The Disadvantages of Faux Leather Furniture


Faux leather furniture seems appealing. It is inexpensive, doesn't use animal products and wears well. However, it has a number of disadvantages, especially when compared to other furniture options, such as real leather.


  • Faux leather furniture is designed as an alternative to real leather furniture. However, it does not stretch, breathe or wear like leather.


  • Identifying faux leather furniture is not always possible just by looking at it or touching it. Always ask a salesperson for confirmation.


  • Faux leather furniture is very durable, however, it does not develop the same luster and patina as leather over time.


  • Manufacturing faux leather for furniture is more wasteful than using real leather. Real leather is created from cows processed for their meat and is, therefore, a by-product; faux leather is manufactured from man-made materials.


  • Faux leather is not puncture or tear resistant, like real leather. In addition, faux leather products like Ultrasuede® do not prevent dust and animal dander from entering furniture cushions, which is one reason why real leather is extremely beneficial to people with allergies.

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