Jan 5

Choosing Your Sofa Upholstery: Pros and Cons


Woman readingSofa upholstery comes in many varieties, making it a little overwhelming when it comes to deciding which sofa will work best for you. Here is a closer look at a few of the many kinds of sofa upholstery.


Microfiber is a very fine, soft fabric used often on sofas today. Another way to describe it is suede.

Pros: It looks and feels great, and cleans up easily. The fabric hides stains and spills, and it’s great for kids and pets.

Cons: It can cause a lot of static electricity buildup, causing your hair to stand on end and stick to the fabric. It can look tacky because of the “swirl” marks common in such suede material.


Linen is a very tight knit, smooth fabric. For sofas, the threads used to weave the linen will be fairly thick, but it is so tightly woven you’ll barely notice.

Pros: Linen sofas are highly resistant to pilling and fading. They’re attractive and classy, making them perfect for a formal sitting room. If you have it professionally cleaned, it will look as good as new.

Cons: It soils and wrinkles easily and will not withstand heavy wear. It is not easy to clean, and if you try to clean it at home, the fabric will shrink.


This fabric made from cowhide is extremely popular for sofas.

Pros: The material is extremely tough, durable, and easy to clean. It is easy to vacuum, damp-wipe, or clean with leather conditioner or saddle soap if necessary.

Cons: The initial cost is expensive and the upkeep time is consuming. If it does not receive the proper care, it will scuff and crack.


Wool upholstery fabric is thick, and can be very rough to the touch.

Pros: It is sturdy, durable, and resists pilling, fading, wrinkling, soil, and fire. It is generally blended with other fabrics to make it softer and easier to clean.

Cons: It can be very difficult to clean and may shrink if not cleaned professionally.


When it comes to sofa upholstery, vinyl is a more affordable, manmade version of leather.

Pros: Vinyl is easy to wipe off and clean and requires less maintenance than leather. If it is good quality, it is extremely durable.

Cons: It generally doesn’t last as long as leather and is more prone to scuffing and cracks.