When you own leather furniture, you have something in common with the early people, whose furniture used animal skins. Our ancestors used leather as a by-product of the use of meat and other parts of the animal because the hiding place was there and the animal made the animal warm and comfortable. But, those who buy leather furniture today consider themselves sophisticated men. Leather furniture is expensive, and it sends this message: “Yes, I have money.
” Because of the expense and because the furniture has a unique look, feel, and character, people who buy it tend to keep it – forever”.
If you buy it, and keep it, you will definitely want to understand and know how to maintain it. Having leather furniture and putting it in your home space means everyone who visits your home will notice it. Wherever you place it, it becomes the center of the room.
His appearance will haunt the audience’s opinion of you and how you care for your home. If someone knows leather look at your furniture, they will know the quality you know as an exhibition in a room. The skin best delivers fragrance to the nose, is soft to the touch, and if new, it does not sag or crack in it.
The tanning process has improved to make modern leather furniture more durable. But, if you have older and quality leather furniture, the appearance of cracks in it is expected and acceptable, because it is like folds and old scars on the faces of people who have lived a long and interesting life. Hint: Do not try to convince someone who knows the skin that your new furniture is cracked like an attractive old man.
Visitors want to sit on your leather furniture. They may ask permission. They may wait until you leave the room, then do it in secret. They might do it because this is an available place to sit in a room when people have taken another seat. The discreet leather furniture owner measures his visitors as soon as he enters the room.
Do visitors have something sharp on their clothing that can cut the skin? Are visitors’ clothes colored? Do visitors have food or drink on hand? If the answer to that question is “No”, many owners will invite their visitors to sit down so they can observe it. It is best to use gray soda or some of the recommended cleaning solutions to get the coloring (such as grapes) as soon as possible, if necessary.
If you are new to leather furniture, teach yourself about the three main types of tanned leather used so that you will choose the one that best suits your room and send a statement about you that you want your visitors.
Different Types of Leather Furniture
Leather tanning was one of the most ancient activities in human civilization when people used leather to make intricate items such as gloves, Armour and footwear. Over time the industry has revolved bringing new technological advances that have made tanning and finishing hygienic, environmentally friendly and highly efficient in producing different qualities of leather.
The quality of leather not only depends on the processing technology used but also the breed of the animal, the climate where the animal lived and the layer of the hide being used. Here are the different types of leather you need to familiarize yourself with before selecting one for your lounge suite.
• Full-grain leather
This type of leather comes from the top layer of the hide making it the highest quality of leather. It retains the original imperfections and toughness because there are no splitting or surface alterations done to it thus making it suitable for Saddle back. Because of its strength and durability, it remains a popular choice which makes it the most expensive option. It is the most natural form of leather since it is formed by removing the hairs on the hide’s epidermis. Full-grain leather is immersed in a transparent colour that colours it uniformly, but it is done in such a way that it retains its natural look.
• Top-grain leather
Top grain leather is attained from the outer hide, but unlike in full grain, all its imperfections are removed by sanding the surfaces. It is coated with artificial grain to give it an unbroken finish by covering the imperfections, scars and the scrapes. Top-grain leather is smooth and flexible with staining or pigmentation which gives it an attractive look. It is ranked second after full grain leather because it is strong but not as durable. It is used in making high-end products such as a lounge suite.
• Corrected grain/genuine leather
Corrected grain leather is made from the remaining skin layer after the top is split off and its surface is painted with spray and embossed with a leather-like pattern to give a natural appearance. Its processing alters the breath ability of the leather due to the polishing used to correct the scratches present on the grain.
Good quality leather is quite expensive because it is durable and offers you a long-time service. Furniture manufacturers make use of all the various types of leather which have their own unique appearance, feel, and different purposes. It is upon you to choose the one that suits your desires the best.