“Leather Be Thy Name”

Leather is one of the most popular, as well as, the most durable of upholstered furniture. It is largely trending in upholstered beds, occasional tables and other accents. Some industry experts even quote leather as being three times “more durable than any fabric”.

Leather Color and Texture Swatches
Leathercraft Color and Ebosed Leather Swatches

Is leather the right look or choice for your room?
Leather furniture has been used for centuries as a beautiful and timeless alternative to fabric, especially upholstered furniture. I personally love the endless possibilities of the color, look, and feel leather provides when using it in my client’s space. The most common leathers are aniline and finished leathers.
stamped leather samples stamped leather swatch - leather craft and century2


Aniline leathers will typically have a softer hand, resembling that “old baseball glove” and will be most representative of the hide in its most natural state.

These characteristics may show marks, scars, insect bites or other history that came with the animal. Aniline leathers are going to lack the protection against stains and spills, and are going to be less kid and pet friendly.

natural leather textures


For those living a life of high traffic, pets, and kids, the finished leather is going to be the best option for you and is going to account for the majority of all leather purchases.

Finished leathers are treated and altered to give the hide a more uniform appearance. Most finished leathers are due to the addition of conditioner, dyes, and waxes.

GLAM - Marge Carson - white leather with crystals




Most of our mid to higher-end leather manufacturers will use at least 6-8 hides when creating a standard size sofa or couch. Beware or ‘be aware’ that less expensive options of leather are frequented in today’s leather marketplace. Leather vinyl will be one of these options and will offer leather only in the seated area accompanied by a vinyl twin or match to complete the frame.

Bonded leathers are the least expensive of all leather- like options consisting of a leather byproduct applied to a fabric backing.

Leather is Leather is Leather…….. Or  Is It?

Charlie Sheffield
Charlie Sheffield is a Design Consultant at Furnitureland South
336.822.3000 Ext. 2838
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