Article Sven Sofa Review | How Is The Leather After 2 Years?

by Ashley

Honest Review – Is It Worth The Cost?

Making the decision to buy a leather sofa is difficult. After living with our Article Sven sofa for two years, I’m sharing my thoughts in this review, as well as answering some FAQs.

article sven sofa review

Article Sven Sofa

When I first saw this Article Sven leather sofa popping up in my Instagram feed, it was love at first sight. I had to have it!

article sven charme tan sofa

The buttery camel color, the mid-century modern style, not to mention one piece seat cushion – which is Perfect for napping without following through the crack!

As soon as we were officially closed on our first home, the Sven was our next purchase. It’s been over 2 years, and this post is overdue! Every time I share a photo of our sofa on Instagram (we’re friends over on Instagram right?!), I get flooded with questions.

So today I am answering all the frequently asked questions, and sharing my honest review!

Article Sven Sofa Review

(It’s important you know that we purchased this sofa ourselves in 2017. However, I’ve since become a HUGE fan of Article, and have partnered with them to bring you this post. Of course all opinions are my own and I’ll be sharing the good and the bad. Promise!)

Back of a Article Sven sofa in a living room in front of a fireplace

Alright, let’s dive in!

Is The Article Sven Sofa Comfortable?

Yes! This is the #1 question I get asked whenever I post a photo of our Article Sven leather sofa. (The #1 comment is: “I’m obsessed with your couch. Dream sofa!” To which I always reply, “I’m obsessed too, it’s a total dream!”)

Of course I love how this sofa looks, but ultimately comfort is top priority when it comes to choosing a sofa. I was over the moon when I sat on our Sven for the first time and it was so. incredibly. comfy.

sitting on a comfortable article sven sofa

It’s nice and deep which makes it perfect for a Netflix binge or curling up with a book. Rather than three cushions – which is what many modern leather sofas have – this couch has two large cushions on the back.

Some reviews say they are too squishy, but I don’t think so at all! They do need occasional fluffing to maintain their shape, however.

Tan leather sofa with two throw pillows in a living room

Like my throw pillows? Check them out over on Etsy. 

The single seat cushion gives the couch a tidier feel than one with individual cushions, and like I mentioned earlier is perfect for a little catnap.

(Or should I say dognap? ?)

Chesapeake bay retriever sleeping on a brown leather couch

The large single bottom cushion also means no more accidental TV remotes, or phones slipping down in-between the cushions. It also completely eliminates a lot of extra cushion movement from getting on and off the sofa.

The seat cushion is more firm than the back cushions, but not too firm!  It is soft but supportive and it’s nice that you don’t ‘fall in’ when sitting down.

Is The Article Sven Durable?

Yes, the Article Sven sofa is extremely durable. The Sven is made with naturally strong strong full grain aniline leather. Over time, the color will darken, and the material will get smoother and smoother. (Think of your favorite leather jacket or pair of leather boots, they only get better with age!)

This thick leather holds up well to heavy usage. The stitching and thread also seem to be equally tough.  We used the sofa daily in our living room for over two years before writing this review. At the time of publishing, it was in perfect condition!

When talking specifically about the Sven Charme Tan sofa, the Article team says this:

Charme is a full-grain, full-aniline leather that is highly variable in tone, texture, and natural markings. This leather patinas quickly, giving it a beautifully unique finish — but always be aware that every hide, and therefore every sofa, is totally unique, and therefore will look different than the product photo.”

article sven leather sofa patina: dark, medium, light

Aniline leather is one of the most expensive type of leather because it is the highest quality (and also the most durable). There are cheaper options, but when it comes to a sofa, you get what you pay for.

Inexpensive sofas are typically made from ‘bonded leather’, which is not actually leather at all! Bonded leather it is a leather by-product made from shredded leather pulp and polyurethane. It tends to crack and peel within a few years.

A high quality full grain leather sofa can last for generations. It’s tough, puncture resistant and easy to clean making it a great option if you have children or pets.

While I can’t personally vouch for the child-proof part, I can confidently say that our Article Sven leather sofa has held up great to our 75lb retriever (and she loves laying on the sofa).

