Maybe it’s us, but when we hear the phrase “leather sofa” the first thing that flashes before us is a black, oversize monstrosity (probably L-shaped!) with sad floppy pads as arms. Or there's the traditional leather Chesterfield sofa, which tends to be so rigidly structured you can hardly imagine lying back to take in a relaxing film from it. Either way, leather sofas have a fairly bad rap considering there are actually some great styles out in the universe. The ones we’re attracted to currently are those soft, rounded, inviting silhouettes from such midcentury makers as Tobias Scarpa, Mario Bellini, and de Sede, whose famous Non Stop sofa was recently highlighted in Sophia Amoruso’s Girlboss office.
And though those collectible pieces will run you tens of thousands (add to forever wish list!), there are some contemporary versions to tide you over while you save. You can browse our favorite styles below, but allow us to also highlight the benefits of a leather sofa. First off, they’re durable as hell: Leather is said to last four times longer than a fabric sofa, which with the amount of binge watching to be done these days, is really something to consider. They’re also hypoallergenic because they don’t have open fibers to hold dust or other allergens: Take that, pet hair! Finally, they’re also pretty easy to clean: Spills can easily be wiped up with a damp cloth, and wear and tear actually makes them look even better. We call that a win-win-win-win.