How to Purchase Leather Furniture

Deciding on purchasing leather furniture is a statement that states that you have decided to impart your house with a sophisticated, aristocratic and luxurious ambience. Leather furniture is known to give the room an elegant and welcoming feel. Purchasing leather furniture is a big investment. If you purchase the right kind of leather, your investment shall last for a lifetime as leather gets better as it ages. However, if you purchase the wrong leather furniture which is poor in quality then you are going to regret your decision very soon.

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Leather is just not the raw skin of any animal. The leather skin is actually divided into two pieces, – the inside layer and the outer layer.  The outer layer is known as the top grain leather and is supreme in quality, soft in feel and highly durable. The inner layer of the skin is known as split leather and is manufactured after joining several leather pieces. This is cheaper than top grain but is stiff, non durable, dyed and is known to crack easily.

1.You need to first consider the wear and tear your leather furniture has to handle. If you have a large family and the furniture is going to be used too often then, it is recommended to settle for middle grade leather furniture. It can easily handle wear and tear and is easy on maintenance even.

2.Be ready to expect imperfections and flaws when you go out to purchase your leather furniture. If you are used to upholstery furniture then you may be surprised to see imperfections such as stretch marks and scars. However, these are not flaws of the furniture but the characteristic of the leather skin.

3.Buy your entire “leather furniture set” together instead of purchasing one piece at a time. Leather is a natural product marked with different textures and imperfections. If you buy leather furniture one at a time, chances are that the texture and the color of the pieces will not match.

4.Prefer to buy leather furniture that has zippered seat cushions instead of the embedded seat cushions. So if in the future, you wish to change a cushion, you can execute it easily.

5.Different types of leather furniture demand different types of care. Ascertain the upkeep time you can afford and buy accordingly.

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice on November 3, 2010

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