Deciding between real leather and faux leather furniture is not an easy task, especially with devout fanboys on either side of the debate. Hopefully this article will give you an unbiased perspective on the advantages and disadvantages of both.
Real leather is made from animal hyde and like most animal products - is rather expensive, many consider it to be a symbol of status and luxury. Choosing furniture made from real leather is going to cost you considerably more than using faux leather.
An advantage of real leather is that it is made to be porous and "breathe" better, which also means it will absorb sweat better on those hot summer days. This issue is a bigger concern when picking out seating for your car but is also a deciding factor in warmer climates (i.e not Canada). Faux leather is not porous and therefore will accumulate sweat and may feel a little rubbery and sticky in the summer time due to air not being able to flow through.
The strong synthetic fabric of faux leather makes it tough and resistant the marking and scratching and a good option if you have pets on young children in the house. With faux leather you can forget about the maintenance and care that real leather demands, you get the great leather look without the headache.
Advances in leatherette manufacturing technology make it an excellent practical choice, unlike real leather, leatherette will not fade as easily when exposed to sunlight and repeated use. Now you can pay less for the leather look and your guests will be non the wiser.
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