Check out the deal going on this week: the Marina Leather Club Chair priced at $169. You might be wondering, what kind of leather is it? The Deal Décor deal of the week is made from bonded leather. Here’s a brief summary on the types of leather that are out in the market:
Real leather is made from 100% animal rawhide or skin, such as skin from snakes, cows or alligator. It has a rough grainy texture and a very distinctive smell. It is extremely durable and flexible.
Bonded leather is made from scraps of leather pieces that are pressed and bonded together into one single piece. Depending on the furniture piece, this type of leather may use scraps of 100% leather or less. This is a great alternative option to real leather. While it may look the same as real leather (depending on the amount of real leather scraps used in the product) it can be differentiated by the texture of the product.
As the name says, faux leather is not real. Some of the other commonly used names are: artificial, synthetic, man-made, leatherette or pleather. It is made from polymers blended with vinyl, hence the cost of the product is a lot less. While it may look very similar to real leather, it can be easily differentiated by the finish and smell. Faux leather has a shine and smells like rubber, while real leather has a satin finish with an earthy smell to it.
Be sure to ask the question, “What type of leather is this?” the next time you are shopping for furniture.
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