Faux Vs. Micro Leather

Choosing the right furniture in the right fabric can be quite difficult if you don't know where to begin.

Faux Leather

Knowing the different types of fabrics used to make furniture is a good place to start as the knowledge helps to determine what fabric will work best within the home. Faux leather and micro leather are just two different types of fabric that manufacturers use when making furniture.

Faux leather, simply put, is fake leather. It is made from fabric rather than an actual animal hide. To start, the manufacturer creates a basic layer with filaments that are layered in a latitude and longitude fashion. A thread is applied with an outer layer of wax followed by a cover layer with a certain predetermined number of hairs that give it a hairy, leather-like feel. A polyurethane material is then applied to the top to form the final layer of the artificial leather and the wax outer layer is removed.

Micro Leather

Micro leather can go by many different names including micro suede leather or microfiber. Like faux leather, it is not actual leather but rather an imitation leather made using many tiny micro fibers. Micro fibers are approximately 100 times finer than human hair. These fibers are woven together extremely tightly, resulting in a denser fabric that can undergo a suede finishing process. The end result is a product that is similar to leather or suede but is not true leather.

Pros and Cons of Faux Leather

Manufacturers have made great strides in making faux leather look and feel like real leather. Like any fabric, it comes in a plethora of colors and can be used on shoes, furniture and clothing. Faux leather is also lighter and more permeable than true leathers. The leather is animal friendly and cheaper in comparison to real leather too. However, it will not age and develop the same patina as real leather and does not have the same hypoallergenic qualities. It also is not eco-friendly as real leather is a byproduct of animals processed for their meat while faux leather is specifically manufactured.

Pros and Cons of Micro Leather

Micro leather is extremely soft and can be manufactured in a plethora of different colors. It can be used for the creation of belts, shoes, purses and furniture. However, micro leather is easily dirtied. If liquid stains are not blotted up immediately, they can sink into the fibers and become very difficult to remove. Micro leather is also less durable than true leather.