How To Protect Your Bed From Bed Bugs

Close up of bed bug on mattress
Bed Bug

So you have a brand new, luxurious Serta mattress and have been getting the best sleep of your life. The mattress is pristine and new and so comfortable. You are at peace and happy when you are relaxing on your mattress. There is one problem. Mattresses can possess a hidden danger: bed bugs! Let’s talk about how to protect your bed from bed bugs.

Are Bed Bugs Dangerous?

Of course a brand new mattress right out of the bag has almost no possibility of a bed bug infestation. Though this is true, over time your mattress can not only be susceptible to bed bugs, but also bacteria, dust mites and other gunk that gathers within your mattress. Recently, a resurgence of bed bugs throughout the U.S. has brought to light that bed bugs are proving to be dangerous. Over the past year, studies have shown that bed bugs can carry infectious bacteria, including a form of staph infection called MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus). MRSA is highly resistant to antibiotics and highly contagious.

How Do I Protect My Bed From Bed Bugs?

Not to worry, the best way to protect your bed from bed bugs is to make sure they cannot bury themselves into your mattress to begin with. By purchasing a

Malouf Mattress Encasement
Malouf Mattress Encasement

mattress protection encasement, or bed guard, your mattress will be protected from bed bugs and all other crud that your mattress would otherwise collect. You might ask how this is different from a mattress pad. Unlike a mattress pad, a bed guard fully encompasses the mattress, not just the top and sides. Bed guards are made of a lab tested material that is water resistant to spills as well as bed bug and allergen proof! This will save a lot of headache, time and money that you would spend dealing with a bed bug infestation.

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“Why should I write a review?” When you tell us what you think of our products, we can see what we have done right and also understand what we need to work on. If we do not know any of these things, how can we continue to serve you to the best of our ability? For us, selling furniture is about YOU, so don’t let us lose out on hearing what you have to say. Start submitting GreatFurnitureDeal.com reviews each time you make a purchase.

What Other’s are Saying about Great Furniture Deal

Now that you know the who, what, how, and why’s, let us share some GreatFurnitureDeal.com reviews we’ve received. See what others say about our quality and discounted furniture for yourself.

Carol J.                                                                                                                                Our furniture arrived today and it is fabulous. My husband and I were skeptical about ordering furniture online. The furniture arrived and was packaged very well. It could have gone to London it was packaged so well. I will refer others to your site and we will continue to buy furniture from you. The communication between us, Great Furniture Deal and the shipping company was also fabulous.

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I bought this for my newborn’s room and it is absolutely perfect. It was delivered assembled and is quality and gorgeous. I was pleasantly surprised. For the price, I expected it to be cheaper made. Highly recommend for any modern home. 5 stars!!!
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You will get a lot of compliments, really beautiful and great quality.
Christine P.
The recliner is beautiful! Nicer then we expected. We received it about 5 weeks after we ordered it. The quality is awesome, it’s nice and big! Everything we wanted and more! Thanks great furniture deals!!
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I love this set! It was a great deal, much better than my local shop.
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Wow – I have looked all over for something that matched my dining room chairs and shelves.  When I found it the price was extremely expensive.  Great Furntiure had a great sale – did quick shipping, called me to make sure that if the box was damaged to note it and made sure I knew when it was coming, the communication and the order was flawless. Great deal, great doing business with.
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We have 6 children and 2 dogs…we needed something large enough for EVERYONE!  There are several things that we considered when choosing this sectional: The price, the warranty and the service. The price fit our family budget…AND  it’s leather!  The warranty was a must …6 kids…need I say more?  And it was inexpensive.  I know that if ANYTHING goes wrong…we just need to call.  The customer service was incredible.  We had SOOO many questions and they were able to help with every question.  We also chose to have it delivered curbside to save on shipping.  The pieces were manageable with one of my teen boys and husband. Assembly wasn’t hard either!  The leather cleans up nice, it’s comfortable and looks beautiful. We love our new sectional.

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GreatFurnitureDeal.com Custom Furniture Orders

Have you been searching for that perfect piece of furniture? Can’t find exactly what you want? Luckily, furniture can be customized and there are options

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VIG Furniture T35

for you. When you are shopping online at GreatFurnitureDeal.com, you may notice that some items are listed in the description as “custom”  or say they are made to Order items. Custom pieces are not stocked items; they are produced once an order is placed and then ships once production is complete. Several of our manufacturers offer custom pieces. These are most of the GreatFurnitureDeal.com custom furniture companies: VIG Furniture, Broyhill Furniture, Simmons Upholstery, Southern Motion, Lane Furniture, Franklin Furniture, Bramble Furniture, South Cone Home and Moroni. When you place a custom order, please take a note of production time so that you will know what to anticipate. These are of course estimates but it will let you know the time it will take to produce and ship in business days.

