Know Your Leather
What you know: Leather furniture is a classic home décor staple, and it never goes out of style.
What you might not know: There are 5 different kinds of leather furniture.
If you're shopping for leather, you might be wondering how each kind is different and which type of leather is right for you. Are looking for a more affordable way to get the look and feel of leather? Are you looking to invest in a high-quality leather piece that will last over a decade and age beautifully? Or are you looking for a piece with a balance of quality and convenience that is easy to maintain even with children and pets? Technological enhancements and the push for lower prices have created a huge range in leather types and qualities. Let’s look at the characteristics of the different types of leather we offer so you can get the most bang for your buck.
100% Top Grain Leather
100% Top Grain Leather pieces have top grain leather covering the entire piece of furniture. Top Grain Leather comes from the "top" or outermost, premium layer of cowhide. It’s the least processed and most natural of leather. This allows each piece to have a luxurious look and feel with a naturally breathable surface. Each 100% Top Grain Leather piece is extremely durable and ages beautifully, developing a unique patina, and can last 10-15 years if maintained well. It is best kept away from direct heat and sunlight and should be conditioned twice a year with leather conditioner. Because it’s the highest quality of leather, it is also the priciest. (But don’t worry—you’ll always find the best prices at Weekends Only!)
Our 100% Leather pieces have top grain leather covering the seating areas with split leather on sides and back. Split leather is the second layer after the top grain is cut off. It maintains the strong durability and luxurious look and feel of leather. While it loses some of the softness and natural grain look found in top grain leather, it still has a breathable surface. 100% leather is best kept away from direct heat and sunlight and should be conditioned twice a year.
Our Leather Match pieces have top grain leather covering the seating areas (arms, back, and seat) with color-matched vinyl or bonded leather on the sides and back. The vinyl or bonded leather is processed to match the color and texture of top grain leather and gives the sides the look of leather at a much lower manufacturing cost, thus creating a lower price for shoppers. These pieces are best kept away from direct heat and sunlight and the leather seating section should be conditioned twice a year with leather conditioner.
Our Bonded Leather pieces offer the look of leather at a much lower price with man-made material from leather scraps mixed with polyurethane. Bonded leather is processed to match the color and texture of leather. Since it’s not genuine leather, it’s not as strong or durable as split or top grain leather. The leather content of the bonded material still maintains some durability, but these pieces will not be as long-lasting as top grain leather, especially if used often. The pieces are easy to maintain and clean and come in varying levels of quality. They may also be called "blended," "reconstituted," or "gel" leather.
Faux Leather and High Performance Fabric
Our Faux Leather or High Performance Fabric pieces provide a leather look at the lowest cost. High performance fabric is created with polyester fabric in a polyurethane coating embossed and dyed to look like leather. Faux leather is made with polyurethane fabric or a combination of polyester and polyurethane. Both come in a range of textures and colors. They are water-repellent and stain and fade resistant, making these pieces easy to maintain and clean. It comes in varying levels of quality and may also be called "high performance," "pleather," or "vinyl."
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