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Best fabric for sofa?

My favorite but ancient recliner has finally broken, so I now hope to justify buying a full size sofa. I have zero experience with leather-like fabrics, but I think that is what I want, because my previously woven-fabric furniture has really held on to the dirt and dog hair. My requirements:

-- Easy-clean fabric that (probably) looks like leather. Resistant to dog nails!!
-- Not excessively expensive (so, probably not genuine leather).
-- Room for one person (me) plus two 60-lb Goldens; at least one recliner seat.

Can anyone make specific recommendations on what type of fabric works best or worst? I'm near a Laz-Z-Boy store but am confused by all the options.
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I LOVE my Sunbrella couch. It's amazing.

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Our first leather couch was a mix of real leather and side panels that were synthetic. When we got it, you could not tell the difference. The real leather wore beautifully. It looked good when we got rid of the couch. The fake leather got brittle and hard as it aged. The reason we got rid of the couch was because the fake parts looked so bad and were uncomfortable to touch. Find a real leather piece you like and keep it for the long haul is my advice. I wish we had the first time around.
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Originally Posted by nolefan View Post
I LOVE my Sunbrella couch. It's amazing.

What color do you get to hide dirt and dog hair? I'm looking at these as well since my inexpensive leather sofa has seen better days (it had a good run...13 years).
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A nice medium Tan seems to work best with the dog hair. (At least for a golden). Iíve got Tan seating and you canít see the hair much. On my multi color block area rug the Tan usually looks fine where you can easily see obvious hair on the darker brown, rust and green sections.
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If you don't go with leather, then I'd recommend an outdoor fabric such as Sunbrella mentioned above, or Crypton.

Crypton is a fabric used in commercial settings such as hospitals, waiting rooms, etc. but it's also sold for residential use.

If you want to have extra protection and your room decor will allow it, go for a pattern. Pattern is the master of disguise... walk into any theater, restaurant, hotel, etc. and you will see rugs are almost always patterned. But, as Gleepers said above, be mindful that the colors are in the medium to light range. Too dark and you will see the contrast with golden fur. My rugs are all patterned with red or pink as the base and the fur is easily disguised so that I don't have to constantly vacuum. I foolishly got a black rug once and that proved to be a disaster, as it needed to be vacuumed seemingly every hour.

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Hi, I have been looking for a new sofa and can't decide what might work for us. Our current sofa is a solid dark color with a weave pattern and our dogs nails (and fur!) have really done a number on it. I've been looking at slipcovered sofas in a tan color (heavy cotton) as the cover can be removed and fully washed. However, they seem to be quite expensive and I'm worried that they would need to be washed so much that it would become a pain. Do any of you have slipcovered sofas and have you been happy? Ikea makes one that is inexpensive with a choice of covers, but I'm worried that it may not be comfortable or durable. (Ektorp Sofa) I love that the covers are inexpensive and that I could buy an extra to switch out. One of you mentioned Sunbrella have you had any issues with pilling with your sofa? Also, can the covers come off and be washed? I'm hoping to have covers I can wash on gentle in our machine.

Thanks for your input!
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Sweet Piper... I have an IKEA Ektorp. It was quite comfortable in the store but I find it uncomfortable at home. I've even gone back to IKEA to check if they are made differently, but no. I thought that we'd break it in eventually, but we've had it for 6 years, and even with 5 kids and now 2 dogs, it's the same. It has been very durable. My husband doesn't mind it... the rest of us prefer our older set in the basement.

Washing the slipcovers is a pain. On the plus side, yes-- they are very inexpensive-- but a hassle. If you have only one sofa, then it's not so bad, but having chairs, the loveseat, and sofa is too much.

That being said, it is helpful to have a brand-new sofa inexpensively, and being able to wash the covers (while a pain) is a plus.

Here's an article that might be helpful:

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I have a Pottery Barn sofa and love seat. I have had three sets of slipcovers. The first was denim and was the best with golden retrievers. Hid everything and the dog fur never stuck to it. I was able to machine wash it. After about 14 years, I replaced the original denim slipcovers because they were quite faded and replaced them with a heritage blue cotton. The cotton really attracted dog hair so I had to vacuum them weekly. Recently, I have replaced them with a linen blend. It does hide the dog fur well but you have to dry clean the covers. Because our couches are almost 20 years old, I am thinking I will be replacing our couches at some point in the future. At that time, I am considering leather.
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I agree with BrianO, get real leather!!! I just replaced a high quality leather group and the only reason was because between the leather cushion the vinyl cracked and split. The furniture was 15 years old and still looked fine but for the vinyl. It had been thru two goldens at the same time, and 150lb mastiff and now Murphy for almost six years. Yes, they all slept on the love seat. Spend a a little more and it will last, you get what you pay for!

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