Time in Production

Each manufacturer has an estimated standard time for producing a custom piece. Some may need an estimated 8 to 12 weeks and some only 2 to 4 weeks. Whatever the case may be, please understand that these times are

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Overseas furniture arrives via container ship

“estimated.” Estimated

simply means that it is not a guaranteed time. It is a standard estimated time that was set based upon how long it took the manufacturer to make the same piece on other occasions. Our manufacturers do their best to stay within their estimated time frames, however some orders may still go a few days past. This is the reason why our manufacturers give us “estimated” time frames instead of guaranteed times.

Here are custom order estimated production times for the following manufacturers:

VIG Furniture, Bramble Furniture: Estimated 8-12 weeks

Broyhill, Lane, Southern Motion, Simmons Upholstery, South Cone Home and Franklin Furniture: Estimated 2-4 weeks

Moroni: Estimated 6-8 weeks

*If a manufacturer does take longer than the standard estimated time frame, don’t panic! We are in constant communication with all of our manufacturers to ensure your order is being taken care of. Unfortunately, it is out of our hands how much time the manufacturer takes to produce your item. However, just know we are all over it and will do everything we can to take care of you!

Time in Transit

We do our absolute best to communicate the most accurate production time available. Once your item has finished production, been shipped and cleared customs (where applicable) it will be received at the warehouse. It will be

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inspected to ensure everything was produced correctly. We will then load it out and ship it to you. You will receive tracking information and be able to see an estimated time of delivery. Normal delivery times once an item has shipped is 7-14 business days. Please make sure to calculate that time on top of production time to get a good idea of when you can expect to receive your furniture.

Are Custom Orders Returnable?

Custom orders are not returnable because these pieces are made specific to your needs and made only upon your request. Therefore, manufacturers will not accept returns when it comes to custom orders. If you would like to learn more about our return policy, please click here to learn more.

How to Place a Custom Order

When you are ready to place your custom order, if your colors and configuration are available online, go ahead and place it right online. If you are more comfortable over the phone or have additional configuration needs, please give us a call. Let us know what fabric, color, and/or configuration you would like with your custom piece. We will communicate your requests directly to the manufacturer and take care of you every step of the way. We are here to help you have the best experience possible with GreatFurnitureDeal.com.

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Car To Furniture Analogy – Furniture Buying Guide

Trying to convey the quality and durability of furniture brands online is difficult. We like to use cars as any easy way to relate for most people. We call this the “Car to Furniture Analogy – Furniture buying Guide.”

Like cars, furniture is a large purchase and the better educated you are, the better you can make a decision that fits your needs. Great furniture should also last a long time despite how hard you use it. This is a great way to better understand which furniture brands are best when looking for your next furniture purchase.

The Honda of Furniture:

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Let’s start from our entry level of quality. Here are a few brands that are built to last, provide great features (as well as step-up features)  but won’t break the bank. These brands are built to last. Coaster furniture, Catnapper Furniture, Southern Motion, Lane Furniture, Broyhill Furniture, Coast to Coast Accents, Franklin Furniture and Homelegance Furniture are

Southern Motion Dazzle Sectional - Made in U.S.A.
Southern Motion Dazzle Sectional – Made in U.S.A.

some of the brands that build all their furniture with high quality materials. If you purchase your furniture from either one of these manufacturers you will see that it is constructed with all hardwood and durable fabrics. You will get a lot of mileage (or years, if you will) out of furniture by Acme and Coaster.

Southern Motion

Just like Honda, Southern Motion’s commitment to value and quality has helped them achieve status as a leader in the reclining sofa market. The options of power recline, power headrests, charging stations, layflat and wall-hugger in addition to a huge custom selection of fabric and leather covers has made Southern Motion a living room furniture favorite. Shop Southern Motion today for a sofa, loveseat, rocker chair or sectional sofa today.

The Lexus/Cadillac of Furniture:

Moving up in quality and price, we get to our medium high-end brands. Normal characteristics of this brand are a bit higher level of craftsmanship, higher quality materials and higher end designs. These again are meant to last, look great, feel great and yet still are reasonably priced for what you get. Some of the brands in this category are ART Furniture, Classic Home Furniture, James Martin Furniture, Luke Leather, Moes Home Furniture, Parker House Furniture, and Uttermost to name a few.

Parker House Furniture

Parker House Catalina Entertainment Wall
Parker House Catalina Entertainment Wall

If you are in the market for a library wall, large-scale entertainment wall, office desk, home office desk, living rooms sofa, loveseat or sectional, look no further than Parker House Furniture or Parker Living Furniture. They create excellent designs with fantastic craftsmanship at a price that won’t disappoint. When you see what you can purchase at this price point, you’ll find yourself filling more and more rooms with Parker House furniture.

