We are converting a living area into the kids playzone (aiming to reduce the spread of toys to this room and the bedrooms instead of the entire house). We have decided on buying a 2 and 3 seater couch to help ‘zone’ the space but can’t decide on the material for the couches. I know fabric is a higher risk of stains, but it can be cheaper. Leather may be easier to clean, but comes at an extra cost. We have a 3 year old and 7month old. Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks.


Posted by Narlina, 2nd June 2015


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  • i was just about to give my opinion and read the comments and you have decided! good service you are getting with them coming out to clean if does stain.



  • I would buy cloth and use couch covers. Maybe plastic cover, for extra protection, with a cloth cover over the top



  • So decision made in the end to go fabric.
    Thank you for all your advice.
    We made the decision for a few reasons:
    – we got fabric protection (including 5 years insurance) for any stains on the couches. This includes a kit that should clean the stains, and if the kit can’t clean it, the company has to send out a professional cleaner.
    – I hadn’t thought of it, but was worried about punctures / scratches on leather when others mentioned it. We have 2 cats as well, and i think they could damage leather.
    – The style we liked was about $1000 cheaper in fabric (with all the end of financial year sales, we got a very good price).

    Thank you everyone for your advice, it really helped us make the decision.



  • I’d go fabric and get a good easy wash cover. I have leather and is not really that easy to clean when there are sticky fingers always all over it.



  • so did you decide on a couch?



  • I have a leather couch in my sons play room, it’s easier to clean when he draws on it etc



  • Leather! Everthing can be wiped off. Get a darkish colour and a couch with a good warranty so that you can get it replaced if the leather starts to peel with all the wiping down!



  • I like fabric to be honest! I find it more comfortable.



  • Micro suede fabric is really good for keeping clean and it’s lovely and soft. With leather you sweat in it in summer, freeze in winter, and if the kids have buckles or hard beads on their shoes they’ll scratch the leather…not to mention putting hard toys all over it!



  • We have a darker suede type fabric and have found it quite easy to wipe clean. We used to have a leather couch and I hated the cold feeling when you sat down on it… And sticking to it in the summer!



  • I would go leather if you can afford it. If not I would go fabric with washable covers in dark or child friendly colours



  • IF you can afford it – definitely go for the leather. We actually bought some affordable poolside furniture for our play room, it looks FANTASTIC (not at all like outdoor furniture) but it’s pretty much indestructible and we have twin terrors and a dog that jumps all over it :P



  • Leather, kids are so messy! I have a fabric lounge and my son is pretty good but he still manages to get stains on it. I try to get the stains out and it just looks worse, I need to get it cleaned professionally. With leather it is easy to clean day to day and you can also get a special cleaner to do a proper clean every few months.



  • If you can afford it, definitely leather. Ours has proved kid and dog proof. It is so easy to clean and always looks great. Absolutely worth it. I don’t think I’d get fabric again as it gets dirty regardless of how careful you try to be.



  • I’d go for inexpensive fabric couches – get hem scotch guarded but assume you may have to replace them about the time your kids hit their teens.


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