The best leather sofas: recliners, corner, Chesterfield and more

Relax in style with our collection of the best leather sofas

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Not sure where to start when choosing a sofa – and particularly a leather one – for your living room? We suggest here, with our definitive guide to finding the best leather sofa.

Which leather?

To start with, consider the kind of leather you require: pigmented leather, aniline leather and semi-aniline leather all bring different characteristics to the table. 

Pigmented leather is durable and identified by its consistent surface - it means it lacks any natural blemishes like scars or stretch marks. 

Aniline leather is very natural looking, but just as luxurious in its appearance. Aniline sofas are completely unique, even if they’re sold under the same name. Aniline leather is usually less resistant to stains, so consider the likelihood of spillages before you make your final decision. 

Semi aniline leather is a blend between the two. It’s usually features the naturalness of pure aniline, but is more robust and resistant to stains. 

Which cushioning?

You should also consider the cushioning of your sofa – it is where you are going to spend most of your relaxation time after all! Most cushions are filled with a fibre, however some contain a blend of duck feather and man made material for that ultra luxurious feel. Supportive cushions will also be pocket sprung for that extra dash of comfort. 

Which frame type?

The frame, too, is important to the comfort factor of your sofa, and its appearance. Scandi-style sofas like our West Elm Mathias Leather Loveseat often showcase the frame as much as the cushioning, while classic family corner sofas like our World of Leather Salvadore Corner Sofa have an in-built frame for support. Frames are, for the most part, made out of wood, so consider whether you require dark, light or medium wood – you don’t want your new leather sofa to look out of place.  

With all that in mind, we’ve browsed our favourite retailers including John Lewis, Laura Ashley and Furniture Village to bring you a varied collection of leather sofas. From stylish simple designs that would suit a modern living room to Chesterfield sofas for more traditional living spaces

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1. Halo Earle Large Chesterfield Leather Sofa

Soft and luxurious; this stunning sofa is available in a range of warming colours

Specifications
Best for: Classic style
Colour: Riders Cocoa, Riders Nut, Riders Black, Antique Whisky
Seats: Two
Dimensions: H78cm x W220cm x D97cm
Reasons to buy
+Classic scroll and button detailing+Made from soft, natural-looking leather
Reasons to avoid
- Low back 

Made from aniline leather, this sofa is wonderfully natural and soft for all-round comfort. Featuring scroll arms and buttoned cushions, its design is incredibly traditional, while its warm colour range is very classic. With thought having gone into every detail, the darkwood frame is finished by four beautifully carved and polished legs, which should be considered if you’re looking for this sofa to harmonise with any existing wooden furnishings. 

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2. West Elm Mathias Leather Loveseat

A beautifully simple sofa with pillow-like cushioning

Specifications
Best for: Pillowy seats
Colour: Black
Seats: Two
Dimensions: H80cm x W168cm x D140cm
Reasons to buy
+Showcases the wooden frame+Oak wood frame
Reasons to avoid
- Only available in black 

Like all Mid-century modern living room furniture, this sofa is bold and punchy without going over the top. The polished oak frame is the feature here, with the tapered arms giving it a lighter look compared to other plush sofas. While this sofa isn’t your ‘lay back in the evening and watch a film’ sofa, its wooden frame is nicely contrasted with its duck feather back cushions, which will bring a whole new level of comfort to sitting down for a quick cup of tea. 

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3. G Plan Vintage The Fifty Three Leather Sofa

A shapely, vintage-style sofa with a host of colours to its name

Specifications
Best for: Sophistication
Colour: Grey, Oak, Taupe, Black, Chocolate, Chalk, Claret, Olive, Putty, Sand, Stone
Seats: Two
Dimensions: H87cm x W159cm x D103cm
Reasons to buy
+Plenty of colours to choose from+High back for support
Reasons to avoid
- Narrower than other sofas on our list 

If you’re looking for your star attraction, it could be here in this gorgeously vintage sofa. Shapely, and built with comfort in mind, it brings the design essentials to the forefront to offer a sofa that is stylish as it is perfect for purpose. With button detailing and a lightwood frame, this sofa is also about the finer details. There are 11 colours to choose from, so picking the right sofa for your home has never been easier (or harder, if there are several you like the look of). 

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4. World of Leather Salvador Corner Sofa

The ultimate movie marathon sofa

Specifications
Best for: Comfort
Colour: Dark Grey, Tuscan Brown, Black Cloud, Heather
Seats: Three
Dimensions: H86cm x W270cm x D156cm
Reasons to buy
+Choose to have the corner on the right or left side+Chaise for the maximum comfort
Reasons to avoid
-Metal feet may be to everyone’s taste

If you prefer sitting up, this sofa comes with lumbar support installed, making in the ideal purchase for those with bad backs. While large in size, you can choose which end you want the chaise to best match your living room layout. 

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5. Laura Ashley Bradford Leather Sofa

Generously sized and casually styled two seater sofa

Specifications
Best for: Casual style
Colour: Heritage, Smokey, Vintage
Seats: Two
Dimensions: H90cm x W185cm x D103cm
Reasons to buy
+Made from semi aniline leather+High backed
Reasons to avoid
-Arms aren’t cushioned

If you’re looking for the right combination of stylish, yet casual, we have it wrapped up here in this Laura Ashley sofa. Featuring semi-aniline leather, it’s been designed to showcase the natural blemishes in leather but should still provide a good level of resistance to potential staining. With its plush, high back and pocket sprung fibre filled cushions, it should be supportive yet ultra comfortable and with various shades of leather available, you should be able to find the perfect colour for your home. 

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6. Seattle Premium Leather Sofa

Effortlessly cool 60’s style

Specifications
Best for: Statement
Colour: Blue, Brown, Black, Tan
Seats: Two
Dimensions: H89cm x W134cm x D83cm
Reasons to buy
+Lots of attention to detail+Fashion-piece
Reasons to avoid
-Harder back compared to others

Inspired by the '60s shapes and colours, this sofa is a bold statement piece that’ll certainly draw the eye. It features a smooth silhouette for a soft edge, and with detailing including the brass feet and combination foam and feather cushions, provides the right combination of style and colour. While the back may not be as plush as other sofas on our list, it’s high and supportive, ideal if you have suffer from an achy back. 

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7. Nicoletti Lucano Leather Power Recliner Sofa

A luxury leather sofa for ultimate comfort

Specifications
Best for: Relaxation
Colour: Bianco, Beige, Fango, Taupe, Rosso-S, Blu-S, Grigio Scuro, Dali Torora, Dali, Grigio
Seats: Three
Dimensions: H100cm x W206cm x D104cm
Reasons to buy
+Power recliner and headrest+Choose your leather grade and colour
Reasons to avoid
-On the expensive side

If you’re looking for pure upholstered luxury, we’re pretty sure this Italian designed power recliner leather sofa will fit the bill. With a powered recliner back and headrest, you can adjust the settings to your prefered level of comfort, while the soft leather and deep foam seats will bring a whole new level to your relaxation. There’s a range of colours and leather qualities to choose from, so this is a fully customisable sofa that promises to meet both your style and comfort demands. See more recliner sofas in our buyer's guide.

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