Fabric or Leather? What type of Lounge is Best for Durability?

A lounge is such an integral part of life at home, so if you’re in the market for a new one it’s important to spend some time weighing up your options. Basic considerations include your budget, lifestyle and comfort and aesthetic factors. 

It’s also worth remembering that the higher the quality of fabrication and the lengths to which you take care of it, the longer your lounge will last. But what is the best material for a lounge? Let’s take a look at the two most popular types – fabric and leather – and how they compare in terms of durability.

How To Prevent Damage To Your Leather Lounge

If you own a leather lounge, no doubt you love that wonderful feeling of sinking back into its luxurious softness after the end of a busy day. Leather is also a popular choice for lounges because it is durable, easy to care for, long-lasting and it keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer. 

However, over time and with general wear and tear, leather lounges can start to show their age, and damage to a leather lounge can also be caused by a number of factors. Here we look at the top 8 and offer our tips on how to get the most out of your investment.

5 Reasons To Reupholster Your Lounge

classic brown leather lounge against a dark wall

From afternoon naps to box-set binges, you and your lounge are probably spending a lot more time together lately, particularly with the challenges of the coronavirus. And even though quality lounges these days can last up to 15 years, gradually wear-and-tear will take its toll. 

But with many of us watching our hip pockets in these uncertain times, outlaying the cost for a new lounge is simply not an option. The solution? Enlisting the services of a professional (like us!) to reupholster your existing lounge for you. Here are the top 5 reasons to reupholster your lounge.

What Does It Cost To Reupholster A Lounge?

Grey fabric lounge with green cushion

In an increasingly throw-away world, replacing furniture can often seem like the best solution. However, repairing a lounge, particularly if it’s in good condition, is a great way of retaining both its functionality and character. Given the current circumstances with the coronavirus and many of us spending more time at home, it can also be a wise financial choice. Let’s look at why you should consider reupholstering and how much it might cost to reupholster a lounge.

What’s The Difference Between A Couch, A Sofa And A Lounge?

Stylish brown leather sofa

Lounge vs Couch vs Sofa, What Are Their Differences?

There wouldn’t be many households without one, but when it comes to talking about them they are often referred to by very different names. Couch, sofa lounge, chaise longue … what’s the difference? Read on for some simple living room lingo that explains the different types of sofas and will turn you into a lounging expert in no time!

How To Choose A Living Room Furniture Set

Fabric nude coloured living room furniture

It’s one of the most widely used rooms in the home – somewhere we watch TV, entertain in and even sleep in! Therefore, buying new living room furniture is an investment that needs careful consideration. So whether you’re after a complete overhaul or a minor design upgrade, here are our top tips on choosing living room furniture.

Best Furniture For Small Spaces

In smaller properties or even homes with smaller rooms, choosing the right-sized furniture can make all the difference between your home feeling comfortable or just plain cramped! Here are our top tips for furniture for small spaces.

How To Care For Your Indoor Furniture

Furniture can be expensive these days, but regardless of its worth, it’s still an investment and should be looked after in order to keep it looking great and prolonging its life. Of course, when caring for any furniture, you should take heed of the cleaning instructions, particularly if it’s constructed from leather or upholstery. However, there are a number of simple rules you can follow to help keep it in top-top shape. Here are some easy tips on caring for indoor furniture.

Living Room Furniture Layout Ideas

When it comes to spending leisure time inside your home, chances are the living room is your go-to place of entertainment, relaxation, conversation and often napping! However, planning a new or revamped living room can be a daunting task, particularly if you’re dealing with existing furniture and you have no idea where to put everything! Here are some tips on organising your living room layout.

6 Tips For Saving Money On Furniture

In terms of home furnishings, furniture is typically one of the more expensive items you will need to buy. But if your budget just doesn’t stretch to purchasing brand new furniture, there are a range of other options out there. Here are our Top 6 tips for saving money on furniture.

5 Mistakes People Make When Buying Furniture

female questioning her furniture choices

There is nothing better than curling up on a cosy couch, however if your current model is looking a little worse for wear, then it may just need a little maintenance. If that’s not an option it’s important to do your research, as buying new furniture is a long-term investment. But with all the products on the market it can be a little daunting, so here is our guide to the most common 5 mistakes people make when buying furniture.

The Best Materials For Outdoor Furniture

women happy about using the best furniture materials

When it comes to choosing outdoor furniture, it should be both stylish and comfortable, however it also needs to withstand the elements. Different materials for outdoor furniture create different results, and different properties also mean that some perform better than others in certain conditions. So what are the best materials for outdoor furniture?

