1. Always look at the tag! It will tell you a lot about the materials used. You will find the symbol to the right which identifies real leather. It is also a good way to know if the piece of furniture you want is made out of various materials. For example, the seat of an armchair can be in real leather, but the back in fake leather.
Three tips to distinguish real leather from fake leather
Whether you are looking to buy a piece of furniture made of real leather or you want to make sure it is made of fake leather, it can be a challenge to differentiate the two, especially with the various names used by manufacturers or retailers.
For example, fake leather can be called: vegan leather, leatherette, eco leather, pleather, ultra suede or simulated leather.
Real leather can also have the following names: real leather, genuine, aniline, nubuck, pigmented, wild, buckskin or by cast leather.
So here are three tips on how to determine if the piece of furniture you fell in love with is in line with your search criteria.
2. If there are material samples in the store, the back of them will be in suede if it’s real leather and in fabric if it’s fake leather.
3. The price is also a good indicator: furniture in real leather is way more expensive than in fake leather. There are also different types of real leather and that can affect the price. For an explanation of the different types of real leather, visit this page on the Quebec Furniture Manufacturers’ Association’s website.
Finally, the in-store staff can help you as well. Don’t hesitate to ask questions!