Leather sofas are synonymous with luxury and high quality in any home. They also have an innate ability to lend a touch of class to any room. But before buying a leather sofa there are many things that need considering. Here's a look at some important points to keep in mind.
Types of sofas
Gone are the days when your choices in various styles and colors of leather were extremely limited. Instead, today you have a wide variety of choices in the range of sofas, from sectionals and recliners to leather sofa sleepers in sizes up to queen. You also choose the more traditional straight, one piece sofa.
A sectional leather sofa is far more versatile than one that is one piece. For houses that are limited in space, it can be split and the sections placed in different rooms. Or, a section could be placed against each wall of the room, spreading them out and giving a unique type of room decor.
The comfort of reclining furniture is no longer restricted to just chairs-you can now buy sofas that recline as well. They are available in different lengths and styles, with each seat being able to recline individually. There are even some that have arm rests between the seats which can be built up from a couple of seats to as many as you want. Of course there are also leather reclining chairs too; they simply are not the only choice.
Leather sofa sleepers come in twin, full and queen. The bed part of the sofa folds like a camping cot into the body, and when closed they look just like a normal piece of furniture with no obvious signs of it being a sleeper. This really can come in handy when guests spend the night.
Types of leather
The type of leather that you choose for your sofa will have a big effect on the quality, price and longevity of your furniture. Natural, top grain leather is the hardest wearing and best quality, and therefore is also the most expensive leather you will find. Top grain is the outer most part of the hide and as would be expected is therefore the strongest. It keeps looking great for years and years.
The next layer of the hide is used to make split leather sofas. This leather may be treated in such a way as to make it look as good as top grain, but it will never be as strong. Still, many pieces of leather furniture last for thirty years or more with proper care and maintenance. Best of all, damage can be repaired.
Care and repair
Leather sofas can be cleaned with a simple soap and water solution, and dried with a soft cloth. Patches where the leather has lost its shine can be renewed by buffing with leather oil, though this may need to be a correctly color matched oil if the spot is obvious and the scuff is deep.
Home repair kits exist to patch tears, but if you are not comfortable trying, or do not get a good result, then it is advisable to consult an expert. There is nothing to match the quality of sofa or couch made from leather. It is furniture that will literally last a lifetime.
You may decide that it is time for a furniture face lift. Your old sofa set just isn't in keeping with what is new and in style. Possibly, it is worn and just outlived its usefulness. Many buy new sets of furniture without giving careful consideration to what they are going to do with their old things. Many think that no one will want it or it is unusable and many times they end up in the dump or landfills. This is truly unnecessary because chances are the old sofa could be of some use to someone.
When it comes to disposing of your old furniture, you may have many more options than you think. That old couch may still have some usefulness. If it is just old but in fairly good condition, then one option is a charity. There are many charitable organizations that would gladly accept donations of old furniture. Many times they will collect it at no cost to you. They will either repair it and sell it on, giving the proceeds to the charity or give it directly Sofa Upholstery Dubai to someone in need. Either way your donation is helping someone, somewhere and is keeping one less item out of a landfill.
Another option is recycling. This will depend highly on where you live and what services for recycling already exist. Chances are there is more than you realize. If you don't know what services are available then a good source of information is the provider for garbage collection. If they won't actually do it for you, they are likely able to put you in touch with someone who will. You may have to pay a small fee for collection but it is usually minimal. Many parts to a sofa can be re-used, such as the wood; stuffing and material for covering so don't just discard it without checking your options.
Too often, old sofas are just discarded. They end up in landfills or are just dumped in an abandoned area. Look into charitable organizations that may accept your sofa as a donation. If it is beyond the scope of what they can fix or repair then look into recycling. There are likely parts of it that can be re-used if given the chance. By recycling your old sofas you can help others and the planet.