How to Fix Cracked Leather Furniture

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Fixing cracked or broken leather furniture is at best a process involving complicated epoxies, unmatched colors and sticky gooey messes. With so many leather home repair kits available, it’s hard to choose one that does the job correctly. Choosing a good leather repair kit is crucial for success. In this article, I’ll explain what processes work best and which don’t.
When selecting a leather repair kit, it’s a good idea to pass over those small bottles of so called quick repair. These little bottles of epoxy usually don’t match the color of your leather. Countless times I have seen leather couches and chairs filled with an inferior epoxy that is a mismatch color and cracking. These little bottles look like fingernail polish and probably work just as well.
For holes and deep pits in leather furniture, you’ll also need fabric filler. Purchase a kit that comes with a mender or filler paste for large rips, tears and pits. Cigarette and cigar burns are best repaired with fabric filler prior to repairing the leather.
Colors samples from the leather furniture repair kit should be available to take home before you buy. This way you’re sure to get a true color match. Purchase a leather furniture kit that has a spray paint versus a brushed on type. Sprays tend to match and blend in better than a conspicuous brush.
Once you’ve found the right kit for you, its time prep the leather furniture. Use soap and water to clean the damaged area. Use a ph cleaner for stubborn stains and a more efficient cleaner.
Next, wipe the damaged leather area with an alcohol pad or cotton ball with alcohol on it. This will ensure the area clean and dry.
Apply fabric filler at this time for severely damaged leather furniture. Holes, cracks and crevices should be filled in as smoothly as possible. A small flexible rubber putty knife works well on this type of project. Allow it to dry overnight.
Now use another alcohol pad to wipe the area and to also smooth out any bumps or ridges that may have formed from the fabric filler.
Now you’ll need to mask off the areas of the leather furniture from overspray. Use some blue painters tape and newspaper to cover all areas that aren’t going to be painted. Don’t over do it. Allow for a wide as possible area to be painted.
Once your ready, begin spraying the color coat in a sweeping motion over the leather, about 3-4″ from the surface. Keep a continuous spray and sweeping motion as you evenly distribute the leather paint over the entire damaged area. Allow it to dry for 24 hours before use. With any luck, you should have a newly repaired leather couch with a matching repair.

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Leather Furniture Buying and Care: What You Should Know Before You Shop

Shopping for leather furniture can be exciting, but it can also be very confusing. There are so many different types of leather, and a lot of misinformation floating around. By going into the experience with a little knowledge about leather and its use on furniture, you can more easily locate the right leather furniture piece for you.

Types and Finishes in Leather Furniture

There are words and jargon that get used by salespeople and stores that may confuse you. Know what they are talking about and that is half the battle.
Top Grain Leather: Leather is not just a cowhide. It is the hide split into layers. The layer to the outside of the animal is the top. If your piece of furniture is top grain leather, you are getting that part. It is the most durable of the leathers. Split Leather is the other parts of the leather and is not nearly as durable or soft.
Aniline finish is when leather is soaked in a clear dye. It is basically a finish that will help to make the leather more cleanable. Remember that leather is skin and if left untreated it will absorb everything. Semi-aniline leather finish has a smaller amount of dye used on it. It gives it a little bit of protection, but not as much as a full aniline finish does.
Pigmented finishes are on colored leather. The leather is fully treated with surface color and usually is with lower grade leather. They are the best in terms of resisting scratches and tears as well as stains. On the downside, they are less comfortable and tend to be fairly stiff.
Nubuck leather has minimal treatment and is generally very soft. However, furniture made of nubuck will be very susceptible to stains. It will also develop a patina on it over time from the oils in your body and from the day to day use of it like a bomber jacket might.
Pull-up leather is heavily treated with oil or wax. It is easy to recognize since the wax and oil separate when the leather is stretched at all. This will produce a lighter color and distressed look from the day-to-day use of it. Pull-up leather does tend to be “slippery,” though.

Leather Matches

You will often see or hear the phrase “leather match” with furniture. What that means is that everywhere you sit on and touch (the seat, tops of the arms, foot rests, etc.) are actually leather. The rest of the piece (sides and back) is something else. In most cases, the “something else” is a matching vinyl. Some furniture, though, will have a top grain leather matched with a split of some kind.
A leather match is often more affordable and will give you that feel you are looking for in leather. You have to decide for yourself whether or not it is worth it to sacrifice the durability of the rest of the piece. Also, some matches are better than others; so take a good look at how well the colors seem to match up.

