As someone who grew up in a home that always had a fabric-covered couch instead of a leather couch, I always assumed I would make similar interior design choices as an adult. To me, leather seemed like it wouldn’t be as warm and cozy as the couches I was used to. But after growing up, adopting a dog, and realizing said dog would be spending a lot of time on the couch with me, too, I realized that a leather couch would be the best option for both of us.
Now that I’ve had a leather couch for more than two years, I can’t say I would ever go back to anything else. Not only are leather couches great for cats and dogs, but they’re also great for hosting large groups and withstanding the stains and scratches that come with kids, guests, and more. But they can also be pretty stylish, too.
“Leather sofas are the perfect combination of luxury, comfort, and durability,” Jessica Harris, Manager of Production Design at Living Spaces says. “The classic material works beautifully with many different sofa designs, making it a great addition to any living space.”
Keep reading for our PEOPLE-approved picks of the best leather sofas.
Article Sven Leather Sofa
As someone who has owned different versions of the Article Sven Sofa over the years, I can personally vouch for the overall comfort, durability, and value of this couch. After owning a velvet version of the Sven sofa for awhile, my husband and I switched to the leather version, which is a little more dog-friendly. Our Sven sectional is comfortable, durable, and withstands scratch marks, fur, drool, and anything else our dog has to throw at it. Not only that, but it looks timelessly stylish in our home (even as our other decor changes) and the tufted cushions and overstuffed pillows only seem to become more comfortable and cozy as time goes on. This is also a favorite of wardrobe stylist Pilar Scratch, who says that this chic couch “fits every living space aesthetic.”
Price at time of publish: $1,899
Dimensions: 34 x 88 x 38 inches | Assembly: No tools required, takes less than 10 minutes | Material: Kiln dried solid wood, high density foam, polyester, duck feathers, full-aniline leather
Poly & Bark Napa Right Sectional Sofa
This classic sectional is not only attractive, but comes with a 100-day warranty and guarantee, so you know you’ll be able to properly test and trust it when you purchase. This pick has nearly 800 positive reviews on Amazon, with an average of 5 stars for its craftsmanship, so you know you’ll be getting a high-quality couch that will last for years to come. Plus, since it’s available to buy on Amazon, you get free curbside delivery and you may even find that it’s on sale. The best part? It only takes five minutes to assembly (really!).
Price at time of publish: $3,299.99
Dimensions: 67 x 104.5 x 28.5 inches | Assembly: Simple assembly required (approximately five minutes) | Material: Italian tanned leather upholstery, high density foam with polyester filling and feather-down topper on seating surfaces
Steelside Aisha 69.68-Inch Upholstered Loveseat
Forget what you think you know about faux leather sofas, because this one challenges the most popular misconceptions. First of all, this sofa makes it clear that not all faux leather couches look cheap — customers say this faux leather upholstery looks like genuine worn-in leather. Second, not all leather couches (faux or otherwise) have to be expensive. The Steelside Aisha Upholstered Loveseat is a great option for those who prefer faux leather and/or are trying to save a bit of money without sacrificing aesthetic or comfort. Made in the USA, this couch is a great value with positive reviews to boot. Particularly, customers rave about the loveseat’s easy assembly, soft suede-like feel, and impressive quality and durability for the price. The one downside? It’s a loveseat, so it only seats two people. However, this is a great couch for a small living room, entryway, office, or reading nook.
Price at time of publish: $334.99
Dimensions: 33.07 x 69.68 x 31.69 inches | Assembly: Easy assembly (but can purchase Wayfair’s Expert Assembly for $104.99) | Material: Faux leather with solid oak frame
AllModern Hailee Sofa
This couch is a combination of a lot of different desirable features: It’s a modern, trend-focused silhouette but has some classic details we love, like a tufted upholstery. It’s made of genuine leather and its delivery includes at-home assembly. Plus, it has dozens of wildly positive reviews to back up its claims of comfort, design, and construction. It’s also available in black leather if you prefer that to brown. While it might not be the best possible option for larger families or those looking for couches designed for optimum spreading out and lounging, it’s a gorgeous piece that would look great amidst a lot of different design styles.
