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Leather Couches – Placement Matters

Sometimes the excitement over buying new furniture overwhelms common sense.  For example, a shopper sees a leather couch on the showroom floor or on the web and falls in love with it. However, she doesn’t consider how it will match up to her current décor.  Or a football loving husband wants to equip the entertainment room with leather couch recliner, but doesn’t consider the dimensions of the room.   Before selecting your favourite sofa or couch from a showroom full of leather couches, take a deep breath and review these recommendations.

The first thing to consider is the placement of your new couch. It may seem like an obvious point, but having a clear picture of where the leather couch is going to be set is often overlooked.  People get excited about the beautiful leather, the aroma and cool, soft texture and totally overlook the dimensions of the room.  They end up with a piece that is too large and have to “fit it in” to the room.  Instead of a horizontal placement in front of the television, it’s canted on the diagonal.  People sitting in it have to turn their heads to watch the big screen.

Another point easy to overlook is the size of the cushions and seat.  A leather couch with large poofy cushions will look silly in a small room.  When the seats and back of a sofa is overstuffed, it makes the entire couch appear larger.

Speaking of size, it does matter with couches.  Always consider how you want to use the furniture.  Do you want it to seat several people during a family event or just support you and your spouse?  There’s no sense investing in a large leather couch and end up cuddled up at the far end.

Lastly, avoid the opposite of too big. Avoid placing a small sofa in a large room.  If you do want a smaller piece then place the sofa in the middle of the room with a small table behind it.  That takes up more space and the leather couch doesn’t appear out of place. 

Visit us at Unit 1 / 28 Sumners Rd, Darra, QLD 4076, near Brisbane, or call us on (07) 3376 7222 to discuss leather couches.

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Winter is Dry But Summer is Heck on Leather Couches

As the season transitions from Winter to Summer, it’s time to put in place some measures to protect your leather couches and leather furnishings from the hazards of summer life.  Sure the dry heat pushed out all day and night in your home does plenty to dry up the leather covering your furniture (and your own skin for that matter).  However, the warmer temperatures that accompany the outdoors bring new hazards to your leather furnishings.  Here are some ideas and things to avoid in order to keep your leather furnishing looking good. .

Air Conditioners

Similar to the way your furnace heat dries up the leather material, so does air conditioning blowing on a leather couch.  While it’s impractical to tell you to turn off the A/C, we recommend that you shut off an vents that blow directly on a leather covered piece.  The cool air really dries out the leather quickly so be sure to keep the furniture away from the direct flow from vents.

Shorts and Swimwear

If you and your kids have been in the pool and are all lathered up with sun protection SPF999, avoid parking their seats on the leather couch.  The same goes for the gardener who sprayed bug repellent all over her legs, arms and neck.  Leather will absorb any chemical products and suntan oils one is wearing.  Those oils may not destroy the leather material, but they will distort the pigmentation leaving behind unsightly stains.  The same goes for sweat stains.  Sweat carries body oils and will stain the leather.

Now we’re not advocating throwing a tarp over your leather furniture, but to propose you educate the family to avoid the leather furniture when they are wearing clothing that allows the skin to come in contact with the leather.  Also, we provide leather cleaning products that do a great job of removing stains that are already embedded in the material.

Don’t have a leather couch?  Find out how beautiful and affordable a new leather couch is when you give us a call on (07) 3376 7222.

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Avoid This Mistake When Purchasing a Leather Couch

Gone are the days when leather couches were a luxury reserved only for the wealthy.  Leather couches are an affordable selection fitting into most homeowner budgets.  They are available in a variety of styles including recliner models perfect for the home theatre setting.

There are several things to consider when buying a new leather couch, sofa or recliner.  Most people consider the colour first, then style and size.  We suggest you reverse that order and review the size of your new piece of furniture before you look at styles and colours.

It’s very easy to get caught up in the excitement of purchasing furniture.  That’s why you’ll save yourself time and frustration when you do a bit of homework first.  You need to plan for the final setting and how to get the furniture to its final location.  Here is a story to explain why planning for the dimension of your furniture is critical before you make a final decision.

Not too long ago we had a couple visit our showroom.  They had just purchased a home and were planning for new furnishings.  They purchased an older home which had a basement and a second level with two bedrooms and a bath. One of the bedrooms was to be dedicated to a home office or den.  They had their hearts set on some furnishings in leather, particularly leather couches.

The woman was a web designer and wanted to have a private space for her work and client consults. She headed directly for the leather couches.  Running her hand across the cool leather backs, we could see her trying to envision the couch in her new office space.  She sat down in each trying out several styles of leather couches and chairs.

She finally decided on a leather couch and leather chair for her home office.  She fell in love with our Carlisle C9057 Leather Lounge and the Benson Deep Button Back Leather Chair.   The happy couple went on to make another selection for the living room and then we planned for delivery.  It was during the delivery that all joy was replaced by frustration and disappointment.

The new office space was on the second level and our delivery team had to haul the leather couch and chair up a narrow stairwell.  The stairwell was situated in a corner abutting two walls.  This meant the first step was only accessible from one side.  There was no way for the men to make the turn with either piece of furniture.

The disappointed couple had to return the leather couch and chair.  We helped them make alternative selections substituting both the chair and the couch with smaller pieces.

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