Full-grain leather is the best type of leather for sofas and other furniture, according to Overstock.com. Other types of leather commonly used in furniture are split-grain, aniline and pigmented.
Full-grain leather is thick, heavy and durable. This type of leather has natural color variations. Split-grain leather is similar, but it is softer and more vulnerable to damage.
Aniline leather is full- or split-grain leather that has been dyed to camouflage uneven pigmentation. Aniline leather is typically thin and soft, but the dye is prone to fading after extensive sunlight exposure. Another type of dyed leather is pigmented leather, which is similar to the aniline variety but made from lower-quality leather.