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Leather furniture is a great investment for your home. From a practical standpoint, it’s incredibly durable, and lasts up to four times longer than fabric. Plus, it’s easy to maintain and holds up to kids and pets (more on that later). From an aesthetic standpoint, nothing beats its luxurious texture and look. It adds an element to your room that fabric simply can’t replicate.

Within our collection of quality, Italian-tanned leathers, we have eight different leathers (each with multiple colors) to choose from. Each leather has a unique character and texture, and performs a little differently because of variations in how they’re tanned and finished.

Because you can custom order any of our leather furniture in any leather, you have the freedom to choose the leather you love the most. Picking the right one comes down to two points: performance and looks. Use this quick guide to help you find the best leather for your new furniture.

Leather for kids and pets

Some people shy away from leather for family-friendly furniture, but it’s actually a great choice because of its natural durability and stain resistance. A semi-aniline leather, which has a protective finish, will be easiest to clean and offer the most resistance to scratches. We have two semi-aniline leathers that are great for kids and pets: Lecco and Urbino.


Hess sectional in Lecco cognac leather

Classic, natural looking leather

If you want a classic, timeless look, go with a full-aniline leather like Vento, Annata or Portofino. Our full-aniline leathers are minimally processed to bring out the natural markings and color variations that are the hallmarks of fine leather. These leathers are designed to develop their own unique character over time, meaning they’ll show scratches and other signs of wear as you live with them. It’s part of what makes them so appealing, like a well-worn baseball glove or a vintage leather jacket.

Macalester Chesterfield Sofa in brown leather

Macalester sofa in Portofino cognac leather

The latest in leather trends

For a cutting-edge look, consider one of our nubuck leathers, like Matera, Sorrento or Ferarra. In addition to their unique design point of view, they’re exceptionally soft and luxurious. Keep in mind that all nubuck is sensitive to oil-based spills because of its texture, so it’s not the best choice for a sofa in the family room, but it’s perfect as a statement on an accent chair.


Beau chair and ottoman in Ferarra black nubuck

To help you choose your favorite leather, we offer free leather swatches. Order online or stop by a store to shop and take swatches home with you. If you want to dive a little deeper into details about our leather quality and the different options, check out our Leather Guide.

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