Do I purchase a leather couch or fabric? When you are ready to buy a new couch, this is one question you ask yourself. Both have benefits and drawbacks, depending on your family. A good-quality leather couch lasts longer than a fabric couch. Experts say that a leather couch has an average life of 10 years whereas a fabric couch has life of around 5 years. Naturally, the leather couch is more expensive. But expenses apart, you have to look at the occupants of your family. Here are some things you must consider:
- Young children: If you have young children, leather is the better option as it is much easier to clean up and wipe away messes. Choose hold its shape even after some roughhousing.
- Pets: Cats destroy furniture unless you have them well-trained. So it makes sense to choose the less expensive option so that you can replace it more often.
- Weather: Leather can get cold in winter and you might need to use a throw blanket. In summer, leather couches are cool and comfortable.
- Options: Fabric couches come in so many different patterns and colors. You can choose couches depending on the décor of your room. A well-chosen fabric couch adds warmth and beauty to any room. Leather comes in just a few plain colors.
- Comfort: A leather couch becomes more comfortable with use. It holds its shape better over time and does not become lumpy like fabric couches do.
We all know that people make their children’s baby clothes into patchwork quilts. It is something that every mother, grandmother or aunt has done. But now, with people becoming eco-friendly and with the reduction of your carbon footprint become fashionable, people are trying to outdo each other by vying to be the most eco-friendly one in the group. As George Carlin says, people are knocking over each other to save the planet!
One of the things you can do is to change the things you no longer use or need into something else to give them a different avatar. This ensures that whatever can be used in any way at all is used and does not get discarded as rubbish. On such way the modern fashionistas are doing their bit for the environment, is to recycle their old dresses and blouses into covering for chairs i.e., upholstery and lamp shades. This gives an eclectic finish to your home and some piece of clothing that you really liked can be used by you again, just in a different avatar.
Any light colored silk blouse will make excellent lamp shades. You can either do it yourself or get it done by some local craftsmen. Likewise, lace night gowns or negligees can become sheer curtains for the kitchen window or your heavy satin dresses can be made into heavy curtains for the winters.
There are many ways in which you can do your bit for the environment and also furnish your home in your own individual fashion, at reasonable cost.