Debunking Common Myths About Leather Chairs

Debunking Common Myths About Leather Chairs

Leather chairs are often associated with luxury, sophistication, and timeless style. However, common misconceptions about this classic piece of furniture linger, especially with regards to its comfort and durability. To guide you on whether or not you should invest in leather chairs for your living room, office, or any other room in your home, here’s a review of some of the most common myths associated with leather chairs.

Leather Chairs

Leather Chairs Beyond the Stereotypes

There are a few common stereotypes that are often associated with leather chairs. Some claim that leather chairs only look good, but don’t really feel comfortable to sit on; others purport that they aren’t suitable for daily use. Unsurprisingly, these myths can deter potential buyers from considering them.

Myth #1: Leather Chairs Are Stiff and Uncomfortable

One of the most common misconceptions about leather chairs is that they are rigid and uncomfortable to sit on. In reality, though, leather chairs have come a long way from the stiff designs of the past. Skillfully prepared by expert craftspeople, today’s luxury leathers have a “hand,” or feel, that is wonderfully soft and supple.

Myth #2: Leather Chairs Are Not Ideal for Everyday Use

Some believe that leather chairs are too delicate for everyday use, fearing that they may scratch easily or show signs of wear and tear. Contrary to this myth, high-quality leather is remarkably durable and resilient. Genuine leather possesses a natural resistance to spills and stains, making it easy to clean and maintain. With proper care, a leather chair can withstand the rigors of daily life, maintaining its beauty and integrity for years to come.

You can be sure that all our leather chairs are made with high-quality leather, which means that you’ll be able to enjoy them for a long time. In fact, our chairs are so well made and thoughtfully crafted that you can pass them down to your family members for generations to come!

The Science Behind Leather Comfort

Understanding why leather chairs provide exceptional comfort requires a closer look at the material itself. Leather is a breathable fabric that adapts to your body temperature, ensuring a comfortable seating experience in any weather. Unlike synthetic materials that trap heat, leather allows air to circulate, preventing that sticky feeling during hot seasons. This natural breathability contributes to the overall comfort and appeal of leather chairs.

Myth #3: Leather Chairs Stick to Your Skin in Hot Weather

Another common misconception is that leather chairs become sticky and uncomfortable in warm weather. However, the breathability of leather dispels this myth. Leather adjusts to the ambient temperature, ensuring that it remains cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Leather chairs provide a comfortable seating solution year-round.

Myth #4: Leather Chairs Are High-Maintenance

Another myth that may deter some people from buying a leather chair is the perception that they require excessive maintenance. While it's true that leather demands some care, it's not as daunting as it seems. Regular dusting and occasional conditioning are usually sufficient to keep your leather chair looking pristine. Unlike fabric upholstery that may require frequent cleaning and stain removal, leather chairs are resistant to spills and can be easily wiped clean with a damp cloth.

Debunking the Durability Myth

Despite misleading assumptions, leather chairs have a well-earned reputation for being not only comfortable but also durable.

Myth #5: Leather Chairs Are Prone to Cracking and Peeling

One of the most persistent myths is that leather chairs inevitably crack and peel over time. However, this misconception stems from a lack of understanding about leather quality. High-quality, top-grain leather–used on all Stickley leather furnishings–is far less prone to cracking and peeling than cheap substitutes, especially when properly cared for. Investing in a well-constructed leather chair from a reputable manufacturer like ensures that you can be confident in its durability.

Myth #6: Leather Chairs Are Susceptible to Scratches

While it's true that leather can develop a patina over time, it's not as susceptible to scratches as some may be led to believe. In fact, many leather chairs feature protective coatings that enhance their resistance to scratches. Most minor scratches can often be easily buffed out, restoring the chair to its original beauty. Such resilience makes leather chairs a practical and long-lasting choice for those concerned about potential damage.

Leather Chairs

Here at, you’ll find an extensive variety of exceptionally comfortable leather seating in styles to suit all interiors, from the traditional to the modern.

For those who prefer a classic look, we recommend our Leopold’s Chair, which is named after one of our co-founders, Leopold Stickley. It features deep tufting, a gently sloped back, and wraparound arms that will feel as though the chair is giving you a warm hug. Available in Rialto Pecan and Rialto Coffee leathers, you can purchase this chair on its own, or with the matching ottoman.

Alternatively, you could choose our Durango or Grisham chairs. The Durango recliner, for example, has a timeless look that’s sure to satisfy anyone looking for a quintessential leather chair with nailhead trim; it features a deeply cushioned back that’s a joy to curl up on. The Grisham wing-style recliner is a nail-free version that features an extra-plush welted seat and back cushions that you’ll love sinking into after a long day.

If you desire a more modern aesthetic, there’s the Memphis leather chair. Covered in rich, gently aged leather, this chair pairs perfectly with other pieces from our Memphis collection, including a sofa, loveseat, ottoman, and sectional.

Remember, not all leather chairs are created equal, so choose wisely and invest in a high-quality piece that aligns with your lifestyle. We invite you to explore our offerings here on, then experience them for yourself at your nearest authorized Stickley dealer. Say goodbye to the myths, and welcome the comfort and durability of leather chairs into your home.