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Few pieces of furniture are more stylish than a leather sofa. Leather is a long-time favorite for its durability and many people even prefer well-worn sofas to brand new ones. Depending on the color, finish, and silhouette, leather sofas can either have a strong, masculine feel, or one that’s much more delicate. And having one leather piece in a room—whether it’s a sofa or a chair—makes the space feel finished and more grown-up.
To choose the perfect leather sofa for your space, first measure the size you’ll need, and then check out the options available online. If budget is a factor, consider a faux leather or natural leather sofa instead, since both choices are less expensive and look just as good. And even though leather is resistant to stains and scratches, keep in mind that any leather sofa will develop a patina over time. Expect yours to slowly change color and get softer and broken-in with use.
Here, our favorite leather sofas.
Best Tufted: Trent Austin Design Harrah Chesterfield 93" Rolled Arms Sofa
The Harrah Chesterfield Sofa is a classic piece that will instantly upgrade any living room or den. Featuring an iconic tufted chesterfield design, this classic sofa is made from solid wood and faux bonded leather. It is filled with alternative-down polyester and supportive pocket coils to create a firm but a comfortable seat for up to three adults. It comes in a dark brown shade of leather and features the traditional rolled arms and brass nailhead accents. The overall dimensions of this sofa are 33.5 x 93 x 37.5 inches.
Reviewers love that while inexpensive, the Harrah Chesterfield Sofa adds instant class and charm to any space. While some customers wish that the cushions could be removed, most owners love how high-end this sofa looks for such a low price tag.
Best Sleeper: Wayfair Jennifer Leather Sofa Bed
A sleeper sofa is a great choice for anyone who hosts frequent guests and wants to create a multipurpose guest room. The Jennifer Leather Sleeper is a genuine leather sofa that easily transforms into a sleeper sofa. It comes in 15 different shades of leather and can be delivered to your door in just a few weeks. It measures 33 x 81 x 35 inches and weighs just under 200 pounds, so it is a heavy sofa that will require multiple people to set up or move. It features a traditional rolled arm design and soft leather feel that fits in with most decor styles.
Reviewers say that the Jennifer Leather Sleeper is comfortable for sitting and sleeping. It comes with a gel mattress that is thick enough to provide a good night’s sleep. The queen bed is easy to pull out and put away, so your guests won’t have to fuss each night.
"We slept on this mattress for several days...While it cannot compare to a regular nine- to 12-inch mattress, we slept reasonably well on it."—Stacey L. Nash, Product Tester
Best Reclining: Darby Home Co Tuthill Double Gliding Reclining Loveseat
A recliner sofa is perfect for a TV area or any room set up for relaxing and lounging. The Tuthill Double Gliding Reclining Loveseat is made from faux bonded leather, but you wouldn’t know it—it looks and feels like the real thing. This loveseat is essentially two recliners put together, both of which feature a built-in cup holder and an easy-to-use reclining feature. The loveseat measures 41 x 78 x 37 inches and weighs 161 pounds. It will easily fit through most door openings, so you can move it from room to room without reassembling each time. It comes in a traditional dark leather that matches most traditional home decor styles.
Owners say The Tuthill Double Gliding Reclining Loveseat is a comfortable choice for any living space. While it does require assembly, reviewers say it’s incredibly easy and needs no additional tools.
Best Midcentury: Trent Austin Design Bombay Leather 88" Square Arms Sofa
If you love the midcentury design trend, you’ll love the Trent Austin Design Shop Bombay Leather Sofa. This retro-inspired sofa features a modern, streamlined design with tapered legs, track arms, a tufted seat and two round bolster pillows. It is made from 100 percent leather and comes in either caramel or vintage black. It measures 37 x 88 x 37 inches and will require assembly upon arrival.
Owners say the Bombay Leather Sofa is a comfortable piece of furniture that looks stunning in any mid-century space. The seat cushions are fairly firm but the back cushions are slightly softer, allowing you to sink into the sofa.
Best Sectional: West Elm Dekalb Leather 2-Piece Chaise Sectional
If you have space, a sectional sofa is a great choice for any living room. We love the West Elm Dekalb Leather 2-Piece Chaise Sectional because it’s modern, functional and beautiful. In total it measures 102 x 66 x 33 inches and comes in either a right or left-configured sectional design. The cushion covers are removable and the seats are made from high-resiliency polyurethane foam. This sectional comes in three modern shades of leather and looks beautiful in any style of home.
Depending on the color you choose, the Dekalb will ship within 2-6 weeks and will be assembled upon delivery with West Elm’s white glove delivery service.
Best Contemporary: American Leather Milo
Most contemporary homes feature modest, streamlined design and decor choices that are both functional and attractive. If you're looking for the perfect leather sofa for an upgraded or contemporary space, the American Leather Milo couch features a modern track arm, plush seating, and a steel sled leg. It comes in over 40 beautiful 100 percent leather shades, so you’re sure to find a color that fits your home decor. American Leather is a straight-to-consumer company that handcrafts each couch as soon as you place your order. It will arrive at your doorstep within 30 days and every couch comes with a lifetime warranty.
Each piece is made in America at a factory in Dallas and the leather comes from artisans across the globe. While one of the pricier options on our list, American leather is a great choice if you want a custom made sofa that will last for decades.
Best Splurge: Pottery Barn Turner Roll Arm Leather Sofa
Pottery Barn’s Turner Roll Arm Leather Sofa is a classic-looking sofa with high-quality comfort. The high-backed Turner has many size and style variations, ranging from a 2-seater loveseat to a grand sofa. No matter which size you go with, the feel will be extra plush thanks to the down-blend wrapped cushions that bring maximized comfort to leather seating. Plus, the cushions are removable, which makes for easy cleaning.
It’s easy to customize this sofa to your stylistic taste, with over 20 top-grain leathers to choose from, coming in smooth or distressed textures and various shades, tones, and glossy or matte finishes. The thick, roll arms are comfy and chic, but for a more retro vibe, the Turner also carries in square arm silhouettes, which are available with or without attractive nail-heads. This sofa’s convenient and customizable elements make it a great option if you're able to splurge on a leather piece that you want to be customized.
Best Design: Article Timber Charme Sofa
This gorgeous, Italian-tanned leather sofa will bring a natural charm and mid-century modern style to your living space. With a solid wood frame and trim, Timber’s Charme Tan Sofa is a durable piece that's perfect for families with children or pets (leather is notoriously easy to clean and maintain). This sofa is available in two different colors—tan and chocolate—and the soft, full-aniline leather will develop a beautiful patina over time.
Measuring at 32 x 90 x 35 inches, it comfortably seats three to four adults. Customers rave over its plush, sinkable cushions and well-designed construction that feels solid and tough. Reviewers also comment on Article's customer service and hassle-free delivery.