There are a certain class and opulence about leather lounges. It’s arguably the showpiece of any room, whether it be your lounge room or professional office space. Put simply, it can make or break you’re the aesthetic appeal of your interior design. It ties the room together in a way that no other piece of furniture can, especially the most premium styles available in the Australian market. So, if you’re on the lookout for a new sofa or couch for your home or office, check out the following leather lounges, which are often regarded as the best. Many of them are still manufactured today, so if any of these styles appeal to you, start researching!
Full-grain leather lounges are incredibly popular and for many reasons. Firstly, they are the most authentic model and style available. This is because the only process applied to the animal hide is the removal of hair. After all the fur or hair has been removed, the skin is then placed in a natural dye (usually vegetable), where it is soaked for hours.
After this, there is no further treatment for the material. It is molded, redesigned and shaped as upholstery for a new couch or sofa. Because the production process is mostly minimal, the animal hide retains its authentic feel and touch. Initially, the material is sturdy; however, as is the case with all leather lounges, the material softens overtime.
Split grain leather lounges follow a slightly different manufacturing style. Basically, the outer layer of the animal skin is removed, meaning the remaining hide section is then used for a range of furniture items. If you’re looking for a slightly less expensive couch, then split grain is the way to go. However, it is essential to know that maintaining the material is more complicated and it is prone to degrading over time. Full-grain sofas, on the other hand, are far more durable.
Top grain leather lounges basically go through the same process as the full-grain types; however, the material receives more polishing when being designed for furniture and clothing. In terms of purity, top grain is broadly analogous with full-grain. However, the buffing process means that top grain leather lounges tend to be softer and more supple than full-grain sofas. So, if you want a softer look and feel (while maintaining longevity), top grain is undoubtedly the way to go!
Bonded leather lounges
Next on our list is bonded animal skin, which is designed for consumers who want a couch that looks authentic and genuine, without having to pay an excessive amount for it. Bonded leather lounges made from scraps of animal skin and material from other projects, meaning you won’t get the grain purity of a full or top grain sofa. The scraps are molded using an adhesive material to create the illusion of an entirely authentic sofa, equipped with the same feel and smell. Because of this, it’s more affordable!
Nubuck leather lounges
This type of sofa is made from the rawhide of cattle only. The skin is the sanded and treated to give the material a suede-like appearance that is soft to touch. Nubuck is known primarily for its fragility; however, one of its pitfalls is that it requires waterproofing treatment to enhance its useable life. Consumers that choose to ignore waterproofing their nubuck sofa should expect the furniture to degrade quickly. Conversely, authentic animal hide products can withstand moisture and water erosion, so it’s the decision that should be predicated on whether you have the time for maintenance.