For parents looking to buy a new couch, thoughts immediately turn to their little one dumping a glass of red juice all over the cushions. Some parents I've spoken to often think that leather is not suitable for small children. Yet, leather is the most durable material in the couch world, and thus some leathers make for fantastic couches for young families.
So, what are the best leather couches for parents with young children?
Full grain, semi aniline leather couches are the best leather couches for families with children. Semi-aniline refers to the dyeing process in which some corrections are made to the hide to fix surface markings, adding pigments and extra protection. It has a bit of a stiffer feel, but much better stain protection and requires lower maintenance. Not only are these couches good for kids, but also for pets that like to lounge on furniture.
Hides that aren't good enough to fit into the aniline category are sanded down and finished with a protective coating. These finished leathers (often called pigmented or protected) are the most common leathers used in the furniture industry. Finished leathers tend to look less natural in appearance versus aniline leathers, yet are considered to be much more durable and also good for families.
The problem nowadays is that most furniture stores use different type of terminology to describe their leather couches, thus it can get super confusing when trying to shop for a new couch. I recommend visiting local furniture stores in person to get a feel for the look that you like. There you can discuss with the salesperson what sorts of protection the leather offers.
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