Money Saving Tips: Furniture Reupholstery vs New Lounge

Money Saving Tips: Furniture Reupholstery vs New Lounge

Over the years you’ve probably seen your household prices slowly climb. So there’s never been a better time to look for creative solutions! Is your furniture looking a bit old and worn around the house? If so, you’re not alone. Furniture is used more than a lot of us realise. Every day, your chairs or lounge sets are used over and over. People sitting standing, lying and resting all over your furniture will take its toll eventually. Of course, you probably won’t start to see the damage until years after you buy your lounge. But what do you do when the signs of age reveal themselves?

How to Remove Oil Stains From Upholstery Fabric

How to Remove Oil Stains From Upholstery Fabric

Nothing beats a fried feast after a long day at work. Watching some TV on the couch with a plate of fish and chips is one version of heaven! But your couch might disagree. All it takes is one rogue chip to leave your immaculate upholstery with a very obvious blemish: an oil stain. As far as stains go, oil stains are among the toughest. No matter how fast your reflexes are, oil stains are there to stay. Unlike many other stains, oil doesn’t simply rub off. The more you try and muscle it out of your upholstery, the more embedded it seems to become.

Leather Upholstery Care: How Safe Are Household Cleaners?

Leather Upholstery Care: How Safe Are Household Cleaners?

Whether you’re roaming the aisles of a shoe store in search of that perfect pair of boots, rummaging through a crowded clothing rack in pursuit of the ideal jacket, or roving the lounge suite section of your favourite department store – there’s really only one thing you’re looking for; a tag reading ‘genuine leather’. You’re looking for this tag because you know that it represents unparalleled quality, without having to compromise on aesthetic. And you know all this because leather has long been synonymous with positive adjectives, such as: Classic. Timeless. Durable.

How To Patch A Leather Couch: 5 Best Methods

Repairing Leather Furniture: 5 Best Methods

How To Patch A Leather Couch: 5 Best Methods

Is your much-loved leather couch looking worse for wear? Don’t worry, repairing leather furniture is easier than you think.

Just because your furniture is cracked, peeling, torn or coming apart at the seams, doesn’t mean you need to kick it to the kerb. You’d be surprised how easy it is to bring leather furniture back to life. Why break the bank buying new furniture, when you can give your old favourite a new lease on life?

How to Repair Torn and Scratched Leather Upholstery?

How To Repair Torn And Scratched Leather Upholstery?

It doesn’t matter how durable your leather upholstery is, accidents happen.

A rogue pen, staple, scissors, cutlery or shoes can easily damage your leather. Perhaps it’s been a case of the kids using the couch as a trampoline, or your cat using your armrest as a scratching post? No matter how the damage was done, a torn and scratched couch not only looks bad, but it can be sharp and uncomfortable too.

New Name, Same Quality! Mobile Upholstery Repairs Is Moving Forward

Mobile Upholstery Repairs – New Name, Same Quality!

We’ve decided it’s time to make a few changes. We spend our working days refreshing, rebuilding and recovering furniture – it’s about time we refreshed our business, too.

Mobile Upholstery Repairs is now known as Lounge Repair Guys. It’s a new brand with a slightly different focus, but ALWAYS with the same quality, expertise and customer service.

5 Reasons To Use Correct Leather Cleaning Products

5 Reasons To Use Correct Leather Cleaning Products

If you own quality leather furniture, you’d do anything to make it last a lifetime. This includes regular cleaning with appropriate leather cleaning products. Did you know that using a poor quality cleaning product can not only reduce the lifespan of your leather furniture, it could potentially harm you as well?

Leather Furniture Restoration – A DIY Guide

Leather Furniture Restoration – Leather Furniture Restoration – A DIY Guide

For some, the idea of restoring leather furniture can seem like a daunting task. However, it is possible to restore leather furniture yourself. Whether you have peeling, tears, stains or fading, there are solutions that you can try in your own home. To those who are not DIY inclined, you will be comforted to know that you also have the support of leather restoration experts behind you every step of the way.

Furniture Reupholstery vs Buying New: A Comparison

Furniture Reupholstery VS Buying New: A Comparison

So your favourite fabric chair is looking worse for wear. Do you throw it away or do you seek the help of a furniture reupholstery professional?

Knowing when to reupholster and when to let go of your much-loved item is a tough call to make, particularly when it is a tradition piece. There are a few things that will make this decision easier and a number of factors that you should consider before making your final verdict.

5 Things To Keep In Mind While Choosing Upholstery Fabric For Your Furniture

Choosing Upholstery Fabric? Read This First!

