Tips On Buying a Leather Office Chair From Commercial Traders


Commercial Traders have a very useful page on their website on product tips, and this month they discuss buying a leather office chair. As they say, if you see office chairs being advertised as being ‘genuine leather’, it does not necessarily mean that they are particularly good. There are different types of leather, and the quality can vary greatly between the types. Indeed, just because a chair looks like a leather office chair does not necessarily mean that it has any leather components at all.

Any buyer wanting a good leather office chair, or indeed any other leather product, needs to undertake some research before they make a purchase.

There are various grades of leather and leather look-a-likes, and Commercial Traders list the main ones as follows. 

While it is true that the term genuine leather means that a product is made from real leather, it also means that it is made from the lowest quality leather. Hence, those ‘cheap genuine leather’ office chair deals are not the bargain that they appear to be. The ‘genuine’ leather used in these products will usually be several layers of low-quality leather bonded together with glue, and the manufacturer then paints the bonded strips to improve its appearance and make it look more like leather.

Eurotex PU (Polyurethane) ‘leather’ is a is a leather-like vinyl. To an untrained eye, this might as well be leather, and for many purposes, it is just as good as real leather, without the expense. Eurotex PU leather is hard-wearing and durable, and is probably your best choice as an alternative to full-grain leather at a fraction of the price.

Then there is top-grain leather, also not the best type of leather, but it is substantially better than genuine leather ones. It is produced by taking a section of top quality full-grain leather, splitting it, sanding away any imperfections, stamping a fake grain on it, and then treating and re-colouring it. Unfortunately, the processing reduces the leather’s durability, which means that a product made using top-grain leather will not age as well as a product made using full-grain leather.

Finally, full-grain leather uses the entire grain of hide, including any imperfections, and is particularly suitable for products which require high durability, such as weapon holsters and utility belts. Full-grain leather is recognised to be the best, highest-quality leather you can buy, and it usually has the price tag to reflect this. However, full-leather products will last for many years, making them an investment in many ways.

The vast majority of ‘leather’ office furniture, online or in-store, is either made from Eurotex PU or genuine leather. Both types are at a similar price-point, but contrary to popular perception, Eurotex PU products will serve you for much longer than genuine leather products, yet they still have a quality leather appearance.

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Mark Redshaw
Sales Straordinario at Commercial Traders Office Furniture.


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