Variances in Pieces

You have to remember that leather comes from an animal. That means that no two pieces are exactly alike. A heavily embossed or dyed piece will be more likely to be consistent, but scars and bites on the animals and even dye lots will affect the look from piece to piece. If you see something on a show floor, it is important that you realize the “new” one you get from the warehouse may be a little different.

Cut and Sew

You may hear the phrase “cut and sew” when dealing with leather furniture. It is mostly an industry term, but it is best to know where your furniture comes from and how it made.
Leather comes from all over the world. The United States, Canada, China, and South America among other regions produce leather. Some are able to do so cheaper than others. There are some quality differences, but the grade and type of leather is usually more important than its country or region of origin.
In contrast, many of the frames for furniture from American companies are made in the United States. In a cut and sew situations, the leather is made in another country (often china) as well as treated and sewn into the proper size and shape to be put on the frames. The cut and sewn covers are then shipped to the US factory where the leather is put over the frame of the sofa. This is a way that manufacturers can keep costs down and still claim the piece is made in the USA.
Once you have made your decision and you have your new leather furniture at home, you should be proud. It is something that can last you a lifetime, but only if you properly care for it.
– Dryness is the enemy of your leather furniture, and it can make it brittle. Keep it
– away from heat sources as much as possible.
– Keep your leather furniture out of direct sunlight. The sunlight can cause your leather furniture to fade out.
– Dust your leather furniture regularly. Keeping it clean will go a long way in keeping it durable and lasting.
– If you do happen to spill on your leather furniture, blot the spill immediately with a dry absorbent cloth. Then, allow it to air-dry. – Use leather cleaners or creams regularly to keep it soft and to help it resist stains.
If you follow these tips, you will find that your leather furniture will be a sound investment that will last you a lifetime.
Shopping for leather furniture can be a bit daunting. However, if you educate yourself just a little on what leather furniture is all about, and familiarize yourself with the jargon, you will find that you will be able to make a decision that will enhance your home for years to come. Find fine leather furniture from retailers such as Emfurn.

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Leather Furniture Cleaning Guide

To completely understand how to clean your leather furniture you must know what it is. Leather furniture pieces are a byproduct from our meat industry. Animals are raised as food. Animal skins are made into high-priced leather furniture pieces. When cleaning a leather sofa, you are actually giving your pet cow skin a bath.

How to clean leather furniture:

 

Look closely at your leather sofa; notice all of the natural wrinkles, lines and gouges that give your leather furniture personality. Those are the cow’s natural wrinkles, arguments with barbed-wire fences, and butchering scars. Lesser quality leather furniture will also sometimes have partial burned branding marks that are visible.

Hides are processed by taking them off of the cow. The hide is scraped and shaved to get all of the gore and hair off of it. Oils are worked into the hide so that all of the skin pores are sealed, and then the hide is stretched like a rubber band so that it will always have some elasticity available to give when you sit on your leather sofa.

Later in the tanning process dyes, protective sealants, and other niceties can be added to your leather furniture to make it more appealing, but we are just worried about the basics when attempting to clean leather furniture: skin, wrinkles, pores, and elasticity.

Skin Care: Your leather furniture skin is just like your skin only thicker. Leather furniture will blister or crack open if you let it sit in the sun too long. To avoid these problems, place your leather sofa where it will never receive direct sunlight. Leather furniture will sometimes darken as it dries out in the sun or beside a heater vent. These are not problems that can be cleaned off.

Wrinkle Care: Wrinkled area in your leather furniture will collect and hold dirt quicker than other areas of the sofa. As you are vacuuming the rest of your house, remember to vacuum your leather furniture at the same time. Do not use household cleaners on your animal skin or you will destroy the tanning process results.

Pores Care: Leather furniture has skin pores that act like a sponge toward any liquid that comes in contact with your leather. If the baby’s diaper leaks or the gang playing poker spills a beer, blot it off of the leather sofa instantly with a dry clean soft rag. If you use a wet rag, you will be pushing that unwanted liquid further into the sponge-like leather.

