About Leather Sofa
Leather is a collective term for all hides and skins which have been tanned. These can come from any type of animal. Because it is a by-product of the meat industry most leather is produced from cow, sheep, goat and pigskin. There are smaller amounts of deerskin and exotic leathers such as crocodile, lizard and the like. The majority of leather products are made from cow-hide especially in the upholstery trade as these provide the skin area needed to cut the largest panels.The quality of leather is determined mainly by the condition of the grain/surface. In general, the animals from poorer countries are less well nourished and less well tended and so have more surface damage such as scars, insect bites and disease marks. Those from richer countries have a better grain quality and are much cleaner so demanding a higher price.
Full Grain & Corrected Leather
As a rule the cleaner the surface of the hide, the more the natural the look of the leather can be preserved through the sparse use of dyes and pigments. Often leather is printed/plated to produce a special effect or even enhance an already natural grain. However, it is rare for a hide to be completely free of defects; indeed many prefer some of these to be seen as they serve to add character to the leather. Often though the surface of the hide is too rough to use as it is. It then has to be buffed (or corrected) and pigments more heavily applied to create a cleaner surface.
Keep your leather looking its luxurious best by following a few basic guidelines:
- Dust with a clean, dry cloth. Gently wipe any spots or spills with a soft, damp cloth (warm distilled water works best).
- Do not allow spills to set. For stubborn stains, use a damp cloth and mild soap. Blot excess moisture with a clean dry cloth. Do not use commercial leather cleaners.
- Never use detergents or alcohol-based products to clean spots. Natural leather may fade; do not place furniture in direct sunlight. Avoid placing furniture too close to a radiator or similar heat source.
Advances in structural and seating design technologies have resulted in more durable and ‘softer-sit comfort’, whilst still maintaining the necessary body-correct support. To extend the comfort life of your cushions, avoid sitting on the edges of foam cushions as this may cause premature loss of structural shape. If your furniture features loose seat and or back cushions, regularly rotate the cushion positions, to help all seats settle and give a consistent feel across your furniture.
The load bearing components of our frames are correctly engineered, custom made for each model, from various timbers and timber composites. Timber products, such as structural grade plywoods are featured, in appropriate areas according to the requirements of the design. Structural timbers remain the upholstery industry’s preferred foundation for construction because it has never been superseded for its responsiveness and adaptability to best practice furniture design.
A quality sofa doesn't wear out, it wears in
If your new sofa feels or looks a little different to the one you saw in the store (the seat may feel firmer; the leather may look tighter), that’s because your furniture is brand new, unlike the store’s floor sample which may have already been well ‘run-in’ by many visitors. Like a new pair of shoes, or a saddle, with regular use your new furniture will also gradually begin to adapt to your expectations. An advantage to bear in mind is that a fine sofa or chair doesn’t wear out, it wears in. This also means that your sofa can (and will) relax into a more casual appearance over time. When pressure is applied to the polyurethane foam for the first time, the micro cells within the foam structure break which creates a slight softening effect. This natural cellular breakdown is expected and has been designed to achieve far greater comfort. It also means that during the first few weeks of use comfort creases and wrinkles will form naturally in the leather. This is quite normal and should not cause any concern.
These features are characteristics of the upholstery to give it a soft inviting look that is an inherent feature of the best upholstery.
About Fabric Sofas
Upholstery fabrics are designed to take more wear — they're usually a little heavier and more durable than multi-purpose or drapery-weight fabrics. Our broad assortment of jacquards, floral, stripes, damasks, chenille’s, velvets, micro-fibres, and solid textures will help you create fabulous furniture and great pillows! We also offer a complete line of custom configurations..
Fabric Custom Sofa Options
The Sofa Company partnered with one of the best sofa manufacturer's in Canada and will meticulously hand-craft your custom-made furniture. After choosing from over 200 styles of sofas, sectionals and chairs and thousands of fabrics and leathers, there are even more ways to make your sofa uniquely yours.
We can customize the size, seating, arms, cushions, legs, sides – whatever it takes to make your sofa, your way. Many options for shape and sizes available, including linear and sectional configurations.
Come and visit our showroom with your room sizes.. Our knowledgeable staff can assist you.
- Vacuum or brush to remove dirt and dust that can cut threads or wear fibres.
- Spills should be repeatedly blotted with a clean, dry cloth or paper towel.
- If a stain should occur, test for colour fastness by wiping a small hidden area with a mild soap solution before attempting to remove stain.
- All seat cushions and ottomans should be turned and rotated (if reversible) after every vacuuming (at least every few weeks). This will help stop your cushions from twisting and provide even wear. If twisting does occur, simply open at the zipper and pull the fabric around by hand. Zippers are there for ease of assembly by the manufacturer.
- Do not attempt to remove cover or try to machine wash. A professional upholstery cleaner is recommended.
- Occasionally a seat cushion may appear to be a different shade than the rest of the piece. Simply turn the cushion over and the nap (fabric fibres) will lay in the other direction.