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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 11-18-2011, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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Leather couches?

OK, so we are at least seeing the light at the end of the tunnel on our addition. I would like to replace our family room furniture, which has stood us in good stead, but is now 25 years old. I LOVE the look of leather, but it's the most expensive option, and I was wondering if any of you have it, and whether it holds up to small dogs claws jumping on and off all the time. I'm not worried about Kodi chewing on it... Just regular wear and tear.

BTW, we do keep a blanket on the end of a love seat where he usually likes to sleep even now, and would do the same with the leather couches, but he sometimes changes his mind and sleeps elsewhere. And, of course, when the "zoomies" hit, he often races on and off the couches on his circuit through the room.

One more question. I know they now have the (much) less expensive "bonded leather". I know it's a composite, but when I've sat on it in the show rooms, it looks and feels really nice. Anyone have that? How is it holding up?


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I like the look of leather, too. However, I've been living with my folks for the past 10 months, who have had a good leather couch for a good 20 years that still looked like new. After Tucker living here these months, and his yorkie-poo cousin coming over for visits, they have left the couch with some little tiny slices of the top of the leather. My mother is understandably not pleased.

I have tried to cover the side of the couch he likes most, but things just slide around on it and fall off. We've finally put a rubber coated bathroom rug on the back of the couch, at least, to protect that. And, if the dogs are in a RLH mode I move it to the seat of the couch as we try to get them to stop boinging off the couch.

So, I'm thinking that when I move into my house next month, I'm sticking with a fabric couch.

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We considered leather when we converted a family room last month. But we decided, having seen other peoples' leather furniture die early from just normal pet use it wasn't worth the frustration. Even good pets with well trimmed nails will inevitably do damage.
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We don't have leather couches, but do have leather recliners. 'Someone' was digging for ?? whatever in the seat of one, scratched it. Personal preference thing, I guess too, but man, I do NOT like the feel of them when I sit in them. They are 'cold' feeling.

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Yeah, I think they are cold to sit on, too. But, they do look nice and neutral.

(I get my car seats with fabric, too.)

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Yeah, I think they are cold to sit on, too. But, they do look nice and neutral.

(I get my car seats with fabric, too.)
Jack's car had leather seats - I hated riding in that thing. I think he got cloth in his new one - because I bellyached so much!

Yes, I agree they look nice, but I find myself avoiding our chairs, aside from Augie's and my morning reading of the newspaper ritual.

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We have leather in the family room and had have no problems with it being scratched or ruined in any way from Tucker. I'm pleased with the way they have held up with grandchildren and a dog. What ever the room temperature is will be the temperature of the leather. So, in winter is does feel cold, but I find it warms up quickly. We got ours probably 15 - 16 years ago at Jordan's and feel they have served us well.
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I have leather in furniture in our living you and I am always sliding off the couch! I am not crazy about them.

Bumi doesn't "Jump" on anything (he doesn't know how and I refuse to teach him ) so he only goes on the sofa when we pick him up. The rules in our place are that he can go up on the sofa, as long as he sits ON whoever picked him up. He is not to walk all over the sofa, etc. (this only works for us since he is unable to jump up there by himself).
However, even with the rules in place, there are a few scratch marks visible on the leather (chololate brown).

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... Even good pets with well trimmed nails will inevitably do damage.
Totally agree!

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I am on the 'dislike' side... leather is cold and not very durable... but it does look nice!

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Just mytwo cents. I have leather and I love it. It is easier to take care of and keep clean than fabric to me. Maybe after 20 yrs it could be damaged by paws, lol, but, at that point I am ready for something new anyways. It seems to be whatever the room temp is, so, no problems with it being cold. Good luck on whatever you decide. New furniture is soooo nice.
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