Posted by Robin Jose
Daydreaming, resting, entertaining, watching the latest great film… What will you be doing with your La-Z-Boy recliner? The answer to that question will help you pick the upholstering option that suits you best. Read our handy tips below to find out more!
The first thing to know about choosing the La-Z-Boy covering is that it’s a personal decision. There are pros and cons for the different options of leather, leatherite and fabric. Part of your decision may be based on practical aspects like resistance to wear and ease of cleaning. Part may be based on what you already have in terms of other furniture. Or on your own individual preferences that you don’t have to justify to anybody!
Leather – High Class and Low Maintenance
Nothing quite matches leather in terms of its look and feel – not to mention the smell that appeals to many people. Good quality leather like that of the La-Z-Boy Dreamtime recliner wears well and can be wiped down easily with a damp cloth for most cleaning requirements. Because leather is naturally an up-market option, top-end recliner models with swivel functions are automatically offered in leather too. Leather furniture owners often find that it ‘breathes’ better and naturally softens as time passes. Others however find it to be stickier in summer and colder in winter compared to fabric.
Leatherite – Almost Like Leather, Except for the Price
If we had to sum up leatherite or PVC upholstery for La-Z-Boy recliners in four words, they would be “like leather, but cheaper! “ Top-end leatherite upholstery resists scratching and cracking, and can usually be kept in pristine condition for many years. True, it’s almost like leather, but there is still a difference in its appearance and texture. In hot weather, leatherite may feel rubbery and sticky. Leatherite upholstery finishes are sometimes more limited in variety compare to real leather. La-Z-Boy leatherite recliners for instance are available in a more subdued range of colours compared to leather and fabric versions. An advantage is that they may be more forgiving when used by pets and children, and also fit more easily into an existing décor.
Fabric as a Choice
Fabric La-Z-Boy recliners are the alter egos of the leather and leatherite models. Fabric feels warmer to the touch in winter and avoids stickiness in summer. Pricewise, models are on a par with leatherite versions. Maintenance-wise however, it’s a different story. Fabrics need more attention and periodic vacuuming is often recommended. This is not only to get the dust out, but also any mites that may have taken up residence. However, La-Z-Boy models like the Pinnacle fabric-covered recliner are covered in premium quality fabric for long lasting comfort and good looks.
What’s Underneath is Important Too
In conclusion, it’s worth noting that all La-Z-Boy recliners, regardless of their upholstery, benefit from the same high standard of workmanship for supreme recliner flexibility and positional comfort. So no matter whether you choose leather, leatherite or fabric, you’ll always be assured of the same durable, high quality components in the rest of the recliner that have made La-Z-Boy such as success around the world.