How to Choose a Leather Sofa for Your Bachelor Pad
Leather or Fabric?A bachelor needs furniture for his place, but should he choose a sofa in fabric or leather? Depending upon the budget, personal preference, and style of furniture—will determine whether to invest in a fabric or leather sofa.
Because each hide is unique, each piece of furniture is unique. If you're decorating or redecorating your bachelor pad, a leather sofa can be a stylish and smart choice.
Different Types of Leather
If you are considering buying a leather sofa for your bachelor pad, you should be aware that there are different types of leather used in designing sofas. To make it more confusing for the buyer, there is no industry standard for grading leather, since each company's letter and number system is unique to that company. That's why we created this how-to guide to buying a leather sofa.
The Leather Guide
Higher grades of leather are softer and more expensive, but—surprisingly—less durable than lower grades. Below is a summary of the different types of leather available as you look for that perfect sofa for your place.
Full Grain–Untreated Leather
Full grain leather is the most durable. This type of leather uses the entire hide, instead of selecting certain layers and is untreated leather–so there is no polishing or finishing. Full grain leather retains all of the original texture and markings of the original hide, including imperfections. Full grain leather feels and looks better with time and is usually the most expensive kind of leather furniture available.
Two Finish Types
Full grain leathers are typically available in two finish types: aniline and semi-aniline. Aniline leather has not been treated with color and is least resistant to stains. Semi-aniline has been dyed or stained but in a translucent way so that some of the natural characteristics are still visible.
Top Grain–the Cut of the Hide
Top grain leather is the most common type used in high-end leather sofas and is the second highest quality. "Top grain" does not refer to quality or grain but refers to the cut of the hide. This grain is taken from the outer layers of the hide and is the toughest leather type. In contrast to full grain, top grain is usually buffed to remove any imperfections. Top grain leather furniture is also expensive but is thinner and more pliable than full grain.
Split Grain–Handle with Care
Split grain is the least expensive leather used in sofa making. After the top of the grain is removed, split leather comes from the remaining part of the hide. The leather is harder and cheaper than full grain leather. Split leather is comparatively more fragile and gets damaged easily if not handled properly. If you have pets, beware! You don't want your cat using your leather sofa as a scratching pad!
The above leathers can also be classified as corrected grain which means they were sanded or buffed. Full grain leather is a type of top grain leather that hasn't been corrected. If top grain leather is corrected on one side, velvety leather, called nubuck, is created. Split leather, on the other hand, can be corrected to create suede. Both top grain leather and split leather can also be corrected slightly to create a smoother surface.
Leather is strong, durable, long-lasting, and stays cool the summer and warm in the winter. Because each hide is unique, each piece of furniture is unique. If you're decorating or redecorating your bachelor pad, a leather sofa can be a stylish and smart choice.
When evaluating different sofas, remember the average guy owns a sofa for four years. Take the price and divide it by 48 months, and you'll see what your monthly payments are.
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