choose from a 79-inch or 93-incher depending on the size of your living space.
If you want more seating, there’s a matching leather ottoman and chair to widen your scope.
100% genuine leather is draped over a long-lasting solid wood frame. This sofa doesn’t just look the part, it’s built to stay the distance, too.
The elevated back and high arms of this classic Chesterfield come together to give you a perfect combination of comfort and support.
You can return the sofa no questions asked during the first month of purchase. From that point forth, you’ll benefit from a dependable 3-year limited warranty. This gives you complete peace of mind while showing how the manufacturer stands behind their product.
7. Best Faux Leather Sofa: Ashley Furniture Signature Design Couch
Not everyone wants a genuine leather couch so we’ve got the best faux leather alternative for you in the form of this striking and sleek couch from Ashley Furniture Design.
As well as the sofa, you can also opt to invest in a love seat, a queen sofa ideal for sleeping and a rocker recliner combo to complete a superb set.
Along with the couch, you’ll get a couple of elegant cushions thrown in as a finishing touch. This company really has your interests at heart and they’re not just out for a quick buck.
This is further evidenced with build quality robust enough to return many years of faithful service as long as you look after it. Cleaning the couch is a cinch and you should just wipe it down with a soft and dry cloth.
8. Crafters and Weavers Vintage Leather Chesterfield Sofa
Fashioned from impressive top grain Italian leather, this is another contemporary-styled Chesterfield ideal for both formal living rooms and a more relaxed setting. The aesthetic is remarkably versatile and chameleon-like.
One of the key selling points of this couch is that it comes completely assembled and ready to roll. Whether you live alone or you’re simply not practically inclined, this is a real incentive.
Despite design coming uppermost, you won’t be stiffed in terms of comfort. The couch is fairly upright so offers all the support you need as well.
The couch measures up at 95 x 38 x 27 ½ inches so you’ll have ample room to seat the whole family without needing an excess of space to accommodate the sofa.
For a cost-effective and classy addition to your living room, this sofa makes a wise buy.
9. Poundex F7609 Upholstered Sofas – Espresso Bonded Leather
If you frequently move your furniture around, you’ll appreciate the fluidity of this sectional from Poundex. With a patented reversible design, you can position the chaise at either end to suit.
Along with the sofa comes an armchair and an ottoman. You can have them all laid out together as one unit or take advantage of the modular set-up to spread out more.
The bonded leather is finished in a dark espresso with plywood used for the supporting frame. Solid wood sourced from China adds up to a sofa that’s built to last at a surprisingly reasonable price-point.
The chaise comes in at 84 x 34 x 35 inches while the 3-seater sofa measures 78 x 34 x 35 inches. If you’ve got a medium to large living room and you want a commanding piece of furniture as its centerpiece, this sectional is a must.
10. Ashley Furniture Signature Design Bladen Sofa
Ashley Furniture Design specializes in faux leather that looks just like the real thing without quite so much hassle on the care front.
Design-wise, this is stripped-down simplicity at its best. The low-slung cushions are stuffed with foam and the polyester/polyurethane mix covering them gives you durability without compromising appearance or lifespan.
The exposed feet are a nice touch. This couch makes a neat fit with practically any kind of design scheme giving you complete freedom from a brand you can trust.
At 90 x 36 x 38 inches, you’ll have ample space for entertaining or chilling with the family.
The armrests are beautifully padded and the cushions are full enough to completely support your back while extending a huge degree of comfort.
Pre-assembled upon arrival, all you need to be sure of is having a door at least 32 inches wide so it can come through ready to relax in.
11. Ashley Furniture Signature Design Damacio Sofa
The Damacio from Ashley Furniture Design is a far more modernist couch than the rest of their more traditional range.
Looking almost shiny in dark brown, this power recliner model gives you the ability to lounge back completely at the push of a button.
Size-wise, it’s larger than average. Measuring 91 x 41 x 41 inches, you’ll have ample room for a larger family to snuggle up cocooned in comfort. Length when fully reclined is an impressive 71 inches so it’s good for large adults who demand complete luxury at all times.
You won’t need to concern yourself with assembly either since it comes already racked up. Due to the oversized nature, you’ll need to have a door at least 34 inches wide for this couch to slip through.
As with all sofas from Ashley Furniture Design, you won’t need to dig too deep for the privilege either so what are you waiting for?
12. Stone & Beam Fischer Sleeper Sofa
Next in line, we’ve got another sleeper sofa, again from Stone & Beam. This budget-friendly brand manages to straddle the tightrope of producing affordable leather furniture without charging the earth and the Fischer continues that fine tradition.
