4 Ways to Identify Genuine Leather for Your FurnitureWritten by Commune
Tip 1: Smell
Genuine leather should have a distinctive aroma which is rich and appealing. Fake leather often smells like plastic and chemically treated leather usually smells like chemicals.
Tip 2: Texture
Good quality leather should be soft and warm to the touch and not feel hard, plasticky or thin. You can also apply the wrinkle test. Real leather will wrinkle under the tough, just like real skin, whereas synthetic materials will usually depress down under your finger, retaining rigidity and shape. You can also try and drop a small amount of water on the leather, as real leather absorbs moisture. Real leather will absorb a small drop of water in only a few seconds and the water will puddle up on top if it is fake leather.
Tip 3: Details
An item of good leather quality will usually have quality stitching to match. Flaws in stitching, hardware, and lining can indicate inferior leather.
Tip 4: Label
Leathers have different degrees of quality and are not as simple as being fake or real. For our leather furniture, especially sofas, we make use of top-grain leather. Top-grain leather’s quality is second only to full-grain leather, but it is more stain-resistant, especially if it’s pigmented, and typically retains an even tone without patina.
Keeping our leather furniture luxurious but affordable
To further keep prices affordable for you without compromising on quality, Commune uses split leather for the sides and backs of leather sofas only, since those areas won’t require much usage, thus reducing the overall price of our genuine leather sofas.
In upholding our promise of quality and respecting our design philosophy of only using natural materials, we do not use PU or faux leather in all of our products. A plus point – genuine leather develops a beautiful patina with age, whereas faux leather does not, and faux leather is generally less enduring than genuine leather. Real leather is tough and has a certain amount of moisture that makes it soft and pliable while faux leather will peel and crack over time.
Our genuine leather furniture, as opposed to faux leather furniture, is also comfortable and will warm or cool to your body temperature relatively easily. This is because the material is breathable, allowing it to acclimate to individual body temperatures, as well as to the room’s climate.