Are You Asking the Right Questions Before Buying Leather Furniture?
Leather: In this installment we will be considering the complexities of buying leather furniture. In all situations you need to be asking the right questions when you are looking at leathers. For example, “faux” leather is a crafty way that some companies will incorporate the word “Leather” even though there is literally no actual true leather in the product at all. It is made from a fabric base and is 100% man made. Faux leather is chemically treated with wax, dye, or polyurethane to produce the color and texture. This can negatively impact the quality and durability of your investment.
There is also a misconception in the market place is that bonded leather is almost the same as real leather. This is actually false. Bonded leather only contains approximately 15 – 25% actual leather content and in fact, that leather content is coming into contact with the cushions only at the bottom of the covering. The surface in bonded leathers is actually a polyurethane or vinyl. This is the reason that people often comment that their leather sits cold when, in actual fact, genuine leathers will conform to your body temperature within seconds.
Genuine leather is the most durable and comfortable covering that we can provide for a Sofa, Loveseat, Chair or Sectional. It is an actual animal hide however, and as such, there are a couple of things that must be done to ensure that it is maintained and remains supple and durable. Like our own skin, real leather can get dry during the extreme climate shifts we experience in the Calgary area. That is why it is important to treat it with a conditioner at least twice a year during our major seasonal changes (Spring and Fall).
Remember that there are many different imitation leathers in the market place and they may be able to save you a few dollars initially, but you should ask yourself one important question before you decide to buy. “How often do I wish to replace my new furniture set and what condition do I want to keep it in?” Once you have answered that question you will either be able to justify the price difference or to accept the fact that you will likely be shopping for furniture again before you had planned.