Butters and oils are handled in a different way if they are the liquid spilled onto your leather furniture. Ignore all grease, butter, and oil spills completely. These substances are very close to the oils put onto your leather skin originally. Oils will soak into the animal skin pores and disappear, just as human sweat does while you are sitting on the sofa.

Elasticity Care: During the original tanning process, your cow skin was stretched so that when it dried it would snap back and remember how to stretch again. Cow skins have a short memory. Leather will only stretch and shrink so many times before it stretches and stays stretched like a dead rubber band.

NEVER USE SADDLE SOAP – Saddle soap is a leather stretching product. Saddle soap is alkaline, and that dissolves leather over time. Stretching action happens when the alkaline product seeps into the leather sofa pores and starts to dissolve the leather from all areas of the leather sofa at once. Your sofa will stretch without oomph to stretch back.

NEVER USE IVORY DISH SOAP – There is a myth running rampant online that any kind of Ivory Soap will clean your leather furniture. This is not true. Ivory Soap is a very old name in soaps. This bar soap used to be the one that had the least lye in it, so that it was mild enough for a baby. Today’s recipe for Ivory Dish Soap is not the same as the old time bar soaps that started the myth that Ivory Soap cleans leather.

If you must use a liquid cleaner on your leather furniture, use a lightly damp rag dipped into a watered down solution of a human baby soap or shampoo. These are the mildest soaps on the market today. You must remember that anything that you put onto your leather sofa will seep into the pores. All soaps will leave a light sticky residue on your leather furniture for dust to collect on.

I was an antique dealer for decades, and have cleaned more than my share of leather furniture. There’s not enough money on the planet to get me to put one of those unsanitary, un-cleanable, temperamental, leather-cow-with-a-bad-attitude furniture pieces into my home again.

Cleaning Summary: Vacuum your leather furniture regularly. Wipe everything up with a dry rag as fast as it gets spilled, let butter soak in. Keep out of heat and sunlight. Do not use water or cleaning products. Sell quickly before it decreases too much in value.

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Hans J. Wegner’s Chairs

Hans Jørgen Wegner

Hans J. Wegner (1914 – 2007) is one of the greatest furniture designers of all time. His furniture designs established him as one of the most creative designers of mid-century. Though he was a son of poor shoemaker, his great ideas and designs brought a new revolution in the field of furniture design.

Hans J. Wegner’s masterpiece chair designs include Wegner CH07 Shell Chair, Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair, Shell chair, Wishbone chair, Papa bear chair etc. He used to create furniture with amazing forms and functions. He completed his degree from Copenhagen School of Arts & Crafts in 1938. Then after, he established himself as a designer in Erik Moller’s and Arne Jacobsen architectural office. Later he initiated his own office in 1943.

Shell Chair

Initially, Wegner wanted to work in hard solid wood designs, but consequently he discovered the use of the bent plywood which ultimately became a very significant achievement for the present day uses. This amazing chair was named “smiling chair” in the 1963. Its seat was designed like a wing which was very light in weight with legs arch curved. Though this chair was 3 legged its stability was superb. This was an outstanding job done by the expert. Wegner assumed that the shell chair must be beautiful in external appearance from all sides and angles. This masterpiece was considered as a marvel of beauty and grace and first introduced in Denmark. Nowadays, we can find these chairs for sale at renowned sites such as Emfurn.

 

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Wishbone Chair

During 1944, Hans J. Wegner initiated a series of chairs which were inspired by portraits of Danish merchants sitting in Ming Chairs. Wishbone chair (1949) was also known as “CH-24”, “Y”. This amazing chair was produced implying various raw materials that involve solid beech frame with coloured lacquer, solid walnut frame with clear lacquer having paper cord seat and solid oak frame with black lacquer. The seats are even produced of semi-aniline dyed fine black leather. White coloured seat is present in almost all coloured chairs except black, orange, walnut, white and oiled chairs because they possess a natural coloured seat. These light weighted chairs replaced the use of heavier forms at the time. It was not an easy task to create this amazing design (steam-bent solid). Only a genius mind with intimate knowledge is capable of doing this. Even the seats are hand woven from paper cord (durable).

