From the amazing customer experience to the unbeatable prices, there are plenty of reasons Leather Expressions is the best place to buy leather furniture in the Philadelphia area.
One of those reasons is the high quality of the leather we sell. We pride ourselves on selling only top grain leather that lasts for decades. We mean it: A piece of furniture that you buy from Leather Expressions should look good as new ten or twenty years down the road. This should be true even for couches and chairs planted in a whirlwind of pets and kids.
So, how does our leather stay pristine despite the passage of years?
Keep reading to learn more about how top grain leather is different from bonded leather, the variety typically sold in lesser furniture outlets.
Bonded Leather vs. Top Grain Leather
- Bonded leather is made differently than top grain leather. Bonded leather is made by taking scraps of leather and gluing them onto a material using a chemical adhesive. As you sit on the furniture, your clothing causes friction, which slowly leads the leather to flake. Within five years, that piece of furniture is likely to reveal its cheap manufacture, with many flecks of leather missing from its surface. In contrast, top grain leather is the top layer of the animal’s hide, meaning the natural grain from the surface has been sanded away. This removes imperfections and blemishes, but retains the strong and durable nature of the leather. We urge you to see the difference for yourself in our video below!
- Bonded leather is a bad investment. People are lured into purchasing bonded leather because it’s cheaper than top grain leather. What they don’t realize is that the lower cost is due to a much lower-quality product. (In fact, bonded leather contains very little actual leather.) For a product that will look and feel the same as it did on the day you bought it, top-grain leather is the only way to go.
- Bonded leather is difficult to repair. Since bonded leather isn’t real leather, it requires many layers of polish to make it appear real. This polish wears away over time and cannot be replaced. That means if a hole appears in a bonded leather couch, it’s almost impossible to repair. On the other hand, top grain leather couches and chairs not only maintain their sheen over time; they develop a lovely patina. And if a hole happens to appear, it’s relatively easy to repair.
There is so much to know about the wonders of leather furniture! Go to our website to sign up for our free leather furniture buying guide, which you can find on the right-hand side of the page! Or call 215-631-1500 for more information about buying leather furniture that’s truly top-of-the-line.