How To Know You Have Bought a Genuine Leather Sofa

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Distinguishing a real leather sofa from a fake knock-off can be a tricky task for shoppers in 2019 according to Desired Living.

These products offer a great deal of value and prestige to a premises, from small residential properties to commercial offices and from small suburban communities to dense metropolitan areas, the same principles apply.

There is always the fear that a customer has been taken advantage of and their lack of awareness has proven to be their downfall.

The fact of the matter is these dubious and immoral practitioners can be exposed for who they are simply by shoppers applying some very easy techniques.


Checking For Imperfections

The pores of a real leather sofa will give the game away early for shoppers who are anxious about the investment. This will offer a texture that is rough across the hands with bumps and lumps evident throughout the item, from the seating to the armrest and the sides. Faux sofa brands will be completely smooth on the exterior without any such imperfections because it is manufactured to look approachable from a distance. It is only up close do consumers realize the stark difference and the value of having a degree of roughness throughout the pores.


The Edge Check

If shoppers of Desired Living are able to access a sample swatch or patch from a retailer who sells the leather sofa, then there is a tangible opportunity to gauge the edges of the materials. Those samples that are completely smooth and cut off definitively are likely to be an inauthentic version. Materials that are real will often fray on the edges because it is comprised of intricate strands that are not perfected on the edges. The machine will give a clean cut but that is a signal that the model is far from the genuine article.


Does It Smell Authentic?

It might be a subjective exercise to ask consumers to smell the leather sofa in question, but it will actually prove fruitful should there be doubts about its legitimacy. Real materials derive from animal skin and as such, there will be a natural musk that can be smelt up close. For those that want to get a whiff about this subject, it would be advised to take a leather handbag or shoe and discover what that does smell like. A counterpart faux brand will emit a plastic whiff that is complimented by chemical wipes for conditioning purposes.


The Brand

Given the wide array of competition within the furniture industry, brand reputations carry far and wide when consumers are able to access products that are the real deal. Sourcing an authentic leather sofa can be as easy as reading the label and examining what business is putting their name to the item. If the brand reputation is consistent then there should be no concern, particularly if they offer a customer warranty and return policy in the event that the investment is compromised. For private sellers or other retailers who don’t disclose the brand or publish a business name that is not known to the local community, that is grounds to raise a red flag and avoid the purchase.


Try The Water Test

The final step that shoppers can take to check on the legitimacy of their potential leather sofa is to run the water test. We must preface this strategy to say that not everyone can walk into a department store or furniture outlet with a bottle of water and try it at all times. Yet for those that are willing to accept the test or apply it on a sample swatch, it becomes clear when the water seeps into the pores because real leather absorbs water. A fake product will see the liquid sit still on the surface because it does not have those pores to absorb.


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About the Author: Megan DeGrom

Megan DeGrom was born and raised in New Jersey just outside the Pine Barrons. As a journalist, Megan has contributed to many online publications including Rotten Tomatoes and Variety. In regards to academics, Megan earned a degree in business from St. John's University. Megan covers economy stories here at Clear Publicist.