Are you finally ready for the soft and luxurious comfort of a leather sofa? Leather upholstered furniture is blasting its way into mainstream America as an affordable alternative to a fabriccovered sofa. With more than 35% of Americans choosing leather for their living rooms and family rooms (not to mention automobile seating), gone are the days when leather was reserved only for the gentleman’s clubhouse.
HOW TO SHOP
Leather furniture can be a confusing product. All you see is the outside leather. The construction of the sofa – frame, springs, cushions and padding are hidden from view. Whether you are looking at a leather sofa with an $800 price tag or one tagged at $3000, it isn’t easy to determine what you get for the money.
Salespeople at a general furniture store may not be knowledgeable about leather furniture. Many don’t have the time to learn about the details of leather choices (if offered at all) or upholstery construction.
In the past, consumers have often used brand names and warranties as the only measure of quality. In the case of leather furniture, a brand name many times is just not helpful. Only a few of the hundreds of furniture manufacturers have recognizable brands – through massive advertising expenditures. Prices you pay often reflect the cost of image building – not necessarily quality. In fact, a majority of the products marketed by the brand names that your mother trusted are now made in China – where labor rates are the lowest in our global economy.
TYPES OF LEATHER UPHOLSTERY
Leather used for upholstery is divided into two categories: aniline and semi-aniline. All leather hides are drum-dyed with an initial color to penetrate completely through the cowhide. Aniline hides are the finest available and need little or no surface correcting or buffing to remove the natural blemishes of a cowhide. These premium hides have a natural patina that will develop over time, creating different shadings throughout the hide, but offer little resistance to fading and stains.
Semi-aniline means that a combination of methods are used to ensure color consistency – light surface buffing and pigmentation. Active families are often suggested to use semi-aniline leathers for stain protection. Natural softness (the real reason you love leather) can be reduced with a semi-aniline leather.
Colors in leather today are plentiful, but beware of the store that wants you to select the color they have in stock. Your leather furniture retailer should have numerous colors and types of leathers available for your choice. Why not get that hot red leather sofa? Why not a yellow recliner? Yes, brown is always available, but haven’t you always wanted a caramel-colored leather sectional?
The conventional wisdom used to be that an upholstery frame should be made of solid wood. Today, virtually all upholstery manufacturers use a combination of solid wood pieces and furnituregrade plywood. Plywood will not warp and is structurally stronger than solid wood. Additionally, plywood component parts are now cut with Mortise & Tenon joints to fit together like a super-strong puzzle. Finally, metal fasteners and glue are used to create a world class frame.
In conclusion, leather furniture is now an affordable luxury for every lifestyle. Many leather sofas are within a few dollars of a fabric sofa – but will last far longer in your home. With all of the color choices and styles (traditional, casual and contemporar y) available, it just makes sense to choose leather when you want to update your living room or family room – you’ll love the natural feel of leather. For more information contact: LeatherONE at 423-499- 8700 or stop by the showroom at Hamilton Place Boulevard.
How to choose leather furniture We’ll show you:
Leather is four times more durable than other fabrics.
Choose the right leather for your lifestyle.
Leather allows you to choose the color you’ve always wanted.
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