Chad from Schneiderman’s Furniture shares our latest video where he discusses new trends in bedroom furniture. Hidden jewelry drawers, built in night lights, charging stations for your phones and laptops, cedar lined compartments, and more. Check it out!
In the latest on our series of videos, Chad and Susan discuss the different types of leather, how to care for it, the new popularity in colored leather, and which ones will work best for you! Take a look!
Bi-cast leather is usually the least expensive leather. It is a split grain leather that is covered with a heavy coat of polyurethane for protection from scratches and spills and consistency in color. This is a great, affordable and durable leather for families on the go. Top grain leather has been buffed to smooth out the grain and remove some of the natural marks that occur in leather (range marks and grain). This type of leather is also very protected and great for active families. Natural leathers have very little surface treatment and they show all the grain and range marks of the hide. Highlight color and color variations shine through on this type of leather. Natural leather wears very well, as you live in it, it softens and richens much like a fine pair of shoes, though it does show marks and scratches more readily than more protected leather. The nice thing is that the marks soften over time. Bright colored leathers are very popular now. They are often in the more protected types of leather and are a great addition to any home. (And no, this kind of leather does not come from a colored cow (though that would be pretty awesome) It is dyed).
Caring for your leather is as simple as wiping up spills with a soft cloth as they occur. The more protected leathers can even stand a damp cloth and will protect against most spills and scratches. The more natural leather will absorb most spills and because of the breathable nature of natural leather, any damage will be absorbed and softened over time as it grows less and less noticeable. However active families with children and pets will want to go with the more protected leathers.
Stop by any of our 5 showrooms if you have questions or to try out the different kinds of leathers for yourself! You can also ask our expert Chad by emailing askchad @ schneidermans.com
Do you ever feel like you need a dictionary when you’re shopping for leather? You’re looking for leather furniture and you start to hear works like bi-cast, aniline dye, range marks, top grade, bonded, polished, leather grain…not to mention the wide range in pricing…the mind boggles! How are you supposed to know what you’re looking for? What would be best for you? Well, there is a type of leather out there for you whether you are concerned about the highest quality luxurious buttery leather for your quiet library or whether you have four kids and two dogs running through your life each day with popsicles and fort building at random intervals.
Chad continues our video series and brings in Susan, Schneiderman’s Furniture’s leather expert, for a discussion about the different types of leather and what might work best for you and your family! Check it out and ease your mind.
Serendipitously, on the same day we released our video, this informative column on leather furniture was in the Star Tribune. It seems like leather is on everyone’s mind these days!
Do you have experience with leather furniture? What do you look for in leather? Is it mainly price and style? Or do you want the highest grade leather you can buy? Do you have an active household where your furniture will get a lot of use? When shopping for leather couches and chairs, we recommend answering these questions and then discussing them with your sales associate so you can determine what type of leather will work best for you and your life.