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    What to Look for in Quality Leather Furniture

  • Leather is generally a good investment since it will last approximately 4 times as long as fabric, but only costs around double the price.
  • With the longevity of the covering you want to make sure that the frame is going to last.
  • Look for hardwood kiln dried frames and strong spring system.  Flexsteel makes an excellent frame and deck.
  • Understand that every hide is a slightly different color.  The piece you order may come a little lighter or darker than the piece in the showroom.
  • In general, you do not need to buy any leather protection treatments.  These are very expensive and you are only paying for the warranty.  If you think you might damage the leather through heavy use then consider buying the warranty.

    The Basics: What you Should Know

  • Aniline leather is dyed in a drum, which allows the dye to completely soak through for a rich, deep color. No protective coating is added and it's the softest, and most expensive, leather.
  • Semi-aniline (protected aniline) leather is also dyed in a drum and has a small amount of coating applied, giving it slightly better protection against stains and fading than aniline leather.
  • I personally prefer semi-aniline leather.  It is extremely soft, but also stands
    up to a lot of wear and tear.
  • Pigmented leather is when color is applied to the surface, not dyed through and through. And while the color is not as rich, it is finished to provide greater protection against scratches, stains and fading. These leathers are less expensive and usually are not as soft as dyed leathers.
  • Corrected Grain leathers are when all of the naturally occurring imperfections (barbed wire scars, insect bites, stretch marks, and other types scars) are removed from the leather by sanding or buffing the hide. Then to give the hide a natural leather grain look it is uniformly embossed and a protective coating is applied. This type of leather looses much of its natural softness, but in return it can often be a budget friendly leather.
  • Leather-Match is also know as leather-vinyl furniture. This means that leather is everywhere your body touches and the sides and back of the piece will be finished in a matching vinyl. It can usually be found on reclining pieces and is a good money saving technique if you are on a budget.
  • A good way to spot 100% leather is to look for the seams that run vertical on the sides and back of the piece. Leather doesn't come in huge pieces - it needs to be pieced together, whereas vinyl can come in one solid piece like fabric

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