Leather-match furniture uses some man-made materials but gives the appearance of being all leather. The faux leather is typically vinyl on a smooth-leather couch, but may also be suedene or microfiber for suede leather-match upholstery.
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The leather and man-made materials are dyed and painted to be indistinguishable.
Vinyl upholstery retailed for as little as £7.70 per square yard, based on January 2010 prices, while upholstery-grade cowhide retailed for about £58 per square yard during the same period.
Leather-match furniture frequently includes "corrected leather," lower-quality or imperfect leather that is finished and repaired to look higher quality. This further drives down the cost.
Leather upholstery is far more comfortable than vinyl. (Think of a leather car interior, versus vinyl, on a hot day.) Thus in leather-match furniture, the real leather is reserved for the back rests and cushions; backs and sides are typically man-made.
Leather-match materials require less costly and complex care than leather. You may effectively clean vinyl with window cleaner, whereas leather requires a conditioner with lanolin and oils.
Leather-match furniture is not a low-quality alternative to all-leather; most major furniture retailers offer leather match. If the wood construction and cushioning are comparable, the two have the same durability.
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