Contemporary Leather Furniture

Written by Sarah Provost
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If you haven't shopped for contemporary leather furniture in a while, you're in for a wonderful surprise. Leather furniture used to be almost always bulky, graceless, studded with brass tacks and either black or brown. Not any more. Though there are still "Super Bowl specials" to be had--those behemoth recliners--leather furniture today has gone sleek and colorful.

How about the elegant sweep of a white leather sectional? Would you prefer an overstuffed blue couch? You're no longer confined to furniture that looks like it belongs in a men's club or a lawyer's waiting room. Today you can find contemporary leather furniture in mauve, butterscotch, teal, or whatever takes your fancy.

Buying Contemporary Leather Furniture

In many ways, you'll follow the same basic guidelines when buying contemporary leather furniture as you would for any other kind. Do you want loose cushions or a tuxedo style? What are the cushions stuffed with? If there are springs, are they hand-tied? However, there are a few special considerations for leather upholstery.

Leather is four times more durable than any fabric, and resistant to ordinary spills and stains. Day-to-day upkeep is simple, since you can use any of a variety of leather cleaners for maintenance. However, if you spill ink or red wine on your white sectional, or your two-year-old sprawls graffiti on your beige club chair with colored markers, it will be almost impossible to remove. For this reason, reversible cushions are an excellent design choice. Vinyl sides and backs bring the price down quite a bit, and also can be cleaned more easily.

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