Monday, June 4, 2012

Beware of the $1,000 "Leather" Sofa

Leather has been a popular furniture choice for many homeowners. With its sleek finish, adaptability for many décor styles, and ease of care for families with children or pets, it’s no wonder leather continues to captivate consumers. But while leather has many positive attributes, consumers should be aware of every aspect of their furniture before making a purchase.

Recently, home stores have advertised leather sofas and sectionals for less than $1,000. Unfortunately, many of these stores have sacrificed quality and longevity in exchange for a lower price tag. In these cases, sofas will often only last one to two years before they will need to be replaced.

Homeowners, today become educated about the differences that most marketers will sweep under the rug. Then once you learn what to look for, you can make sure you’ll receive the most for your money and also ensure your purchase will stand the test of time.

“The same qualities that go into any piece of furniture apply to leather furniture as well. 

So what are those qualities? While we’ve discussed several sofa-shopping tips in the past, let’s specifically focus on leather sofas and sectionals.

1. Don’t Be Tricked into Buying Vinyl.

With this price point, the only leather on the sofa will be the seats and inside-back cushions while everything else will be a vinyl look-alike.  This will come into play down the road, when the leather and the vinyl will fade and wear differently, becoming more obvious as time goes on.

2. Select a Quality Hide.

The leather that is used [in lower-priced leather] will be the split lower layer of the hide, which is a lesser quality.

3. Look for Optimum Construction.

Other components of quality furniture are sacrificed for this low price point: hardwood frames, double doweled, glued and corner blocked, [and] eight-way hand-tied seating. San Diego homeowners, with these sofa-shopping tips, you’ll be able to discern the right leather sofa for your home and its interior décor. For additional interior decorating assistance or to order quality, custom furniture, please contact Susan Sutherlin at 619.985.4561.  Also, be sure to check back in the coming weeks for further details about various types and qualities of leather as well as tips for leather sofa care.  


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