Leather Furniture



Leather has always been associated with opulence and style. And for many people leather furniture is not more than a status symbol. For others it is synonymous with comfort. They say there is nothing quite like the feeling of sinking into a soft leather arm chair or sofa. For many, leather is a sophisticated choice of material for furniture, which contributes greatly to plushy interiors. Hotels and offices often pick leather furniture to achieve an effect of affluence and grandeur.

Often, leather is used not to embellish furniture items. For instance, a wooden bed might have a leather headrest, or a chair might have a leather armrest or leather cushion. Often leather is combined with fabric to make furniture upholstery. It is also used independently as upholstery.

Leather furniture is not restricted to standard blacks and browns. It is available in various colors including the bright red or yellow. It is also available in various prints.

Preparation of Leather for Leather Furniture

Raw hides are prepared before they can be used to make leather furniture. The process of tanning makes the leather fiber resistant to bacterial attack.

The first step is to wash the hides with water, soap and chemical detergents. Thereafter, a knife is used to scrape off any loose bits of flesh still adhering to the hide. After that, chemicals are used to remove the hair from the hide. Once this is done, chemicals are used to remove the natural oils from the hide, and to modify the color and soften the leather. Thereafter, a flat knife is used to make the thickness of the leather uniform so that it may be used as upholstery. Now, certain reactions are carried out to adjust the acid/alkali balance in the hide. Only then are the chrome tanning salts applied. These make the leather fiber bacteria resistant. It is then that the color, softness and thickness of the leather may be adjusted using chemicals and machines. In the final stage, the leather is stretched and flattened, and dried. Once completed, its texture and colors may be modified through various processes.

Some of the popular furniture items made of leather are:
  • Sofas
  • Armchairs
  • Recliners
  • Beds
  • Tables
  • Stools
  • Beanbags

The downside of leather furniture, however, is that it is expensive and requires a lot of maintenance. Especially in humid climatic conditions, where the moisture tends to encourage the growth of fungus. Moreover, leather furniture is not favored by animal rights activists, and by certain religious groups.

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