Craftsmanship and Dependability
We take the time to make sure every Chesterfield sofa and all our furniture is lovingly hand made, by an individual craftsman who’s sole purpose is that you get the quality and look you desire from your piece of furniture. If you have special requirements please just let us know and we will do are up most to fulfill them, whether that be a particular colour you need us to source or a size and shape we haven’t shown on the site please just let us know.
Here at Simply Sofa we specialise in handsome and comfortable sofas that are built to last. So often you discover a great sofa only to find that the size isn’t quite right or the fabric just isn’t what you were after. You no longer have to settle for a sofa that is ALMOST perfect – we can create the Chesterfield you want. With our bespoke made to measure service, we can make something a little higher, smaller, brighter or firmer, just let us know.
Chesterfields are a quintessentially British design and so should be made here in Britain. With over thirty years experience in creating iconic sofas, our skilled craftsmen individually build your sofa from start to finish. Whether you’re surviving babies, dogs or house moves, consistency in craft ensures that your sofa will literally stand the test of time.
Leather – Common Characteristics
Leather is a natural product and as such it will carry the hallmarks of its origin. These characteristics are not defects that may shorten the life of the hide. Instead they enhance the beauty of the product and help to differentiate it from the substitutes that may try to copy it.
In the same way in which humans develop stretch marks whilst growing, animals used for leather also have these identifiable marks. Although this is arguably more common in the female hides and skins, with the obvious factor of childbirth and also the differing amounts of fats present in the skin.
Just as you see the veins in your own skin, vein lines can appear on finished leather. This occurs when bacteria is attracted to any remaining nutrient rich blood, in the original pathways of the blood vessels before leather manufacturing begins. Skin is worn away and degraded into the pattern of the original pathways.
Animals may come into contact with various objects during their lifetime that can cut the skin, including barbed wire or other animal’s horns, which may result in the scarring of the skin. Human intervention such as branding, which is done for ownership purposes, and any medical surgery could also leave a permanent scar. Once these scars are healed, the tissue is slightly raised, however, it keeps intact its structural integrity.
Psoriasis and eczema are as common in animals as they are in humans. Areas of the skin may be non-uniform where these conditions have been present. Insect bites and parasite damage such as ringworm and tapeworm may leave varying marks and scars on the skin.
This is an example of mechanical damage to the hide, which is common practice in certain parts of the world. Animals can be branded using hot irons, chemicals or freezing using Carbon Dioxide, which is the standard in the UK. The extent of damage depends on the technique used, exposure time and the age of the animal.