When you own leather furniture, you have something in common with early man, whose furniture employed animal skins. Our ancestors used hides as a by-product of using the meat and other parts of the animal since the hide was available and it had kept the animal warm and comfortable. But, those who buy leather furniture today think of themselves as sophisticated man. Leather furniture is expensive, and it sends this message: “Yeah, I have money.” Because of the expense and because such furniture has a unique look, feel, and character, folks who buy it tend to keep it – forever.
If you buy it, and keep it, you will want to understand and know how to maintain it. Owning leather furniture and placing it in a room of your home means that all who visit your home will put their eyes on it. Wherever you put it, it becomes the centerpiece of the room. Its appearance will haunt the viewer’s opinion of you and how you keep your house. If someone who knows leather sees your furniture, they will discern the quality of what you have identified as the show piece in a room. The finest leather sends a fragrance to the nose, is soft to the touch, and if it is new, it does not sag or have cracks in it.
Tanning processes have improved to make modern leather furniture more resilient. But, if you own older, good quality leather furniture, the appearance of cracks in it is expected and acceptable, because they are like weathered creases and scars on the face of a person who has lived a long and interesting life. Hint: Don’t try to convince someone who knows leather that your new furniture with cracks is like a weathered interesting old person.
Visitors want to sit on your leather furniture. They may ask for permission. They might wait until you are out of the room, then do it in secret. They might do it because it is an available place to sit in the room when folks have taken the other seats. The wise leather furniture owner sizes up his or her visitor as soon as he or she enters the room. Does the visitor have anything sharp on their clothing that might cut the leather? Is the visitor’s clothing stained? Does the visitor have food or a drink in hand? If the answer to those questions is “No,” many owners will invite their visitor to sit so they can observe them. It is best to have club soda or some recommended cleaning solution handy to get at any staining material (like wine) as soon as possible, if needed.
There are many types of chairs that you can have in your home. Some chairs were made for the dining table, some for relaxation, some for lounging, and others for beauty and aesthetics.
- Arm Chair – most houses have this piece of furniture in their homes. It is elegant, sophisticated and customizable.
- Club Chair – the club chair gets its name from the gentleman’s lounge about two centuries back. All these little places would have chairs like the club chair for the comfort of the sitter. They could be rounded or squared and surround the sitter with the armrests.
- Chesterfield Chair – the Chesterfield looks similar to the wingback but has more cushioning and buttons for beauty. These chairs are traditionally covered in leather but can now be substituted with fabric of your choice.
- Tub Chair – this version has a rounded back that forms around your body when you sit. It doesn’t have a high back though but it is rather comfortable.
- Dining Chair – like the name says, this is used at the dining table. There are many different shapes that can be considered dining chairs. They have to be matched with the table as they are a set.
- Wingback Chairs – wingback or wing chairs have a high back that has “wings” on either side. This was supposed to be a comfort piece that would be used in front of a fireplace but has been adapted to be used anywhere in the home.
- Chaise Lounge Chairs – this is also known as a long chair. The purpose for this furniture item is for lounging and relaxing. Many people have them either in their bedroom as a décor item or in the lounge to complement their lounge suites. Industrial designers made this into a conceptual piece that was for mainly for aesthetics but soon after it became a chair for comfort.
- Egg Chair – this was a popular trend many years ago. It had a modern and funky shape that made every home owner want it. It curved in all sorts of directions and hugged the sitter comfortably.
- Rocking Chair – the rocking of this piece of furniture is what made it popular. It relaxed babies and the older generation with the simple rocking back and forth on the curvature of the legs. There are modern versions to suit your lounge decor.
- Tulip Chair – this option was released around the same time as the egg chair. The seat curves inwards hugging the sitter and it has a single leg that expands outwards. There are also other versions that have four legs.
The whole idea of the different styles is to help bring your lounge suite to life with your own personal touch. Perhaps select your own material for the furniture upholsterer to cover it for you. These chairs can be used almost anywhere in the house and brings some elegance and spunkiness to the home environment.