 

Papa Bear Chair

 

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One of the most popular chairs with best design – Papa Bear Chair – was created by Hans Wegner in 1951. It has been produced by Modernica for two decades. Despite of minor modifications, the dimensions, fabric pleating, materials and frame construction of the chairs are still following the original one. More than 50 fabrics and leather choices of the chair is available these days. Lightly-cured, natural and premium saddle leather is brought into use by high-end traditional European furniture-makers and saddlery-craftsmen.

 

Folding Chair

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In 1949, Sir Wegner designed the most comfortable light-weighted chair named “Folding chair”. It was a chair with modern design which had a hook in order to hang it in a certain place. This admirable chair also helps to save a lot of space inside home. It is very significant for the people having a desire of relaxing and dreaming in smooth oak, sturdy woven cane. One of the salient features of this chair is that it has a triangular construction that can be folded neatly.

 

This iconic designer has given us countless artistic marvels to marvel and his furniture designs are still as popular today as it was 50 – 60 years ago and will be for generations to come.

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Accent Chairs & Contemporary Chairs

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accent chairs

The term “accent” emphasizes or highlights an object. Accent chairs are also known as decor chairs. Accent chairs are widely used in the living rooms of modern, well designed homes. Similarly, contemporary chairs refer to the chairs that have been produced around the late 19th century. Given that contemporary chairs reflect the conglomerate of classic and modern designs, they are popular all over the world.

Accent chairs are generally composed of fabric or leather and wood and used as a finishing touch and an extra seating arrangement. They’re generally well-priced and very affordable. When it comes to accent chairs, you have a lot of designs to choose from. From simple straight-back chair with arms to large chairs like chaise lounge all fall within the accent chair’s design category. The elegant and bold designs of accent chairs make it worthy to be placed in the living room of your house. No doubt, a modern living room set may not be fully complete with the absence of an accent chair.

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On the other hand, contemporary chairs are made up of soft leather framed in best quality hardwood and very lovely colours. Numerous designs of contemporary chairs have been made till date. Similar to accent chairs, their designs are also very elegant and popular amongst designers. The amazing colours and materials used in the chair generally draw a lot of attention.

While dealing with comfort, I would personally recommend these chairs as they have soft leather seats and bigger wooden frame. You can place these chairs in the living room or hallway. Besides that they can even be placed by the fire or near a window. The room gains a very harmonious appearance once the chairs are placed there. The chairs can also be used to provide secondary seating for reading novels or newspapers. Okay, now tell me what it feels like to relax in one of the accent/contemporary chairs and to enjoy the amazing view of the nature through the window. Besides that, they also provide complete satisfaction to your guests at home because they function like a loft converter and I assure you that they’ll be a point of appreciation.

Eames RAR rocker chair replica

Eames RAR rocker chair replica

Though contemporary chairs are quite expensive there is no room for fault in their quality. You can find accent chairs under $500 here. I can guarantee you that it is impossible to get any chairs with same quality at this price range. Price is not the only thing that you should consider while buying these chairs. You should equally focus on quality and durability of the chairs.

To sum up, contemporary and accent chairs are the chairs that you must have in your modern house to complete the overall look. Visit www.emfurn.com to find contemporary, décor and accent chairs to furnish your home.

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Last Minute Father’s Day Present: The Immortal Eames Lounge Chair

Still looking for that perfect Father’s Day present? The Eames Lounge chair is perhaps your best best. It’s been the topic of countless documentaries, books and has appeared in many films since its inception. It literally revolutionized the furniture industry

There are many reasons why this chair is so popular and would serve as the perfect Father’s Day present. It is comfortable, elegant, well designed, combining both natural wood and leather. It can’t get more manly than that. Its the type of furniture any man would love and cherish and spend countless hours where you’d find him reading or taking a quick nap.Image

This timeless classic works well in any living room, particularly ones where the wood panel of the chair matches other furniture within the living space.

 

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 Combine the Eames lounge chair with its matching ottoman and you have a fantastic set for lounging, relaxing after work or taking a quick breather.

 

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The best place for your Eames Lounge Chair? Undoubtedly next to a fireplace. Combine it with a mid century coffee table and a couple accent chairs to boot.

 

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Another beautiful shot of the Eames Lounge chair next to a fireplace. Imagine lounging and coming up with the next million dollar idea with that spectacular view on that immensely comfortable chair.