Brown dog lying on a tan leather sofa

Scratches can easily be buffed out and drool (from dogs and babies) cleans up easily!

Is The Sven Easy To Clean? How Do You Treat The Leather?

This was actually one of my first questions when we were deciding whether the Sven leather sofa was right for us. Luckily, my husband loves his leather boots, and knows a little too much a lot about caring for leather.

To see a more in-depth guide that he wrote on leather furniture care, checkout: How To Cleanup Spills, Remove Stains & Condition Furniture With Leather Oil

Spills and other accidents on expensive leather can be stressful! But don’t worry, most spill don’t result in any permanent damage.

The key to preventing stains and making cleanup easy is applying leather oil BEFORE the spill!

How To Clean The Article Sven Leather Sofa

  1. Wipe your leather sofa down regularly with a clean, dry cloth. A microfiber cloth like this one is best.
  2. Vacuum the crevices and go over the cushions with the soft brush attachment when needed.
  3. Clean spills immediately with a dry cloth. If the spill has dried, dip a soft cloth (preferably a microfiber cloth) in water and wring it out so that the cloth is damp, not completely wet. Apply to the stain without over-saturating it.
  4. For stubborn spills or stains, use Otter Wax Saddle Soap to gently wash the leather.
  5. After cleaning up a spill or stain with water and/or a leather cleaner like Otter Wax Saddle Soap, make sure to always condition the furniture with oil to rejuvenate leather and prevent future stains (see our recommendation or leather oil in the next section).

Does The Sven Sofa Require Maintenance?

Yes. To keep the leather in good condition, you will need to apply leather oil.

Recommended Leather Oil:

To maintain the leathers look and durability, you will need to apply leather oil infrequently.  We recommend using Otter Wax leather oil. Otter Wax is also perfect for all: leather bags, boots, jackets, and any other leather goods. A little oil goes a long way!

Apply a few times per year, or as needed depending on usage.  When the leather starts to look a little dried out, or starts looking a little lighter in color, it’s time to apply more oil!

Will The Color Of The Leather Change Over Time?

Yes! As leather ages, it earns a natural patina. Over time, and as you continue to apply leather oil, the leather will naturally darken a few shades.  This darkening is nothing to worry about, because guys, it looks amazing as it ages and darkens a little bit!

Leather sofa with black throw pillow next to an artificial fiddle leaf fig tree

Is The Article Sven Sofa A Good Value?

Short answer: yes!

The Article Sven sofa is a good value, but like all high-quality leather furniture, it isn’t cheap. The primary drawback of authentic leather is the cost.  To get a true apples-to-apples Article Sven value comparison, you have to look at competitive full grain leather sofas.

This is where the Article Sven sofa really outshines the competition. When you start looking at other solid, well made leather sofas from reputable brands, it becomes obvious how much value Article brings to the table.

This is especially true when comparing to the furniture available in retail furniture stores. A Sven Charme Tan sofa has the look and quality of a much more expensive piece, but at an affordable price.

Avoid the mistake of buying inexpensive leather furniture and expecting it to last a long time.

Remember, you get what you pay for. In my opinion, the Article Sven is worth every penny. It’s a good value. It’s durable. It’s comfortable, and looks amazing. What more could you ask for?

A Cheaper Faux Leather Option

Although authentic leather is my favorite, it’s not the only option. In some cases, the extra money money for authentic leather might not fit the budget, or maybe now just isn’t the right time to purchase a ‘forever’ sofa.

If you decide to purchase a faux leather sofa, I recommend trying to find a well made option that doesn’t cost a lot of money. The material will not last an extraordinarily long time, so it makes sense to keep the budget pretty low.

No matter the reason, if you’re considering a faux leather sofa, check out this Mid Century Modern faux leather sofa made by Container Furniture Direct – you won’t believe how cheap it is on Amazon.

Why Article Furniture?

Keep in mind, we purchased the Sven sofa with our own money, and we do not make any commissions if you choose to purchase a sofa from Article. We seriously just love the sofa, and want to share our experience with anyone looking for a nice leather sofa.

