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leather couches or cloth couches?

Hi all, is it a bad idea to get leather couches in a home theater? I figure they would reflect sound more than cloth couches.

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My wife said "Absolutely no leather"

Hope that helps?
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not if they are filled with your friends, also some reflections in a theater are good, a totally dead room sounds terrible. IMHO high headrests are more of a audio killer than leather versus fabric. Leather is more durable in the long haul.
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Depends on what you like for comfort and durability. Unless you have a lot of empty seats, they are not going to affect the sound in the room that much.

Agree with BigmouthinDC, high headrests block sound from the rear surround speakers even if they are mounted high and aimed down. If they block the path to your ears, it affects what you hear.

I had leather seats in a previous basement theater. It was cool down there and was always a shock to sit down on the leather. I'd get ultrasuede or fabric if I was buying new seating.

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Hi all, is it a bad idea to get leather couches in a home theater? I figure they would reflect sound more than cloth couches.
It really does boil down to personal preference in my opinion. If you like leather, go for it. If you like cloth, do that. Sure, there will be some added reflections, but I've never found it to be an issue whatsoever and would not allow that to sway my decision one way or the other. If you end up REALLY not liking what the leather does to your acoustics, which I very highly doubt, you could just toss some throw blankets/pillows in there and that would take care of that.
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Get quality leather tho. My theater seats are very comfy, but we bought a couple of leather recliners for the bedroom and they make me sweat a bit if I sit in em too long.
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personally I prefer cloth because they are warmer when you sit on them when its cold and hot in the summer. but my wife wants leather.

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The other plus to leather is it lasts much longer. My theater seats are about 11 years old I think and they still look nearly new. I cant count how many chairs and couches have been replaced throughout the rest of the house in that time.
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I would agree that the reflections likely won't be significant enough to be concerned with. The amount of reflections would likely be minimal, they would be confined to higher frequencies, and the shape of the furniture would scatter the sound in multiple directions like a diffuser.

It boils down more to personal preference related to cost, comfort, durability and the ability to clean
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Stay away from the bonded leather - at least on the seating/contact surfaces. As for being colder to the touch than clothe, yes that's true, but it warms up quickly. It is also generally easier to clean which might be important if you have small children or even older ones who will use the theater when they have sleepovers.
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ok thanks everyone. now I know if my wife insists on getting leather, I won't make too much of a big deal about it. although I'm still going to push for cloth
consider this matter adjourned

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ok thanks everyone. now I know if my wife insists on getting leather, I won't make too much of a big deal about it. although I'm still going to push for cloth
consider this matter adjourned
Gonna do cloth? Then I say go totally baller and get something along these lines: https://theaterseating.com/chair_model/monaco/
I'm more of a leather guy, but some of the Moovia stuff really has me thinking cloth if I had the money. They make some gorgeous stuff.
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If you can convince my wife to get those, I'll buy you a new AVR

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Sounds like a worthwhile challenge to me!
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If you can convince my wife to get those, I'll buy you a new AVR
Haha. Ok, ok. I'll dial it back a bit. How about their "Budapest" model. Tell your wife that the model (double entendre intended) reminded you of her and thought the seating would look perfect with her in it (your wife, not the model...or both?)...

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I really like that couch. it appeals to me.

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I really like that couch. it appeals to me.
Me too. I honestly have my eye on it if I ever go all out on a dual purpose living room/family theater setup. The motorized pullout section is really cool. There's a video out there somewhere that shows it in action. Never seen anything quite like it. They sent me some books with fabric and leather samples once and the fabric quality is really, really nice stuff. The fabric comes from some well known European textile manufacturer. I forget the name, but it's not some generic threads, that's for sure. EDIT: Just looked it up. https://theaterseating.com/upholsteries/ They use Kvadrat brand fabric. Denmark, I believe : https://kvadrat.dk/

This manufacturer is one brand that ranks REALLY high with my wife on the whole WAF thing. Win-win!!!
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it looks expensive. we've spent more than we originally planned. I was only supposed to buy a TV and the audio was to come later. but I couldn't resist buying the Klipsch rp280f and so if I have speakers that means I need an AVR to plug them into.
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Surprised nobody has mentioned microfiber. It's the best of both worlds IMO. Durability traits similar to leather with comfort similar to cloth. Make sure you get actual microfiber though and not the cheaper material that is some cheap base that has "microfiber" flogged on via some sort of spray process. It has the feel of microfiber but won't last.

