My Son’s Leather Gaming Chair is Peeling. How Do I Avoid That Next Time?

by | Aug 3, 2020 | Furniture Costs, Furniture FAQs, Gaming Chairs, Leather Furniture, Office Chairs | 0 comments

If your son’s leather gaming chair was peeling, it means it was made with “bonded leather.”

  • Real top grain leathers are considerably more expensive and don’t peel.

Most office and gaming chairs are currently made with bonded leather.

  • Office and gaming chair descriptions may list the material used for their chairs as “bonded leather.”
    • They may also use terms such as Nuvo Leather or Renew Leather. Recently I came across a description that stated the office chair was made with “soft leather.” When I inquired further I discovered it was actually made with LeatherSoft, which is a bonded leather brand.
  • Often the chair fabric is not described at all. If this is the case and the chair looks like leather, you can assume it is a bonded leather.

Be cautious of the term “genuine leather.” For residential furniture this term means top grain leather made from hides, but for accessory items (belts, purses, wallets) the term is synonymous with bonded leather.

  • The office furniture industry (which includes gaming chairs) usually uses the same definition as residential furniture, but not always.

If you want “real” leather made from animal hides look for the term “top grain” leather. Usually “all leather” will also indicate that the chair is made with real leather.

  • Avoid “leather match.” This is a chair that combines top grain leather on the seat and back with a vinyl or bonded leather for the outside part of the chair.
    • Although this is better than bonded leather, it will not last as long as “all leather” chairs.
  • Avoid any chair which says it is made with “bonded leather.”
    • Most reasonably priced leather-look office and gaming chairs are currently being made with bonded leather.
    • Bonded leather peels. Real top grain leather does not.

    Faux leather” is another possible material that may be listed for your chair.

    • Although sometimes bonded leathers are listed as “faux leather,” usually the term “faux leather” indicates that the chair material is 100% synthetic.
    • Polyurethane is the most common type of faux leather used for furniture. (This is not to be confused with PU leather, which started off as a term to describe polyurethane faux leather, but is much more widely used now as a substitute term for bonded leather.)
    • 100% synthetic polyurethane faux leathers are excellent long lasting, stain resistant materials.
      • They are far superior to bonded leathers and leather match. They cost about the same as bonded leather and they don’t peel.

      If you cannot find an “all leather” chair at a reasonable price, I would recommend going to a 100% polyurethane faux leather as the second choice.

      • There are also excellent ballistic nylon and stain resistant polyester fabrics available as another good backup choice.

      Stay away from bonded leather!

      • Yes, I realize I have already warned against bonded leather several times in this answer.
      • ,For more information about bonded leather check out this blog article Why is the leather on my sofa peeling?

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Jeff Frank

Jeff Frank

Furniture Consultant

Jeff Frank is a 45 year  furniture industry veteran. He created this blog to provide detailed facts, inside information & advice for furniture shoppers. 




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