Your guide to buying a leather sofa

Superbly comfortable and, with their timeless style, lovely to look at, we have a wide range of handcrafted leather sofas for you to choose from. Here’s our expert guide to help you choose the one that’s right for you.

leathers To Suit Your Home

Leathers to suit your home

100% Real leather

At DFS we never compromise on our leather sofas. So, whenever you see this icon, it means 100% real leather, all over.

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Natural leather

Choose 'natural finish' leather for a classic, traditional look. Designed with you in mind, our leather provides a lovely comforting warm, soft finish that as the natural tone and grain varies from piece to piece giving every sofa a slightly different feel. Take a clean, dry cloth and wipe your sofa down once a week to keep dust from building up.

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Cherish leather

Choose ‘cherish’ leather for a sleek, modern look that’s extra resilient. Our cherish leather has a sealed surface helping your sofa stand up to the everyday wear and tear that life throws at it. Dust with a soft dry white cloth and vacuum as required. Any spills should be quickly absorbed with a paper absorbent kitchen roll or tissue, then cleaned with our recommended DFS leather care kit. Don’t use a damp cloth as this will absorb the moisture and cause the leather to dry out and possibly crack or peel.

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Leather-look fabric

As well as our leathers, we also offer a leather look fabric for the luxury of leather at an affordable price.

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Fillings, it’s what’s inside that counts

So, you love the comfort and beauty of leather, and are ready to pick your perfect sofa. A leather sofa is a family-friendly choice, making it durable and versatile, giving you lots of looks to choose from. So, whether you want something contemporary and chic or more relaxed and cosy; here’s our experts guide to finding the right leather sofa that looks and feels right for you.

relax on a leather sofa

Foam - soft and supportive

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Soft fibre - as soft as a big hug

Soft fibre filled cushions. If you like your sofa to feel like it's giving you a big hug at the end of the day, fibre could be your perfect match. Fibre gives a soft and relaxed feel that invites you to sit down and sink in. Our tip: Plumping and turning cushions every day will maintain the feather like feel.

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Fibre encore - soft and supportive

Our exclusive fibre encore cushions. Family life means your sofa has to be different things at different times - a place to play, cuddle or chat. Fibre Encore's foam core in a fibre quilt wrap gives support for sitting up and softness for chilling out - and keeps its shape beautifully through the years. It's standard in our Country Living range. Our tip: Plump and turn your cushions regularly to keep them looking and feeling fabulous.

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Looking after your leather sofa

Leather is a natural covering and will stretch and crease with use. Cushions will soften and relax their shape with regular use, making them even more comfortable, while everyday scratches and marks add character. If you take care of your leather sofa, it will reward you for years to come, growing more beautiful as time goes by.

Here’s what you need to know to get the best out of your leather sofa.

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Give your sofa a gentle weekly vacuum to remove any dust and debris. Make sure you use a soft attachment and a low setting to avoid any accidental damage.

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Steer clear of cleaning products not made especially for leather. Even sturdy leather sofas can be sensitive to substances not made for them. That’s why we offer special care kits to help you look after your leather sofa.

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Direct sunlight can cause the colours to fade and cause your sofa to age before its time, so place your sofa in a shaded area to help keep maintain its look for longer

Make sure to set your vacuum on a low setting