Tips for Choosing Leather Living Room Furniture

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Wondering if leather furniture is right for your living room? Consider how to choose a leather sofa with these tips.

Leather sofas sometimes have a man-cave reputation. You know: a big, hulking recliner-style sectional with puffy headrests and spots to hold beverages for the football fanatic. Or the ultra-sleek black leather for the urban modern male. Not that there’s anything wrong with either of those profiles… but I am, quite obviously, neither. 😉

If you saw our ranch living room reveal last week, though, you know that we partnered with Article on leather living room furniture: a Sven sectional in Charme Tan and two Lento lounge chairs in black leather. We are loving them… and today I wanted to answer some FAQs about leather furniture and why we chose it for our little rustic modern farmhouse.

This post is sponsored by Article. All opinions are my own.

Why choose a leather sofa

With all furniture purchases, there are several factors to consider: cost, durability, use, comfort, and style preference, among others. For the ranch house, we are hoping to fill it with family and friends as much as possible (you can catch up on the story of the ranch house here if you’d like). And I don’t intend to spend all my time while there cleaning up after people. Plus, the living room is open to the kitchen (and therefore susceptible to food spillover)… so durability and ease of care were numbers one and two on my priority list.

Ok, I confess, style made have made it up on there on the list, too – ha! And for this small-ish living room, the sleek shape of the sofa and the openness of the chairs were the perfect solution for plenty of seating in a small space.

Are leather couches durable?

We switched to a fabric sectional in our family room at our main house about a year ago, and while I truly love the look, the size, and the feel of the sectional we chose, I admit that part of me misses the low maintenance of the leather sofas we had in there previously. It simply takes more effort and supervision of little ones (and a few adults I know 😉 ) to keep a fabric sofa from getting dirty or dingy. So if grubby hands are aplenty and low maintenance a priority, I would definitely consider leather.

Are leather couches worth it?

The cost is often higher with leather, it’s true. But that brings us back to priorities and use, and it’s a good reminder that sometimes it’s worth saving up for the right thing rather than settling for something you’ll need to replace in a few years. In our case, I wanted to be able to allow others to use the home without worrying whether they would care for it as I would like. Plus, my own bunch of munchkins family can be more relaxed at the ranch, which is definitely the goal.

Are leather couches comfortable?

It’s a personal preference, honestly, but I definitely find leather couches (especially a leather couch from Article) to be comfortable. And the leather on the Sven Charme sectional is especially buttery soft.

While the Lento chairs aren’t exactly the type you’d curl up in to take a nap (which would have felt too bulky for this space anyway, in my opinion), the seat is very wide and comfortably cushioned, and the back and arms fit wonderfully. There’s even space enough for me to add a little velvet pillow to soften the dramatic black leather.

Review of the Article Sven Sofa

As you can see, I think that for this little ranch house – and all the kiddos we plan to host here – leather furniture was the way to go. And I’m so pleased we went with Article, as I am smitten with the sectional, especially.

Long before I ever partnered with Article, I actually convinced my younger brother to purchase a Sven sofa from them for his apartment, and we were both so very impressed by the quality and price. So while I already knew I loved the Sven style, I hadn’t seen the leather sectional version in person. But it certainly hasn’t disappointed…

The mid-century style mixed with the natural patina of the leather is exactly the kind of rustic-modern flavor I’ve been seeking at Little Pax Ranch.

And the size – plenty large enough for 4 adults but low profile enough not to overwhelm this small living area – feels perfect.

And speaking of the rustic modern contrast… the combo of wood and leather on the Lento chairs is about as perfect as it could be with the kitchen island and beams and the black windows.

So how about you? Are you team leather or team fabric? I’d love to know. And be sure to check out Article’s leather furniture options: sofas, sectionals, chairs, and ottomans… I think it might just be the low maintenance, high style option you’re looking for.

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