Pros and Cons of Leather Furniture


What are the pros and cons of leather furniture? Not just in terms of cost and comfort, but ethics and the environment too...

Real Leather Sofas

We sell sofas. Which means that we sell a vast number of real leather sofas. Real leather sofas are usually twice the price of faux leather sofas – but that’s not because we, or any other furniture company are trying to make more money from our customers.

In general, although a leather sofa may cost twice the price of a faux leather piece, it can last up to four times as long. Which to us, actually qualifies as a bit of a bargain.

Buy cheap and buy twice, as our mums used to say.

pros and cons of leather furniture

Aspen 3 Seater Leather Sofa from SofaSofa

Waste Not Want Not

Recently, we’ve become a bit of a wasteful society. Bits of animal that we don’t like are just thrown away. But back when man was still living in caves, no part of the animal would be wasted.

Skin could be used to make glue, hides were dried or stripped and used for clothing or warmth, and every bit of the animal that was edible would be eaten.

Although some people question the idea of using an animal product for comfort, for as long as we still keep eating meat, many thousands of tonnes of animal hides and skins are going to be produced. Instead of wasting them, they should be used.

lexington leather sofa

Lexington 3 Seater Leather Sofa from SofaSofa


There are also some concerns about the environmental impact of leather when tanned in third world countries as a huge amount of effluent, waste water and chemical and air pollution is produced.

EU regulations mean that any leather tanned in the EU must adhere to strict rules, which means that the leather is more eco-friendly and the use of chemicals is reduced by up to 94%. So, if you’re concerned about the environmental impact, always choose EU leather.

We might be a bit biased about leather – after all, we don’t think there’s much better than a sofa upholstered in a buttery leather that’s beautifully soft to the touch.

Plus, if you give it a little bit of love – clean it regularly with products specifically designed for use on leather, and maintain it with leather oils or creams – it can quite literally last a lifetime.

Provided that you don’t tear it or rip it, a leather sofa will be the perfect place to park your bum for many years to come.

Posted in Contemporary Sofas, Fabric, Interior Design, Leather Sofas, Sofas, Uncategorized on 21st Jul 2014


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