If you’re thinking about purchasing faux leather furniture, stop right there! Ultimately, it’s your choice to purchase whatever furniture you’d like, but we want to explain the critical differences between real and faux leather so you’re making the best purchase for you and your family.

Sure, the price point of faux leather furniture is desirable, but that may the only positive. We’ll go into further detail in this blog, but first, let’s address what “faux” leather is made of.

What is “faux” leather?

Faux leather, also known as artificial leather, is made of various plastics. Vinyl is a popular leather alternative because it looks and feels like leather, but that’s where the similarities end. Vinyl is not leather, nor should it be confused as leather. In fact, it’s a popular misconception that vinyl is an adequate replacement for leather due to its “durability.”

Well, we hate to break it to you, but leather will far outlast any vinyl product on the market – we guarantee it! Why? Because a vinyl couch that endures normal wear and tear will eventually crack and split from deterioration. On the contrary, leather will become softer over time, making it a true investment. Okay, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s discuss what leather is and where it comes from.

Where does leather come from?

We’re pretty sure you know where leather comes from, but it’s important we explain this product’s origin, regardless. Stephen Meyer of Maker’s Row said it best, “the explosion of industrial agriculture across the globe over the last century or two has made it extremely easy to acquire skins to tan.” This means that while some people may have qualms about purchasing leather furniture, it’s worth noting that if you already eat meat, using the animals hide for leather products ensures the animal doesn’t go to waste.

The process behind creating leather products has been around for centuries, and the industry itself has greatly influenced the spread of agriculture and livestock. Today, a cow’s hide is used due to its hardiness and ability to provide both meat and dairy. Pigs, goats, and sheep are also utilized for their hide depending on the local climate and flora.

Okay, now it’s time to address some of the critical differences between real and faux leather. To learn more about these furniture types, check out part two of this blog!