So many choices?! How do you know which to opt for from the range of fabric to leather upholstery?
On one hand, the choice seems easy: opt for leather or synthetic alternative vinyl, and you wipe away every sticky finger mark or spill. With fabric, unless it is heavily patterned or dark in colour, it will show up every wrinkle, cat hair and smeared bit if chocolate.
We grant you, this could be the way to make your choice but technology has made a big impact on the range of fabric to leather upholstery available for you. We may not like the turn of phrase 'engineered textiles' but, life has changed… and we need our upholstered items of furniture to keep up with modern times, as well as withstand the effects of family life and a general busy households.
The first factor on which you will need to base your choice is how durable the range of fabric to leather upholstery on offer actually is. Some say that synthetic textiles are more durable and robust that their natural textile cousins. In the main this could be true, but using the right textile in the right place can make all the difference.
Adding to natural fibres
Technology has not just been about creating synthetic or 'engineered materials'; it has also added fibres to natural textiles to make them stronger or to improve qualities that are seen as 'weak'. Silk for example, is known to be a luxurious material, cool to the touch and yet incredibly warm.
But, it wrinkles and stains. It would not stand up to the abuse of a busy family home, with pets! And yet, with the addition of chemical treatments, all safe to use within the home, silk is a material that has gained a new strength. It might not be right for the sofa in your lounge just yet, but silk scatter cushions are not unheard of in many a family home…
The fabric to leather choices available to you are really unlimited in scope and variety. And yet, many people, although they know leather is tough, are unwilling to place it in 'harms' way'. Imagine a pristine leather upholstered sofa, perfect for your lounge but scratch by the kitten or blemishes from children playing…
The money we invest in upholstery can be significant and, as any homeowner does, you want to look after and prize your coveted leather sofa. Don't let this leather sofa dream fade for again, in the extensive range of fabric to leather upholstery fabrics, there is a solution.
What do the experts recommend? Distressed leather. Leather that has already undergone controlled 'distressing'; there are well-placed blemishes that make it look modern, yet aged. But, still pristine and robust.