I keep receiving so many questions and so many e-mails from readers asking me about how to choose faux leather furniture and what criteria to take into consideration, and this is especially the case of faux leather ottoman, these furniture are very difficult to select and know about, especially that they are extremely expensive, and sometimes they would even cost more than $1000 a piece!
Don’t be scared, such price only applies to a large set.
Then, let me tell you about the most important criteria to choose the best faux leather ottoman for you.
The first one is of course, the price!
Most people are going to think that just because they are buying faux leather items, it means that they are going to be cheap, which is not the case most of the time!
Faux leather doesn’t always rhyme with cheap prices! In fact, there are so many faux leather fabrics that are even much more expensive than real leather ones!
Nevertheless, when buying and choosing the best faux leather ottoman for you, always have price in mind because if you are thinking that something is very cheap and inexpensive, then, you are probably dealing with either a very low quality product, or a fake one, meaning that it’s made out of recycled materials, and personally, I have nothing against recycling, but when it comes to furniture, especially faux leather ottoman that are going to be put under a lot of pressure, especially if they are in the living room with lots of children and guests, then, they are simply going to deteriorate and lose their values very quickly.
As a rule of thumb, I highly recommend that you always think before buying your faux leather ottoman, and if you see that they are very cheap, then, avoid them, and in general, one faux leather ottoman will probably cost more than twenty-five dollars, and if you find cheaper, then, stay away from it!
The second criterion is the smell.
Although most of you are going to laugh at this idea, I personally take faux leather smell very seriously.
A faux leather furniture piece which smells will tell many things about its origin, its manufacturing processes, and most importantly, the fabric quality.
For example, faux leather pieces that are made in Italy, France, or Germany, do not smell bad at all!
It’s because the fabric is well cured, most manufacturers are going to use organic chemicals and safe ones to treat it and most importantly, the coloring agents are environment friendly, whereas faux leather furniture pieces that are made in Asia, especially in China and Bangladesh tend to be very smelly, because they are going to use low-quality faux leather fabrics and also low-quality chemicals to treat and cure them.
Of course, this conclusion doesn’t apply to every manufacturer in Asia, but from my experience, it applies to a large number of them.
The third criterion is the frame itself.
If you are intending to keep your faux leather ottoman for a very long time in your house, which is the case with most people, then you have to also take the frame into consideration.
Remember that people are going to sit on your faux leather ottoman, and you don’t want them to fall or trip!
So, either wood or metal, if it’s not strong enough, don’t buy it.