Is bonded leather real leather?

November 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Bonded Leather Sectional BlackWe’re always asked.  Is bonded leather real leather? And the answer is no.  But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Bonded leather is  made by taking left over scraps, shredding them into fibers, adding binders and placing them onto a leather backing. A layer of polyurethane is then deposited onto the bonded layer and then stamped to give it a more leather like appearance.  After the whole process is finished bonded leather contains about 15-17% real leather. So is this good or bad?  Well, it depends.  Here are the pros and cons.


1.) Looks like leather and cleans like leather
2.) Way cheaper than leather – it’s about 1/3 – 2/3 of the cost of real leather depending on the quality of the bonded leather
3.)  Eco-friendly because it re-uses the scraps that would normally be deposited.


1.) It won’t last and wear like leather and scratches will show through to the backing of the material

The verdict:

If you’re looking for a reasonable priced sofa/ sectional with the look & feel of leather than bonded leather may just be your answer….but only if you only intend to keep for 5-7 years.  Leather will last a lifetime while bonded leather won’t.

We hope this breakdown helps those contemplating bonded leather vs. real leather.  For some examples of bonded leather furniture check out our website.


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