!!! Click on the Above Picture for LARGER view !!! What is Bonded Leather?
Bonded leather is made of scrap leather pieces joined together with adhesive, then covered with polyurethane. The polyurethane surface is stamped to give it a leather-like texture. Only the back of the fabric contains about 17% of split leather.
Bonded leather is a low cost leather alternative. Bonded leather is designed to mimic the look and feel of genuine leather, but it is not as strong or as durable as genuine leather. It is not usually possible to repair bonded leather
Bonded leather started showing up at furniture retailers in 2007. Both manufacturers and salespeople reported some uncertainty about how to market and sell bonded leather furniture to avoid customer misconceptions about quality. However, at 2/3 the price of genuine leather furniture, bonded leather has become a desirable alternative to genuine leather furniture when price is a main concern for the customer
Aside from price as the main benefit of bonded leather, retailers may make a case for recycling; the bonded leather is made up of leather scraps that would otherwise not be used. Benefits of genuine leather include a much sturdier and longer-lasting finish. When genuine leather is scratched or worn, the leather becomes distressed, which adds to its style . When bonded leather gets scratched, the polyurethane surface gets worn off and an entirely different color surface may appear underneath.
Bonded leather is NOT genuine leather. To make that point clear to consumers and to avoid misunderstandings about quality, some companies market their bonded leather under different names. Instead of looking for an indication of bonded leather in the names of certain covers, look for names from some major manufacturers like DuraHide Plus, Nupelle, UltraHide or polyvinyl PVC composite.
Bonded leather has primarily been most successfully marketed as a promotional product. While its price has made it a useful alternative for some consumers, it cannot match the quality and durability of genuine leather. Bonded leather does not have the strength of a genuine leather hide and its life expectancy is significantly short-lived compared to natural leather.* Click HERE to learn more about Analine, Pigmented, Nubuck Leather
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Sources: cited from Institute of Leather Restoration & Training, Wikipedia, eHow.