What are the different types of leather available?
Firm, rich-colored leather with just
enough oils to withstand weather. Great feeling leather can be oiled for darker
Great for: Belts, straps, fine pet collars, leashes, gun belts.
Very clean piece of leather that
dyes and stamps beautifully. Produced from smaller calf hides.
Great for: Belt liners, personal leather goods.
Perfect leather for tooling,
embossing, molding, dyeing & oiling. Uniformly absorbs dyes and oils. Dries
to a firm, long-lasting shape.
Great for: Belts, straps, holsters & sheaths.
Beautiful quality wool sheepskins in
a variety of thicknesses. Available in both veg tan and chrome tan in a variety
of shades and colors.
Great for: Lining saddles, padding, ect.
Finished by buffing
the flesh side of the hide to produce a “nap”.
for: Chaps, garments,
Soft, supple leather
is very strong and durable. Tanned in whole hides for little waste and for use
in automotive and restoration upholstery where larges pieces of leather are
Great for: Upholstery, garments
Chrome Oil Tanned
Beautiful, durable leather has just
the right amount of oil for a soft, supple feel.
Great for: Chaps, cases & bags
How much leather do I need?
We always recommend speaking with an upholsterer prior to ordering so that they can give you a more precise idea of how much leather you will need to order for your upholstery project. For those that are more comfortable doing things on their own we have some general recommendations below you may find helpful.
Basic formula for figuring your material needs:
Length” x Width” / 144 x 1.25 = square feet required
Upholstery leather by the yard?
Many designers and furniture upholsterers are accustomed to purchasing fabric in yards, below is a conversion chart for converting yards of fabric to square feet of leather.