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There are different types of bonded leather, the type being used on upholstered furniture today is a plastic material (generally polyurethane or vinyl) backed with fabric. It is made by applying latex on the back of fabric and spraying the leather powder from scrap leather. The plastic surface is stamped to give it a leather-like texture. The leather powder layer is very thin and applied only on the backing fabric, in actuality you are sitting on plastic not on leather. Many  people mistakenly believe that bonded leather is a chemical mixture with leather and vinyl. It is not. You can easily tear off the leather layer.

In the home furnishings industry there is much debate and controversy over the ethics of using the term "bonded leather" to describe a vinyl upholstered product. Nick Cory of the Leather Research Laboratory said that calling this product ‘bonded leather’ is "deceptive” because it does not represent its true nature, it should be called ‘bonded plastic’ instead.  It's a vinyl, or a polyurethane laminate or a composite, but it's not real leather. It is not appropriate to produce bonded leather for the upholstery industry where durability is essential, the leather portion does not help the material in any way in terms of durability. A lot of people buy bonded leather believing it is real leather and regret it later.  The durability of bonded leather is exactly the same as vinyl. The upholstery industry believe it will disappear sooner or later  as did bi-cast leather. Prudent shoppers will stay away from ‘bonded leather’.

                                                                                                                -Updated Feb 21, 2013

 

 

 

List of Articles
Subject Date

10. Internet

  • Dec 12, 2013

A lot of people use internet before they actually go out for shopping. First they Google to choose which places to check. If you type "Leather sofas Toronto" or "Best leather sofas Ontario" you can...

9. Delivery Time

  • Dec 11, 2013

  If a dealer says it is made in Canada and promised delivery in 3 to 4 months. Chances are he is not telling the truth and it is an off-shore product. Domestic products ususally take 4 ...

8. Roseman continues......

  • May 14, 2013

The Brick reviews its furniture warranties: Roseman By: Ellen Roseman On Your Side, Published on Fri May 10 2013 Bonded leather tends to crack and peel. The Brick's warranty covers new furniture b...

7. Toronto Star-A sofa warranty with lots of holes imagefile

  • May 05, 2013

6. Dealer Credibility

  • Jan 23, 2013

The most important thing for an average shopper is to deal with reputable dealers. No matter how much you know about leather or sofas, you can very easily be misled into buying something you regret late...

5. Are seat cushions removable?

  • Jan 23, 2013

There is an another good indicator to see whether it is a good sofa or not. It is better to make all the cushions(especially seat cushions) removable. With a few exceptions, the main reason for th...

4. Spring or Webbing

  • Jan 22, 2013

If a frame is the skeleton of a chair or sofa, webbing and springs are the muscles. They give furniture its tautness, its memory, its underlying shape. If they’re not right, nothing built on top o...

3. Frame

  • Jan 20, 2013

The frame is one of the most important parts of leather furniture. In different parts of the world, people build sofa frames out of different materials, some uses hardwood and others chip board (of...

2. What kind of leather is best for me?

  • Jan 20, 2013

Leather is by far the most important part of leather furniture. The more you know the less chance you have being misled into buying something you will regret later. I suggest you read the article about...

1. Bonded leather is not real leather.

  • Jan 20, 2013

There are different types of bonded leather, the type being used on upholstered furniture today is a plastic material (generally polyurethane or vinyl) backed with fabric. It is made by applying latex...

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