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Bonded Leather Bar Stools

Posted on 8th Aug 2012 @ 3:13 PM

Bonded Leather Bar Stools

These days with so many different companies competing on the price of their products unfortunately most of the time something has got to give.This usually involves the material involved with on the product.In general speaking terms one of the priciest materials used on bar stools is leather.Obviously leather comes in so many different forms aswell, and so many different splits that sometimes buying a faux leather stool over a real leather stool you will actually get more longevity from the item.This is what a lot of companies these days are doing to keep the price of their products down, but still call the bar stool leather.You can actually split the hide down to 3-4 layers, so instead of using the whole hide it is far cheaper now to use the splits of the hide at a fraction of the price, this is why in the past if you have looked around furniture showrooms and the salesman may have used terms like 'top grain leather' or 'bloom hide' they are basically refering to the split that is used on the piece of furniture.Companies that are using split leathers are still allowed to sell them as leather but really unless you are purchasing a top quality hide such as a newbuck, suede or some corrected grain leathers, a lot of the time you are not really getting anything more for your money.

When you take into consideration all of the above, this is the main reason why the faux leathers are becoming increasingly more popular.Apart from faux leather and genuine leather, you also have a 3rd material that most people dont even know about, and thats bonded leather.Again this is another material which is legally allowed to be sold as real leather but technically speaking in most cases this material is only 30% leather and 70% fabric.The reason this is used again is so a lot of retailers can advertise their products as real leather but keep the price at a fraction of everyone elses, which is really misleading the consumer to a certain extent.Its a little bit like when you visit the supermarket and buy reformed ham instead of off the bone.Its still ham, but its not ham as we know it, its ham that has been blown of the bone into thousands of bits then reprocessed into one sheet giving the consumer ham at at a reduced price.Bonded leather is very similar to this, it is many many pieces of leather that have been processed through a machine and glued together to create one sheet or hide.To the naked eye and the laymen this looks and feels exactly the same as normal leather.The processed sheet is only very thin, so it is then backed on to a sheet of fabric and glued together creating more of a natural leather feel.The material is then used on many bar stools and other pieces of furniture alike.The finished sheet can also have patterns added to it and grains to make it look like many other leathers you see.