Keep classy with a distressed leather sofa
Imagine a bearded man reading a leather-bound copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses in his library one snowy winter evening. Embers dance and jump in the fireplace and small puffs of pipe tobacco smoke billow in the air, distorting the scent of the mahogany furniture about the room. What kind of a couch does a man like that recline on whilst drinking his single malt scotch? Without a doubt, he is sitting on a distressed leather sofa; likely, it’s mocha-colored.
There is no upholstery quite as classically masculine as distressed brown leather. It is an icon of wealth, establishment, and necessity. Leather is the longest lasting and most durable material you can have for a couch or loveseat. When cared for properly, these chairs can last a lifetime; the creases and wrinkles of each year only work to the advantage of the furniture by adding character. A distressed leather couch is an excellent piece addition to your home, not only because it can fulfill all your masculine furnishing dreams, but also because of its resilience.
Homes with pets and children, a destructive combination those two, reap the additional benefit of having furniture that can withstand the abuse of claws, teeth, and spills. While leather couches are generally pricier than couches constructed with different materials, they are a lifelong and premium-quality investment.
The most iconic distressed leather couch you can find is the Chesterfield. Designed in the United Kingdom by the 4thEarl of Chesterfield in the 1700s, the Chesterfield couch features deep buttons and arms and a back of the same length. More modern designs may feature plusher backing, but few other designs are as easily recognized as the Chesterfield with its buttoned back and arms.
Written by Asher Briggs