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Leather Furniture

Leather upholstery adds instant warmth and relaxed elegance to any room. Leather is most commonly used on sofas, sectional sofas, chairs, benches and ottomans. Prices for these pieces can vary enormously depending on the quality of frame construction and the grade of the leather. If properly taken care of, good leather furniture can last for decades, as the leather softens and mellows with age.

The following should be considered when buying leather furniture:

  • Look for kiln dried, double doweled hardwood frames that will stand up to heavy use for many years.
  • Heavy gauge steel springs and high resiliency foam padding are important for comfort.
  • Cushions should be made of high quality foam. They can be wrapped in fiber, feather or down for added softness.
  • The leather used should come from top grade, full grained hides. The dyes used to color the leather should make it look completely natural.

Remember that processes such as waxing can be used on leather furniture to make it look naturally aged.

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