Looking into buying your own furniture? Here are some tips on how to buy furniture the right way:
- Study the design — If the furniture is built well, you’ll usually be able to see the quality in the design. If you’re not willing to pay top dollar, you should expect to find only knockoffs or poor quality furniture.
- Be wary of your leather –– Most people see leather furniture as an excellent investment, but there’s a lot you need to know about buying leather furniture. The grain definitely matters; you want only top-grain leather, made using the durable outer surface of the cowhide. Split grain leather is weaker, and thus more likely to degrade or suffer damage. Aniline leather has been soaked in special dyes, but there are no pigments or other finishes added. Semi-aniline leather has some pigment or coating to protect it, making them more resistant to stains and/or fading. Pigmented leather is colored and more resistant to damage, but it’s also made from lower-grade hides.
- Go a bit deeper –– If you’re serious about leather furniture, you have to get into things like the finish and the texture. The best-quality, most natural forms of leather will contain some imperfections, and aniline leather will usually feature them proudly as part of the décor. The more you use the leather furniture, the more lustrous the patina. The higher quality the leather, the softer and more supple it will feel. The stiffer the leather, the lower the quality. Nubuck and suede leather tend to be fairly soft, while Sauvage leather has a marbled appearance. Embossed leathers have been patterned using high pressure and heat, while pull-up leather is treated with wax or oil and stretched to have a “distressed” look.
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