Faux Leather VS Real Leather Pros and Cons

What is Faux Leather?  Faux Leather is extremely popular these days.  As we live in a throwaway society, Faux Leather has become more tolerated around the home on furniture items.  Once upon a time faux leather was frowned upon as being cheap and nasty.  Real Leather is a luxury item these days, and its price tag reflects this. 

Faux leather is used on a variety of our products, such as faux leather beds, faux leather headboards and faux leather furniture.  We also offer a range of 100% real leather beds.  Finance options are available, meaning you can purchase any real leather bed and spread the costs over monthly payments.

Below we have outlined the Pros and Cons of faux leather VS real leather:



  • Faux leather is cheaper than real leather.
  • Faux leather is animal friendly.
  • Faux leather can be produced in virtually every colour.
  • Faux leather can be manufactured to feature a high gloss finish.
  • Faux leather is easily cleaned with a damp cloth.
  • Faux leather requires little maintenance.
  • Faux leather doesn’t crack as easy as real leather.
  • Faux leather is UV fade resistant.
  • Faux leather doesn’t have the real leather smell which some individuals find a pro.


  • Faux leather is not breathable, especially PVC faux leather.
  • Faux leather does not develop the same luster or patina as real leather.
  • Faux leather is more environmentally wasteful compared to real leather, as real leather is a by-product of cows processed for their meat.
  • Faux leather does not carry the same hypo-allergenic qualities of real leather.
  • Faux leather is easily torn or punctured through misuse, compared to real leather.
  • Faux leather doesn’t have the smell of 100% real leather, which some consumers actually prefer.

Real Leather is made from animal hide.  It is a by-product of cows which have been processed for their meat.  Real Leather is durable, however it needs to be well maintained to prolong its life.  Real Leather will fade in UV exposure, and it will degrade with age.  Real Leather is available in far fewer colours than faux leather.  Real Leather colours usually include white and various shades of black and brown.  Real Leather is breathable and is usually not washable.  Special leather maintenance creams must be used on real leather to prevent damaging its finish.

Faux Leather is a man-made product and is very durable.  These days Faux Leather is usually stronger than real leather.  Faux Leather can be easily wiped clean with a damp cloth.  Faux Leather is not breathable and it is available in a wide range of colours.

In general Faux Leather beds are more popular than Real Leather beds.  Real Leather beds are far more expensive than Faux Leather beds, as Real Leather beds are generally a luxury item.

BedSOS offers a variety of luxury Real Leather beds with free next day delivery available.  Our range of Faux Leather beds is extensive, and is also available with free next day delivery.  We have a variety of online deals available offering you unmissable deals and discounts.