The new polyurthane-based faux leather materials comes closer
than any other material available in capturing the sumptuous aesthetics
of fine leather. This material has a feel and breathable like
comfort factor that is frankly, the best in a non-leather material.
Manufactured with standards that are environmentally safe, this
polyurethane-based material is totally different in feel and durability
from other non-leather type materials like vinyl. It is approximately
40% cooler than vinyl and is much more durable supporting an abrasive
resistant standard surpassing 50,000 double rubs. Offereing multiple
grains, sueade type facings and iredesent finishes with lots of
colors to choose from, this material can be used in homes for
finer furniture, commercial work requiring an upper end quality
of comfort with superior durability, cabin areas for yachts and
luxury boats, aircraft seating, motorhomes and custom automobiles.
This material is pliable enough to offer scrupling options in
designing show-winning interiors for custom street rods.
of the major drawbacks when constructing upholstery with leather
is the waste involved. Hides being of animals, come in different
sizes and configurations with different quality areas of the hide
being used for different parts of the seating. Polyurthane materials
alleviates this problem while offering the same quality of comfort.
Polyurthane comes 54" wide and the edges of the material is the
same quality as the middle - thus upholsterers may utilize all
the material for what ever patterns is needed with the consumer
getting as much value as possible with the material.
materials range in price from $40 - $65 a yard (depending on brand)
and is sold in 1-yard increments. When constructing different
types of upholstery in various applications using any 54" wide
material, the part of the job cost is figured on how much material
will be used on the running yard and not by the square foot (with
vinyl's being sold in 1/3 yd increments). Rolled material goods
are also sold in this format. Polyurthane materials being the
first viable, practical alternative to leather, the cost comparison
to leather is as follows: hides on the average are 50 sq. ft.
per hide and good quality European hides are on the average $10.00
- $12.00 sq. ft. A hide would then be $500.00 - $600.00 per hide.
Ultraleather HP being 54" wide, 1 yard = 13.5 square feet. $65.00
divided by 13.5 square feet comes to $4.81 sq. ft. - again with
all the material being able to be used without the drawbacks of