There's nothing like leather, and if you think otherwise, perhaps you just haven't experienced the right piece of leather furniture yet.
It's true that leather has certain limitations – if you have messy kids, or maybe are a little messy yourself, you at least should make sure you have some wipes and a cleaning kit at hand, just case of accidental spills or stains.
But the advantages really make it shine compared to other fabrics, especially in larger furnishings like couches.
Leather is comfy, hypoallergenic, and can be a part of your home for years, if not decades. Leather's durability makes it a winner – it's flexible and tough, and even the occasional scuff usually just adds to its overall appeal.
Likewise, leather only gets softer over time, which can make a leather sofa a welcome and timeless part of any setting, no matter how often other furniture styles change. Plus, depending on the particular manufacturer, there can be a variety of colors available to match all sorts of décor choices.
One significant advantage to leather is that it rarely fades, especially in comparison to other common fabrics used in furnishings. Because the dyes are actually absorbed into the leather instead of being part of fabric, the color in your leather couch is long-lasting so will never look worn or have a tired appearance.
People considering purchasing the right leather sofa have other options besides color and style. There are also a variety of choices available in types, amounts of leather for different budgets. Many couches have a layer of leather on the outside but a wood structure core to provide better stability.
Protected aniline or pigmented leather both can provide additional levels of protection. Semi-aniline is also available.
Leather does require some maintenance, such as regular, even weekly wipe-downs with a dust cloth, and keeping it out of direct sunlight for extended periods of time, but the trade-off in terms of longevity and not peeling make it a winner.
Leather just says class, and nothing else even comes close in terms of look, feel and comfort.