The Best Leather For Sofas - Top Grain Leather

The Best Leather For Sofas - Top Grain Leather

Italian leather has long been celebrated for its unparalleled craftsmanship, timeless elegance, and luxurious feel. At the heart of the extensive profile of varieties of leather lies the best one for sofas: top grain leather.

What is Top Grain Leather?

Top grain leather is a term that denotes the uppermost, outermost layer of a hide. It is the part of the hide that is closest to the animal's skin and graded as the second highest quality among leathers, right after full-grain leather. This layer is carefully selected for its quality, as it possesses several desirable characteristics:

Natural Markings

Top grain leather proudly displays the natural markings and imperfections of the animal hide, such as wrinkles, scars, and grain patterns. These unique features give each piece of Italian leather furniture a distinctive, one-of-a-kind appearance.


Top grain leather is exceptionally durable and resistant to wear and tear. It can withstand daily use and retains its beauty over time, making it a smart investment for furniture that will last for generations.

Softness and Comfort

Furniture crafted from top grain leather is known for its supple, soft texture. It provides an incredibly comfortable seating experience, allowing you to sink into the luxurious embrace of your leather sofa or chair.


Top grain leather is breathable, which means it adapts to your body's temperature, ensuring comfort in both hot and cold weather. It doesn't stick to your skin, making it an ideal choice for furniture upholstery.


This leather is made thinner by removing its outermost layer of hide, making it thinner and easier to work with for manufacturers, which translates into higher affordability when compared to full grain leather.

Leathers at PENTA


Our top grain leathers are imported from Europe and New Zealand, processed with top Italian technology. They are certified by Leather Working Group in the UK and SGS in Europe to ensure the highest manufacturing and hide quality, the same standards adopted by top European brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Siemens.


Apart from full top grain leather, we also offer 50% real and faux leather mix upholstery as a more budget-friendly option. The visible front and back of the sofa that are commonly the seating areas will be upholstered with top grain leather, while the sides and back are in faux leather with high quality texture that is almost indistinguishable from genuine leather. This reduces the cost of the sofa without compromising comfort, quality, the sense and feel of luxury.


If you are looking for a high-quality leather sofa with low maintenance that doesn’t break your bank, our top grain leather and 50% mix are certainly the perfect choice. Contact us for more details about our upholstery options and sofa collection.