Choosing the Right Leather for your Life (and wallet!)

by Shane Kalminski

With so many different options in leather colors and qualities, it can be hard to pick the right grade for your lifestyle. When choosing a leather, there are a few key points to know about each one that will help make your decision easier!

ANILINE:

Aniline is as close to the cow as you can get. This is a natural and pure leather, top quality and also the most expensive.

Aniline leather will often have wrinkles, scars and patina, as well as open pit holes that make it very comfortable. Aniline leather looks great on big or small pieces and protection is crucial!

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The Imola chair in salvador aniline.

SEMI-ANILINE:

Semi-aniline is a high quality full grain leather that receives a small finishing layer of color, making it more resilient than aniline leather.

Semi-aniline will have visible stretch marks, scars, insect bites and open pit holes, making protection a must.

Semi-aniline is great for those looking for a higher quality but a lower price.

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The Smartville sofa in estoril semi aniline.

CORRECTED:

With the natural grain sanded down, corrected leather has a thick top layer of color and a new grain is printed on. Corrected leather might have some natural markings, but pit holes are covered in the painting process. Corrected leather is a great choice for dining chairs or any space that requires a uniform look and easy maintenance.

Corrected leather is a great option for families with children or pets!

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the Nico chair in Rio corrected leather.

BONDED:

Bonded leather is an affordable material that creates a uniform and durable surface. Made from chopped leather leftovers that are glued together, bonded leather requires less maintenance but care products  are required to prolong the life of the product.

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The Zarra barstool in bonded leather.

POLYURETHANE:

Polyurethane or PU leather is a very inexpensive imitation leather that looks and feels real.

PU leather is easy to clean and maintain and it’s a great alternative for those who want a leather look but without the price-tag!

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the Ferrara desk chair in white PU leather.

Leather is a great way to add warmth to your space. Incorporating leather with fabric pieces will add layers of texture to create sense of luxury. Consider how you’ll use the furniture and which leather grade works best for your lifestyle and budget!

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2 thoughts on “Choosing the Right Leather for your Life (and wallet!)

  1. I love leather seats and sofa. Thanks for listing several types of leather seats. I like aniline the most. Leather seats are very comfortable but the maintenance needs to be regular. I try to polish my leather sofa once a month to keep the leather smell intact.

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