You can choose from a staggering array of palettes so there’s no excuse for not getting something to fit precisely with your exisiting décor and furniture.
If the full-sized sleeper seems a little large at 72 x 35 x 34 inches, opt for the queen-sized variant instead. There’s also a sleeper chair so you can cater for all the family in style.
As with all Stone & Beam furniture, you’ll benefit from a 30-day return period and a rock-solid 3-year limited warranty. Since the furniture is made to order, you can get a touch of individuality without needing to pay bespoke prices.
13. Casa Andrea Leather Sectional Sofa
Sectional sofas afford you complete flexibility with layout and the Casa Andrea comes with a right-facing chaise. You should be clear that this is not reversible so make sure that configuration works with your living space.
You can choose from black, white or camel and the leather finish is contrasted with metal legs for an injection of modernity.
While a small amount of assembly is called for, it’s not taxing. Comprehensive instructions are included along with all required hardware so you won’t need to head out to the store.
The armrests are positioned low and they’re wide enough to pop your remote control and cellphone on while still having plenty enough space to support your arms.
Suitable for both more traditional living rooms and minimalist loft conversions alike, this affordable and durable leather sofa is a smart choice.
14. Ashley Furniture Signature Design Jayron Reclining Loveseat
Something slightly different up next with a double reclining loveseat complete with power reclining mechanism, again from the legendary Ashley Furniture Design.
With a pair of cup holders and enough onboard storage space to keep your remote and your phone close at hand, you won’t need to get up in a hurry and you won’t want to either…
Comfort is at a premium here with the manufacturer’s famous overstuffed cushions giving you a great deal of support while feeling like you’re sitting on air.
Although you’ll need to carry out a little assembly, it’s not too tasky and you’ll be glad you took the time once you smash back in the couch and fire up a movie on your big screen TV.
15. Stone & Beam Andover Studio Sofa
If you’re looking for something subtle but striking, this studio sofa from the stellar Stone & Beam is very easy on the wallet and equally easy on the eye.
Coming in at 78 x 38 x 33 inches, this couch works well in smaller spaces.
Assembly couldn’t be much easier and you shouldn’t need more than 10 or 15 minutes to be up and running. Or down and sitting!
As with all furniture from Stone & Beam, you’ll get that trademark month-long grace period for returns if you’re not entirely satisfied with you purchase. We’re pretty confident you will be, though. The class-leading 3-year warranty gives you total peace of mind.
The reversible cushions are a welcome touch and give you the ability to set the couch up just the way you want it.
16. Homelegance Croydon Two-Tone Sofa
The penultimate Homelegance couch on our list, the Croydon is a two-tone beauty that’s sure to make a real conversation piece.
Looking like something from a Game of Thrones set, the elaborate design works best with more chintzy and eclectic décor. That said, a real statement piece like this could also work with a minimalist design scheme by injecting an element of complete surprise.
The wooden frame is sturdy enough to bear a whopping 900 pounds so you’ve got more than enough support for the whole family on movie night.
The PU leather is decorated with fabric for contrast and the molding adds another layer of texture.
Due to the extreme weight, this couch ships in 2 boxes and you will need to make provision for a little assembly.
17. Divano Roma Real Leather Sectional Sofa
The Divano Roma is another sectional coming with a non-reversible chaise so make sure the right-facing layout would gel with the layout of your living room.
Choose from 4 colorways with the light brown our personal favorite.
The genuine leather is set off by exposed metal legs so you won’t be confronted by a wall of sameness.
Measuring up at 100 x 46 x 30 inches, you’ll get plenty of seating real estate and you’ll need a correspondingly large space to accommodate the sofa.
Although you need to assemble this sectional, you’ll get everything you need bundled along with crisp, clear instructions. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a DIY expert and it’s very simple stuff.
18. Homelegance Two-Piece Sectional Sofa Set
Last but definitely not least in our bumper curation of the best leather sofas on the market, we’ve got yet another Homelegance offering for you.
A two-piece sectional, the chaise faces to the right and is not reversible.
Upholstered in bonded leather, the oversized pillow arms provide you with the perfect resting place for your supplies while still leaving ample space to stretch your arms out.
At 108 x 69 x 40 inches, this sofa is substantial so make sure your living room is large enough for it not to dominate completely.
Don’t be fooled by the picture with an ottoman pictured. This is available but you’ll need to buy it separately.
