Learn what you need to know about leather furnishings and how it compares to fabric furniture.
If you're like most consumers, when it comes to the final decision-making process, there may be some last-minute doubts about what furniture is best for you and your home. And if you're considering leather furniture, you may have some questions about how leather differs from fabric.
So, Dallas-based custom leather furniture manufacturer American Leather (www.americanleather.com) confronts some of the most common myths and misperceptions about leather furniture.
Here are the facts that will have you making your next purchase in complete confidence.
Myth: Leather furniture doesn't last!
Fact: The fact is, leather furniture is something you buy for a lifetime. Since leather is a natural product, aging brings out its natural patina, making it even more beautiful over time. And since leather furniture is something you can enjoy for years to come, this is a purchase that makes a sound investment.
Myth: Leather furniture is only for the rich!
Fact: Even though leather furniture brings your home a rich look and feel, you don't have to be rich to enjoy leather furniture. Because leather wears in and fabric wears out, you'll find that leather lasts much longer than fabric and can be a better value.
Myth: Leather furniture is too hard to care for!
Fact: Leather is easy to care for. Just use a conditioner every 6-12 months and wipe up spills as they occur with a clean cloth. Avoid using normal cleaning supplies -- like soaps, detergents, solvents, etc.
Myth: Leather furniture is easily damaged by animals and kids!
Fact: Unless your dog thinks your new leather couch is a chew toy or your cat thinks it's a scratching post, your leather furniture is as safe as any other furniture in the house. For more peace of mind, select a protected leather for your furniture, which has an extra finish applied to it. This helps protect the leather so pets and kids can sit on the couch with none of the usual worries.
Myth: Leather furniture is either too cold in winter or too hot in summer!
Fact: Leather seats in a car do get hot in summer and cold in winter. But for leather furniture indoors, you'll find that it warms to your body heat in the winter. In the summer, since it's natural and can breathe, leather stays pleasantly cool. Just keep it out of the sun (which is hard on the color, too).
Here are some tips and tricks for keeping leather furniture beautiful and carefree for many years to come. (Please also refer to the care instructions provided for the specific type of leather you purchase.)
Source: American Leather Furniture, 2006