When upholstering your furniture, it is important to think carefully about the fabric you are choosing. You want your fabric to meet your style needs, but it also needs to be perfectly suited to the use of your furniture items. Outdoor upholstery fabric is more durable than indoor fabric, for example. While the delicate material you choose for an occasional chair will not suit a sofa in the main living area. As experienced upholstery repairers, we’ve put together five useful things to be kept in mind when picking furniture fabrics.

How Much Upholstery Fabric Do I Need For My Couch?

How Much Upholstery Fabric Do I Need For My Couch?

How much upholstery fabric do I need – can seem like one of those open-ended questions. How long is a piece of string? If you have never reupholstered furniture before, you may be wondering how to go about finding the right fabric for your couch and how to measure it accurately.

How To Restore A Leather Couch

How to restore a leather couch

Leather Couch Restoration: How To Guide

Leather couches are sturdy and generally last the test of time. That said, leather sofas suffer wear and tear just like any piece of furniture. The good news is, there are many ways you can breathe new life into an old piece of furniture. Want to know how to restore a leather couch? We’ll tell you.

Love Your Outdoors! Outdoor Furniture Repair And Revitalisations

Outdoor Furniture Repair And Revitalisations

Do you have run down and worn out furniture? Is it letting down your outdoors? Put an end to this now!

Outdated furniture makes your outdoor living space less inviting for both you and your guests. Entertaining should be fun, welcoming and full of conversation. Don’t let that conversation be about how under loved your outdoor furnishings are!

Choosing The Best Upholstery For Your Home

Choosing The Best Upholstery For Your Home

The vast extensity of upholstery options can mean that choosing the best upholstery for your home can be somewhat of a daunting task. When selecting what upholstery will best suit your home, there are a plethora of factors that ought to be taken into account. This guide serves to outline some of the pertinent of these and offer some advice as to what properties of various upholstery options are necessary to make them suitable for certain applications.

Can You Remove Ink Stains From A Leather Couch?

Can You Remove Ink Stains From A Leather Couch?

Accidents happen, and more often than we would like they involve an expensive piece of furniture. Before you get disheartened, see if there is anything you can do to rectify the problem.

You have a gorgeous couch that is perfect in your living room; it really pulls the décor together. Unfortunately that stain doesn’t! Whatever you do, don’t just get a cloth and start scrubbing. Sometimes your attempts to remove ink from leather could be doing more harm than good! Here are some other ideas.

Furniture Repairs: What Can Be Saved, What Can’t

Furniture Repairs: What Can Be Saved, What Can't

Before rushing out and replacing your damaged furniture, read this to see whether it can be salvaged.

Accidents, natural disasters, even just life happens and when it does, it may take some of your personal belongings with it! Trying to work out what can be saved and what can’t is tough. Furniture repairs aren’t always possible after a flood or major spill. Determining whether a piece of furniture is “worth saving” is part about the cost of replacement and part about the emotional attachment. Here are some things that will help make your furniture repair choices easier.

Reupholstering Chairs To Fit Modern Design Trends

Reupholstering Chairs To Fit Modern Design Trends

Has that comfortable, retro lounge you have had for years finally lost its lustre? Some furniture holds too many memories to be casually tossed on the scrap heap. Before you make the tough decision to throw away your favourite piece of furniture, take a look at our tips. Reupholstering chairs instead of replacing them is easier and more effective than you think!

6 steps for decorating confidently with colour

6 steps for decorating confidently with colour

Colour can absolutely transform a home and a piece of furniture. If you have a well-loved lounge or chair that you need to have recovered, consider a complete change in colour. You have so many fabrics to choose from, and imagine what you can do when you go wild with your colours.

5 reasons to choose Lounge Repair Guys

5 reasons to choose Lounge Repair Guys

At Lounge Repair Guys we are proud of our work and know that you will be extremely satisfied with our services if you choose to partner with us. Lounges and furniture are often prized possessions in a home, so choosing the right upholstery repairer is important, to ensure you receive top quality workmanship and the most satisfying service. We have listed three reasons to choose us for your next upholstery project.

3 Reasons to Give An Old Favourite Another Chance

3 Reasons to Give An Old Favourite Another Chance

Furniture is a funny thing. When we first bring it home, it’s a blank slate, pristine and pretty, untouched by grubby hands and not one foot has ever dared to find itself where it shouldn’t. Over the years, it witnesses our lives, our memories; we work at the kitchen table, reclining back in our chairs and tapping our hands on the darkened wood; we escape on our couches, tired of life and trying to navigate its latest drama. Furniture is an instrumental part of our everyday habits. If you need 3 reasons to give an old favourite piece of furniture a chance, let Lounge Repair Guys convince and entertain you.

