What is Is PU Leather? How Durable is PU Faux Leather? Does it Peel?

PU Leather is a synthetic faux leather material with a wide variety of product variations. Fabric industry professionals use the term PU Leather to refer to Polyurethane, Polyether and Polyester resin-based materials. These PU leathers come in hundreds of different variations. Most of these PU Leathers are used for commercial and institutional seating, but there … Read more

What is the best way to clean my couch?

“How do I clean my sofa?” is one of the most common questions asked by furniture customers. Many years ago a cleaning code system was developed as a guide. In this code W stood for water-based cleaners (such as upholstery shampoo), S stood for non-water-based solvents. WS meant either was OK. X meant that there were … Read more

Should I get Fabric Protection for my New Sofa?

Most furniture retailers now offer an added fabric protection option to their customers. These sprays can add some temporary additional protection for natural fibers such as cotton and linen that have little natural resistance to stains. Fabric protection sprays are far less effective for synthetics such as polyesters (including microfibers),nylons, acrylics and olefins. These synthetic … Read more

What is the Difference Between Faux Leather and Bonded Leather? Which is Better?

Faux leather is a synthetic material that mimics the look and feel of genuine leather at far lower prices. The most common faux leathers currently are polyurethane and polyvinyl chloride (better known as vinyl.) Polyester is used in many of the newer composite faux leathers. All faux leathers attempt to mimic the look and feel … Read more

How Do I Find A Long-Lasting Sofa or Couch?​

Sofa lifespans fall into different categories. The best sofas will last 20 years or more, but you can expect to pay $3000 or more. Most articles written about sofa quality and lifespan recommend features that are only available in expensive sofas that few people can afford. These features include solid hardwood frames that are screwed, glued, … Read more

What is the Difference Between Cheap and Expensive Sofas?​

The quick and simple answer is the cost of the materials, quality of construction and the skill of the person/people making the furniture. Here are just a few examples: Fabrics are available at $2 per yard or $200 per yard. Fine leathers and some specialty fabrics can cost even more. Inexpensive foam seat cushions are … Read more

How Can I Make My Own Leather Sofa? What Skills and Tools Do I Need?

Making a leather sofa is not a project to be undertaken without substantial training and skills. If you have to ask how to make a leather sofa, this is not a project you are ready to attempt. Finding a leather supplier is not difficult. Be prepared to pay $1000 (or much more) just for the … Read more

Is Bonded Leather Furniture Any Good? Is it As Durable as Genuine Leather?

From 2010 through 2020 almost half of the leather sold in the U.S. was “bonded leather.” American furniture shoppers looking to buy leather furniture had no idea what “bonded leather” was. Or how it differed from genuine leather made from animal hides. Nobody should buy “leather” furniture unless they understand the difference! The photo shown … Read more