When it comes to leather, you really do get what you pay for. The higher quality pieces may cost significantly more, but their comfort and quality makes them a more worthwhile investment in the long run. There are a number of ways in which you can save money without sacrificing on style and appearance. If you are looking for a leather furniture piece that won’t get a large amount of use, consider choosing bonded leather or leather look furniture as a lower cost option.
Another option to consider is “leather match” this when some of the piece (back and sides, where physical interaction is at a minimum) is made using dyed vinyl, and front facing seats and cushions are made of very high quality leather. It is definitely worth researching the various options to ensure you choose something that fits your taste and budget.
Choosing a grain of leather
Full grain is the most desirable grain of leather and remains completely natural throughout the manufacturing process. All of the natural markings from insect bites, various scars, or the little wrinkles that occur on the skin of the leather are prominent. These natural markings lend even more character to the hide. When you run your hand over full grain leather you can actually feel all of the natural markings, this is the reason why I prefer this hide of leather for furniture.
Most commonly used in high end leather furniture and products, top grain leather is the second highest quality grain of leather available. Top grain leather comes from the most desirable outer surface of the hide. Leather from the inner surface is split grain which tends to be a lot weaker. Aniline leather is coated in aniline dye. Its hide features a number of evident scars and wrinkles, developing a wonderful luster as it ages. Semi-aniline leathers contain a special pigment that protects it from stains and fading. Before deciding on a type of grain, you should consider how much use and wear and tear your furniture will receive.
Look for guarantees
Something else to consider when buying leather furniture is the guarantee, do the manufacturers have one available? If so, how long does the guarantee last? New leather furniture can cost a considerable amount of money so it’s definitely worth ensuring that you buy from a furniture store that provides a good guarantee, this is paramount if you want to protect your investment. Remember that superior quality leather furniture will last for years if you treat and maintain it correctly, providing you with a better return on investment in the long run.
Choosing a style
These days Leather furniture is available in a diverse range of styles, shapes and colours, there really is something to suit everyone’s taste and requirements. This can range from contemporary leather sofas with sleek and minimalistic features, or the more retro styles that resemble furniture from a past era. There are also numerous styles that fall between the retro and contemporary categories. Chesterfield sofas are ideal if you’re looking for a furniture piece that is both classic and timeless. When choosing leather furniture you should take into consideration the overall style and decor of your living room, however it doesn’t have to be dictated by this.
Choosing a colour
When choosing the colour of your leather furniture, practicality should be one of the deciding factors. If you have small children, the last thing you will want to be doing is cleaning finger marks from white or creame leather sofa. Brown leather furniture, especially when made in aniline leather, can bring an element of character and homeliness to a living room. Brightly colored furniture can create an excellent counterpoint to neutral decor. If you have a wooden floor, cream and ivory furniture pieces are a great option and can be accessorized with a number of colorful accessories. Choose colors such as green, turquoise or purple if you wish to create a contemporary look and feel for your living room.