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Tips to identify good quality leather furniture

Leather has always been one the most stylish and desirable choices of a myriad of homeowners who are looking forward to decorating or improving their home. However, ensuring that good quality leather furniture is being brought will mean that the proper investment is being made, and the furniture shall render services for years to come. And the easiest way to ensure the same is to conduct a thorough check and ask the retailer some important questions.

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Question the retailer about the animal from which the leather comes from. Leather comes from different types of animals such as sheep, cattle and even ostrich. However, the quality of all the fabrics is not same. Mostly, leather from cattle is known to be durable, whereas lamb leather is known to be more soft and comfortable. Depending upon the use of furniture, you select the type of leather.

Smell the piece of leather furniture in order to identify its quality. Needless to be mentioned but fine leather gives off an appealing and rich smell. So, if the leather furniture gives a similar smell, it is most probably good quality leather. Inferior leather furniture will give off decayed or chemical smell.

Touch the piece of leather furniture in order to feel the texture and grains. Good quality leather furniture will feature noticeable texture, grains and fat wrinkles.  Keep in mind that good quality leather is full grain, supple, clean, and clear. On the other hand, low quality and highly processed leather furniture will feature a plastic kind and stiff feel.

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Carefully review the entire piece of leather furniture. If the entire piece of furniture is made from a single piece of fabric featuring no joints or sections then you would definitely would desire to ask that from where they did they find such a huge animal. Also, look for subtle marks that distinguish natural fabric from synthetic ones.

Sit on the piece of leather furniture so that you can actually test the furniture properly. Ask the retailer, whether the furniture is made from full leather or half leather. Many furniture pieces have real leather on the outward surface and fake leather used inside the furniture. Real leather will be warmer to touch in comparison to synthetic and manmade materials.

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice on April 19, 2011

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  1. […] Leather has always been a popular material option for covering a wide range of furniture pieces starting from bar tools, sofas, dining chair, recliner and other types of casual furniture. However, many variations of the material are now available in the market that are literally identical to leather but are actually not leather. This makes it difficult for people to point out the differences between the leather match and all leather furniture. […]