Buying Contemporary Leather Furniture Guide
The sectional couch undoubtedly becomes the hub of any home, but the term tends to bring to mind bulky, overstuffed pieces that weigh down a room. We found 10 picks that effortlessly combine form with function.
1) Poundex Bobkona Atlantic Sectional Sofa | 2) Poundex F7894 Bobkona Leather Chaise | 3) Homelegance 2 Piece Tufted Sectional Sofa | 4) Baxton Studio Leather Sectional Sofa | 5) Donovan 6-Piece Sectional | 6) Modern Contemporary Sofa | 7) Homelegance Pecos Reclining Sectional Sofa | 8) Baxton Studio Orland Sectional Sofa Set | 9) Welsh Brown Sectional Sofa Set | 10) Homelegance Double Reclining Sofa |
Buying modern contemporary leather furniture for your home is by no means an easy undertaking that can be taken lightly especially when substantial sums of money are potentially involved.
Besides the cost factor, it is clear that styling, durability and functionality are the other main considerations influencing our final choice of leather furniture and with all these factors in mind, how then should we go about our search for the ultimate leather furniture showpiece for our homes?
How To Choose Leather Furniture The Proper Way?
Nothing frustrates us more than setting our eyes on an awesome piece or set of leather furniture only to quickly realize it may not be able to physically fit into the space that it was intended to occupy.
Unless you can really do something about it like rearranging your existing stuff to accommodate it, then you just got to give it a miss and move on. Don’t just buy it first and decide to worry about placement later, it will usually end in failure.
Next, we have to consider the Styling and Taste but these are far too subjective for any good advice to be given here so individual preferences ought to prevail and ONLY you can be the best judge of what you like and is best suited to your needs so if you have fallen in love with that lovely leather furniture piece(s), then Go For It but provided the other considerations, in particular, durability are met.
Though there are several other things to look out for besides the type and quality of the leather such as the materials used for the frame, cushioning and seating etc., your main focus should still ALWAYS be on the quality of the leather upholstery. The reason is simple – The bulk of the costs involved in the construction of your leather furniture comes from the quality of leathers used.
Is it Really that Complicated?
How should we proceed to choose leather sofa or other contemporary leather furniture that offers the best value for money without compromising on quality? The answers are not so straightforward and in fact raise issues that are not easily resolved. To give an example, let’s say you have hyperactive young children and house pets (cats/dogs) living with you and you are on the lookout for a contemporary leather sofa set.
Are you willing to pay extra dollars for the better or best quality leather sofas in the showroom knowing that your kids and furkids are likely to ruin it sooner or later? Wouldn’t it be more practical to get cheaper lower quality leather furniture instead but does that really present real costs savings in the long run?
To further complicate matters, in recent years, there have been numerous scandals globally involving the home furnishings/furniture industry where consumers paid top dollars for supposedly quality genuine leather furniture but what eventually turned out to be “problematic leathers”. To understand the problem, we first need to know what are the different types of leather upholstery used to manufacture home and office furniture.
Should We Go For The Cheap Faux Leather Sofa then?
If you are on a tight budget and have been eyeing that nice looking Bonded leather Sofa or Bonded Leather Recliner Sofas set ever since you step into the furniture showroom, then you should at the very least ask the retailer or salesman to show you a sample piece of the bonded leather so that you can examine it closeup.
Ask them for the test sample reports showing the results for Light Fastness, Abrasion (Resistance), Flammability and Crocking (Color Transfer Test). Even if you are unable to interpret or fully understand the test results, the very fact that they are able to produce a report would at least indicate to you that this is probably a somewhat better quality Bonded Leather Sofa Recliner.
But whatever you do, you will be doing yourself a huge favour by staying far away from that Bi-Cast/Bycast/PU faux leather sofa that is calling out to you in that corner of the showroom, enticing you with its visually alluring fake leather appearance to part with your hard earned money to bring it home with you.
DO NOT FALL FOR THE SCAM! Don’t even bother to ask questions like “Does PU Leather Last?”, “Does Anybody Know PU leather?” “What Does PU Leather Mean?” Just stay away from these awful fake leather stuff that cost as little as US$1 PER METER!
What if You’re only Interested in Real Leather Furniture?
Now, if you are only interested in real leather furniture and are giving all the fake ones a wide berth, you would be hard pressed to be able to distinguish a real one from a fake as even professional leather experts are not able to correctly identify real leather visually most of the time.
How then can you be certain you are getting the real deal when you are just an ordinary consumer with only layman knowledge and no expertise? Well, there is one layman method that can be used to tell right away if you are looking at a fake leather furniture but the main drawback though is that you will still not be able to confirm conclusively it is real leather.