The lasting look of leather
VIEWPOIN T LEATHER
FINDING THE RIGHT furniture for your selected and sent to a splitting machine. The
home is tricky. It involves balancing factors top three-sixty-fourths of an inch of the
such as décor, compatibility, function, com- original hide is called the top grain.
fort, quality and price. Like painting a picture According to Carisse, many manufacturor solving a jigsaw puzzle, artfully furnishing ers use leather on the panels that can be seen
your home requires a blend of intelligences. and touched, but use synthetic material to
Incorporating leather furniture can help cover the back and other, less visible areas to
simplify the process, because it works well in cut their costs. “Because different materials
a variety of settings. According to Costco wear differently,” Carisse says, “you want to
buyer Michel Carisse, “Many Costco mem- look for 100 per cent leather throughout.
bers like leather furniture because it’s so ver- When you’re shopping, this is a really impor-satile. It lends an air of formality to a casual tant question to ask.”
room, yet brings a touch of relaxation to a Colour to dye for. Aniline is a process in
formal room.” which the leather is dyed all the way through Leather has the rare quality of actually
Because leather lasts four to five times so that as it ages it will retain a uniform looking better the longer you own it.
longer than fabric upholstery and requires colour and appearance. An additional pig-very little maintenance, it’s ideal for furniture. mented top coating is applied to the surface been preserved during the tanning process,
And because leather is a natural product, of the leather to offer greater longevity to the cleansers such as saddle soap and ammonia
individual hides vary due to wrinkles and overall appearance. water are unnecessary and harmful. If you
other anomalies, lending each piece its own Built to last. Look for frames made of dust your leather furniture on a weekly basis
unique personality. hardwood. All stress joints should be rein- and occasionally wipe it down with lukewarm
forced with additional corner blocks for water, it will look great for years.
Things to look for in leather strength and stability. The best cushions are The furniture currently featured at
The real deal. Top-grain leather is the made from dense, pure foam that has been Costco (and on costco.ca) offers the kind of
most expensive grade, but comfort, quality double-wrapped in Dacron polyester to quality, price and value that should make
and durability are the returns on your invest- ensure that they retain their shape. finding the right leather furniture for your
ment. During the tanning process, hides are A final note: Because leather has already home easy.—Will Fifield
Jumbo Berber Rug
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