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Stuart, FL
1421 S. Federal Hwy.
Stuart, FL 34994
772-221-8679
Open Monday - Saturday: 10am-8pm Sunday: 12pm-6pm
North Palm Beach, FL
910 North US Highway 1
North Palm Beach, FL 33408
561-626-6100
Open Monday - Saturday: 10am-8pm Sunday: 12pm-6pm
West Palm Beach, FL
2324 N. Military Trail
W.Palm Beach, FL 33409
561-684-3225
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Boca Raton, FL
999 N. Federal Hwy.
Boca Raton, FL 33432
561-391-2012
Open Monday - Saturday: 10am-8pm Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Tamarac, Fl
4711 N. State Road 7
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319
954-731-8830
Temporarily closed until further notice. Monday - Saturday: 10am-6pm Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Fort Lauderdale, FL
3740 N. Federal Hwy.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308
954-566-0266
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Dania Beach, FL
1025 S. Federal Hwy.
Dania Beach, FL 33004
954-927-0237
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Pembroke Pines, FL
13630 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33027
954-442-8788
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Naples, FL
15485 Tamiami Trail N.
Naples, FL 34110
239-513-2237
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Fort Myers, FL
4580 S. Cleveland Ave.
Ft. Myers, FL 33907
239-278-4401
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Port Charlotte, FL
4200 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
941-624-3377
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Sarasota, FL
5301 Clark Road
Sarasota, FL 34233
941-923-4200
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Casselberry, FL
1024 FL-436
Casselberry, FL 32707
407-618-8000
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Jacksonville, FL
7760 Gate Pkwy
Jacksonville, FL 32256
904-493-2730
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Melbourne, FL
4260 West New Haven Avenue
West Melbourne, FL 32904
321-872-2377
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Pinecrest, FL (Miami)
7501 S.W. 100th Street
Pinecrest, FL 33156
305-668-8400
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Winter Garden, FL
12105 West Colonial Drive
Winter Garden, FL 34787
407-478-2237
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Genuine Leather vs Bonded Leather

It can be hard to tell the difference between genuine leather and bonded leather when choosing a piece of furniture. Bonded leather is made of small pieces of discarded leather bonded to a polyurethane backing, while genuine leather is made of an actual hide.

But what does that really mean in terms of quality furniture? Below are a few easy ways to tell the difference between genuine leather vs bonded leather, and why it is important.

leather sofa

Appearances Are Not Deceiving, If You Know What to Look for in Genuine Leather

Closely inspect the markings: you should see grain characteristics, natural hide markings, blemishes, scarring, and fat wrinkles (caused by fat deposits in the animal). These characteristics are what make leather so unique and desirable. The Tower Place Conrad Conversation Sofa by Lexington above demonstrates the appealing texture of genuine leather upholstery. A piece that can best be described as luxe transitional, the genuine leather upholstery creates an understated and approachable look.

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Touch-Test to Determine If It Is Genuine Leather

Leather is pleasing to all the senses, and touch is just one way to determine if you are looking at genuine leather or bonded leather. You should be able to feel soft suppleness and uneven texture on genuine leather. Bonded leather doesn’t “breathe” like genuine leather does, so it generally feels cool and smooth when you run your fingers across it.

When you sit down on genuine leather, such as the Natuzzi Editions Stationary Leather Sofa, it is more pliable and warmer than bonded leather. A genuine leather sofa will acclimate to your body’s temperature whether it is hot or cold out; bonded leather will not. In fact, bonded leather will feel colder in the winter and hotter in the summer – just the opposite of genuine leather.

In addition, genuine leather ages gracefully and lasts a long time. Bonded leather wears quickly, it may flake, and won’t develop the rich patina that is a hallmark of genuine leather.

Look for the Unmistakable Aroma of Genuine Leather

Genuine leather has a distinct, and to leather lovers, pleasing aroma that cannot be duplicated in a bonded leather piece. Give a piece of bonded leather the sniff test, and you’ll see what I mean. There’s really nothing like the rich, appealing aroma of genuine leather. In addition, bonded leather may have a more chemical smell due to its synthetic fibers.

Check the Label and the Prices of Leather Furniture

The label and price tag can give some information about the type of leather upholstery on a piece of furniture. Tags that say genuine leather, pure or semi-aniline, or pigmented leather indicate that you are looking at an authentic leather piece.

While a tag that states “faux leather” is pretty clear, there are some other terms that are not so easy to decipher, such as pleather, Naugahyde, bonded leather, or leatherette. And don’t forget to look at the price: the price of genuine leather is usually significantly higher than that of bonded leather and other faux leathers.

If you want a good quality product that will look and feel great for a long time, real genuine leather is the only way to go. When looking for quality leather furniture, look no further than Baer’s Furniture. Baer’s carries brands such as Lexington Furniture, Natuzzi Editions, Bernhardt and more — all 100% genuine leather of the highest quality. Baer’s in-house designers are leather experts and happy to help you choose the perfect piece for your home.

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