Leather Sofa Types
Sofa style, length, width and height vary, so you have plenty of choices. You can even purchase a leather loveseat if you need something smaller or a leather reclining sofa if you want to push back and relax.
The most important consideration when purchasing a leather sofa is the type of leather. While all real leather is made from animal skins, mainly cattle hides, the part of the hide and how it's processed affect the look, feel and durability. These are some key things to know about leather:
Because leather upholstery can last for years, look for high-quality sofa frames, suspension and cushions to enhance the longevity of your leather sofa.
How to Buy the Right Leather Sofa
While leather sofas tend to be high-end, you will still encounter varying levels of quality. Determining what you want to use the sofa for helps you select the right one for your situation.
How to Style Your Place With a Leather Sofa
Leather sofas come in many styles, from traditional to transitional to contemporary/modern, making it easy to match your taste. A real leather sofa with its natural grain and texture blends effortlessly with its surroundings. It becomes both a focal point and a structural piece around which you can build the rest of your room.
Leather Upholstery Buying Guide
You’ve heard the term ‘leather upholstery,’ but did you know that it can actually be divided into several different categories? Learn the differences between faux leather, top grain leather, leather seating and 100% leather and exactly what each type means.
What Is Faux Leather?
Also called synthetic leather or artificial leather, faux leather is a material that is manufactured to resemble, in feel and appearance, genuine leather. Faux leather materials (polyurethane and vinyl among them) are often more affordable and easier to clean than genuine leather.
What Is Top Grain Leather?Top grain leather is one of the highest quality forms of leather available. In top grain leather, the only part of the hide that is removed is the outermost (and this is done only done to make the leather easier to work with). All other components of the natural hide remain untouched and intact.
What Is Leather Seating?'Leather seat' is defined as a piece of furniture in which only the seats are made of 100% leather. All other areas of the furniture piece are made out of a material designed to resemble leather.
What Is 100% Leather?
In furniture, '100% leather' means the item is made entirely from real leather (genuine animal rawhide).
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