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post #1 of 41
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I'll be moving from Austin to Houston in a month and the wife and I are going to be doing a furniture upgrade.

I love the look and feel of leather couches, the wife doesn't, and the reason is that you stick to leather. At least, you stick to the leather in my car.

Is this true of all leather couches?
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post #2 of 41
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Originally posted by groverat
I'll be moving from Austin to Houston in a month and the wife and I are going to be doing a furniture upgrade.

I love the look and feel of leather couches, the wife doesn't, and the reason is that you stick to leather. At least, you stick to the leather in my car.

Is this true of all leather couches?

We have one. Not my experience. Of course the more sweaty your skin...well...then yes I guess. Overall I LOVE my leather couch. Very nice.

Be careful though...and if you have already shopped you'll know this..."leather" is a broad term meaning that there is an incredibly wide range of leathers from the kind I would never let any kid (mine included) near...to pretty sturdy varieties. The much softer varieties (less sturdy) also less "sticky".

Don't know if you have kids...but that may affect your choices.

Also...painted vs. stained are different things.

Good luck. Have fun.
post #3 of 41
Alright--another person I can yell at during during rush hour! w00t!!! (j/k - Welcome to Houston!)

I have a leather chair at home and, well, I stick to it during the summer. But, Houston isn't known for it's *arid* climate, so I surmise that it's caused by the humidity.

On the other hand, have you looked at "micro-fiber" couches? The look and feel like suede, but are synthetic (and therefore easily cleaned). The wife and I bought one about a year ago, and it's da b0mb!
post #4 of 41
Compromise and buy suede.
post #5 of 41
I had a leather couch and liked it a lot. Humidity could be a problem, but I'd imagine in Houston the a/c is always blasting, no?
post #6 of 41
what ever you do, don't skimp out and buy something of dubious quality. as in most other things, all furniture is not created equal and bad craftsmanship will not last. so even if you end spending more than you wanted to, in the long run you will be better off. i suggest you do some research on manufactures before you hit the showrooms.
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but I'd imagine in Houston the a/c is always blasting, no?

Without a doubt. I do not allow it to go above 75 degrees in any weather.
If I can keep it ~70 I'm a happy guy.
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post #8 of 41
grover just wants leather furniture so every time he moves, he can make obnoxious fart noises.
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post #9 of 41
I've had leather furniture and find that the temperature really influences compfort. At cold temperatures I love leather, but when it is hot, bare skin will stick to leather and I find it quite unpleasant.
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post #10 of 41
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grover just wants leather furniture so every time he moves, he can make obnoxious fart noises.

HELL YEAH!

Thanks for the feedback, everyone.
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post #11 of 41
I like leather. It's far more durable of course and you deal with the heat/humidity question by putting on a chenille throw blanket or something else along the backside. Adds a splash of color and some softness and you'll earn your Christopher Lowell bonus points for decorative ideas.

Leather couches don't stain easily and cleaning them is a snap. With leather you just have to choose the right design...well hell with "any" couch you have to choose the right design. Put your foot down and exert your dominance here Grove. She's got "bling bling" on the finger now I'm sure she wouldn't mind you getting a nice couch to watch some UT sports :P
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post #12 of 41
Courtesy of Cake:

Italian Leather Sofa

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post #13 of 41
We have a leather sofa with one of the high end types of leather. We didn't want to pay that much, but the color we wanted was only availabe in that grade leather. However, now that we have it it feels so soft and has aged without any problems. The better leather feels softer and warmer.
post #14 of 41
I have a leather reading chair that is very possibly the best purchase I ever made. I avoid sticking to it by a) living somewhere that isn't tropical and b) wearing clothes.
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I have a leather reading chair that is very possibly the best purchase I ever made. I avoid sticking to it by a) living somewhere that isn't tropical and b) wearing clothes.

Which makes me question the premise of the Cake song...
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post #16 of 41
Yeah I will go with whatever most of the others said here there is perhaps no alternatives to leather when it comes to choosing a furniture. However there are times when you can take a little gamble but overall the best idea is to remain glued to the leather ones only.
post #17 of 41
You'll go with what others are saying?

This thread was last active almost 2 years ago!
post #18 of 41
Leather sofa is murder. If you weren't all cold blooded monsters you'd be buying hemp furniture.

Fare-trade hemp grown on sustainable plantations that provide an economic alternative to rainforest devastating subsistence agriculture.

But that's OK, you just go ahead and get that leather sofa so the PAIN AND TERROR OF A SLAUGHTERED FELLOW CREATURE CAN LEACH INTO YOUR ASS EVERY TIME YOU SIT DOWN.

Which I'm pretty sure causes cancer. Of the ass.
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post #19 of 41
What? This all happened two years ago? Never mind. Although.....

If you went ahead and got that sofa I would get yourself to an ass doctor, ASAP. Murderer.
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What? This all happened two years ago? Never mind. Although.....

If you went ahead and got that sofa I would get yourself to an ass doctor, ASAP. Murderer.

Riiiiight..........


The Native Americans used animal hide (leather) for teepees.
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Riiiiight..........


The Native Americans used animal hide (leather) for teepees.

Native Americans were assholes. And murderers. Good riddance, I say.
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We had to kill the indians for the good of the buffalo.
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post #23 of 41
Exactly. And now we have to kill you for the good of the cows.
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post #24 of 41
Come to think of it, "We have to kill you for the good of the cows" would make a pretty good t-shirt.

So did you ever get that sofa?
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post #25 of 41
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Ended up with a microfiber suede thing. Very comfortable and you cannot stain it.
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Actually you can, but such stains aren't discussed in polite company.
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post #27 of 41
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Ended up with a microfiber suede thing. Very comfortable and you cannot stain it.

OK, you're off the cow hit list. Microfiber suede rules. Eerily pleasant to the touch.
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Actually you can, but such stains aren't discussed in polite company.

Which means you are free to elaborate here.
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post #29 of 41
Certain proteinaceous stains don't really ever cum out of microfiber suede...
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Certain proteinaceous stains don't really ever cum out of microfiber suede...

For heaven's sake, it's right there on the "caring for the fabric" tag: don't fuck your new sofa, dry-clean only.
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post #31 of 41
well at least the sofa is vaguely soft and flesh like.
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post #32 of 41
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post #33 of 41
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Truly a revolution in cheap, reusable whore technology.
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Ended up with a microfiber suede thing. Very comfortable and you cannot stain it.

IT seems to me that micorfiber picks up every little bit of lint in the room. Is that true or not? It looks impossible to clean.
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Mine does not seem to do that. Of course, it's light brown, so it might be different for a black microfiber couch.
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Mine does not seem to do that. Of course, it's light brown, so it might be different for a black microfiber couch.

good color choice, it will match your back hair.
post #37 of 41
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Ended up with a microfiber suede thing. Very comfortable and you cannot stain it.

That's what i thought until i had a kid. :P
post #38 of 41
What a weird thread. Two years later we find out that he didn't get the leather couch.
post #39 of 41
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Mine does not seem to do that. Of course, it's light brown, so it might be different for a black microfiber couch.

I had a jacket made of microfiber. It seems to collect everything. One time I got it back from the cleaners and it had the lint of every article of clothing in the place.
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...I love the look and feel of leather couches, the wife doesn't...

What you really need to ask yourself... is... "How long do I wish to stay married."
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