Price at time of publish: $1,020
Dimensions: 34 x 84 x 37 inches | Assembly: Includes assembly service with delivery | Material: Genuine leather
Best Faux Leather:
West Elm Dennes Vegan Leather Sofa
This couch from West Elm is another faux leather option and a favorite pick of designer and architect Rachael Grochowski, founder and principal of RHG Architecture and Design. “I love a cream colored leather sofa — especially if it’s vegan,” Grochowski says. “This one has a classic modern look reminiscent of Florence Knoll.” If you’re not super familiar with high-end furniture, a Florence Knoll is a famous style of sofa from Knoll Furniture that retails for more than $15,000. This West Elm option comes in at a significantly more approachable price point than that while offering a similar aesthetic, so it’s a win-win. Plus, you can choose between five shades of vegan leather (and 13 shades of genuine leather, if you prefer that) for a sofa more customized to your home aesthetic.
Price at time of publish: $1,679
Dimensions: 72 x 39 x 34 inches (also available in an 88-inch width) | Assembly: West Elm will assemble for you as part of their White Glove Service | Material: Animal-friendly vegan leather
Article Mello Corner Sectional
There’s nothing better than sinking into a giant, cozy sectional after a long day of work and running around. “The relaxed look of a legless modular sofa is simply welcoming — a contemporary look for a contemporary home,” Grochowski says. This one is made from soft, full-aniline leather and comes in two shades: tan and brown. A perk of modular sofas is the customization, as you can add on other parts as you wish. Before ordering, choose if you want it right-facing or left-facing so it can fit into your space exactly how you want. If you’re looking to really splurge on a modular sectional, this one from Industry West is Grochowski’s favorite.
Price at time of publish: $3,899
Dimensions: 26 x 118 x 80 inches | Assembly: No assembly is required | Material: Soft, full-aniline leather upholstery with solid wood frame and filled with resiliency foam, polyester, and duck feathers
Signature Design by Ashley Morelos Contemporary Leather Queen Sofa Sleeper
If you’re looking for a sleeper sofa that doesn’t look like a sleeper sofa, this value option from Signature Design by Ashley is going to be your best bet. Not only that, but it comes delivered pretty much ready to go — all you need to do is screw on the feet. And your guests can sleep peacefully knowing there are no back-breaking springs included; this sleeper features a queen-sized memory foam mattress. It also, of course, has high ratings and positive reviews, with customers praising its comfort and functionality.
Price at time of publish: $929.99
Dimensions: 38 x 85 x 37 inches | Assembly: Light assembly required (just attach feet) | Material: Leather upholstery,
Best with Footrest:
Apt2B Leather Sofa With Footrest
This pre-assembled leather sofa not only has power footrests for optimum comfort, but also is one of Apt2B’s quick-ship sofas, meaning you don’t have to deal with any of that annoying, months-long wait that so many furniture brands have these days. This one also has very positive reviews and user photos which provide great examples of how the sofa looks inside real rooms and homes.
Price at time of publish: $3,048
Dimensions: 81 x 38 x 33 inches; 81 x 53.4 x 33 inches with footrest extended | Assembly: Easy | Material: Top grain leather
Best for Large Families:
Raymour & Flanigan Kessler 4-Piece Sectional Sofa
For large families, there’s nothing better than a sectional. Leather is notoriously forgiving when it comes to stains, scratches, and more, but a lighter-colored leather can sometimes be a little bit more tricky with stains. This massive sectional is a darker leather, meaning it will easily hide the wear and tear that comes with a large family, but it will also comfortably fit everyone. It’s also a really reasonable price point for its size, which is always a nice bonus.
Price at time of publish: $2,699.95
Dimensions: 129 x 94 x 34.5 inches | Assembly: Fully assembled & placed in your room, or in-store pickup | Material: Leather
Best with Recliner:
Briggs Bourbon Leather 88-Inch Power Reclining Sofa
For those in search of a leather sofa that’s all about comfort all the time, consider the Briggs leather sofa, which features power reclining options, headrests, and USB plugs. Basically, this couch is for people who really, really like to lounge and for long periods at a time. With top grain leather that has a casual, rustic (but still traditional) feel to it, this sofa would be great for a screening room or game room.
