Insider Tips For Purchasing Leather Furniture

Updating your living space to reflect your sense of style is always exciting and daunting at the same time. Like car shopping, it’s time to sift through all the options and make a quality investment. So where do you start?


If you have been pondering the idea of new furniture for a while, you’ve probably had time to think about your ideal furniture. Here are our tips on purchasing leather furniture –


Avoid Impulse Purchases

Take your time and go to a furniture dealer and sit in furniture you feel has potential – make sure it sits as good as it looks on the internet.


Be Wary Of Inexpensive Price Tags

Understanding why certain furniture has an attractive price is essential. Some leather furniture manufacturers use cost-cutting materials such as:

  • Splits: The bottom layers of the hide that have been split away from the top grain during the tanning process.
  • Bonded Leather: Man made material consisting of 80% ground leather fibers, bonded together with a latex substance.
  • Bi-Cast Leather: A synthetic composite, created with a polyurethane top coat over a split or substrate.

In addition to lowering cost by material choice, some leather furniture manufacturers will use manufacturing techniques such as:

  • Leather Matching: The combination of top grain leather on the surface areas of the product, and splits, or vinyl on the outside areas of the product.
  • Cut & Sew: A lower priced alternative for domestic producers to source labor costs to foreign countries such as Mexico, Brazil or China. The resulting effect being more seams in upholstery, and often a less tailored appearance.


Learn About The Manufacturer

Take the time to ask questions about how and where your future furniture is made. Buzz words and phrases such as “handcrafted” and “assembled in America” have specific agendas in marketing campaigns. However, there is a difference between being “assembled in America” and being “made in America”.

Classic Leather is the oldest leather upholstery specialist in the United States. We provide over 50 years of experience as a devoted leather specialist. The company offers over 160 leathers, and 240 frame options. With all of our production still based in Hickory, NC, the commitment to vertical integration maintains a consistency in the quality of all aspects in the manufacturing process (frames, cushions, carving, etc.). Ensuring our unsurpassed quality and durability, Classic Leather utilizes only premium, select, top grain leathers from the elite worldwide tanneries. It is our constant endeavor to produce furniture that will give our customers many years of enjoyment.


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