All designs can be upholstered in leather and the number of hides required will be advised per size of hide (standard 5 sqm/55 sq feet) and per design.
The industry-wide formula for converting fabric yardage to leather square footage is one linear yard of 54″ wide fabric equals 18 sq.ft. of leather, based on hides averaging 50 to 55 sq.ft. Due to the irregular shape of the hides, there will always be a certain amount of waste; this formula takes waste into account. Based on the normal amount of 1.50m required per chair, we need either 2.05m Sq or 22.11ft Sq per chair and therefore request 3/4 hide per chair to allow for the cuts required.
When using hides smaller than 50 sq.ft., the manufacturer should be consulted to determine whether more leather is required due to decreased yield from smaller hides and/or whether seams will be necessary to upholster the piece.
Please note that small hides may require stitching together resulting in additional seams visible around the chair.
As a natural material, hides may have scars, slight grain irregularities and small holes which are not considered defects but characteristics of the animals’ life making each piece unique. We will endeavour to use each piece sensibly but it is the client’s responsibility to check they are happy with the hides they supply.
Please check the nature of your chosen leather and always ask for a stock cutting as batches can vary significantly. It is the client’s responsibility to ensure that the finished upholstery will look as intended.
Pull-Up leather is similar to but not the same as distressed leather. It is aniline dyed to create deep, vibrant colours and finished with waxes and oils which make it very soft to the touch. When Pull-Up leather is stretched or “pulled”, the colour becomes lighter – Pull-Up refers to this change in colour. As a pure aniline leather, marks, scratches and signs of wear will show and its rich patina will increase over time.
Distressed leather is also aniline dyed but tumbled in a drum with wax to create variations in colour and the signature worn look with a matte surface. Pulling distressed leather does not drastically lighten its appearance.
We recommend finishing leather upholstery with nailing to achieve the best result.