Faux leather is just what it sounds like – fake leather. Over the last decade, faux leather has become increasingly popular in households around the world. At first glance, you may not be able to tell the difference between this fake leather and real, authentic leather. However, there are several distinct differences that may shock you. Today we will tell you why you should never buy a faux leather piece of furniture. Before we can explain why you should never purchase faux leather in the future, we have to tell you why it became so popular in the beginning.
Reasons People Buy Faux Leather
When you are furniture shopping, you more than likely do your best to find the best deal on the market. We can’t blame you for that. There is often a significant difference in price when comparing a faux leather sofa and an authentic leather piece of furniture.
However, the initial savings you see when you purchase a piece of faux leather furniture holds no ground in comparison to its short lifespan. In fact, faux leather furniture has a bad reputation for tearing, ripping, fading, and peeling even after a year depending on how often it’s used and its daily care.
Variety of Colors and Patterns
While authentic leather furniture offers buyers a wide variety of designs, faux leather takes it a step above. You may have noticed that bright colors and patterns are in style. Faux leather furniture offers the public the opportunity to pick out their favorite color and design for sofas, loveseats, recliners, or accent chairs.
Reasons Not To Buy Faux Leather
Now that you know why people have made faux leather furniture so popular in America today, let’s dive in to why you shouldn’t bring any of these pieces home with you.
Health Concerns With PVC
Faux leather is a material made out of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), polyurethane, or polyamide microfiber. Faux leather made out of PVC is known to be potentially harmful to your health. During the process of creating PVC faux leather, the material’s main components are released into the air and become pollutants. Faux leather also leaks toxic chemicals into the ground when placed it landfills, and emits toxic gasses when burned in an incinerator.
Durability & Lifespan
Faux leather does not age well. While it is oftentimes easier to spot clean, many people complain of it peeling or cracking as time goes on. Authentic leather ages wonderfully! In fact, many people claim that, if taken care of, authentic leather looks just as good as when they purchased it even after 5-10 years!
Faux leather is also known for losing its elasticity and is more prone to punctures or tears than authentic leather. So if you have a busy lifestyle, pets, or children, you need furniture that will stand up to the challenge of daily life. If you land in any of these categories, faux leather may not be for you.
So next time you are furniture shopping, don’t just look at the price tag before making your purchasing decisions. Be an informed shopper. Look for furniture that will last as long as possible while looking as good as possible. Think about everyone and everything that will sit on or come into contact with your sofa, loveseat, sectional, recliner, accent chair, or any other piece of furniture you are looking for. Make your dollar go as far as possible and stick with authentic leather from now on.
If you are searching for a new piece of furniture and don’t know where to start, we can help! Stop by our showroom today or schedule a private appointment with one of our in-house design consultants. You can guarantee that the only leather we sell is real, authentic leather. We look forward to serving your family.
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