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it looks expensive. we've spent more than we originally planned. I was only supposed to buy a TV and the audio was to come later. but I couldn't resist buying the Klipsch rp280f and so if I have speakers that means I need an AVR to plug them into.
Your assumption is correct. That couch ain't cheap. But man, do I want their stuff. Next home I buy with a dedicated home theater room, I want to make sure I allot enough of the budget for seating like that. It will help if I can win the lottery first. Haha.

Oh, how easily a mission to just buy a TV turns into a full blown home theater experience. It's pretty easy for it to quickly spiral out of control. Same reason the wife should never send me to the grocery store for a gallon of milk. I end up coming home with all sorts of goodies.
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For my theater I decided to go with these in black: https://4seating.com/seatcraft-theat...om-chairs.html

Yes it had to be approved by my wife and daughter. The material is so soft and good for basements. It's a velour. The only down side is that my pets are not allowed on them because it is a magnet. Also the lower LED's are way to bright (as you can see) so I put a piece of black electrical tape over them.

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I'd say "Absolutely no cloth" if you are doing to eat and drink while watching movies. You will spill. Cleaning leather (real or faux) is easy and it will look new for a long time.

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I'd say "Absolutely no cloth" if you are doing to eat and drink while watching movies. You will spill. Cleaning leather (real or faux) is easy and it will look new for a long time.
While I'm all about leather for the same reasons, you'd be surprised how well good quality microfiber can do. I used to have a near white microfiber couch. Was having a party where I serving some adult punch. Bright red stuff. Some knucklehead spilled his cup all over the couch. At first I was highly annoyed, thinking my couch was a gonner with a spill like that, but I was shocked when I grabbed a cloth and it wiped off clean. Couch looked perfect. Was like something straight out of a paper towel commercial! Haha. Anyway, the couch looked great for years and is still probably out there somewhere.

Like somebody said above, you gotta get the good stuff if going the cloth route. No cheap-o microfiber knockoff stuff. As with many things, you get what you pay for. Same could be said for leather. I've seen some leather theater seats utterly fall apart in no time. Good quality leathers can last for ages, though.

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Our leather seatcraft chairs from 4seating are a few years old now, and we often wish we had cloth seats. My wife observes that the leather is sticky and does not breath. She covers it with a little fabric for comfort.

Other things I wish we didn't have in our Seatcraft chairs: the blindingly bright blue light bar under the footrests, and the blindingly bright blue LEDs in the arm controls / USB ports.

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I had leather for 10 years in my first theater. It was ok, but always cold to the touch.


In my 2nd theater I went with microfiber and its been 2+ years and they still look great and glad I did not go back to leather. Just my 2 cent



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I too have microfiber and have been very happy with them. They remain very comfortable and the power functions are a real bonus. More info in my signature. Good luck in your search.

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I agree with some other post, that it comes down to personal preference. I've got a large leather wrap around corner sofa and a leather lazyboy recliner and have had no problems with the sound from my Legacy speakers. If in fact that leather does reflect sound, as some assume in earlier post, then it gives just the right amount of reflection and absorption in my experience, but I think it probably absorbs more sound than it reflects. Leather is actually porous and would absorb more sound than some would give it credit for.
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Leather is actually porous and would absorb more sound than some would give it credit for.
This could explain why cows moo so loud at each other!
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I've had leather seats for a decade and I like the durability. To be honest this time of the year when shorts and t-shirts are the uniform of the day, I often grab a blanket to cover the seats to avoid the shock of sitting in a cold chair. It is not a factor that would prompt me to go with a fabric solution next time as I tend to be a slob. I've sat in fabric seating and found them comfortable.
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Leather is also a must if you have kids, especially teenagers! They say they won't spill stuff, but they will! I recarpeted about a year or so ago and had to move the theater chairs out. I was shocked at home much crap I found underneath the chairs! In the kids defense, I did find some beer bottle caps from brands I havent had in years lol.
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