ART Furniture

ART Furniture
ART Furniture

ART Furniture manufactures both old world and contemporary designs. Features of ART Furniture include fine wood solids and exotic veneers, hand-carved elements and rich, complex finishes. Enhance your home with the beauty and lasting quality of ART Furniture.

The Mercedes of Furniture:

Just like what you expect from a Mercedes Benz, you can expect from the Mercedes of Furniture. No corners are cut, excellence is exemplified and luxury is achieved. A few of the furniture brands that fall in this category are AICO Furniture, Ambella Home Furniture, Arteriors Home,

NOIR Furniture New York Sideboard
NOIR Furniture New York Sideboard

Cyan Design, Moroni Furniture, NOIR Furniture, CFC Furniture and Worlds Away. You can expect high-end designs, designer looks, the most updated styles, solid hardwood products, marble finishes, Italian Leather and other features from some of these brands. This is the kind of furniture that is built to last and will become heirlooms for future generations. Now, to be fair to some other brands, they do have products that go really high-end but these are brands that will build the high-end quality across the board. Contact a sales rep if you are interested in a certain product and would like more information on where it stands on the quality scale.

AICO Furniture

AICO Lavelle Melange Living Room Set
AICO Lavelle Melange Living Room Set

Much like Mercedes, AICO furniture is both beautiful and stylish. Amini Innovation Corporation, or AICO,  combine Old World inspiration with innovative technology to create elegant, high quality furniture that you will be able to treasure for many years to come.

Moroni

You will be sitting in the lap of luxury if you decide to purchase any piece from Moroni.  Moroni leather furniture

Moroni Grandeur Chair
Moroni Grandeur Chair

 is only made with top grain Italian leather. Contrary to normal modern or contemporary furniture, Moroni not only looks amazing but sits am

azing as well. Moroni shattered all previous understanding when they combined modern look and comfort. Moroni’s exquisitely crafted upholstery is made from hand-built North

American hardwood frames and high end fire retardant foam. The quality control team at Moroni ensures the integrity of every sofa, loveseat and chair that Moroni produces.  Get yourself into a Moroni and stay home happy!

We hope that this helps you understand the more prominent brands we carry. At GreatFurnitureDeal.com we want every customer to feel as comfortable purchasing online as they would in a brick and mortar store. If you have any questions or need to know more before purchasing your furniture, call us at 1-800-970-5889. We are happy to help and look forward to hearing from you!

Serta Mattress Shopping Tips

Body Contours in Bed
Body Contours in Bed

We have all been there once or twice. Waking up in the morning with a back ache and droopy eyes after a night of tossing and turning. Shouldn’t we be counting sheep? Eliminate pain and restless nights with a Serta mattress from GreatFurnitureDeal.com.

Mattress Shopping Tips

Memory Foam Layers
Memory Foam Layers

Shop Serta! There are a gazillion mattresses, so how do you choose? We have done plenty of research and are happy to help you cut to the chase. GreatFurnitureDeal.com is a huge fan of Serta. Why? Serta is a trustworthy and well known brand that has been in business since 1931. The company has won the title of “Best Mattress” and is known across the world for their    innovative mattress designs. Serta offers mattresses to the public and is a distributor for major hotels including Best Western Internatonial and the Bellagio. Are you ready to go Serta? Visit GreatFurnitureDeal.com and check out our online selection of Serta mattresses today! This is the best mattress shopping tip you will take in your life.

Serta Mattress Shopping Tips

Hybrid Pillowtop Mattress
Hybrid Pillowtop Mattress

Now that you know what brand of mattress to buy, how about mattress types? One very important Serta mattress shopping tip to consider is buy the mattress that is right for YOU. For example, consider your comfort levels and durability of the mattress first. Do you prefer soft or firm? Latex or memory foam? If you know your comfort levels right off, buying online from GreatFurnitureDeal.com should be a piece of cake. If you are not
sure what your comfort levels are, give us a call at 1-800-970-5889 and ask to speak with one of our Serta Mattress Specialists. We would love to help you identify the right comfort level for you.

