Quality leather is a remarkably durable material that will offer you and your family comfort and quality for many years. Selecting the right type of leather furniture is important for how you live.

Did you know there are different types of leather? Did you know there is something called imitation leather? Believe it or not, it's true! Here are some tips about choosing the right leather furniture...

Finishing

It's important to understand the different types of finishes and leather grades when choosing a piece of leather furniture. Detailed below is a list of the different options available.

  • Full Aniline Dyed Leathers are prized for their soft, natural feel. They are the most expensive leathers to produce. Full aniline dyed leathers may also be more susceptible to absorbing liquids because of their natural porosity of the hide.
  • Semi-Aniline Dyed Leathers are leathers which have been both dyed throughout and on the surface. This type of leather has become more popular in recent years because it incorporates much of the softness and feel of fully aniline dyed leather with the protective benefits of surface finishing, making it easy to clean.
  • Top Grain Leathers are the most durable, but most costly.
  • Split-Hide Leathers are more affordable but won't stand the test of time in an active household. Using split-hide leather on the outside and back of a sofa is a great way to reduce the cost.
  • Bonded Leather is a manufactured "leather". It is meant to look and feel like real leather, but is actually made up of less than 20% real leather. Scraps of leather are adhered together with a thick layer of polyurethane. As the polyurethane bonding wears away, cracks in the surface will appear.

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Construction

The bones of your furniture are also very important. If you want your furniture to last more than a couple of years, hardwood or plywood frame construction is the way to go. Avoid furniture constructed from pressed board and staples. Some manufacturers will even use cardboard! Steer clear of those items if you want your furniture to last!

Pay attention to the seating suspension system, foam cushion density, and finishing materials to ensure your furniture will stand the test of time.

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