Luxurious Leather Still In Demand For Modern Furnishings
There is something about leather furniture that engages the emotions of
consumers more than most other materials. Leather seems to heighten perceptions
of elegance, style and substance and engages more of the senses. Just thinking
about sitting in a leather chair stirs memories of creaking sounds, distinctive
smells, a cool touch on warm skin and the pleasure to the eye of a beautiful
piece of furniture. Leather has been used to make fine furniture for centuries,
and while its popularity waxes and wanes with fashion trends, it always appears
wherever there is a statement to be made.
Perhaps more than most other raw materials, leather seems to have a wide
variation in price for what initially seems to be similar items used to make
bedroom furniture Brisbane. These large variations in price are a result of the
different grades and types of leather that are created using different
These processes also affect the look, feel and quality of the leather, and
even though the raw material comes from sources such as cattle, sheep and pigs,
the different processing methods place it into three main categories – aniline,
semi-aniline and protected or pigmented leather.
Aniline leather is the most natural of the three, and is prized by people who
value originality. As it is not coated with pigments or polymers, all surface
marks are visible. Only the best hides are used, resulting in original pieces
which are highly sought after. It is soft and comfortable, but because it isn’t
coated, it is very susceptible to staining and is not suitable for high traffic.
A slightly more robust product is semi-aniline leather which has a surface
coating that makes it more stain resistant than aniline. It still has a
uniqueness about it, but its colour is more consistent due to the coating, and
it loses some originality because the surface markings aren’t as visible.
For durability, protected or pigmented leather is the best choice and is used
most frequently in furniture and car upholstery. The polymer surface coating
contains pigments which the manufacturer uses to change the final look of the
leather. It also increases resistance to fading and scuffing. Easy to maintain
and able to absorb more punishment than the others, it looks less natural and
has a “sameness” about it due to the surface coating. It is less likely to be
chosen for custom furniture Brisbane, as clients at this end of the market
prefer unique pieces.
Leather is a wonderful material to have in the home, and provided it is kept
clean and dressed with the correct products to suit the type and grade, it will
last for many years. While protected leather won’t have the same durability, it
will still give good service and deliver the delicious experience of leather to
a wider range of people.
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