Leather is by far the most durable material for a chair, and also often the most expensive, which can make choosing one a very important decision. Different styles and colors create different impressions as well. First, consider the decor of the room that the chair will call home, and determine the aesthetic you're trying to achieve. Dark tones built on hefty wood frames evoke a sense of richness and luxury, while minimalist leather chairs evoke a modern sensibility. Once you've narrowed down your style, follow the tips below when shopping around for the perfect leather chair.
If you're splurging on a recliner, loveseat, or sizable side chair, look for thick, top-grain leather. Aniline leather is the most soft, and most expensive, because it's dyed completely through and has no protective coating. Semi-aniline leather has some coating applied to make it more durable than aniline. Finally, pigmented leather is not soaked in dye like the previous two, instead, the color is just applied to the top surface. However, it has the most durable protective coating of the three types of leather, making it ideal for families or pet owners.
Choose a durable frame material. Leather itself lasts four times longer than other textiles, but the chair is useless if it doesn't have a strong frame. Check the frame for brackets and screws, not staples or glue, for sturdiness. Also, try to purchase a pine or hardwood frame. Also, check the stitching to make sure it's durable. Leather, even if stiff, will soften over time, but a good chair needs strong stitching to last. Remember that even though a leather side chair or dining chair will be more expensive than its counterparts, it will last 3-4 times longer.