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Distinguishing Real Leather From Fake

Fake leather can look pretty authentic. Knowing what to look for will help you in distinguishing real leather from fake.
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August 6, 2010

The other day, we were all talking about buying new furniture and about how to distinguish real leather from fake leather. I had never given it much thought as I am not interested in my furniture being leather although it does have it's benefits. My boss told me she looked into a real leather sofa and the gentleman helping her told her you could be sure you were buying real leather by how many seams it has in it. I looked puzzled, so she continued to explain that fake leather has fewer seams because real leather was taken from hides and there was no animal alive that could cover a whole sofa. Sure made great sense to me. So if you are in the market for a real leather sofa or chair be sure to check how many seams it has in it.

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By maphisx7 from Gordonsville, VA

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October 17, 20100 found this helpful
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The "sniff test" usually does the trick. If the sofa is vinyl (polyurethane) it will smell like plastic.

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February 9, 2010

If your sofa has a very high gloss and feels very stiff/inflexible, it is very likely that it is bi-cast and not genuine leather.

By COLORCARE from Malaga, Spain

Editor's Note: Here is a link to a Wikipedia entry on Bi-cast Leather

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