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leather sofas info

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in In my home (includes DIY) MoneySaving
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Hi


for those who have leather sofas would you recommend them? from what ive heard the skin either peels of or gets all creased , is this correct?


anyone whos has/ had leather sofas have you had any issues , if not where did you buy yours from? any pics on how they look would be great help.
i have a small room, so not looking for any large sofas which take up half of the room, ideal a 3 seater where actually 3 ppl can sit comfortably.


Thank you guys
£2016 - £296.47- £215.27- £333.04 -£482.08
Total £1329.86 :)
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  • We bought a three seater black leather sofa from DFS about 6 years ago.
    We opted for the thicker leather at an extra cost.
    Can't just remember how much extra though.
    It is in use every day & is in 'as new' condition.
    We clean it on a regular basis but not with anything special.
    It is a manual recliner & the biggest mistake we made was not getting an electric one.
    We bought from DFS because they had the best price on that particular model at the time.
    All the big sofa sheds seem to have the same sofa's so a good trawl around them can save you a lot of money.
    One thing we found was that all the sofa display gave you a false impression size !!!
    Some of the sofa's are massive & would look ridiculous in a small room.
    HTH
  • gwynlasgwynlas Forumite
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    Have had leather sofas for years having had problems with fixed upholstery and loose covers. Prefer to have classic rather than fashion styles as they do not date. Have had both black and brown and any scuffs easily touched up with shoe polish/
  • magn8pmagn8p Forumite
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    Real leather should never peel off. I bought mine from gumtree about 2 years ago - an L-shaped sofa that has a foldable bed in it. It's quite practical and never had any issues with it so far.

    The only down side compared to fabric sofa is in winters it could be cold for a minute or so when you sit on it. Having said that, wiping off any spills is easy on the leathers compared to fabrics.

    So, if it is real leather, I would prefer them to fabric ones any day - you can find quite a few in Amazon like http://amzn.to/2zVZ1HA which are relatively cheaper compared to DFS or any high street merchants. Just make sure it's not imitation/faux leather just to make sure they have a long life.
  • edited 1 November 2017 at 2:38PM
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    edited 1 November 2017 at 2:38PM
    I have leather sofas and would buy leather again. I am also ex furniture industry (commercial not residential).

    When you look at sofas, have a look at the samples of leather used. The dye should go all the way through, so if for example the sofa is black, it should also be black on the suede side.

    Also, don't worry so much about leather creasing, it adds character.

    Finally, check that the whole sofa is leather. Some use leather effect materials on the extremities of the sofa, such as the back panel and sides. If that's important to you, ask before you buy.

    Many of the larger companies are members of the Furniture Ombudsman scheme, so if you have a problem and can't get resolution, there's somewhere to go to. This is quite important to me, so I also tend to buy from their members list.

    ETA: I notice that the sofa in the Amazon link is bonded leather, or reconstituted leather. Personally I would not touch a bonded leather sofa with a barge pole, so if you do consider buying one, read up on the pros and cons first. Bonded leather is not the same as leather as you think of it, it is a way of using offcuts.
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  • another_casualtyanother_casualty Forumite
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    I have a 2seater and 3 seater settee which are now 20years old.
    When I moved into my new flat, I was going to ditch them .
    However, I have had many people sleep,on the 3 seater over the years and they found it very comfortable . A friend of mine crashed over back in September and had a good nights sleep.

    Why was I going to ditch them ? Well I have unfortunately put on a lot of weight over the last couple of years due to a medical condition .
    The inside fabric shows through on the large settee , probably due to a combination of age/ my weight/ People crashing over etc .
    The 2 seater looks very good even now .
    I used to have scotchguard spray cleaner and cream which came with them . Would like to buy some more now .
    Most of my friends ( and removal men) said I should keep the furniture so I did .
    One does wonder if the furniture made now would be as heavy or long lasting .

    I got mine from courts when Bruce Forsyth was advertising for them
    Got interest free. Had to wait months as apparently they were made in Italy . Not impressed with the service and can see why they went bust. Not sure if delivery is faster these days . I was quoted 6 weeks ..which turned into 6 months .
    So apart from the waiting time, I would buy leather again .
    It looks a bit distressed. It can stick to you sometimes on hot days, but leather is cool :)
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  • Owned a 3-2-1 set from DFS. Unfortunately can't praise the quality. Started peeling after few months of standard use. We are only a family of three, so wouldn't say it was getting too much heavy use as both husband and I work and our son was at school most of the day. We called DFS on warranty. They sent out a specialist to do some cosmetic repair. The guy spent hours blowing new colourants into the leather to cover up the areas where the leather has come off. Ok, he has managed to hide it quite well but several months later it was all back.

    DFS assured us that the sofas were made of genuine Italian quality leather. I can't comment on other brands but we paid near enough £2K for our set and I can't say I was pleased with it. Gave it away after 10 years and went for fabric instead after that. Don't mean to upset people who own and love leather sofas; I just wasn't one of them on multiple counts with DFS quality only being one of them. I didn't like the fact that the sofas were cold in winter when you come into a cold house after work and the fact that you could literally stick to them in summer if you were too hot (apologies for detail).

    Will never buy leather again.
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    Electric Lazeboys, absolutely great, only point of contention is your waist will expand and you’ll require trousers with a comfort waistband.
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    We bought a cream 2 seater and 3 seater from DFS,lasted years,yes the leather creased and cracked a little over the years but it just gave them caracter/used look,do not know if the leather used these days is real or otherwise.
    ITS NOT EASY TO GET EVERYTHING WRONG ,I HAVE TO WORK HARD TO DO IT!
  • There's leather and there's leather and the price reflects that do a search for the types of leather used in furniture to get some idea.
    I have an old leather armchair that is probably 100 years old and still looks good.
    We put a bonded leather sofa in one of our rentals and within a year or so it looked worn and creased, but not in a good way.
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    vivatifosi wrote: »
    I have leather sofas and would buy leather again. I am also ex furniture industry (commercial not residential).

    When you look at sofas, have a look at the samples of leather used. The dye should go all the way through, so if for example the sofa is black, it should also be black on the suede side.

    Also, don't worry so much about leather creasing, it adds character.

    Finally, check that the whole sofa is leather. Some use leather effect materials on the extremities of the sofa, such as the back panel and sides. If that's important to you, ask before you buy.

    Many of the larger companies are members of the Furniture Ombudsman scheme, so if you have a problem and can't get resolution, there's somewhere to go to. This is quite important to me, so I also tend to buy from their members list.

    ETA: I notice that the sofa in the Amazon link is bonded leather, or reconstituted leather. Personally I would not touch a bonded leather sofa with a barge pole, so if you do consider buying one, read up on the pros and cons first. Bonded leather is not the same as leather as you think of it, it is a way of using offcuts.

    What are your thoughts on the leather sofas sold by Ikea? Would you recommend them?
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