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...to skin a cow, tan the leather, and make a couch? The wife wants a leather couch for the living room, and I want to hold off on buying one for a while given all of our expenses at the moment. Can anyone recommend a less expensive but durable fabric that we should look for in a couch if we do go shopping? Any retailers you can recommend to go with or stear clear of?
 
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Pleather? I don't know. My parents have this REALLY nice gray, sectional sofa that has some soft material on it. It's even nicer and more comfortable then my leather sectional. When I talk to them next I'll try to figure out what it's made of and where they bought it.
 

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microfiber is nice, thats what mine is. No idea what the shit is made of, but its kinda like swade (sp?) in look & feel.
Altho it may not be the best if you have a bunch of wild chidrens running about spilling milk and mucous all over the place.
 
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theacoustician said:
You want leather and you have a baby. That somehow doesn't seem like a good mix.
Leather is pretty durable compared to some of the other stuff out there. As long as we don't let her play with scissors. We had a nice couch that we bought just a few years ago, but it was covered in a soft cotton denim like fabric. And is slowly fell apart shortly after we got it just from the normal wear and tear that two people would place on it.
 
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Drool-Boy said:
microfiber is nice, thats what mine is. No idea what the shit is made of, but its kinda like swade (sp?) in look & feel.
Altho it may not be the best if you have a bunch of wild chidrens running about spilling milk and mucous all over the place.
Only one wild child will be spewing mucous and spilling beer on it.
 

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smileynev said:
Leather is pretty durable compared to some of the other stuff out there. As long as we don't let her play with scissors. We had a nice couch that we bought just a few years ago, but it was covered in a soft cotton denim like fabric. And is slowly fell apart shortly after we got it just from the normal wear and tear that two hippos would place on it.
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I personally hate leather. My husbands parents just offered us a leather loveseat that is like 4 months old (they moved and don't have room for it) but I didn't want it.
 

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I wouldn't have anything BUT leather with the kids around. So much easier to clean it's almost a no-brainer.
I guess it depends what kind of leather. My parents leather couch is awesome, but its slightly sueded and a pain to keep clean. If it was slick cowhide leather, I suppose that would hold up well.
 

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theacoustician said:
I guess it depends what kind of leather. My parents leather couch is awesome, but its slightly sueded and a pain to keep clean. If it was slick cowhide leather, I suppose that would hold up well.


maybe he can get one thats tough rawhide like dog chew toys are made of
 
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leather is nice, but I prefer a nice soft material. Go to the brick and sit on everything that is a couch and take home the most comfortable