High quality leather furniture is the most comfortable, warm and durable furniture in the world. However, there are many options when it comes to leather furniture which can make it very tricky to navigate what is right for you and your home. A little knowledge can go a long way and that is where our design experts can help. We have assembled the very best tips for buying leather furniture so before you make your next leather furniture purchase, keep reading to discover these awesome leather secrets!
GO WITH THE LEATHER GRAIN
Full grain leather is the highest quality leather that has not been altered during the manufacturing process by buffing, sanding or any other treatment making it very durable. It is natural and the original markings make full grain leather naturally beautiful. Full grain leathers will develop a patina over time. When most people think of leather, they think of a smooth surface. This is usually a corrected top grain leather that has been finely sanded in order to remove surface grain imperfections. Corrected top grain leather also has added pigments to help create a more uniform color and increase durability yet still allow it’s natural life-long markings to show through.
PROTECTED VS UNPROTECTED LEATHER
Protected leather (also called semi-aniline leather) has additional coating added during the manufacturing process making the leather more durable and also creating a better control over the leather color consistency. In top quality protected leather, you will still see the natural leather beauty marks while also offering some stain and fading protection. Unprotected or aniline leather is all natural in both look and feel. It is rich and deep in color and has no color correction. Unprotected leather is the most pristine, softest and most expansive leather since no protective coat has been added. It is truly magnificent and only the very best hides can be used to make furniture since you see every true marking. Aniline Leather is colored by immersing hides in a dye bath which fully penetrates the hide. Full Aniline leather are more likely to fade and stain, will feature noticeable barbed wire scars, wrinkles, and scratches.
CONTRIVED VS. QUALITY GENUINE LEATHER
Contrived leather and quality genuine leather are not created equal. Vinyl (also known as fake or contrived leather) is a much more affordable option, however, it will not last over time and is not durable. As much as we try to create man-made products, natural products like leather cannot be replicated. Leather is naturally warm and will adjust to your body temperature within seconds while vinyl is cold and will remain cold so be sure to stock up on cozy blankets to snuggle with!
Leather is an investment but if it is a high quality genuine leather, it is durable, strong, sustainable and will last much, much longer than any fabric furniture. Leather adds a richness to a room like nothing else. It is unique and no two hides are the same so your leather will be uniquely yours. Everything gets better with age, including top quality leather that only gets more beautiful as it ages. Markings, wrinkles, and indentations create uniqueness and a beauty that cannot be manufactured.
These are a few of the specialty leather options you can consider when looking for leather furnishings. Specialty leathers are a unique option to create a breathtaking piece of furniture that will stand out and make a big impact.
Embossed leather has an added pattern or design that has been stamped onto the surface of the hide. This can be created by using rolling embossing or plate embossing to create an incredible statement.
Suede leather is buffed, creating a fluffy soft feel to it.
Nubuck is a very smooth top grain leather that is lightly sanded in order to create a luxurious velvet like feeling surface.
Hair on Hide Leather
Hair-on-Hide leather is just that…leather with the hair still on!
Adding a specialty leather to accent the arm of an occasional chair or the front of a sofa is a unique touch to make it something special and all your own.
Put Our Tips for Buying Leather Furniture in Action
The process of manufacturing leather can be intimidating but at Colorado Style Home Furnishings, we only work with the best in the business. The multi-inspection selection process along with the leather prep and unique complex color processing guarantees the highest quality and stunning final piece of custom leather furnishings in Colorado. Now that you’ve read some of the very best tips for buying leather furniture, this is the perfect time to put them to use; we look forward to seeing you at Colorado Style Home Furnishings today!