Leather Myths

26 Jul 2012
Our Furniture posted by Nantucket Staff

With our Comfort Recliner sale underway, we have been getting a lot of questions about fabric versus leather.  For most, it is a style preference; but for some, they choose fabric by default.  Why?  Leather myths, and I mean MYTHS.  Let’s confront what I believe are the top misperceptions about leather furniture.

Myth: Leather is for man caves, not for elegance.

Fact: This is the "women are from venus, men are from mars" argument in design.  It’s true, men seem to be oddly drawn towards leather but that’s doesn’t mean it can’t be elegant.  With technology today, leather comes in a wide variety of textures, colors, and styles.  If it’s leather AND prints you love, incorporate them together!  A clean lined leather sofa (maybe tufted?) with warm throw pillows and a fun printed side chair – there is almost always a way to tie those ends together to create a beautiful room that we all can enjoy.

Myth: Leather furniture is easily damaged by animals and children.

Fact: Unless your son uses your new leather sofa as a trampoline to play on while wearing lawn aerating cleats, your leather furniture is as safe as any other furniture in your home.  To settle any doubt, select a protected leather, which has an extra finish applied to it.  The leathers offered on the Comfort Recliner and many of our other leather furniture pieces are all protected leathers, some lightly protected and others more heavily.  For households with children and pets, we recommend heavily protected.  This heavy-pigmented finish coat serves as a barrier to spills, stains, and fading and is more resistant to scratches.  Play on kids, play on.

Myth: Leather is high maintenance.

Fact: This couldn’t be farther from the truth.  Condition the leather every 6-12 months and wipe up spills as they happen with a clean cloth.  You should actually avoid using cleaning supplies like soaps, solvents, etc, as they may leave behind an unpleasant residue.  Test a small area before applying to the entire surface of the leather.  Again, if you select a protected leather, any spills will bead on the protective coat rather than absorb into the material, making clean up a breeze.  So pick a color, any color!

Myth: Leather is either too hot or too cold.

Fact: I hear this a lot in the summer – “my car seats are always so hot!”  Well, truth be told, your car seats may not be made from real leather, and – let’s be fair – if your home heats up between 105 - 110 degrees… then yes, your chair will be hot and your ice cream is melting!  In a reasonably climate controlled environment, leather will breathe like any natural material.  Also try to keep your leather furniture out of direct sunlight, it will not only make it warm to touch but is be harmful to the material.

Myth: Fabric is a better bargain than leather.

Fact: While upholstered furniture can have a lower price tag than leather furniture, the fact is that leather furniture is something you buy for a lifetime.  It ages “gracefully” – rather than fraying fabric fibers, leather gets softer over time and the aging process brings out it's natural patina.  There are some incredibly durable fabrics out there, but by nature, leather wears in, fabric wears out.

Any other questions about leather?  Please don't hesitate to let us know!

Sarah Leigh

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