Which Lounge Suite Suits Your Lifestyle?

Which Lounge Suite Suits Your Lifestyle

The lounge is around for those lone moments, great moments, happy moments, sad moments, family moments and friendly celebrations. We live on lounges sometimes, spending spare hours on well-worn cushions, cradled by comfortably padded by great sweeping arms and that familiar smell of home, or so it would seem.

And while this is true for most of us, not every lounge or couch matches the wide range of needs and daily demands out there – you wouldn’t find a restored French chaise in a house full of little kids and curious fingers, and you’ll probably be squeezed to find a busted but beloved leather three-seater in the refined home of a retired, inner city couple. So which lounge suite will suit your lifestyle for the years to come? The team at Lounge Repair Guys have done some research for you…

Top Tips for choosing an upholstery repairer

Top Tips for choosing an upholstery repairer

Do you require an upholstery repairer to complete your project to the highest of standards? We would love to help you with your upholstery repairs, but we also know that you have questions. Ensure that you are confident with your choice of upholstery repairs, because there is no need to sacrifice the outcome. If you are taking the time to have your furniture repaired, expect impressive results. Here are some of the considerations you should give, when making your choice.

Top 5 Causes of Damage to Leather Lounges

Top 5 Causes of Damage to Leather Lounges

As well as looking and feeling great, leather is a durable and long lasting material that stands up well against the constant wear placed on couches. No wonder it’s so expensive! And once you’ve invested in a quality leather piece, you don’t want to see it damaged. Even leather isn’t impervious to cracks, tears and scratches, but you can prevent this from happening by protecting against the top causes of damage to leather lounges.

Understanding the Components of Your Lounge Suite

Understanding the Components of Your Lounge Suite

Like cars, sofas come in a number of styles, shapes and sizes but generally all have the same basic features. The durability and strength of a sofa will depend on the components that have been used, and since buying a sofa is a major purchase – yes a major one – it’s worth taking some time to understand the components of a lounge so you can make the best choice in line with your preferences and budget.

How to clean microfiber suede lounges


They are one of the most common types of upholstery material used to cover our couches. Microfiber lounges have become increasingly popular for their affordability and wide availability and they are available in a range of colours but commonly often in chocolate, raisin or cream. The downside of the microfiber surface is that it can attract a lot of dirt, dust, and crumbs deposits. People also complain the material can feel too hot or create static when sat on.

How to restore antique chairs to their former glory

How to restore antique chairs to their former glory

Often we’re quick to discard furniture that has seen better days, but when it comes to that special loveseat or chaise lounge, simply throwing a tired looking piece onto the scrap heap is not only a shame, but you could be losing out financially. Traditional furniture pieces can be worth more than many people realise, not to mention carry unique appeal and often sentimental value.

With just a little love, we can restore your antique lounge or armchair back to its original state. If you’ve got antique furniture including dining chairs, loveseats, chaise lounges, vintage settee lounges, chesterfield sofas or other pieces needing repair, there are a number of strategies we can undertake here at Lounge Repair Guys to restore your seating to their former state. We explain some of what’s typically involved to restore antique furniture below.

How to prevent couches sagging and keep furniture firm


Previously comfortable sofas can quickly become uncomfortable and can be bad for your back – especially when you cushions begin to dip in the centre, sag and lose their firmness and elasticity. There are several different options you can take once this has happened, each with vary levels of effectiveness. The best prevention however is to take care of your couches in the first place, and as the upholstery repair specialists in Brisbane who love your lounges, we explain how to keep your couches in tip-top shape and what your options are for sagging sofas in this post.

Why Does Leather Need Protection?

Why Does Leather Need Protection?

Protection from Stains
Unprotected leather is highly absorbent. Leather is hydrophilic – it loves water. Unprotected leather draws liquids deep into its fibres causing stains that can be nearly impossible to remove. Leather Protection Cream is hydrophobic – it repels water and helps prevent stains. Leather protection cream also helps to prevent oil and alcohol based stains. Nothing can provide 100% protection from stains, but protected leather is always easier to clean.

How to Clean & Maintain Leather Furniture

Maintain Leather Furniture

A regular routine of protection and cleaning will help protected your furniture from stains and damage, and add years to its life. Some types of soiling only affect the way your furniture looks. Others can actually damage the leather. Dust and perspiration are both particularly damaging. Dust is abrasive: it acts like sandpaper. Over time dust can cause serious damage to the furniture’s topcoat. Perspiration and body oils contain salts, enzymes and fatty acids, all of which can stain and damage leather and its topcoat. It is important to prevent perspiration and body oils from building up.