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Leather armchair (lazy-boy style) vs. fake leather. Anyone have positive or negative experience with them?

Asked by Zen_Again (9911points) February 28th, 2010

I can’t decide which way to go: quality or price.

Did anyone have a really bad experience with a cheaper faux-leather chair – or can I safely purchase one and save a ton of money?

Anyone want to recommend a name and model?


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DarkScribe's avatar

Real leather all the way. Fake is hot, sweaty and uncomfortable – plus it looks cheap and doesn’t last.

EdMayhew's avatar

The trouble with fake leather is that it gets sweaty real quick, ad won’t last half as long. I’d be wary of fake leather unless it’s a LOT cheaper, like a third of the price.


Violet's avatar

I just got a leather Executive High-Back Chair by Serta.

Freedom_Issues's avatar

My ferret got caught inside of the La-Z-boy and died. I didn’t know, until I reached for the remote control, and came up with something that was stiff, but turns out the ferret had rigor mortis and I freaked out, and sued the La-Z-boy company for eating my remote control.

faye's avatar

I say go for cloth, so cozy. I’ve never lived anywhere warm!

Zen_Again's avatar

Which part of your story is real and which do you recommend; leather or fake? Thanks.

YARNLADY's avatar

The old fashioned fake leather was just like plastic and I hated mine, but the newer ones made from micro fibers are amazing. Don’t waste your money on leather.

Zen_Again's avatar

—And in this corner… @DarkScribe and in the red corner @YARNLADY.

I’m going to need names and models and personal anecdotes to make a decision.



DarkScribe's avatar

@Zen_Again I’m going to need names and models and personal anecdotes to make a decision.

I have an aversion anything that is not natural fibre, cotton, wool, leather, or silk. I have tried Microfibre and even the sport clothing that “wicks” sweat away I find to be very uncomfortable. I much prefer a thick cotton Tee Shirt. With furniture it is the same, wool, leather, cotton/linen or raw silk. I don’t like the blended materials.

It is all personal taste. I have leather chairs that belonged to my great grandparents – still in fine shape. They need treating every few years but it is not an onerous process.Wax and Neatsfoot Oil.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I would go with the leather one.I have a mission style chair that is very comfortable and nice looking.You can usually tell the fake leather from the real.Go for the natural materials… or else!!! lol :)

davidbetterman's avatar

If you don’t mind sitting in dead cow hides… personally, if I had to sit in dead animal skins, I would prefer buffalo.
Make your own furniture and drape it with the dead animal of your choice.

thriftymaid's avatar

I would not have fake leather, and don’t really like bonded or reconstituted leather. I love leather, the more it is used the softer it gets.

YARNLADY's avatar

@Zen_Again I bought my great grandmother a micro fiber recliner, and she sits in it nearly 24 hours a day. With the old leather recliner, she developed bed sores and the leather took on a serious odor. With the new micro fiber, she has none of the previous issues, and the fiber repels dirt and liquids and does not retain odors.

Zen_Again's avatar

@YARNLADY et al Thanks. It seems to be about even – pros and cons of leather.

danielri's avatar

My fake leather Lazy Boy recliner started to rip apart where the buttocks sit and the head rests after only about 2 years. Big disappointment. Real leather – even for a few hundred dollars more – would have been a much better choice. Mine cost about 600$.

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