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The Great Debate: Leather vs. Fabric Chairs – Weighing the Pros and Cons

Choosing the right chair for your home is no small decision, and one of the primary dilemmas you'll encounter is whether to go for the timeless elegance of leather or the cosy comfort of fabric. We unravel the pros and cons of leather and fabric chairs, helping you make an informed decision that suits your style, lifestyle, and practical needs.

Leather Chairs: The Timeless Elegance

Leather Chair


  1. Luxurious Aesthetics: Leather chairs exude sophistication and timeless elegance. They add a touch of luxury to any room and have a classic appeal that stands the test of time.

  2. Durability: Leather is a durable material that tends to resist wear and tear well. With proper care, leather chairs can maintain their beauty for many years.

  3. Easy to Clean: Spills and stains are less likely to penetrate leather, making it relatively easy to clean. A quick wipe with a damp cloth is often sufficient.

  4. Hypoallergenic: For those with allergies, leather is a great option as it doesn't trap allergens like dust and pet dander as easily as fabric.


  1. Cost: Leather chairs are generally more expensive than their fabric counterparts. The initial investment might be higher, but many argue it's worth it for the longevity and timeless style.

  2. Temperature Sensitivity: Leather can be sensitive to extreme temperatures. In hot weather, it might become sticky, while in cold weather, it can feel cool to the touch.

  3. Maintenance: While leather is easy to clean, it requires periodic maintenance such as conditioning to prevent it from drying out and cracking.

Fabric Chairs: The Cosy Comfort

Fabric Chair


  1. Versatility in Style: Fabric chairs come in a wide range of colors, patterns, and textures, providing endless options to suit various design styles.

  2. Comfort: Fabric chairs are often considered more comfortable, especially in terms of breathability. They can be cosy and inviting, making them perfect for relaxation.

  3. Affordability: In general, fabric chairs tend to be more budget-friendly than their leather counterparts, allowing you to explore various styles without breaking the bank.

  4. Easy Customisation: If you want a chair that perfectly matches your decor, fabric allows for easy customisation. You can reupholster or change covers to refresh the look.


  1. Stain Absorption: Fabric is more susceptible to stains, and spills can be harder to clean. However, many modern fabrics come with stain-resistant treatments.

  2. Durability Concerns: While high-quality fabrics are durable, they may not stand up as well to wear and tear as leather over the long term.

  3. Allergen Trapping: Fabric tends to trap allergens more easily than leather. Regular cleaning and maintenance are essential, especially for those with allergies.

Conclusion: Choosing Your Throne

In the epic battle of leather chairs vs. fabric chairs, there's no one-size-fits-all answer. Your choice depends on your lifestyle, budget, and aesthetic preferences. If you crave timeless elegance, easy maintenance, and are willing to invest, leather might be your throne. On the other hand, if versatility, comfort, and a budget-friendly option are your priorities, a fabric chair might be the perfect seat for you.

Ultimately, the best chair is the one that brings you joy every time you sit in it. So, whether you opt for the rich allure of leather or the cosy comfort of fabric, may your chosen chair become a cherished companion in your home. Happy sitting!

At Larry O'Keeffe Furniture we have a wide range of leather and fabric chairs to suits your requirements whether it be size or comfort. Shop online today or visit us at one of our two stores in Clonmel and Mitchelstown.

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