Originally Posted by faust
I wouldn't. One, I think it looks tacky - it's very hard to find a good one. Two, seating on them is terrible - it feels bad on the skin, it gets really hot in the summer, and really cold in the inter.
Good leather isn't like this so much, it breathes. The best leathers never feel sweaty, clammy, or cold. The problem is that high-quality analine leathers are really expensive ($10k for a sofa and more) and are prone to staining. We have a sofa in Spinneybeck Sabrina, which is a semi-analine with a protective coating. It seems to be a good compromise.
Originally Posted by Tck13
I LOVE leather sofas and furniture. The one nice thing is that anything spilled on them can be wiped off and they don't attract pet hair and whatnot. They are pretty difficult to punture but not impossible (especially if you have pets) but then again, same with cloth. If temperature is an issue, a covering looks nice and adds to the sofa and the room.
In this respect leather is more durable in that it won't stain or wear out like fabric. It can be punctured by pets, but only with effort. We let our dog on the cheap leather sofa in the den but not on the one covered in spinneybeck.