If you want stylish and comfortable furniture that gets better with age, you must consider leather. Just like a leather jacket or shoes, leather furniture improves over time. The beautiful, durable material is a classic look and a wise investment; a leather sofa will last at least as long as three fabric sofas.
Leather sofas also offer a variety of styles, silhouettes and colors, and you’re sure to find one that reflects your personal approach to home décor. Before you head to our showroom, here are a few things to consider:
Your family’s lifestyle. Leather is a durable material that can take normal wear and tear of busy family life. In fact, leather is four times more durable than fabric, so you don’t have to be afraid to let the kids use it. If you have pets, however, you need to be aware that their claws or nails could puncture the material.
Your personal style. From contemporary to casual to rustic and urban, leather furniture comes in a variety of styles with one that is sure to match your décor. Since leather furniture lasts for years, make sure you choose a style that fits your home design. You could also choose something transitional that will blend effortlessly if you change your look.
Your color preferences. Full-grain leather has natural imperfections that include one-of-a kind markings or irregularities from the cowhide. This is not a defect, and full-grain leather is prized for its quality and finish. If you prefer an even finish, you can purchase pigmented leather, which has been treated to have a more uniform color. This is a less expensive, stiffer type of leather, and it’s more resistant to stains and scratches, which is great for family use. Leather is a natural material, and no two hides are identical in color and markings. When you buy pieces of leather furniture, it’s best to purchase them all at once in order to avoid color variations that can happen.
Your floor plan. Leather is a natural material, and it will naturally age. This process develops a rich patina that adds depth and softness. Direct sunlight, however, will speed up the process and can potentially damage the finish. Keep furniture placement in mind when you’re shopping, or ensure that you have window treatments that will block the sun to keep your leather furniture protected.
Your cleaning routine. While leather is a durable upholstery choice, don’t neglect it. Its lifespan can be shortened if you don’t take the time to maintain it properly. Leather needs to be treated with a conditioner every six to 12 months, and given routine care on weekly basis to avoid cracking and peeling. Before purchasing, make sure you will be able to maintain it.