Leather, Materials, Recliner Fitting, and Finding the Right Pillow

Stressless Paloma Leather Colors

Stressless Paloma Leather Colors

Bonded Leather - Why we do not carry bonded

Bonded Leather - Why we do not carry bonded

Leather Education

Strange as it sounds, not all leather is created equal. In fact, some leather isn't even leather... Below we broke down some basics to look for in leather and leather quality. Designer Home Comfort only carries real leather products - we do not carry bonded leather or leather match products.

Real Leather Types: 

Aniline Leather

A soluble dye is used to maintain the natural look of this leather. Typically, no protective coating is applied to maintain the leather's natural softness. This leather will likely age with discoloration over time. This may sound like a flaw, but it's actually what gives leather a sought after aged look, particularly for smaller leather items such as jackets and purses. Aniline, while beautiful, is prone to sun damage and staining due to no protective coating making it not ideal for frequently used furniture. No artificial pigment is added to this leather.

Semi-Aniline Leather

Made in the same quality and fashion as Aniline Leather, Semi-aniline Leather is a great leather for furniture. It is more durable than Aniline Leather whilst still retaining a natural appearance. The increased durability is provided by the application of a light surface coating. This ensures consistent color and imparts some stain resistance. The combination of natural feel and durability makes it great for furniture. 

Pigmented Leather

This is the most durable and is used in the majority of furniture upholstery and almost all car upholstery. The durability is provided by a polymer surface coating which contains pigments. If you have kids, pets, or just frequent usage of furniture; Pigmented Leather might be a great choice for you. 

Corrected Grain Pigmented Leather

Corrected Grain Pigmented Leather is similar to Pigmented Leather, except, the grain surface is abraded to remove imperfections before the surface coating is applied. A decorative grain pattern is then embossed into the surface.

Suede and Nubuck 

Suede is the bottom half of a split hide which gives it it's soft feel that suede is known for. Nubuck is often confused with Suede, however, Nubuck is a grain leather (not bottom half split) that is texturized like Suede. It is more durable than Suede because of this. 

Fake Leather:

Bonded Leather and Vinyl (We Do Not Carry on Any Products!)

Bonded leather is not real leather. It is scrap material and filler that is embossed with a pattern to look like leather. Bonded leather is cheap and falls apart. A photo here shows why we do not use bonded leather on any of our products. Bonded leather is not durable enough to be used on furniture that is intended to last over 3 years. Especially on the high-end brands we carry, which are intended to last a lifetime. 

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Finding The Right Fit

Likely the most important part of sitting furniture is how it fits you. Finding a perfect fit without sitting in a recliner or sofa is near impossible, the only real way to experience every option and get fitted for a piece that fits you is to visit us at our showroom and have one of our design professionals walk you through the fitting process.

Since Stressless targets certain areas of the back, it is crucial to choose the right size for you. Even some of the models vary in size from one another, so just because you fit in a large of one model, does not necessary mean you will like a large in another. 

Palliser has an endless combination of comfort choices and models that is it imperative to pick out something that is not only visually attractive, but is comfortable to you. 

If you cannot visit our showroom, try giving us a call and we can do our best to guide you in the right direction. 

Warm Flannel for cold sleepers

Warm Flannel for cold sleepers

Zone Pillows: Notice a firmer outer portion of the pillow and a soft interior

Zone Pillows: Notice a firmer outer portion of the pillow and a soft interior


Choosing the Right Bedding

We sleep about 30% of our lives! Your bedding can make life changing improvements on your physical and mental health. Needless to say, it is important to know what products will suite your sleep style. Use the guide below to help you:

Warm or Cold?

This is pretty basic, do you sleep warm or cold? If you sleep warm (meaning you feel too hot at night to be comfortable) then materials like Tencel and the CarbonCool pillow can add breathability and distribute your body heat to cool you off. If you sleep warm, well this one is easy: Materials like flannel, wool, or thick comforters are right for you. 

Large or Small Person?

If you are a 6'5" 270lbs man, you will need a higher loft pillow that can support a heavy head and broad shoulders. If you are a 5'2" 120lbs woman, you will require something with less loft and support for a lighter frame. Sleeping style does effect your choice as well, so don't base your decision solely on your size. 

Sleep Position/Style

How do you sleep comfortably? Side sleepers are the most common. Side sleepers generally require higher loft pillows for support of the neck without putting the shoulder in an uncomfortable position. The density of the pillow will likely depend on your size and preference. Stomach sleepers are a bit more unique. Stomach sleepers require something that is low loft and soft to avoid straining your neck. If you sleep with your arm under you, then you will likely need even less loft from a pillow. Lastly, back sleepers require a low to medium loft pillow that is medium support (or based on your body/preference).

Malouf zone pillows are great because they provide support on the edge of the pillows for your neck and a soft center to allow your head to sink in. This levels your head and supports your neck, something that most pillows require compromise on.