Price at time of publish: $2,495
Dimensions: 88 x 41 x 41 inches | Assembly: 15 minutes | Material: Top grain leather
How to Pick the Right Leather Couch
Katherine Wells, owner of eclectic home decor store A.Mano Brooklyn, explains the most important things to look for in a new couch. First, she suggests considering your home’s style. It’s important to take into account how the overall look of the couch is going to go with the other design elements in your home. This part is, of course, entirely up to you. “Style is subjective so it’s pretty easy to narrow down the myriad combinations of backs, arms, cushions and legs based on personal preferences,” Wells explains. If you prefer a mid-century modern look, we recommend Article’s Sven Leather Sofa or Poly & Bark’s Napa Sectional Sofa. If you’re following trends, you might want to add a modular sofa to your space — our favorite is Article’s Mello Corner Sectional.
Next up is scale, which is all about considering how the size of the piece is going to fit within a given space. Something too big will look out of place and something too small will look even worse. This is also where you should think about how you’ll get the piece of furniture into your home in the first place. “Scale dictates that a big room gets a big couch and vise versa, but you also have to consider whether or not the big one will fit through the apartment’s doorways,” Wells says. “Measure twice.” If you’re needing a sofa that can seat a bigger family, check out the Raymour & Flanigan Kessler Leather 4-piece Sectional Sofa. If you’re looking for more petite, whether for an office space, small apartment, or the like, we recommend the Steelside Aisha Upholstered Loveseat.
Comfort may not seem subjective, but it’s actually a very personal feature of a couch. Some people like to sink into an extra-soft sofa, while others prefer to be supported. “Comfort depends on how you want to use it and what your body needs. Measure for depth and length and the height of the back,” Wells suggests. “Personally, I like cushioned seats and pillow backs that I can move around when I need to lie down. If you nail the basics, there are endless fabric options to complement your decor.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best leather sofa?
We chose Article’s Sven Leather Sofa for it’s sleek design, quality construction, and approachable price point. It also comes in four different colors and two width options, providing a bit of customization you can’t always find in leather couches. Plus, assembly only takes five minutes.
What are the benefits of buying a leather sofa?
For the most part, choosing a leather sofa is a matter of personal preference — something that comes down to what you want when it comes to the look and feel of the piece of furniture. However, there are some particular benefits of leather to explore, as Ashley Stark Kenner of Ashley Stark Home explains.
“There are many benefits of a leather sofa,” Kenner says. “Leather can appear sleeker and more elegant. Leather is more durable and less likely to stain. It’s also hypoallergenic which is great for people who suffer from allergies.”
Are expensive leather sofas worth it?
If you have the budget for a quality leather sofa, it’s usually a worthwhile investment, since genuine leather is a durable material that can last decades. Our most expensive option on the list, Article’s Mello Corner Sectional (priced at $3,899), is a modular design so you can customize it to your liking and have the couch adapt to your needs. When it comes to the best of the best leather quality, Kenner says to look for full grain or top grain leather — this is the highest grade available for sofas (the Mello sectional is made with full-aniline leather).
How can you protect leather sofas from scratches?
One of the reasons leather sofas are so popular is because tanned leather is water-resistant, which makes them perfect for protecting against day-to-day messes and spills. Scratches, of course, are inevitable, but can often wear away over time, only adding to the lived-in, comfortable look and feel of a leather couch. Kenner also suggests protecting leather from scratches by using a leather conditioner regularly.
Take Our Word For It
Olivia Muenter is a freelance writer who has written for numerous outlets such as Refinery29, Glamour, and Byrdie. She is also a co-host on the lifestyle podcast Bad on Paper. For this piece, she aimed to cover retailers of all types for people of varying household incomes. For criteria, the she evaluated speicifc, expert-backed recommendations and insight, reviews, materials, versatility, and design.
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