At first glance, this might appear to be nothing more than a question of cost. Obviously budget is a big concern for many of you, and leather would be quite a bit more expensive than the fabric options out there. A lot of folks begin and end the debate right here—which is perfectly fine if money is a major stumbling block.
But those of you with a bit more flexibility in your budget should also take the following points into consideration when choosing between fabric and leather upholstery for your home theater furniture:
- Young children. Kids are practically hardwired to spill food and drinks on furniture, especially when distracted by the latest Disney film. Leather is much easier to clean than fabric and would be a good choice if you have children.
- Pets. Removing pet hair from leather is a breeze, but your cat or dog's claws may damage the material. If you go with leather, keep your pets off your home theater furniture. If you go with fabric, be prepared to vacuum frequently.
- Odors. Does anyone in your household smoke? Do you plan to have a popcorn machine in your media room? Fabric absorbs and retains odors much more readily than leather, which could be a big turnoff for some.