Guide To Buying A Leather Sofa

Leather sofas are available in a range of classic, traditional and contemporary designs, and in a variety of shapes and sizes; 2 seater, 3 seater, armchairs, sofabeds, corner sofas and more.
There are several reasons why leather sofas have remained so popular for so long. Leather constantly adjusts to its environment, so it’s not hot and sticky in the summer, nor cold in the winter. Leather mellows gracefully with age and regular use, and is far easier to clean than most fabrics. With a little care, a leather sofa will last for many years.

How Leather Sofas are Made

Leather is produced by the tanning and finishing of hides and skins which are a by-product of mainly domestic animals. Due to the large panels necessary for the production of leather upholstery, it is cow hide that is preferred in the vast majority of cases like classic leather gloves.

Every hide has its own unique signature and if examined carefully will show its own history from its grazing habits to the climate in which it was raised. It is these so-called defects that give leather its character.

Hides are selected and finished by leather experts. Each is hand picked from English and European stock, considered the best in the world. Wooden sofa frames are usually of solid Birch, Beech or Ash hardwood, and seats are either steel sprung or layered with high tension webbing.

Sofa manufacturing is overseen by the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) which was founded in 1947 to protect the interests of upholsterers, small furniture makers, and soft furnishers. Today the Association runs training courses at Approved Training Centres around the country and is part of the Furniture, Furnishings & Interiors industry, which comprises around 12,000 UK workplaces and employs around 147,000 people.

Choosing a Leather Sofa

When choosing your leather sofa, follow these simple design tips:

Use paint charts or magazines for inspiration. These are useful when you want a colour scheme for the whole room, not just the walls.

Light coloured walls can be contrasted with bolder furniture colours to make an individual statement.

Vibrant colours on walls can overpower furniture and make a room feel smaller. It is definitely better to use lighter tones if you don’t want your furniture to be ignored.

The materials you choose make a statement like men winter gloves. Plush velvets and chenilles add luxury, while cottons and other natural fibres provide the utilitarian and functional feel.

Cushions scattered on your leather sofa are an easy way to introduce another colour to your room. Patterned cushions are popular and can brighten up a room.

Brown or lighter colour leather sofas will suit most rooms, while black leather tends to fit with ultra modern, minimalist interiors.

Two 2-seater leather sofas may suit a smaller room better than one 3-seater and an armchairArticle Search, and offer more flexibility.

Sofas can often look bigger in your home than in the showroom so measure your living space carefully.

How to Care for Your Leather Sofa

Leather will last a lifetime if treated with respect and properly cared for.

For minor spills use a cloth dampened sparingly with washing up liquid. For tougher stains you may need a dedicated leather cleaner. This may also contain a leather feeder which should be used occasionally to retain the fat liqour and give some protection to the surface.

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