Other Serta Mattress Shopping Tips to Consider

Now that you know the brand and your comfort level, what’s next? Again, let us help you cut to the chase! Here are more important tips to consider when purchasing a new Serta mattress:

  • Price matters! Never go for the cheapest priced mattress. Instead, take a look at your comfort levels and durability of the mattress first; then you can find a price that fits your budget.
  • The construction of a mattress can make or break the next 10 years of your sleepy time. Ask one of our specialists about Serta’s innerspring mattresses and how they can help support your back like never before.
  • Order a Serta foundation! Using your own foundation is a big no no, especially if you are purchasing a Serta Mattress. All Serta mattresses come with a nice warranty only if you use a Serta foundation. Serta foundations are designed to support Serta mattresses to the max. Not only will you be caring more for your body, but you will be taking the very best care of your new Serta mattress.
  • Ask questions! When purchasing a mattress, you will hear w
    Serta Mattress with Adjustable Base
    Serta Mattress with Adjustable Base

    ords like “Pillow Top” and “Latex Foam.” Ask one of our Serta Mattress Specialists at GreatFurnitureDeal.com about these and other mattress terms so that you can make the best purchase.

The Best Serta Mattress Shopping Tip

Buy Serta! If you want to have no regrets for the next 7 to 10 years of your life, then buy a Serta mattress. We spend a third of our lives in bed, so  make it count with lots of sheep! For more information about Serta mattresses, call 1-800-970-5889. We would love to help you make your Serta mattress purchase today!

What Brands do we sell? Acme Furniture, Aico Furniture,  ART Furniture, B-Modern, Bellini, Broyhill, Capel Rugs, Casabianca, Catnapper, Classic Flame, Classic Home, Coast to Coast Furniture, Coaster, ESF Furniture, Franklin, Fun Rugs, Furniture of America, GFD, Global Furniture, Gotcha Covered, Infinite Therapeutics, Jackson Furniture, KAS Oriental Rugs, Kathy Ireland Home by Martin Furniture, Leggett and Platt, Luke Leather, Martin Home Furnishings, McFerran Furniture, Mobital Furniture, Moroni Leather Furniture, Omega Massage, Osaki Massage, Poundex, Pulaski, Rossetto Furniture, Seatcraft, Serta Mattress, Simmons Upholstery, Uttermost, VIG Furniture

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What is Leather Match Furniture?

In a past post, we talked about the differences between leather and microfiber furniture. We learned that microfiber was a least expensive choice since it’s not “real leather.” However, today we are turning our focus to leather match furniture! From this post, you will learn that you can still buy real leather without spending all of your hard earned money.

Defining Leather Match Furniture

Back to the initial question: what is leather match furniture? When you hear “leather match furniture,” think “half real leather and half bonded leather.” For example, leather match sofas only have real leather in the areas where people actually sit and also on the arm rests. Bonded leather or other type of faux leather is applied to the rest of the couch to save you big on your furniture bill. Applying real leather only on the areas of the couch that need it most will give your family and guests the comfort of real leather without the additional costs. Time to start buying leather match furniture!

 

Bonded Leather in Leather Match Furniture

Moving on to bonded leather! The term “bonded” simply means glued together. Bonded leather is made from left over scraps of lea

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ther that would normally be thrown away as well as other fibers. The scraps are glued together and then sealed with a plastic type finish. The finish adds more durability to bonded leather furniture, giving you a long term option similar to top grain leather furniture. Bonded leather is a great way to make the most of our natural resources.

Our Customers Love Leather Match Furniture

Did you know that 95% of our customers buy leather match furniture? For them, the quality of leather match is fine and they really don’t need a top grain leather on places they don’t sit or even look at if it is placed against a wall. GreatFurnitureDeal.com customers understand the benefits of leather match furniture as it not only gives them quality, but it saves them money. There really is no need for concern when buying leather match furniture. You may think “A full leather couch is more worth my money long ter

Southern Motion Siri Sofa
Southern Motion Siri Sofa

m” or “My guests will be able to tell that my furniture is not top grain leather everywhere.” So not true! People won’t know the difference between a leather match sofa and a full leather sofa. Leather match furniture will also give you similar long-term durability as the most used areas of these items are covered in top grain leather. We do not discourage you from buying full on leather furniture; however, being a discount retailer, we always want you to know where you can save.

For More Info on Leather Match Furniture

There are very good reasons to subscribe to our blog; we will educate you in the areas of furniture, so that you can save cash in the long run!  For more information about our leather match furniture selections, go to GreatFurntitureDeal.com. We always have Facebook deals, site promotions, and important information about our furniture right here. You can also contact us via live chat, email, or call us directly. We are excited to help you with your next purchase!

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Leather vs Microfiber Sofas

Before purchasing your next sofa, you will probably ask yourself, “Should I buy a leather or microfiber sofa?” When you ask yourself this question, you need to take cost, comfort and durability into consideration. These factors will ultimately help you make your final decision.