Now we’ve given you a sprawling choice of the very best leather sofas money can buy, it’s time to tail off with our usual handy hints. We’re here to make your life easier every step of the way.
II. Types of Leather Used in Sofas
First thing’s first, you should familiarize yourself with the different types of leather you can choose from. It’s not a case of all leather being created equal.
We’ll give you a quick summary now of 7 of the most commonly used leathers in furniture:
- Bi-Cast Leather
- Bonded Leather
- Faux Leather
- Full Grain Leather
- Nubuck Leather
- Split Leather
- Top Grain Leather
This is a type of split grain leather – see below – that’s coated with colored polyurethane. This gives it the appearance of the more expensive full-grain leather (also discussed below) but this cheaper option comes with some drawbacks…
You’ll need to treat this type of leather with care or it’ll end up cracking and peeling. You might end up with a bargain but you’ll need to be prepared to care for it properly or your couch will be tattered in no time.
Bonded leather is made using the scraps and offcuts from other projects. This is then rolled up with an adhesive material.
On the downside, bonded leather contains not much more than 15% genuine leather so you need to be clear about what you’re buying. We’ve made the type of leather clear in all our reviews for this very reason.
Despite a relatively low count of real leather, you’ll still get the look, smell and feel of the genuine article and you won’t need to outlay too much either. For bargain hunters, bonded leather is the ideal choice.
Maybe you’re looking for a more durable alternative that doesn’t actually use any real animal hides? If so, faux leather is the obvious solution.
While technology continues to improve, faux leather still doesn’t look or feel quite like the real thing.
For many animal lovers, though, faux leather is the preferred option since it’s completely humane and you can buy with a clear conscience.
Full Grain Leather
Arguably the most authentic type of leather money can buy, full grain leather is correspondingly expensive.
After the hair is removed from the hide and it’s soaked in a vegetable dye, full grain leather undergoes no further treatment. Thanks to this natural process, the finished article retains much of the look and feel of the original animal hide.
When you first buy a sofa made from full grain leather, it might feel a little stiff and tough. It will soon break in as you use it, though. Sofas made from this material simply get better with age and could last a generation or more if properly cared for.
For purists with deeper pockets, there’s no substitute for full grain leather.
Nubuck leather only makes use of the rawhide. This material is then sanded down so it ends up looking and feeling much like suede.
Unfortunately, this material has a well-deserved reputation for being less than durable. You’ll also need to think seriously about waterproofing much like you would with suede shoes.
Split Grain Leather
When the top layer of leather is removed from a hide, what’s left is used for split grain projects.
You’ll pick up this type of leather more cheaply but it’s a pain to look after and it also tends to be much harder and tougher than more premium leather.
Top Grain Leather
Buffed and polished a little more thoroughly than full grain leather, you’ll nevertheless still enjoy a fairly natural look.
This additional treatment leads to a leather that’s softer without sacrificing durability to achieve that extra layer of comfort.
When you’re deciding between different types of leather, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.
Take your budget into account and think about how your sofa will be used. Someone with a house full of kids and a tight budget will have wildly different needs to a young, affluent couple or a single.
Be sure to take your time studying all your different options and, once you’ve decided which would make the best fit, it’s time to think about a few other key factors…
III. Things You Should Know Before Buying Leather Sofa
Perhaps the most crucial element to dial in is the type of leather you want as outlined above.
Once you’ve got that decided, though, there are still plenty of other areas to focus on if you want the best leather sofa.
- Frame Design
- Legs, Arms and Back
- To Recline or Not To Recline?
- Cushions and Filling
- Support and Suspension
- Think About The Brand
While you should take plenty of time making sure the quality of the leather is up to scratch, you shouldn’t overlook the quality of the wood, either.
Hardwoods that have been kiln-dried make a superb choice for leather sofa frames. With practically all moisture removed from the wood, you won’t suffer from any cracking or warping. If you’re being particularly fussy, look for wood that’s had all knots removed.
While oak, walnut, maple and ash frames are all pretty pricey, you’ll be rewarded in terms of longevity and the amount of punishment these woods can withstand.
Engineered plywood is becoming increasingly popular. This can be strong and reliable. You should avoid the weaker composite boards as they’ll be too soft.
As well as the type of wood used, you should also consider how strong the joints are. Corner blocks are often used for reinforcement.
With the leather and frame in place, how about the rest of the build?
Legs, Arms and Back
If they don’t form part of the frame, hardwood legs are a great choice. Any lesser type of wood is likely to break under stress.
