A sofa or chair is not just a piece of furniture. It is a haven to escape to.
Every sofa, chair and ottoman we build is crafted in high quality materials. Totally Natural leather highlights the natural characteristics of the hide, while Family Friendly leather has a more uniform, kid-friendly finish. Both are comfortable and beautiful. And, like some of us, they may grow to look even better with age.
We understand the nuances of hide and its application to furniture design. Each range design is expertly matched to selected hides to give the ultimate combination of style and comfort.
When it comes to creating new designs, we don’t just study furniture. We study people. How they sit, how they watch, how they read, how they stretch and how they relax. Because we want you to do all that and more on your sofa.
This guide has been created to help you understand leather upholstery, so you can appreciate the quality and unique characteristics of your genuine leather purchase, and the necessary care and maintenance guidelines to ensure your sofa will be with you for years to come.
Soft, supple and highly durable, leather is a versatile and universally popular upholstery cover for furniture. The best quality upholstery leathers breathe and feel cool in summer and warm during winter.
The hides are made ready for upholstery by tanning, which is a series of treatments that soften, pigment, beautify and protect the hides.
Freedom Materials & Finishes
Depending on treatments used, genuine upholstery leathers come in three basic types. Each has differing performance, as well as a distinctive look and feel. Freedom leathers also come in a wide variety of timeless and fashion colours with textured, original finishes to suit your decor and lifestyle needs. Made from the finest raw materials, our leathers are put through a series of rigorous tests that ensure optimal performance.
Your Freedom furniture features unique and handmade signatures that individually personalise every design. Just as no two fingerprints are alike, each piece of leather is distinctive in its markings. These markings add beauty to the leather and serve as proof of its authenticity. Leather is a natural material, so every hide has unique characteristics; and as our furniture is made from many hides, the leather may show slight colour and grain variation - this is only natural when you are buying quality leather.
Age adds character and reflects how the leather furniture has been used during its lifetime. Over the years, leather adapts itself to the user and develops a personalised and individual look.
With regular use, as the leather fibres relax, we expect that comfort creases may form in the areas that receive the most body contact, such as seat and back cushions. All these signs serve as more evidence of the leather’s authenticity and should be no cause for concern.
The naturally changing patina of some premium leather finishes
The less surface treatment your leather has, usually the softer and more natural it will appear and feel. Pure aniline and some semi-aniline finishes, as well as leathers with a ‘waxy’ or ‘pull-up’ finish, will continue to change appearance as the leather ages, responding to your lifestyle and the way you use your furniture.
Most Common Characteristics
Scars, wrinkles and folds all contribute to the natural beauty of top grain leathers and do not affect the performance or longevity of the leather. These characteristics may include insect bites, scratches, veining, blood marks and stretch marks which are considered normal.
Over time these details will deepen into a beautifully distressed look – a testament to its authenticity.
Dyes are absorbed differently throughout the hide and some colour variation is normal and expected. Colour variation ranges from slight in pigmented top-coat protected finishes, to distinct, in semi or semi aniline and totally natural leathers, with no colour pigments.
Prior to your Freedom product leaving the factory, it will receive a final inspection. It will then be wrapped in order to protect it and minimise movement whilst in transit. Once unpacked, leather sofas may require “dressing”. This is quite normal and very easy to perform using the following steps:
Advances in structural and seating design technologies have resulted in more durable and ‘softer-sit comfort’, whilst still maintaining the necessary body-correct support. To extend the comfort life of your cushions, avoid sitting on the edges of foam cushions as this may cause premature loss of structural shape. If your furniture features loose seat and/or back cushions, regularly rotate the cushion positions, to help all seats settle and give a consistent feel across your furniture.
The load bearing components of Freedom’s frames are correctly engineered from various timbers and timber composites. Timber products, such as structural grade plywoods, are featured in appropriate areas according to the requirements of the design.
Good Looks Need To Be Maintained
A quality sofa doesn’t wear out, it wears in.
If your new Freedom sofa feels or looks a little different to the one you saw in the store (the seat may feel firmer; the leather may look tighter), that’s because your furniture is brand new, unlike the store’s floor sample which may have already been well ‘run-in’ by many visitors. Like a new pair of shoes with regular use your new furniture will gradually begin to adapt to your expectations.
An advantage to bear in mind is that a fine sofa or chair doesn’t wear out, it wears in. This means that your sofa can (and will) relax into a more casual appearance over time. During the first few weeks of use comfort creases and wrinkles will naturally form in the leather. These characteristics of upholstery give it a soft inviting look that is an inherent feature of leather upholstery.
Similar to a new car, your sofa may have a strong smell after it is unpacked. This is normal and after airing in a well-ventilated room or open space, the smell will dissipate. Depending on the surrounding environment the smell may dissipate quickly or over a longer period of time.
Caring For Your Leather Upholstery
Although leather is one of the oldest and most durable upholstery materials, it still needs regular, correct care and cleaning to maintain its natural beauty. You can significantly extend the life of your leather upholstered furniture by following these simple DO’s and DON’T’s:
Maintaining Your Recliner
If your new furniture piece includes electric power reclining seats:
When operating the mechanism, keep children or body parts clear to avoid injury.
Transformers are supplied with electric power motion furniture, so ensure that power to these is fitted correctly and power cords are safely positioned.
As the recliners contain moving parts, slight noises will be audible when the recliner is operating.
Things to note
Failing to care properly for your leather product may invalidate your Freedom warranty.