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Are my leather sofas salvageable?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by tartetatin, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. tartetatin

    tartetatin New commenter

    Hi everyone
    We have two leather sofas in our lounge and I've always considered them a practical option, given that we have young children (wipeable) and a cat (non scratchy!). They're also modern in design and a gorgeous shade of red.
    We bought them around 5 years ago and although they weren't cheap, I guess the quality isn't the best. The leather coating is coming off and the sofas are looking patchy in places. I can't imagine there's anything on the market that will fix the problem long term, but thought I'd ask on here just in case. The last thing we need at the moment is to replace them [​IMG]
    Many thanks.
     
  2. tartetatin

    tartetatin New commenter

    Hi everyone
    We have two leather sofas in our lounge and I've always considered them a practical option, given that we have young children (wipeable) and a cat (non scratchy!). They're also modern in design and a gorgeous shade of red.
    We bought them around 5 years ago and although they weren't cheap, I guess the quality isn't the best. The leather coating is coming off and the sofas are looking patchy in places. I can't imagine there's anything on the market that will fix the problem long term, but thought I'd ask on here just in case. The last thing we need at the moment is to replace them [​IMG]
    Many thanks.
     
  3. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    Distressed furniture is the height of fashion. As long as they are still comfy then go on using them.
     
  4. tartetatin

    tartetatin New commenter

    [​IMG] I would tend to agree if the sofas were a bit more vintage! The fact they're so contemporary makes them look ghastly.
    Still, my youngest is being toilet trained over the holiday so I suspect the leather will once again prove itself practical ... [​IMG]
     
  5. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    Coatings can be restored and there are firms who specialise. But like all things coloured, getting a good match will be the problem. Try asking the retailer for advice, they may have people who do such work for them; we had an issue with colour change around seams and were offered a fix, but as the suite was just over a year old, wec nsisted on a new unit. Would'nt do any harm to get a free quote.
     
  6. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    Was there any sort of guarantee with them when you bought them? Some retailers offer them. What is worrying, is that retailers these days seem to expect a 'shelf life' for furniture of about five years. I'd keep the distressed look, at least until the smalls are bif enough to take more care of the furniture.
     
  7. Yes - go for the throw option. A nice old sheepskin rug maybe? Some Persian style rugs/throws? No point buying new ones just now.
     
  8. (We have a leather couch for the exact same reaons as you Tarte - I don't like it anymore so use the throw option myself)
     
  9. tartetatin

    tartetatin New commenter

    Hi everyone and thanks. Well, we had the experts come round but I think the sofas are aesthetically kaputt! The PVA coating on them has come off, which has caused the patches. Shame really as structurally, the sofas are still sound.
    I've owned throws in the past, in my student days mainly. I recall them being annoying things that slipped off and tripped you up! Or maybe that's just the cheap ones I bought then ...
    Throw recommendations (ie where to buy) would be most welcome!
     
  10. primarycat

    primarycat Established commenter

    Could you get covers for them? Plumbs make loose covers that fit, so won't slip like throws do, and can be taken off to be washed. Not sure how expensive they are, though.
     
  11. dozymare1957

    dozymare1957 Occasional commenter

    Well, if you're doing what you are supposed to do on a sofa and snoozing you won't be able to see what they look like so why worry?

    True, they do fall off and it drives OH mad! Definitely worth having just for this reason. Also, when they fall down you can wrap yourself up in them for aforementioned snooze.

    TK MAXX, Matalan, sometimes even Asda or Tesco.


     
  12. We bought bedspreads, nice and wide and colourful and cheap (try Amazon).
    I was a bit sneaky and bought single ones just for the middle of the sofa - the arms were OK and I made anti macassar pockety things. Perfect for the offer doofer, glasses and other important stuff that usually disappears. Using a single meant I could drape it over the seat to the floor at the fornt and then weight it down at the back. I made similar for picky SIL and glued felt to the bricks to prevent them scratching the laminate flooring.
    Since then I have modified ornaments for her to use as one sofa sits in the middle of the room. Basically I filled two vases with nuts and bolts and resin! Nice and heavy and they look good.
    Mnd you I am glad to have a 'rea'l pair of sofas now [​IMG]
     
  13. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

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  14. You've met my SIL then, kibosh!!
     
  15. giraffe

    giraffe New commenter

    You can fold them around onto themselves at the corners and put nappy pins in from underneath so you can't see them.
    Or could make ties to go round the legs at the back
     
  16. dozymare1957

    dozymare1957 Occasional commenter

    If you attach the throws then you won't be able to take them off and wash them! Nor will you be able to wrap yourself up in one and camp out of the sofa all night when you are feeling too lazy to go up to bed!
     

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