Making a decision as big as choosing a sofa for your home can come with many micro-decisions. First, of course, is whether or not you like the shape. Then come comfort and quality. However, a crucial part of the decision-making process should be to choose the right upholstery for you. While we wish that there was one fabric that comes with all the pros and no cons, each option undeniably has benefits and drawbacks. It’s just about deciding what works best for your lifestyle and location.

To help you make fabric decisions, we’ve done the research for you and are sharing our pros and cons for six of the most common upholstery fabrics.