Posted by Adnan Afzal on Feb 21, 2014 8:25:00 AM
A Leather bed (real or faux) can be a great addition to your home. They come in a huge range of designs, from a simple design bedframe to a Sleigh type bedframe or Italian design. They are also easy to maintain and durable if preserved well.
However, there are some disadvantages that we have come across over the years which we will attempt to outline in this blogpost.
Real leather beds can be quite expensive depending on the design and size of the bed. You are typically looking at a figure of between £200-£600, but there are some leather beds which are more expensive. This can be a heavy investment especially if you are looking to buy a new mattress as well.
However, faux leather beds can be a good alternative to buy, and the price can start from as little as £100. Matt faux leather beds look very much like real leather beds as well and it can be quite hard for a novice to tell the difference between the two. Design wise manufactures tend to make the same design in faux leather as well as real leather so you will have the same choices available.
Leather beds come in a variety of external sizes. Depending on the type you want, it may be too big for you room. Divan beds are quite straightforward and they are roughly the same size as your mattress. But leather beds are different. If you are buying a 4ft6 double bed, the mattress length will be 190cm, but depending on the style of bed you are after, the length could be 208cm, with some beds having a length of 228cm. So please make sure you measure up correctly before purchasing a leather bed.
Easy to rip
Leather is a material which is quite easy to rip or damage, and in most cases it is not repairable. Sometimes we have had customers damage their item whilst assembling their bed, or worst still rip it whilst they unpack it with a knife or scissors. If you have small children as well then they can sometimes cause damage to the leather accidentally. We have had cats scratch the leather of customers’ beds as well and they then need to fork out and pay for a replacement headboard or footboard, which can be quite expensive. But if you take care of your bed during unpacking and assembly and do not have to worry about small children or pets causing damage to your leather bed, then you have nothing to worry about.
Leather is an absorbent material that absorbs oils and debris from its environment. It also gets stained very easily from dyed clothes, cushions and pillows placed on it, especially if you have a white leather bed. As the top coating of the leather soaks oil and dirt, it becomes scratchy creating cracks on the surface. The maintenance of leather bed is easy but you need to do it regularly. If leather is not cleaned and maintained regularly, it loses its shine making it look older.
One of the most common complaints about leather beds is that it starts losing colour over time resulting in a faded look. There are plenty of reasons behind this issue and one of them is its poor light fastness properties. Exposure to strong sun light or heat causes colour loss in leather making it look unattractive and spoiling the entire ambiance of your room.
Another reason is poor maintenance. If you use the wrong type of cleaner or rub too hard on the leather it will cause the colour to fade. You can also check Best Home Remedies for Leather Stain Removal to easily get rid of stains without harming the product. A cleaner specially crafted for cleaning leather material is not even necessarily suitable for all types of leather materials. It might works on some of the leather types and might spoil the surface of other leather materials. We recommended to test your cleaner before applying it on the leather surface of your bed in order to avoid such problems.
There you have it, the 5 common problems associated with leather beds. Of course the product has so many positive aspects too but this blogpost was just to give an overview of its negative side so that you can take it into consideration when making your purchase decision.
If you have any further questions then please feel free to contact us.