Seating Manufacturers and Upholstery Shops find EnviroLeather™ easy to work with and for the last decade have seen their skilled craftsmanship in creating finished products result in a well-tailored appearance long after installation.
As commercial seating buyers have asked suppliers to transition away from PVC or vinyl, there has been a plethora of low cost polyurethane (PU) based faux leathers that have been brought to market. It is now common knowledge that PU should not be upholstered the same as PVC. The problem is that different PU constructions require even more subtle changes to upholstery technique through trial and error to get best results. In addition, many PU’s do not have good durability and recovery properties. EnviroLeather™ is different.
Virtually every significant commercial seating manufacturer has had experience with EnviroLeather™ over the last decade. Every EnviroLeather™ collection starts with the same exclusive urethane-based TPE formulation. This construction addresses the health concerns surrounding PVC and it outperforms traditional PU faux leather. With hundreds of designs utilizing the same formulation and construction, and many years of wide industry use, a designer is able to have confidence that their seating manufacturer or upholstery shop is able to achieve consistent results every time.
We have created this section of the website as a platform to share best practices for Seating Manufacturers and Upholstery Shops.
EnviroLeather™ is designed with a unique TPE formulation to give it more elastic and better recovery properties than traditional polyurethanes.
However, here are a few other upholstering tips to help minimize sagging or puddling issues:
EnviroLeather™ has a formulation specifically designed for superior toughness and chemical resistance to hold up to high traffic, heavy duty applications.
However, here are a few upholstering tips to further help avoid abrasion issues:
The ILD or IFD – Indentation Load/Force Deflection - rating impacts the feel of the foam, and tells you how much weight it takes to compress the foam by one third. The lower ILD/IFD foam will sit softer. The higher ILD/IFD foam will sit firmer. ILD/IFD numbers range between 15 to 55. Foams suitable for seat cushions are typically rated 35-55 but the thickness of the foam should also be taken into consideration since you can bottom-out more easily on softer/thinner foam. People often confuse foam density (lbs/cubic inch) with firmness but foams of different firmness can have exactly the same densities. There is a correlation with the quality of the foam and the density. High Resilience foam, or HR foam, is open-cell, flexible polyurethane foam that has a less uniform (more random) cell structure that helps add support, comfort, and resilience or bounce. HR foams are considered the highest grade and have densities of 2.5 lbs/cubic foot or greater.
EnviroLeather™ has been successfully demonstrated to comply with TB 133 on furniture systems when tested with suitable components. Cal TB 133 is a composite test that evaluates a fully assembled furniture system. There are many variables which affect the result of this test, such as surface area, contour design and component materials such as type of flame blocker and urethane foam used. EnviroLeather™ is only a component, so we cannot say if it passes TB 133 or not. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to choose what components to use and to validate performance for TB 133 on the appropriate assembled furniture system. The same material can pass on one chair and fail on another due to the variations in furniture construction listed above.
Recommendations for EnviroLeather™:
EnviroLeather™ is designed for interior applications so avoid areas that have unfiltered, direct UV exposure.