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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 like a well-worn sofa even better than a brand-new one. 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.
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Best Overall: Birch Lane's Landry Leather Sofa
Most people prefer a leather sofa with a classic design that will work with many types of decor. To create this look, manufacturers mimic vintage designs and add in contemporary flair. That’s why this Birch Lane sofa works—with its lightly rolled arms, high back, and carved legs that lend a nod to the past without looking old-fashioned. The single back piece gives the couch a tidier feel than one with individual cushions, adding a level of elegance suitable for a formal living room. This Birch Lane leather sofa comes in seven colors—all shades of brown and grey—and is aniline dyed to preserve the natural grain and imperfections in the leather.
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Best Budget: Serta's RTA Palisades 73-inch Sofa
To save on the purchase of a leather sofa, choose one made of a synthetic leather-like material. Bonded leather or vinyl sofas cost at least half as much as their natural leather counterpart. And these days, you can hardly tell the difference! New technologies give the material a more durable and realistic look. That might be why this sofa has a whopping 700 positive reviews on Wayfair. It boasts a transitional, clean-lined design, with squared-off arms and firm back cushions. Available in a deep brown color, the sofa also comes in a 78-inch frame or a 61-inch loveseat, both of which get similar rave reviews.
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Best Tufted: Trent Austin Design's Harrah Chesterfield Sofa
A classic Chesterfield tufted sofa appeals to those who are going for the vintage look. And this sofa by Trent Austin Designs conjures up visions of a fancy country club with its rolled arms and back, tufting throughout, and nailhead trim to emphasize the curves of its frame. Urban apartment-dwellers will love this brown bonded-leather sofa with cushions wrapped in feather down. You can really sink into it! The brass nailheads add to the throwback style, and the feet complete the thoughtful detailing throughout. This generous sofa is an excellent addition to any modern-day living room, library, or man cave.
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Best MidCentury Modern: West Elm's Andes Leather Sofa
Traditionally, mid-century modern sofas feature a low and wide silhouette, with skinny legs and arms that splay out from the sofa's main body. Mid-century styles never strayed from popularity since their debut around the middle of the 20th century. Trend-forward shoppers, vintage buffs, and Millennials all love the updated take of this West Elm sofa, with its softened lines and the way it mixes easily into any interior style. Available in fun colors like green and grey (in addition to the traditional caramel brown), the Andes Leather Sofa can swing from contemporary to old-school, depending on how you style it.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Best Recliner: Darby Home Co.'s Chestnut Double Gliding Reclining Sofa
A leather reclining sofa completes any casual family room or home-theater setting. The ultimate in leather sofa comfort, this Darby Home Co. reclining sofa has storage space and hidden cup holders for your beverage of choice. Just lay back, pull on a blanket, and immerse yourself in a movie or book. Available in classic dark brown bonded leather, this sofa's two seats recline individually in “wall-hugger” fashion—they don’t need much clearance from the wall. This recliner-glider sofa is a comfy option for small spaces.
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Best Sectional: Baxton Studios' Orland Leather Sofa Set
If you don't like recliners, consider a sectional instead for comfy television viewing or curling up with a book. The most comfortable sectionals seat two adults stretched all the way out and often come complete with attached ottomans. While some sectionals can seem bulky if they have too many details, this one from Baxton Studios comes with sturdy—not-too-wide—arms for a cleaner look than other family room finds. It’s available in white or deep espresso and can be configured with the chaise on the left- or right-hand-side to suit your space. Besides offering comfort, a sectional adds more seating to smaller spaces that cannot accommodate side chairs or additional furniture. So consider it for large and small rooms alike.
Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best sectional sofas.
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Best Sleeper: Latitude Run's Sleeper Sofa
If family or friends visit you often, a sleeper sofa is essential. Sofa during the day—bed at night, this one from Latitude Run works as seating in a study or office, and then seamlessly converts when overnight guests arrive. This sleeper sofa has a futon-style recliner option that opens it up to a queen-sized bed. You can also just fold down one side when you’re relaxing to watch a movie. Done up in crisp white or cherry red leather with metallic feet, it’s a contemporary piece that will update just about any space.
Still can't decide on what you want? Our round-up of the best sleeper sofas can help you find what you're looking for.
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Best Loveseat: Signature Design by Ashley's O’Kean Loveseat
A large sofa can be overwhelming in a small living room or apartment. But a loveseat offers a way to incorporate a touch of leather upholstery without stifling a small-scale room. This leather loveseat—available at Target—suits a wide variety of tastes with its four color options, including classic cream, brown, a trendy light blue, and navy. The O'Kean Loveseat has narrow arms and a tufted back for a touch of character, and at just 51-inches wide, it works in smaller spaces of all sorts.