Article is an online-only, direct-to-consumer company. They are able to offer high end products at affordable prices because they don’t have any showrooms or stores.  This business model keeps their overhead to a minimum and allows them to offer very competitive prices.

On potential drawback is that buying a large piece of furniture sight unseen is scary! I’ve been there.

Before hitting the confirm order button, I read every review I could find on this sofa. In addition, I was able to order a free fabric swatch to feel the leather for myself. This was huge, and definitely gave me more confidence when I finally clicked confirm order!

Other things I love about Article

  • $49 flat rate shipping fee (no matter how much you order)
  • 30 day return policy. Just be sure to save your packaging and Article will pick up the furniture for a small fee.

Article makes it easy to have confidence in your purchase.

A side view of a leather sofa in a living room in front of a stone fireplace

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Leather sofas are a beautiful way to bring timeless quality and comfort into a room. The Sven leather sofa will surely last for years (or decades) and serve as a comfortable spot when you need to relax.

I hope this Article Sven sofa review has provided you with helpful information.  Please let me know if you have any more questions!

Did I miss anything? Feel free to leave any questions below and I’ll be sure to reply!

Leather sofa with white throw pillow and text overlay that reads "Our leather sofa, how its held up after 2 years!"

Article Sven Sofa Review

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12 comments

Fada January 28, 2019 - 9:35 am

Hi Ashley, thanks for sharing. I noticed the sofa’s color is warmer. Is it like this when it just arrived? Or is it the patina developed over time? If so, how long? I read some other review about the Sven Sofa, the brand new one has much lighter shade than the official website photo.
Thanks!

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Ashley January 29, 2019 - 11:37 am

Ours was this color when we got it, although I know every individual sofa is different. I’ve seen some on Instagram that are much lighter to start out. I’d say ours is a pretty close match to the website photo. I did order fabric swatches beforehand, and that helps you see the different color variation. I personally think all of the shades are beautiful!

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Cj Southerland April 18, 2019 - 5:35 pm

I’ve been looking at this couch for a couple of yrs now. I too, looked at all kind of reviews and after hours of looking I’m buying it today.

Thanks, appreciate having a buyers review not just the reviews on the site.

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Ashley April 22, 2019 - 10:40 am

Oh I’m so glad this post helped give you confidence in your purchase! You will LOVE the couch!

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amy May 1, 2019 - 8:57 pm

We’ve had ours for about 4 years and it is really comfy. The back cushions have sagged though and the leather gets scratched pretty easily. The other thing that may be a drawback is that it stains easily. We have a no food on the soca rule because of it.

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Ashley May 9, 2019 - 2:01 pm

Good to know! We have managed to buff out any scratches and apply extra oil in those spots to bring the leather back to life. No food rule is probably a good idea!

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Lauren October 8, 2019 - 5:04 pm

I recently bought this sofa and I’m a little worried about two things… (1) it sits in direct sunlight because my space is small and I don’t have another option and (2) scratches/indents. How do you buff out scratches or indents without doing damage? Yours looks great!

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Ashley October 18, 2019 - 7:00 am

Hi Lauren! The sofa should be fine sitting in direct sunlight! The only possible down side would be that you might have to use leather oil a little more frequently. This will likely cause the leather’s natural patina to darken at a slightly faster rate as well.
Keeping up on applying oil to the leather also helps to prevent scratches and scuffs. I actually have dedicated blog post all about this if you’re interested. ‘How To Clean Up Spills & Care For A Leather Sofa’

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Joel Miller July 16, 2019 - 8:43 am

I need to have that coffee table! Did that come from Article too? Already ordered the Sven in Chocolat!

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Ashley July 19, 2019 - 12:01 pm

Hi Joel! The coffee table is from Amazon, actually! I have it linked at the bottom of this post: https://joyfullygrowingblog.com/best-amazon-prime-day-deals/

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Shannon Jacobs November 9, 2019 - 9:42 am

Where are your throw pillows from?!

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Ashley November 10, 2019 - 3:50 pm

They are covers from MainThread Textiles. I LOVE them, the quality is so good.

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