Cost: Leather vs. Microfiber Sofas

As a general rule of thumb, you can expect to pay more for leather than microfiber sofas. Leather has such varying grades that pricing can fluctuate greatly. We won’t discuss leather in detail here but remember that bonded leather, leather match, top grain leather and top grain Italian leather will play a big role in the cost. Depending on the manufacturer and quality of materials, leather and microfiber sofas can be comparable in price. For example, you can find some manufacturers that can provide both microfiber sectional sofas and leather sectional sofas for about the same price. Let’s look at Coaster for instance. They have a leather modular sectional sofa and microfiber se

Moroni Furniture - Grandeur Sofa
Moroni Furniture – Grandeur Sofa

ctional sofa for about the same price. Of course, leather sofas can get quite costly if you are looking for a sectional sofa made from top grain Italian leather. Moroni leather furniture will cost more because they have developed a great reputation with their plush and luxurious leather sofa designs. You are also paying for superior quality in how your sofa is made by purchasing from Moroni, as they hand produce and closely inspect every leather sofa they make. There is also a new phenomenon in microfiber sofas called “leather-like microfiber”. This is a full microfiber fabric but looks just like leather. Until you touch it, most people will never know that it isn’t leather. This is a great option if you are looking for a leather looking sofa but don’t want to pay the leather price.

 

Comfort: Leather vs. Microfiber Sofas

The comfort of leather and microfiber sofas come from the quality of materials used to produce the sofas. Bonded and faux leather sofas will typically not be as comfortable as top grain leather sofas. This is because top grain leather is softer and more flexible than the processed bonded leather. Comfort also comes down to a matter of personal preference. Some people do not prefer leather sofas for various reasons, so they might be more inclined to purchase a microfiber sofa. Microfiber sofas are great if you live in a climate that is very hot and humid

Barton Sectional Sofa
Barton Sectional Sofa

as microfiber is known to wick away moisture. If you decide to purchase a microfiber sofa, you will have many options. Not all microfiber sofa fabrics are made equally and they come in all different textures. The texture of the microfiber comes from how the fibers are woven. If you would like to purchase a microfiber sofa in a particular microfiber, Broyhill furniture produces various different microfibers to meet your comfort.

Durability: Leather vs. Microfiber Sofas

If you have dogs or kids, durability will most likely be the most important factor in purchasing a leather or microfiber sofa.  It has been said that the wear and tear from kids and pets can decrease the life of your sofa by half! Not to worry, by choosing the material that suites your needs you will still be able to get years of use out of your sofa. Again, as a general rule, if you know your sofa is going to be used heavily (i.e. your main room or TV watching room) you will want to make sure you choose a leather sofa. Leather is much more durable, can take much more abuse and still looks and functions great. If you are worried about spills, leather cleans extremely well and will continue to look great as you can just wipe spills away. Microfiber sofas are also great for spills but won’t clean as well as leather sofas. They are also more susceptible to staining. If you are worried about tears, a leather sofa will be your best option. Leather is stronger than microfiber and will resist tears and fraying much better. So if you have a pet with claws, we recommend leather over microfiber. If you are worried about scratch marks, we recommend microfiber sofas. Microfiber sofas won’t show the scratches the way leather will. However, if

those furry critters have pokey nails, and you are worried about ripping or tearing, we recommend leather sofa as they are most durable over all. No shocking news here, but if you are planning on putting your sofas through heavy use, you will definitely want to purchase a dark color to hide soiling and staining that naturally takes place over time. If you do have pets an

Furniture Protection Plan
Furniture Protection Plan

d kids, your furniture will receive heavy use. We do highly recommend the 5 year furniture protection plan so that you can use your new furniture without the worry. We hope this gives you a better idea in deciding whether a microfiber sofa or leather sofa is a better purchase for you.  At GreatFurnitureDeal.com we want all our customers to know what they are purchasing and happy with the quality when their order arrives.

Please let us know if you have any questions before making your purchase by calling us at 1-800-970-5889. We are happy to answer your questions!

Leather Basics for your new Leather Furniture

Faux Leather, Bonded Leather, Genuine Leather, Italian Leather? Which is it?

The leather world can be super confusing. We understand. Let us tackle some of those terms in this article and see if we can help explain it.

Let’s start with Genuine Leather. This is the most common type of leather when an item is referred to as leather. In most cases this will be top grain leather (top grain because it is the top and most durable layer of the hide). In most cases the genuine leather is what will be on the parts of the piece where the skin touches. This means that on a sofa, you will have genuine leather on the seat, back and arms where your body will make direct contact.

This is called a Leather/Leather Match sofa. The back and sides will be a bonded leather, leather split or vinyl.

