Your guide to buying leather furniture

Choosing your leather furniture

Suave, sophisticated and chic – leather furniture is the last word in lasting luxury, and at Homebase, you’ll find a wide selection of leather sofas and chairs in a full range of designs, from the timeless and classic to the contemporary and stylish. 


Versatile, comfortable and easy to maintain, it’s easy to see why leather has become so popular – but with so many designs available, it can be hard to know where to begin when choosing your perfect pieces.


Sit back, relax and find out what to look for in leather furniture with our handy guide.

What are the different types and styles of leather furniture?

Full grain leather

Natural, beautiful and charming, every piece of full grain leather furniture is unique, complete with subtle variations in colour, individual markings and distinctive characteristics. Perfect for adding character to a room, it offers a high quality, supple and tactile finish.

Corrected grain leather

Buffed to remove any imperfections and treated with a smooth colour coating, corrected grain leather boasts a flawless, glossy finish. Cost-effective, resilient and easy to clean, it’s a great choice for active families and those with young children.


Split leather

Used mostly in non-wearing surfaces, like the backs and sides of furniture, split leather is taken from the underside of the hide and has a distinctive feel.



Suede is a timeless classic, with a beautiful, brushed, velvety finish that feels more like a fabric than leather. Although soft to the touch, it’s also very durable and easy to look after.


Faux leather

For those on a budget, faux leather is a cost-effective yet stylish option. It’s just as soft and durable as the real thing and still keeps its shape well. Aside from being scratch and water resistant, it also comes in a wide range of contemporary eye-catching colours, as well as more traditional styles, all at a fraction of the cost of the real thing.

What should I consider when buying leather furniture?

What leather mark should I choose?

In the UK, leather comes with a Leathermark – a registered trademark that identifies real leather. When you see the Leathermark symbol you can be sure you're getting the real deal.


Real leather also comes in different stared grades. Leather with three stars offers great value for money, whilst six star leather is used to create premium products that combine superior quality with a high level of design and comfort.

Are there any care tips I need to know about?

Leather is extremely easy to look after – following these simple tips will help you to prolong the lifespan of your leather furniture.


  • Dust regularly with a soft brush or a clean dry duster and vacuum back panels to remove dust and dirt.
  • Never use wax or silicone polishes on leather furniture, and avoid over-spraying with specialist cleaning polishes.
  • Wipe away any spillages with a damp cloth and clean your leather furniture using a specialist cleaning kit every six months.


In addition, you should consider applying a treatment cream from time to time to preserve leather quality and make sure you avoid placing your leather furniture in direct sunlight or close to a heat source.

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