 

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As you’ve might’ve been aware, the Eames Lounge Chair comes in various colors and wood finishes all of which can be found at www.emfurn.com. It would be best to choose the best combination of this chair that your dad would love the best.

 

 

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Looking for the perfect mid century combination? Try a mid century sofa and mid century coffee table such as the Noguchi table along with the Eames Lounge chair to complete the set.

 

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White leather works particularly well in smaller spaces. Lighter colors generally make smaller spaces look much larger.

 

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As previously mentioned, this functional chair works in almost every room. Here we have a his & her eames lounge chair in the master bedroom. A perfect, cosy reading spot by the window. Get one for your dad and one for your mom too!Image

Is your dad a big reader? Place an eames lounge chair in his library and you might never see him again as he’ll probably spend hundreds of hours on that beautiful chair and his favorite novels to keep him company.

 

The Eames lounge chair is perhaps the perfect All American Father’s day present. If you forgot to buy him a present this year or couldn’t figure out what to get him, head over to any modern furniture store or any online store where excellent reproductions can be found such as Emfurn. If budget isn’t an issue, check out the official version of this chair by Herman Miller. 

 

Image credit: http://www.homedit.com/the-eames-lounge-chair/

 

 

 

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So What Exactly Is Mid Century Modern?

 

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Midcentury modern is an architectural, product, interior and graphic design that generally describes mid-20th century developments in modern furniture design, architecture and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965. Mid-Century modern furniture first showed up in the 1950s and ’60s. Midcentury modern was reaffirmed in 1983 by Cara Greenberg in her title of the book, Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s celebrating the style that is now recognized by scholars and museums worldwide as a significant design movement. In the 1984 seminal book Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s (Harmony Books, Crown Publishers, Inc New York). The author Cara Greenberg gave a term to the style of design, furniture, architecture and accessories that had proliferated since World War II. Mid-Century has seen streaks of popularity, yet it had a dedicated and consistent following, like ModCom group of Los Angeles Conservancy. With the extreme accuracy and detail, the Mid-Century’s design has been reintroduced to devoted fans of the AMC cable series and Mad Men.

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photo cretit: Per Gunnarsson

Midcentury modern style has been a growing trend, even though most people don’t want to live in a home that looks like a time capsule. Midcentury furniture pieces have been characterized by their clean, simple lines. Wood pieces, that are often made of teak and simply finished to showcase their natural beauty. Mid-Century architecture was frequently employed in residential structures with the goal of bringing modernism into America’s post-war suburbs. Many consider Frank Lloyd Wright’s principle movement of organic architecture combined with Arts and Crafts as an American jumping point for the aesthetic of Mid-Century Modern.
Mid-Century modern collectibles range from furniture and architectural fixtures to accessories like glassware, lamps, clocks and artwork. The prominent designers of Mid-Century modern furniture include: Harry Bertoia, Arne Jacobsen, Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, , George Nelson, Vernor Panton, Eero Saarinen and Hans Wegner Mid-Century Modern is not synonymous with the Art Deco, Art Nouveau, “deco” or any misused 20th-century design terms. Mid-Century Modern furniture also describes more high style, the designer items from the era rather than unclassifiable kitsch from the same period.

Midcentury modern furniture design has reflected the clean, the houses, with curves, polymorphic and geometric shapes replacing any busy or highly ornamental details. A number of chairs crafted during this timeframe were produced of molded plastic perfect for the busy homemaker as they could be easily wiped clean. Boxy upholstered furniture was popular during this era featured very durable fabrics designed for family wear as well.

Multipurpose became a catch phrase, that addressed the needs of modern life, as Greenberg writes in the Mid-Century Modern. This modern furniture stacked, folded and bent, it was re-arrange-able and inter-changeable, it nested and flexed. The chairs were designed to be pressed into service for a dozen different reasons. The tables were nonspecific for writing, eating, or playing cards. Mid-century furniture, especially the pieces designed by icons like Herman Miller, George Nakashima, Charles and Ray Eames, are highly collectible and can be quite pricey. High-end mid-century furniture tops out at around $5,000-$7,000 per piece. Those items are generally signed by their famous designers and are in good condition. There are many who’ve opted for furniture inspired by classic mid century modern furniture. A great place to find such inspirations is www.emfurn.com.

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