So, what is Leather Match? Leather match is the process that almost all manufactures use, with exception of some higher end lines. (See for example: Moroni Italian Furniture for full leather options). In this process, a genuine leather will be used where you sit and touch and a less expensive product will go on the back and sides that is never touched and in most cases never seen, especially if an item is pushed against a wall. Manufactures do this so that they can keep prices down and put top quality product where it matters. In most cases, you won’t even notice that the back and sides aren’t the same type of leather as the seating surface. So, when a retailer says 100% leather, you will want to make sure that they aren’t just referring to the seating area. It is important to note that if you really want a 100% leather sofa everywhere, you are going to pay for it. This usually doubles the price of the piece of furniture. Leather products from Southern Motion, Lane Furniture, Parker Living, and Franklin Furniture will be made with leather/leather match construction.

What is Faux Leather? Faux leather is usually a polyester or vinyl. This will have no leather content in it at all. This is popular for those that don’t like the hot/cold of leather or want a leather look at a much more affordable price. This is one of our most popular collections that looks like a leather but it is 100% polyester fabric. Broyhill Laramie Sofa

What is Bonded Leather? Bonded leather is a composite of leather and polyurethane. It is a more affordable alternative that offers the look and feel of 100% leather. Some characteristics of bonded leather are a shinier look and less texture to the leather. Bonded leathers are not recommended for humid climates as the top coat of the material can peel over time. In the past few years, many manufactures have stopped making a bonded leather option completely. Bonded leathers are not all made equal and some are much better than others. VIG Furniture still supplies products in the bonded leather.

What is Italian Leather? Italian Leather is a phrase normally used when talking about a more high-end leather. Italian Leather is of a better quality for a couple of reasons. The first being the tanning process. Italian leathers are processed with a higher grade process than any other. The second factor is determined by the origin of the leather. Hides from the southern hemisphere (hotter climate) are much more abundant and tend to show more blemishes and defects and consequently have to be cosmetically altered or repaired. They are less supple and soft. Hides from the northern hemisphere (cooler climate) are less abundant and typically are higher in quality due to the climate in which these animals live. Italian Leather uses hides from the northern hemisphere. Two brands that use Italian hides are Luke Leather and Moroni Furniture.

To help in your understanding of Leather, here are some of the most common questions:

Why is leather hot/cold?

Leather adapts to the temperature of its environment or what is nearest to it. If ambient temperature is 70 degrees, the leather will feel cool or cold to you because normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees. If the room is 90 degrees, the leather will feel hot. However, the type of leather will affect the amount of time it takes the leather to adapt to the body temperature. For example, pure aniline dyed leather (see Glossary below) will breathe and assume body temperature rapidly.

Can I have leather furniture if I have kids/pets?

Leather is very durable and lasts 15 to 20 years compared to about five years with fabric. It ages well, and it stretches and retains its shape without sagging. Leather is more resistant to animals than fabric covered furniture, does not absorb animal odors and cannot be penetrated by animal hair, but it can be damaged by the sharp claws or teeth of dogs and cats.

Will leather crack or split?

Direct exposure to sunlight and heat can damage leather by fading and drying it. Fading is commonly seen in semi-aniline and aniline leathers and less common in fully finished leathers that have a protective top coat. Drying of leather from the sun will damage any kind of leather regardless of the finish. The sun’s heat causes the natural oils to evaporate, eventually stiffening and cracking the leather.

Why is one leather grade more expensive than another?

Raw hides come from many different sources all over the world, and climate and other conditions vary greatly in those regions, affecting the hide characteristics and quality and therefore requiring different levels of correction. Other factors such as special surface treatments and the age of the animal also affect the final cost.

Are there supposed to be marks and blemishes on the leather?

The marks are your assurance that you have real leather. There are corrected leathers and other finishing processes that will reduce the appearance of some of those natural marks and blemishes, but it is important to know that those are natural characteristics of the raw material, just like the ones on human skin.

Are animals harmed to make leather?

Leather is a by-product of the beef industry, and if not used to make leather products, the hides and skins would be disposed of as waste.

How do I decide between Fabric or Leather?

This could easily be its own blog post but there are a couple of items to consider. First is price. If you are price sensitive, choose fabric or a faux leather. Second would be durability. Leather is more durable and will last longer. Lastly would be feel. If you don’t like the hot/cold or the general feel of leather, fabric is much more constant.

General Glossary of Leather Terms

ALTERED LEATHER – Leather that has had the original surface of the skin or hide removed, (usually due to imperfections in the original grain surface), and a new grain embossed into the leather. This is also called corrected grain. Most top-grain leathers have altered or corrected grain.

ANILINE  – The name given to the particular transparent dye used to color dyed leather.

ANILINE LEATHER – Leather that has been dyed through with aniline dyes. Pure aniline leathers represent approximately 5 percent of all upholstery leathers produced worldwide. Sometimes topped with a protein, resin, or lacquer protective coating; can also be waxed.

