Is bonded leather real leather?
November 28, 2011 § Leave a comment
We’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
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. www.discountfurniturestoresandiego.com