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What are the Pros and Cons of a Leather Headboard?

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A leather headboard is one type of headboard that might be used on a bed. There are pros and cons associated with having a leather headboard, but a careful analysis will identify whether owning one is right for a particular individual. Leather is a durable material, it is easy to clean, and it might be a great choice for someone with allergies. The downside to owning a leather headboard is the cost and the monthly cleaning and reconditioning that should be done.

Leather is a very durable material and might be a great choice of material when it comes to something that might not get a great deal of heavy use, such as a headboard. Fabric can easily become warn and stained, and wood can become chipped. A leather headboard might last for a long time, as long as it is never punctured. Keeping sharp objects away can help eliminate this issue.

Weekly cleaning of a leather headboard is relatively easy. Wiping down the headboard with a damp cloth is all that is needed to keep up with routine cleaning. Sometimes, wiping down the headboard with a soft cloth sufficiently removes dust. It is this ease of care that attracts many people to a leather headboard.

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The lack of fibers to trap and release allergens is another important aspect of a leather headboard. Many people suffer from allergies to dust and other items, so a leather headboard might be a great alternative for those people. Dust, dander and other allergens cannot settle into the fibers of the headboard and irritate an individual. With weekly cleaning, any dust that does settle on the surface of the headboard might be wiped away, keeping the area relatively free of allergens.

Leather tends to cost more than other types of fabric, so the cost of a leather headboard deters some people from purchasing one. As with most furniture, purchasing this type of headboard should be looked at as an investment, because it can last a long time with proper care and maintenance. Some individuals even choose to make their own headboards with instructions they have found in books or on the Internet.

Keeping the dust off of a leather headboard is not difficult or time-consuming, but leather should be reconditioned and cleaned on a regular basis. Some people find that they do not like worrying about this monthly upkeep. Leather cleaners and conditioners are available at many retailers, and application does not take a long time. It is an added step to owning a headboard, though, and it is a deterrent to owning this type of headboard in some people’s eyes.

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