Upholstery Faux Leather: Its Beginnings And Many Modern Uses
There is definitely more to upholstery faux leather than meets the eye. Especially now that faux leather manufacturers have come up with ways to give the fabric a more genuine look and feel.
What are the Origins of Upholstery Faux Leather?
During the time when only really wealthy people can afford genuine leather for their upholstery, vinyl was the main material for fabrics that were considered to be the next best thing to pricey, genuine leather.
However, upholstery fabric manufacturers wanted to have something that:
• They can easily place on sofa sets, tables, head boards and anything that needs to be upholstered
• Does not feel sticky on the skin
• Does not turn uncomfortably cold and warm along with the temperature of the room it is in while having the eye-pleasing features of genuine leather.
And the answer they were looking for was faux leather for upholstery. Today, this fabric is commonly made from plastic, typically PVC or polyurethane or both. Later on manufacturers of the fabric also came up with faux leather that feel and look more like their genuine counterpart. The visible and irregular pores on real leather were made more evident in faux leather fabric and the buttery yet smooth feel of the former was near perfect in the latter.
What are the Uses of Upholstery Faux Leather?
The fabric keeps sunlight from entering the windows without giving the room a humid feel, which makes it very effective during summer. During the cold seasons, it can also help keep the chilly breeze out as you try to warm yourself by the fireplace.
A lot of high-grade accessories such as bags, wallets, and belts also make use of faux leather for material. When it comes to bags, faux leather is usually applied to satchels. Faux leather is so easy on the eyes, in fact, that the tandem of faux fur and faux leather is expected to stay in the fashion scene for a long time. Just as real fur and leather are fashionably timeless, their faux counterparts follow suit - no pun intended.
While animal prints remain hot a fashion trend today, fur and leather are certainly favourites. This is made clear by the fact that the manufacturing rate of faux leather jackets, trench coats, shoes and boots has always been high.
Another very common use of upholstery faux leather fabric would be in the manufacture of gadget casings. Laptop cases, tablet and iPad sleeves, and mobile phone casings made of leather are quite popular.
The fabric provides adequate protection to the gadget while making them appear more posh and hip. With the rise of mobile gadget use, faux leather casings also became very trendy.
One of the best things about faux leather fabrics is that they are easy to maintain. Just be sure to read the instruction leaflet that normally comes when you purchase any upholstery faux leather item, and follow it religiously.