BUFFED – Leather which has been abrased or sueded. This can also be referred to as snuffed, nubuck leather, or grain-sueded leather.

Bycast Leather – A bycast leather is a leather produced from a lower leather by melting an adhesive on its surface and then rolling on a coloured polyurethane film. The finish applied to bycast leather will offer a degree of protection. Bycast leather tends to have a more shiny appearance. Due to the thickness of the coating bycast leather may not be quoted as genuine leather nor may the leather mark be used.

CORDOVAN – Leather made from the tight, firm shell portion of horse butts. Cordovan has very fine pores and a characteristic finish, and is very durable.

CORRECTED GRAIN – The outside skin is sanded or abraded to minimize faults. It is then pigmented to cover the sanding and printed with an artificial grain. A spray sealer topcoat is then applied. Corrected grain material is usually called top grain leather.

DEGRAINED LEATHER– Leather from which the grain has been removed after tanning, by splitting, abrading or other process.

DRUM DYING – The application of dye stuffs to leather by the immersion of the leather in a drum that is tumbled. This process allows full dye penetration into the fiber.

EMBOSSED LEATHER-Usually corrected grain, in which a pattern is applied by extreme pressure in a press to give a unique design or imitation of full grain characteristics. Sometimes leathers are embossed to make them appear to be another leather, such as embossing an alligator pattern into cowhide.

EMBOSSED, FANCY -A fancy or geometric pattern is impressed into the leather.

Finishing – Term to collectively describe steps or techniques performed after the dyeing treatment, such as rolling, pigmented spraying, lacquering, antiquing, waxing, buffing, glazing, waterproofing and flame-proofing to provide more abrasion and stain resistance and/or more even coloration.

FULL GRAIN-The term used for the outside original skin or hide which has had the hair removed, but otherwise has not been corrected or altered. Full-grain leather possesses the genuine original grain of the animal.

GLAZED FINISH -Similar to an aniline finish except that the leather surface is polished to a high luster by the action of glass on steel rollers under tremendous pressure.

GRAIN (LEATHER) -The outside of the hide or skin consisting of the pores, wrinkles and other characteristics which constitute the natural texture of the leather.

GRAIN CHARACTER – The natural markings on the surface of the leather.

GRAIN, EMBOSSED -An artificial grain pressed into the surface of top grain leather from which the original grain has been removed.

GRAINED LEATHER -Any leather on which the original natural grain has been changed or altered by any method, process or manipulation; also top grain.

GRAIN SUEDED -A process of sueding the grain side of the skin to achieve a buffed or sueded condition. See “Snuffed”.

HAND -A term used in the leather industry to describe the feel, i.e., softness or fullness of upholstery leather.

Hand-antiqued – Also referred to as “hand-rubbed,” it is the process of rubbing a contrasting color on the leather surface to accentuate natural grain or embossing.

HEAVY LEATHER -A somewhat indefinite term, generally understood to include vegetable-tanned sole, belting, strap and mechanical leathers made from unsplit cattlehides.

IMITATION -A variety of materials which have been made to resemble genuine leather. The great bulk of these are rubber or plastic-coated fabrics. It is unlawful to use terms connoting leather to describe imitations.

LEATHER -An animal skin which has been preserved and dressed for use.

LEATHERETTE -A manufactured product which imitates leather.

LEATHERY -Tough.

Liming – The process of chemically removing hair from the raw hide.

NAKED LEATHER -A leather with no surface, impregnated treatment of finish other than dye matter which might mask or alter the natural state of the leather.

NATURAL GRAIN -A leather which retains the full original grain.

NUBUCK -A brushed, grain-sueded leather.

OIL TANNED -Leather tanned with certain fish oils. Produces a very soft, pliable leather such as chamois.

PATENT LEATHER – Leather with a glossy impermeable finish produced by successive coats of drying oils, varnish, or synthetic resins.

Patina – A luster that develops over time and with use on pure anilines and nubucks.

PERFORATED-In leather, the process of die cutting small holes to form a pattern. The holes can vary in size, density and pattern.

PIGMENTED -A process of coloring and coating in the leather surface with colored pigments dispersed in film-forming chemicals called binders which can be tailor-made to produce surfaces that are highly resistant to wear, fading, etc. Leather that has been sprayed with a pigmented, opaque finish. This is usually done to cover imperfections in leather

Pull-up – Full grain aniline leather that gets its color from dyes and when the leather is pulled the waxes and oils in it cause the color to dissipate and become lighter in the areas pulled tight.

ROUND HAND-A full-handed leather, usually slightly swelled as with vegetable tanning.

SADDLE LEATHER-Vegetable-tanned cattlehide leather for harnesses and saddles, usually of a natural tan shade and rather flexible.

