What Kinds of Materials are Used to Make Faux Leather Furniture?
Polyurethane and Polyvinyl chloride (Vinyl) are the two most common types of faux leather furniture materials.
There are thinner, less expensive, vinyls available, but they do not mimic real leather as well as similarly priced polyurethanes.
Polyester based faux leathers are a third category. These are often less expensive than the polyurethanes. Often they are used as facing materials for bonded leathers.
(Polyurethanes and vinyls can also be found as facing materials for bonded leathers.)
Bonded leather is a combination of a faux leather facing material glued (bonded) to a backing made of of crushed leather hide scraps.
Bonded leather is significantly less expensive than leather made from actual animal hides. It is approximately the same cost as polyurethane and vinyl faux leathers.
The term “bonded leather” is rarely used by accessory makers. Instead, they use the description “genuine leather.” This is extremely deceptive!
This is particularly confusing since, in furniture industry terminology, “genuine leather” refers only to leather made from hides and not to bonded leathers.
Good quality 100% synthetic faux leathers are superior to bonded leathers.
100% polyurethane, vinyl and polyester faux leathers will not peel. Real leather, also, does not peel.
Do not buy bonded leather from any furniture company! It is a flawed product that generates thousands of complaints each year.
A fabric that can be described by a salesperson as “partially real leather” sounds better to most people than a material that is completely synthetic.
Office furniture is sold under stricter regulations that often require disclosure of the use of bonded leathers.
Bonded leather is more difficult to avoid for smaller accessories.
Few consumers are aware that “genuine leather” accessories are not real leather. This is extremely deceptive.
The residential furniture industry is just beginning to move away from bonded leathers. Hopefully, they will soon be replaced by new synthetic composite faux leathers.
There are dozens of articles warning about the deficiencies of bonded leathers.
A note regarding the term PU Leather:
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