Look for the back and arms of the sofa you’re buying being integrated into the frame proper. This will give you some much-needed extra strength.
Additional reinforcement comes in the form of metal brackets. You might find other support pieces used as well depending on the design of the furniture.
To Recline or Not To Recline?
Only you know whether you’ll make use of a recliner or not. If you place a premium on comfort and enjoy relaxing laid back with your feet up, a recliner makes perfect sense.
Also, if you suffer from back problems, the change in position at your disposal can provide some welcome relief.
With any type of motion furniture, more moving parts means more chance something could go wrong. If you’re considering a powered recliner, it’s well worth doubling down on user reviews so you can get some genuine feedback on the expected lifespan of the mechanics. After all, it’s senseless spending all that money on low-maintenance and eye-catching furniture if it’s going to let you down in a matter of months.
Cushions and Filling
You’ll need to make sure the arms and backrests are adequately padded. Not only does this give you the comfort you’re looking for, it will also safeguard the leather from the sharp edges of the frame.
When it comes to the seating area, you should check that the cushions have more than enough filling so you don’t end up with a hard and uncomfy couch.
Filling comes in 4 main varieties:
- Foam: Usually polyurethane, foam filling is sometimes used alone and sometimes in tandem with other fillings. High-resilience foam recovers quicker and has a lot more bounce in it
- Foam and Filling: If you’re looking for the ultimate in comfort, foam can be used with feathers or down for a truly luxurious finish. These type of cushions will last longer, too
- Down Plush: A down only cushion gives you even more comfort but you’ll need to spend quite a lot of time plumping them up so they still feel good
- Innerspring: Innerspring coils in the cushions are outstanding in terms of support and durability. They retain their shape well, too
Support and Suspension
The suspension system of the sofa is responsible for holding your weight so this is again a crucial area to get right.
The quality of the suspension will play just as important a role in the way the sofa feels as the material and the cushions.
- Hand-Tied Springs: 8-way coiled springs that have been hand-tied are the gold standard. You’ll generally only find this type of suspension on very upscale leather furniture
- Drop-In Springs: Much more affordable, drop-in springs are inserted into the frame where it best suits. Although you’ll get a great overall feel, some of these springs can have a tendency to sag
- Sinuous Springs: These zig-zag style springs work well and combine durability with affordability
- Webbing: The cheapest effective suspension is made from interlaced webbing. Attached to the frame, this webbing is self-supporting. Quality and durability is impacted to achieve this lower price
Look closely at the type of leather you’ll be buying with regard to maintenance.
Some kinds of leather require very little user input while others are labor-intensive.
Get this part right or you could end up regretting you rushed into your buying decision.
Think About The Brand
There’s a good reason we included so many leather sofas from the same brand. There are plenty of companies out there selling subpar leather furniture that you should avoid. We’re not going to name and shame them but stick with tried and tested brands so you know exactly what you’re buying into.
We’ll round out now with 5 of the most commonly asked questions about leather sofas…
IV. Leather Sofa FAQs
1) What is real leather?
Real leather is a natural product and as such you can expect to see imperfections and a lack of uniformity. Leather comes in many types, though. Refer to the section above for a detailed breakdown on the key differences between different varieties of leather.
2) What’s pigmented leather?
The most durable kind of leather used for sofas, a polymer surface coating is the part that contains pigments. You’ll end up with a sofa that won’t scratch easily and comes highly stain-resistant.
3) Are leather sofas durable?
Absolutely. Depending on the type of leather you choose, lifespan will vary. It’s also essential that you care for your sofa properly. Do this and there’s no reason at all your leather couch won’t last you a lifetime.
4) What does the grain of leather mean?
Grain refers to the upper layer of leather. From full grain and top grain to split grain and corrected grain, the sort of grain used in your leather sofa will influence durability, comfort and maintenance. Refer to the various type of leather broken down above.
5) What is aniline leather?
Aniline leather looks very natural with the character of the original hide giving it a unique and weathered appearance. Pure aniline leather is colored only with dye rather than polymer.
Well, we hope that after this bumper guide, you’re in the position to buy the very best leather sofa for your needs.
As with any major buying decision for your home, it’s well worth taking your time to familiarize yourself with all aspects of buying a leather couch. After all, choosing a frying pan is a quick, easy and cheap bet. When you’re looking to spend a great deal of money on something that could be with you for years, that decision deserves a little more time and trouble.
If you’ve got any further questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re here to help you in any way we can which is why we always accompany our reviews with detailed tips to make your life easier.
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