If you’ve always gone to the high street for your leather furniture, then it may surprise you to know that you can actually get superior quality, hand-crafted traditional and modern styles for less from a ‘not on the high street’ retailer. |
In a world of fast fashions and throwaway trends, it’s reassuring to know there are still retailers and manufacturers who care about making something that lasts. Most high street furniture is mass produced and imported from the Far East with the predominant aim of satisfying a particular consumer trend as opposed to being built to last.
For 35 years the team at Thomas Lloyd have been designing and hand-making traditional leather furniture from their family-run factory in Wales, building a reputation for quality, craftsmanship and service.
From the hand buttoned, distressed leather Chesterfield sofa to sleek, contemporary models such as the Aspen and Burlington - the Thomas Lloyd range appeals across generations and is often a fraction of the cost of the products showcased by high street retailers.
One of the talking points that comes up often with Thomas Lloyd customers is leather quality. Anyone could be forgiven for overlooking the difference between ‘Grade 1’ and ‘Grade 2’ leather – after all, leather is leather, isn’t it?
Any sofa made from the skin of an animal has the right to be called ‘genuine leather’, but there are in fact three primary grades of leather. ‘Grade 1’ leather (otherwise known as ‘full grain’) is made from superior hides and is clear, supple, clean and consistent in colour. It has the highest yield of over 90% and its surface is incredibly smooth.
‘Grade 2’ leather is less consistent in colour and has a far less superior yield of only 78%. Its surface is often imperfect and will feel slightly stiff, mainly from the use of excessive coating added to hide the imperfections. Grade 2 leather is basically a synthetic leather mix.
If you are looking to buy the most natural and hard-wearing leather, then opt for ‘Grade 1’, as this remains the most desirable of all leathers and will last a lifetime. The prominent markings from bug bites, scars and the usual little wrinkles that occur with leather are evident and only add to its authenticity.
Thomas Lloyd only use Grade 1 leather in all their leather sofas, even for the backs and sides. Whatever your leather sofa style, be it traditional or modern, their full two-year warranty and 21 day ‘no quibble’ money back or exchange guarantee means you can be confident that with Thomas Lloyd, you’re making a good choice.
Company: Thomas Lloyd
Address: Abergorki Industrial Estate, Treorchy, CF42 6DL, UK
Phone: 01443 771 333
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