Types of Leather Furniture
The smell and feel of a plush leather furniture gives the feeling of luxury and quality. However, did you know that not all leathers are created equal?
Leather can undergo complex treatment processes in order to create numerous furniture products, hence the many different terms being thrown around. All the different types of leather have their own characteristic look and feel and thus, are used for different purposes. Here, we demystify the various types of leather used in making furniture.
Types of Leather
Cost Affordable to Expensive
Durability Wears Out Easily to Very Lasting
Fragility Fragile to Very Sturdy
To create bonded leather, leather scraps and fibres are mixed together, and then formed into a roll using adhesives or
other bonding materials. In fact, the manufacturing process is very similar to making paper. After the roll is formed,
it goes under drying equipment to reduce the moisture content. Since it usually contains only 10 to 17 percent leather fibres,
some industry experts do not consider it real leather and express concerns with it being marketed as such.
However, before you scoff at it, bonded leather does has its advantage as a furniture material. Firstly, it is highly durable.
Secondly, it contains low levels of environmentally unsafe formaldehyde as it doesn't undergo chemical tanning and is therefore
suitable for people with leather allergies. Lastly, bonded leather furniture is significantly cheaper than real leather.