We’re continuing our discussion of Chinese and Italian leather furniture imports today with frame construction. Let’s preface this discussion with the idea that these types of imports are being made for the masses in large quantities, and more importantly, to hit certain price points, to be appealing to the masses. Cost cutting in all areas is of key importance in hitting those lower price points. Keep in mind that the cost of shipping that leather furniture from overseas has to be absorbed into the cost, as well. So now you start to see how paramount cost cutting becomes.
Quality leather furniture is built only with frames made from kiln dried hardwoods. Use of hardwoods is preferred for their lasting strength and durability. Kiln drying further hardens those woods and helps them to keep from cracking or splitting. The majority of leather furniture imported from China and Italy is not built with these quality, kiln dried, hardwoods, but rather from chipboard and plywood. These are not the best choices in building a piece of quality leather furniture, but is a great choice for keeping the cost low. The other issue is how these frames are affixed. Quality leather furniture frame construction would include screwing and gluing the joints, and utilizing a corner block for stabilization, as well. Most imported leather furniture has stapled frames, and rarely are corner blocked. The problem that arises with stapling is that eventually those staples tend to work themselves loose causing instability in the frame, loose arms, etc.
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