Distinguishing Real Leather From Fake

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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.

By gem 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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August 6, 20100 found this helpful

Hmm. I never thought of it that way. My test is simple: the "sniff test." Real leather has its own special scent that unfortunately, I lack the language to describe.

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January 27, 20170 found this helpful

Another way to tell the difference is to look at the cut end: if you see layers it's not real. It's a bit more difficult with shoes and boots but the same question arises all too frequently.

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