Humans have been utilizing animal skins since our earliest days; leather has many useful attributes that no other material had. Perhaps the first piece of furniture was leather, a treated animal skin covering the floor to provide comfort and warmth.
Materials have come a long way since those cave-dwelling days, and as such there are many fabrics in which to upholster our lounges. From synthetic leather to plastic-based fabric we seemed to be spoilt for choice.
So, what about good old leather? In the modern world, how does this primitive material stack up? To this day leather lounges remain immensely popular, and for good reason. So why should you buy a leather lounge?
Real leather exudes quality. The sights and smells of leather furniture can make a lasting impression. Modern tanning processes can create an even longer-lasting fabric than leather of old, and as such, we can expect an even more durable product. Leather lounges are estimated to last up to four times longer than a fabric lounge. Nothing says classy and classic like leather.
The price might seem like an odd benefit, especially when you consider leather is usually more expensive than cloth or PVC etc. Yes, leather is more expensive, but it will last a lot longer than other fabrics. As mentioned above, leather can last up to four times longer.
Leather is resistant to tears, cracks, and sagging, meaning you will have less upkeep. Cleaning your leather lounge will be easier, too as the fabric resists spills and stains. All that’s needed to clean a leather lounge is some leather cleaner and a brush. Most stains can simply be wiped off with a cloth. Less time cleaning and fussing over your lounge means more time enjoying it. Now that’s value!
A fabric or synthetic leather lounge will fade and start to sag, and over time these pieces of furniture become less and less inviting to sit on. Leather becomes soft and more supple as it ages, and your leather lounge becomes even more comfortable.
Unlike imitation fabric, leather breathes and disperses heat and cold like no other material. Leather also holds and releases moisture much better than other fabrics, meaning all-year-round sitting comfort. With real leather you won’t stick to the lounge in the heat.
Yes, aesthetics are objective, but there is something about the way leather looks and smells that radiates warmth and class. Because each piece of leather is unique, leather lounges have a distinct character, something that fabric lounges could never do.
If leather is dyed, the color is absorbed into the material and as a result, won’t fade or come off if scratched or scuffed. Most leather lounges are a neutral color which makes matching your interior very easy. Leather lounges tend to age tastefully and can be updated with some throw cushions or a blanket.
There is something so ‘human’ about leather. Perhaps it’s the raw connection between man and beast or the echoes of our primitive past that make leather such an appealing fabric. A real leather lounge is something that you will want to sit on, feel the plush grain on your skin, and take in the buttery softness.
A leather lounge will last longer and age better than any other fabric. Not only will the lounge become softer and more comfortable as you use it, but the lounge should stay fashionable long after you re-paint or redecorate your interior.
If you needed any more convincing, leather is also healthy too. Leather is hypoallergenic, meaning it doesn’t hold dust or other particulates that can cause allergies to flare up. Comfortable, classy and good for you? Leather remains a perfect choice.