Return to the Furniture Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Polyurethane Upholstery Quality?

Posted by hgvhjkhjhg (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 13, 10 at 14:20

Is polyurethane upholstery on kitchen chairs prone to splitting open with regular use?

Although this material is much cheaper than leather, what are the bad things about polyurethane upholstery?


Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Polyurethane Upholstery Quality?

No, polyurethane upholstery on kitchen chairs or anywhere else is not prone to splitting open with regular use. It's a very durable material.

You're probably thinking of PVC. PVC oils from plasticizers migrate to the upholstery leaving it brittle and causing it to crack and peel. Polyurethane doesn't have these oils, and hence doesn't have the issue with splitting.

This is called "Key Selling Points," but I think you'll find it helpful$FILE/P201006_Polyurethane_Upholstery.pdf

A negative might be cost relative to PVC. PVC is generally considered to be less beneficial for the environment/health, although the extent to which that is true is debatable.

See this:

"Urethane upholstery is made in a process similar to expanded PVC. However the softness of the urethane is controlled by the amount of cross-linking sites built into the polymer and the degree of cross-linking achieved by catalyst level added to the compound. The solvents used in manufacture still have to be incinerated but there is no plasticizer used so it causes no migration and hardening and cracking problems. However, this material can be relatively much more expensive; usually the price point for this type of material is $20-$30 per yard, depending on weight and backing type."


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Furniture Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here