As most of us know, leather sofas are sold by vendors at various price points.
So as a potential customer, what should you be looking for?
Sofa vendors are after all businesses, and prices will depend on several factors. A large cost being the retail overheads & cost to market. As a prospect, your objective must be to get the best quality leather sofa. Be warned that to meet certain lower prices, leather sofas are offered by some vendors with a “leather match ” or “touch leather”, i.e. all contact areas are in real leather, and the remaining in faux leather material. The downside here is that over a couple of years the color of the real leather & faux leather will vary. Also, the grade of leather used in the contact areas will also be of a lower grade as the objective is to strip down costs.
So always ask if the sofa being offered is 100% real leather right around. This can make a significant difference in prices.
The grade of real leather used is the single largest factor in the cost of the sofa. 90% of the sofas worldwide made on the assembly line use heavily corrected grain leather in thickness of 0.9 to 1 mm. So while all real leather will last longer than faux leather, the feel of lower grade leather will not be luxurious. We recommend leather that is at least 1.2 mm thick, as the thicker the leather, the more the durability. Keep in mind that a leather sofa is a luxury product & it must feel luxurious to the touch. So look to purchase from a vendor who offers you genuine leather with a more natural soft feel.
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