The Ins and Outs of Investing in (and Caring for) Luxury Leather Furniture

The Ins and Outs of Investing in (and Caring for) Luxury Leather Furniture

There’s nothing that says luxury quite like leather furniture. From its durable longevity, to its comfort and softness that just get better with time, furnishing your home with leather pieces simply makes sense. While luxury leather might seem a time-consuming investment, we encourage you not to shy away from it! Leather furniture goes hand in hand with chic style and will help elevate any room’s aesthetics.

Tip #1: Picking the Perfect Variety of Leather

Did you know that there are a variety of leathers? It’s true! In addition to faux leather (which is vegan) there are six main genuine leather types. The highest investment is full grain leather; this is as close as sleeping on the animal you can get! These leathers are very close to the natural animal hide due to the lack of processing; these rustic leathers are the most expensive and- consequently- luxurious. Top grain leather is a close second with its pure composition. These leathers are also processed with a polish giving it the buttery composition often associated with leather. The split grain leather is significantly less of an investment but significantly more difficult to maintain. Bonded leather- a combination of genuine leather and other material scraps- is another affordable option; it will still have the look and distinct leather smell. This is the material typically used in mainstream stores. Lastly nubuck and bi-cast leathers are a bit more fragile leathers; we do not recommend these leathers as they do not withstand the test of time.

Tip #2: Choosing Color & Complementary Accessories

The color variation of leather is as vast as the colors of a rainbow. When leather is mentioned, usually tans, browns and yellows come to mind…… leather comes in reds, oranges, greens, blues, purples, grays, blacks and creams as well (pending the anticipated leather type). In addition, studs, nails, and tacks can be used in the construction of the pieces to give a little extra character. Like the selected leather, these pieces vary in size and color and can have influence on the overall piece; it is important to keep in mind when debating between styles like modern and rustic.

Tip #3: Making a Selection with Maintenance in Mind

Leather does indeed take some level of maintenance; while it isn’t as time-consuming as a newborn it can be similar to a new purchase of a car enthusiast. When purchasing, it is important to note the “rules” of caring to ensure you choose the right type of leather that is aligned with your commitment to its upkeep. Particularly if you have four legged family members or tiny humans in your household, cleaning will become an occasional need. Some helpful guidelines for these pieces are:

Regularly Dust  with a soft lint free cloth.

With a soft brush, Vacuum regularly.

Wipe away liquid spills and stains using a soft moist cloth and, if necessary, mild soap solution. Never soak the upholstery. If it becomes significantly wet, remove excess liquid and allow to dry naturally.

Do not use household detergents, wax, polish, or abrasive cleaners on the leather as it will cause damage.

If the surface of the leather becomes scuffed, scratched, damaged, or changes color, then contact a leather specialist for advice and/or repair. Trying to fix this yourself will likely shorten the lifespan of your furniture.

Custom, luxury, leather furniture is a significant investment, so it is important to think through all aspects of the decision. If you are unclear what would look best in your space or works better with your lifestyle, we are here to help!

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