Choosing Protected Or Natural Leathers on Theater Seating
Most consumers grew up with the TV as the focal point of their media setting in their living room. Consequently, the media furniture that such consumers demand, whether as TV stands or entertainment centers for their latest HDTVs, plasma, or LCD TVs, has been and will be TV-centered. The central design function of furniture, such as home theater seating, surrounding the TV has always been TV viewing. Home theater seating is usually purchased in leather but which leather should one choose? What is the difference between natural leathers and protected leathers? What are some advantages of choosing one over the other? Are there significant differences? This article will guide you in the right direction.
One needs to consider how their home theater seating will be used and if kids or pets, for example, will visit these seats. When it comes to upholstery, leather’s durability and ease of maintenance are matched today by leather’s unabashed splendor. Leather has an ageless appeal and it ages gracefully. Some will even develop a patina over time which is the beauty of these particular leathers. Obviously, a consumer who has pets and kids versus a couple without kids or pets will have different needs when it comes to choosing the right leather for their theater seating to suit their lifestyle.
Many manufacturers that specialize in leather furniture have enhanced the protection properties of their collections. Leather manufacturing has come a long way. These protected leathers are particularly treated to be stain resistant with a layer of protection and they contain much more pigment than natural leathers. The grain is uniform throughout the hide and the natural markings are concealed. They have consistent shading and print. As a result, protected leathers hold up well under daily use and are much more ideal for those consumers with kids or pets. Stains from food and spills from beverages are not nightmarish for this kind of leather.
Natural leathers, on the other hand, are much more supple and softer to the touch. They are also much warmer to the touch than protected leathers. Some natural markings are visible. Natural leathers are usually fully-aniline without the stain resistance like that of semi-aniline or pigmented leathers (protected leathers). Natural leathers are perfect for that consumer who wants the highest quality, top-grain leather with a soft, supple hand. However, they are not as stain resistant as their protected counterparts but their natural appearance is beautiful.