What is DuraBlend leather?


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DuraBlend leather is a synthetic type of bonded leather used in home furnishings and is considered a low-cost alternative to fully genuine leather. It combines leather particles, poly/cotton and polyurethane.

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According to Furniture Cart, DuraBlend consists of 57 percent polyurethane, 26 percent poly/cotton and at least 17 percent leather shavings. The term DuraBlend is trademarked by Ashley Furniture as of 2013. Ashley Furniture claims that DuraBlend offers "the rich look and feel of leather using a polyurethane/leather blend to create a comfortable and economical alternative to natural leather."

In 2012, Consumer Affairs stated that one weakness of bonded leather compared to genuine leather is durability, and furniture made of bonded leather is more expensive to repair. According to SFGate, leather and vinyl repair kits are only useful in repairing DuraBlend products when there are minor cracks and peels, but more extensive damage may not be feasible to repair.

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