PU leather, or polyurethane leather, is an artificial leather made of thermoplastic polymer used for making furniture or shoes. 100% PU leather is completely artificial and is considered vegan. There are some types of PU leather called bicast leather that have actual leather but has a polyurethane coating on top. This type of PU leather takes the fibrous part of cowhide that are leftover from making genuine leather and put a layer of polyurethane on top of it.
PU (Poly) Synthetic Leather is a man made material that will represent the look and feel of Genuine Leather but in fact is not. PU leather is an artificial leather material made with split leather (that’s the fibrous part of the hide left over from making genuine leather) which has been coated with polyurethane (hence the name “PU”), and then applied to the surface of the furniture.
PU material can have a more glossy appearance and is generally far less thicker than real leather. Grooves are mechanically pressed into the material to give it that real leather look. This material for the most part is waterproof and easily cleaned or maintained. If you are on a tight budget, have a growing family for example, this material is the way to go. It's about half the cost of real leather products and will still look awesome in your home.
Genuine Leather is often more expensive due to the fact that only the very top quality of hides are used. The added expense also means that it will wear a lot better over time, it will be softer, have a nice natural scent Whilst Genuine leather has a certain character about it especially if it natural leather, some PU can come really close to the look and there really are some great furniture designs in PU leather.
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