|Wabi-sabi---the art of finding beauty in things humble, imperfect and aged
|Ladd Upholstery Designs
Serving Gainesville, Lake City and Live Oak Florida
|Is Having My Sofa Recovered In Leather More Affordable Then Buying A New Leather Sofa?
Often when we quote a price on restoring a piece of furniture in leather the customer is very surprised at the cost compared to new leather furniture.
|Leather hides are split to make it suitable for working with. How many times it is split determines the thickness. The thickness is usually measured in ounces.
One ounce equals 1/64 in thickness. A good thickness for furniture is 2.25-2.5 oz The leather furniture you see at discount stores is usually much thinner than
this and may not hold up more than 3 or 4 years. Top grain leather is the most desirable and last longer. Split grain is often used on cheaper furniture and tends
to crack after only a few years.
Dyeing process. Although there are many different chemical processes to get different results in leather, most leather is categorized into three groups.
1. Aniline dyed is the most natural. It leaves noticeable scars and wrinkles. Aniline dyed leather is dyed all the way through the hide. If a scratch occurs
it will be the same color as the dye. The problem with aniline dyed leather is it has no topcoat. This causes variations in color throughout the hide's
2. Simi-Aniline dyed leather is the same as aniline dyed leather except a thin protective coat is applied to the surface to make it more uniform.
3. Pigmented leather is the most expensive, durable and desirable in upholstery. A protective topcoat is applied to protect it from spills and scratches.
This coating also hides blemishes and makes a nice smooth surface that eliminates variations in color.
Is your upholsterer skilled? Even at discounted prices good leather is expensive. Choosing an upholsterer experienced in working with leather is important.
Ladd spent two years working for Hickory Business Furniture upholstering leather executive office furniture. Ladd Upholstery Designs has reupholstered
many pieces in leather for our customers. Including the pieces pictured above.
|Bonded Leather Reconstituted Leather Blended Leather Coated Leather
Gainesville & High Springs 386-454-2082
Lake City 386-752-8492
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|They are all the same. Leather fibers are mixed with resin and bonded to a layer of fabric. It is then topped with a layer
of polyurethane. A recipe guaranteed to fail. Recycled leather starts the same way with leather scraps ground into
dust and mixed with resin. The difference is it is pressed into layers, like plywood. And the final product needs no
polyurethane topcoat or additional finishing.
None of these products have the unique characteristics of genuine leather. It gives you breath-ability, strength,
elasticity, retention, flexibility, softness, and durability. And from an upholsterers viewpoint, workability.
Including the shrinkage process with a heat gun or moisture. Genuine leather gives you the added benefit of
aging gracefully with developed patina and wrinkles and stretch marks.