Leather has always been a popular choice for furniture upholstery—and anyone who owns leather furniture knows why. Leather´s comfort, durability, and style are without comparison. Here are some important facts for anyone considering investing in leather furniture.
- Leather is the most durable upholstery material available. When properly maintained, it can improve with age and last over 30 years.
- Leather’s premium texture makes it one of the most comfortable options out there.
- If treated quickly, most spills and stains can be completely removed from leather surfaces.
- Leather is fire resistant.
- Leather is a classic yet stylish upholstery option.
- Leather is high-maintenance compared to other kinds of upholstery.
- Leather must be carefully protected from humidity and excessive sunlight.
- Leather can get cold in the winter and hot in the summer
- Leather is generally a bit more expensive than other upholstery fabrics.
Types of leather
There are several distinctive types of leather out there—each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Here´s a quick rundown of the most common kinds of leather.
Aniline leather (also called ¨naked leather) is an almost untreated form of leather, thus preserving the natural surface of the cow hide.
Bonded leather (also called reconstituted leather) is made out of shredded leather that has been bonded together. The result is strong and durable, though the texture is also a bit tougher. Pigmented leather features similar pros and cons.
Semi-Aniline leather offers an in between option—it is treated slightly to improve durability and stain-resistance, however it maintains a largely natural look and texture.
As noted above, leather is a relatively high-maintenance material. It should be cleaned thoroughly at least once a week and maintained with a special leather conditioner (available in most furniture stores.) For more information on how to care for leather furniture, click here.