An Honest Review – Worth The Cost?
Making the decision to buy a leather sofa is difficult. After living with our modern leather sofa (the Sven by Article) for two years, I’m sharing my thoughts in this review, and answering some frequently asked questions to help you decide if this is the sofa for you!
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!
The buttery camel color, the mid-century modern style, not to mention the fact that the seat cushion is one piece. (Perfect for napping without following through the crack!)
As soon as we were officially closed on our first home, the Sven was our very next purchase. It’s been almost 2 years now 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 of the frequently asked questions and sharing my honest thoughts about our Article Sven Charme Tan leather sofa.
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!)
Alright, let’s dive in!
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.
Is it comfortable?
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.
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.
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? ?)
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 it durable? Good for children or pets?
The Article Sven sofa is a full grain aniline leather. This means that 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!)
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.”
Aniline leather is one of the most expensive type of leather because it is the highest quality (and therefore the most durable). There are cheaper leather options but when it comes to a sofa, you get what you pay for. The cheaper options are usually made of 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, or a little longer if you’re lucky.
A good quality full grain leather sofa can last for generations and withstand lots of use. 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.
Scratches can easily be buffed out and drool (from dogs or miniature humans ?) cleans up easily!
Is it easy to clean? How do you treat the leather?
This was actually one of my first questions when we were deciding on whether the Sven leather sofa was right for us. Luckily, my husband is a leather freak and knows
a little too much a lot about caring for leather. (His boot collection is proof!)
To keep leather looking great, and to maintain its durability, you will need to apply leather oil infrequently. We recommend using Otter Wax leather oil. Otter Wax is also perfect for: 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!
How To Clean Your Leather Couch:
- Wipe your leather sofa down regularly with a clean, dry cloth. A microfiber cloth like this one is best.
- Vacuum the crevices and go over the cushions with the soft brush attachment when needed.
- 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 stain without over-saturating it.
Is it worth the cost?
The chief drawback of this sofa is that it’s expensive. However, when comparing it to other high quality full grain leather sofas, the price cannot be beat! The Sven Charme Tan sofa has the look of a much more expensive piece at a modest price.
Trust me: avoid the mistake of buying inexpensive leather furniture and expecting it to look good and last a long time.
Remember, you get what you pay for.
Besides, the Sven leather sofa is worth every penny! Not only does it look good, but it’s oh-so-comfy!
I hope this Article Sven sofa review has provided you with helpful information for your purchasing decision! Leather sofas are a beautiful way to bring quality and comfort into a room. The Sven leather sofa will surely last you for years (or decades) and serve as a comfortable spot when you need to relax.
Did I miss anything? Feel free to leave any questions below and I’ll be sure to reply!