Sauvage – A two-tone effect that adds depth and character to the leather.

Semi-aniline – Leather that has been aniline dyed and then slightly pigmented for color consistency and resistance to liquids.

SHOULDER LEATHER-The thickest part of the hide from the shoulder area of the cow.

Skins – The raw material, referring to the skin from smaller animals such as goats, pigs, sheep or calves.

SKIVE-To shave, slice or divide, to peel into a thin layer.

SNUFFED-The grain surface is abraded with brushes, emery wheel or sandpaper. Leather is snuffed for the purpose of removing defective grain, or for sueding the surface of the leather.

SPLIT LEATHER (SPLIT)-Skin sliced in layers to give uniform thickness to the piece (grainside). Split leather (inside) is trimmed and finished as suede. Cheap leathers are sometimes pigmented splits with embossed imitation grain.

SUEDE -Leathers that are finished by buffing the flesh side (opposite the grain side) to produce a nap. Term refers to the napping process, and is unrelated to the type of skin used. See “Split Leather”.

SUEDING-The process of raising fibers on the grain side of a hide or skin to give a velvet nap effect. This is generally called “nubuck” or “grain suede.”

Tanning – The process of converting raw hides/skins into leather through the use of chemicals.

Top coat – A synthetic polyurethane resin (gloss or matte) that is applied as a transparent protective coating to make leather more resistant.

TOP GRAIN-The term intended to define genuine grain leather, as opposed to split leather which has been pigmented and embossed with a new grain. In reality, top-grain leather usually has had the original grain removed and an imitation grain embossed into the surface.

TRIM -The removal of parts of a skin or hide not suitable for making leather, such as portions on the outer edges.

UNFINISHED LEATHER -Normally defines aniline-dyed, naked leathers with no additional application intended to finish, color or treat in a way that would alter the natural characteristics of the leather.

UPHOLSTERY LEATHER -A general term for leather processed for use in furniture, automobiles, and airplanes.

VAT DYEING-An older method of dyeing leather sometimes confused with drum dyeing.

VEGETABLE TANNING -The conversion of rawhide into leather with a greater body and firmness than the more general method of chromium tanning.

Waxy hand – Describes leather that has a waxy feel and look to it.

WEIGHT -The weight of leather is measured in ounces per square foot.

Yield – Refers to the amount of usable area after all waste have been discarded.

(Thanks to Erin Berg at Furniture today with much of this information: http://www.furnituretoday.com/article/540880-guide-buying-leather-furniture)
 

Where did Scotchgard go? What furniture protection options are there?

What, no option for Scotchgard?

It used to be standard practice that whenever you bought an upholstered sofa or upholstered dining chairs, there would always be an option to have your items sprayed with “Scotchgard”.

As I am sure you have noticed, that is not something that is offered any longer. Why you ask?

There are a couple of reasons.

#1 – The chemical was found to be unsafe. Studies were done and after the results were returned, it quickly became obvious that there were issues with the chemicals in the Scotchgard. The main producer of the chemical quietly phased out the product and that was the end of offering Scotchgard protection. (You can learn more here: http://www.chemicalindustryarchives.org/dirtysecrets/scotchgard/1.asp)

#2 – Fabrics are much better now. With today’s ingenuity and quality of high-grade fabrics, microfibers and polyesters, Scotchgard isn’t really needed. Scotchgard was mainly purchased to protect against stain protection and to keep liquids from seeping into your fabric. With the tight weaves of today’s fabrics, most of them can easily be wiped away mild soap and water. In most cases, the liquid or stain will just bead at the top of the fabric and can be wiped clean with a simple wet rag.

So, what are my options?

So, what if you still have pets, kids or just a dirty spouse? No worries. There are still options. Purchase a furniture protection plan.

There are two options that can ease all of your fears:

1 Year Stain Protection Plan ($100)

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5 Year Furniture Protection Plan ($149 or $129 if purchased at the time of a furniture purchase)

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These are like insurance plans for your furniture. With the 1 year plan, if you spill, stain or have an issue in the first year, we’ll get it cleaned or replace your furniture at no cost to you.

For the ultimate in protection, we have the 5 year furniture protection plan. This will give you peace of mind of 5 years. Rips, stains, tears, breakage…all covered. If you accidentally spill on that furniture (kids sippy spills, wine spills, soda spills, etc.) you are covered. If we can’t fix it, remove it with chemicals, then it will be replaced (including the cost of shipping).

So, while Scotchgard is really a thing of the past, don’t worry. Enhanced fabrics with much better durability, wearability, and stain resistance in conjunction with the furniture protection plans have you covered.

Visit GreatFurnitureDeal.com today to start shopping for your next living room furniture.