Fun Furniture Facts: Genuine Leather vs Bonded Leather

There’s nothing quite like genuine leather. The aroma, the buttery feel and the warmth.
But in the market saturated with faux leathers, bonded leathers and other low-priced alternatives, it is difficult to find a real thing, especially when many of these lower-cost alternatives offer some of the attributes of real leather, including its sleek look and soft hand.
So, why is genuine leather is surging in popularity? A realization that there really is a difference in comfort and character? A desire to make a long-term investment? An unexpressed desire to upgrade living space? All of that, plus one more thing – Genuine Leather is a luxury choice, but it’s no longer out of reach.
For example, the Baron Sectional Collection by Leather Italia USA is available at FurnitureCart and offers fine furnishings in top grain leather upholstery and features 100% Top Grain Italian Leather on front, sides, and backs.

Baron by Leather ItaliaBonded Leather has grown in popularity since its introduction in 2007. It is a material made by combining scraps of leather with synthetic fibers, colored and textured similar to the process for Bycast Leather, which is made from an inferior grade hide or the bottom part of the leather after the top-grain has been removed. Bonded Leather process means it is full width material with good yield and consistency, not limited to the hide size and shape. It comes in a variety of thicknesses and is more supple than Bycast. To be marketed as Bonded Leather in the US, it needs to contain more than 50% dry leather. Some other countries, like Australia, do not allow Bonded Leather to be called Leather at all, considering it a synthetic product.
One of the lower-cost alternatives similar to bonded leather is DuraBlend trademark by Ashley Furniture. DuraBlend consist of 57% polyurethane, 26% poly cotton and 17% minimum leather shavings.
For instance, Windmaster DuraBlend Collection by Signature Design by Ashley Furniture.

Windmaster by Ashley

The difference between Bonded Leather and Genuine Leather, in terms of quality and look, can be hard to see once a product is upholstered, but still recognizable. Below are some differences:

 

Bonded Leather   Genuine Leather
Look of Leather

Surprisingly similar to leather in look and feel.

No need to wander…it is real leather!

Lowest Price

About 35% less than Genuine Leather.

Arguably higher-priced, but typically considered the better value for its investment quality and durability.

Recycled Content

Leather scraps from factories and tanneries with synthetic materials are used.

Non recycled, though hides are largely  a by-product of the food industry.

Cleaning

Easy to clean with a damp cloth. More resistant to stains and pet hair than fabric.

Easy to clean with a damp cloth. More resistant to stains and pet hair than fabric.

Comfort

Feels more like vinyl – not as supple and not able to adjust to your body temperature.

Warmer to the touch. It contains natural pores that breath, adapting to your body temperature and creating deeper, more resilient seating.

Character

Lacks the unique animal markings or distinctive characteristic of leather, including its aroma.

Improves with age, developing more patina and suppleness over time. Plus, there’s that leather aroma!

Durability

Easier to puncture. Over time, more prone to cracking or showing wear.

Very durable surface, which is not easy to puncture. Wear and tear is less likely to show, and becomes part of leather’s character.

Repair

Not easy to repair.

Scratches may appear, but they’re accepted as part of the natural look of leather.

 

With help from Ashley Furniture and Furninfo.com

Removing Water Marks from Wooden Surface

If you have wood furniture, such as a dining room table, accent table or even a nightstand, you might want to be careful to not leave liquids on the surface. If you do, you might see nasty water marks. Many people think they are irreparable, but if you act quickly, there are a few household methods to removing these stains without using any harmful chemicals. The first thing to remember, though, is to avoid rubbing, scrubbing or wiping the liquid off the wood surface. Try to blot it out gently and quickly using a clean cotton towel.

Mayonnaise
Apply a generous layer of mayonnaise onto the mark and leave it over
night. In the morning wipe the surface with a thick cotton cloth.

Toothpaste
Polish the mark with white toothpaste until it disappears. Remember
to use a white paste, not a gel!

Ashes
If there’s a smoker in the house, you can use those cigar or cigarette
ashes to rub into the mark until it disappears.

Baking Soda
Mix baking soda and water to make a paste. Rub the paste into the stain
and leave it overnight then wipe with a cotton cloth in the morning.

And don’t forget to shop for wooden bedroom furniture, dining room furniture, living room furniture in the latest design styles at FurnitureCart.com

Source: www.wisegeek.com “How do I Remove Water Marks from Wood?”

Solid Wood Furniture: Types, Benefits and Care

When it comes to choosing furniture for the home or office many people will want something that looks good and will last a long time. At FurnitureCart we have a great selection of wooden furniture pieces by top manufacturers such as Ashley Furniture, Homelegance, Coaster, or Samuel Lawrence Furniture. In this article we will explore the major types of wood, and how you should consider them while buying your wood furniture.

Mahogany? Maple? Oak? Birch? Pine? Or?

There are many types of wood. They vary in softness and hardness, flexibility, and even what pattern the grain of the wood makes. There is one main difference between hard and soft wood. Trees that generate soft wood are evergreens and have needles that remain year round (pine, spruce, redwood, or cedar). Hardwood comes from leaf trees that loose their leaves annually (birch, maple, cherry, oak, ash, walnut, or mahogany). Hardwoods usually offer greater strength and stability. Softwoods are used for intricately carved pieces.

Bedroom

• For bedroom furniture cherry and mahogany are the best choices. They usually feature nice finish and very durable. Cheaper woods for the bedroom include beech and pine. They are inexpensive and work great in children’s rooms. Recently aromatic cedar is used for drawer construction what helps to repels moths and leaves behind a fresh smell. You should remember, however, that cedar is a soft wood so for durable drawers, hardwood construction is the best.

Spring Terrace Sleigh Bedroom Set by SLF

Kitchen

• Maple and pine are for the kitchen furniture. Pine can be easily re-painted and stained in the future. Maple is sturdy and attractive but can be costly to use. However, it can handle a lot of weight and will last much longer.

Barclay Place Formal Dining Room Set

Take care of your furniture:

• Read the manufacturer’s care directions for wood furniture carefully and keep them for future reference
• Wax or polish your hardwood furniture occasionally.
• Keep humidity at 25 to 35 percent.
• Don’t expose hardwood furniture to continuous direct sunlight.
• Don’t place hardwood furniture directly in front of heater or fireplaces.
• Keep table leaves as close as possible to the table, so that they will adjust to the same humidity level.
• Clean hardwood surfaces with a mild non-alkaline soap and water. Dry immediately with a soft cloth.

Overall
Furniture made of solid wood will give you the most use, as it is more durable and sturdy. The top woods to consider while buying the furniture go in this order: mahogany, cherry, oak, maple, beech and pine. Mahogany – most durable, but is also expensive. Pine and beech woods are cheaper, they still make excellent furniture. Hardwood is overall a good investment because it will last a long time and will add charm and distinction to your home. Veneer; however is a good alternative for pieces that don’t get much use.