Leather fabric is widely recognised in two ways : firstly, as natural leather, most frequently used for upholstery of furniture; and secondly, as a man-made cloth that looks like actual leather (also known as faux leather fabric). In fact, as' leather' comes from an animal's hide, the word itself is a contradiction, and' clothing' is a form of woven cloth. We will be debating authentic leather from cowhides for our purposes.
Leather skins or hides are measured in square feet. The leather hides as a natural commodity, assumes the animal's form and is never used in sheets or rolls. The hide is clearly set out flat and the hide 's overall surface area is estimated in square feet. A standard cowhide measures 50 square feet, but depending on the type of cow, the hide sizes differ. You would then still purchase leather as a hide, not as sheets or rolls of leather.
"All the time, we get this call and it goes something like" my upholsterer says I need 8 yards of leather to reupholster my seats, how many hides can I buy? Upholsterers almost all quote projects in yards instead of square feet for what they know most is cloth, which is sold in yards! In fabric yards (36 "long x 54" wide), the approximation is given, which means you will have to translate to square feet. The general thumb rule is 1 yard = 18 square feet of leather. You will settle on the amount and quantity of hides you may need to obtain after you make the easy conversion to square feet.
Your estimation may sound like a lot of leather, but it's important to note that certain imperfections may exist in leather. Owing to differences in hide forms, and the potential appearance of natural marks, this yards to square foot conversion requires the industry norm 30 percent waste factor. Markings may have insect bites, stretch marks, wounds. This is not an indication of a low-quality skin, but a reminder that leather, with its own background, is a natural material.
You will calculate the quantity of hides you will require after you have decided on the amount of square foot you will need for a project. The size of the hides available will depend on this. For eg, if you need 110 square feet of leather, a 50 square foot hide and a 60 square foot hide may be mixed together. You could end up with (2) 55 square foot hides, and a 30 square foot half hide, if you need 140 square feet. We specialize in helping clients bring together orders to get exactly the right amount of leather they need-don't hesitate to contact us! firstname.lastname@example.org
You are ready to pick your leather now that you know how much you like! The best thing is finding a leather that suits your application and style. Ordering any samples is the next step.