Bonded vs. Top Grain

Having a nice looking sofa, like a leather sofa, gives one a sense of pride, doesn’t it? However, not all grades of leather are created equally, and thus the term “leather” cannot be characterised by the one description. This is a little-known fact to consumers, and so when it comes to choosing a leather sofa, you should know the features and s of different leather grades. Today we are going to learn about two types of leather: bonded and top grain.
Bonded Leather
To begin the process of manufacturing leather, the leather cowhide is first cut out to make panels for furniture, whether it be seat cushions, arms, backs etc. After this is done, scraps of the cowhide remain (much like when you’re cutting cookies) and this is where bonded leather comes in. When leather has been bonded, it means that whatever genuine leather remains from cutting panels is mixed together with polyurethane.


  • Economical: You can purchase a bonded leather sofa at a very good price.
  • Available in a variety of colours, thus giving you a range of colours to choose from
  • Overall appearance of bonded leather is similar to top grain leather


Top Grain Leather
Made from the panels first cut out as described above, top grain leather is leather that has been made from the top layer of cowhide and comes in two grades: aniline and ski-aniline. Aniline has no protective coatings, thus the most natural grade of leather. As a result, it is the softest leather, but also very susceptible to stains. Semi-aline, on the other hand, is coated with a protective topcoat to prevent this.



    • Smoothest and softest kind of furniture leather
    • As top grain leather consists of about 12-14% of water, it easily acclimates to your body temperature, allowing your skin to breathe.
    • Top grain is leather at its most natural, and thus gets better with age and can last a lifetime.


The best leather available, top grain leather is also renowned for its high price. However, at Brosa, we believe in quality furniture at affordable prices, and our leather collection is no exception. Available in a range of gorgeous shades.

Buying leather furniture is an investment that you hope to last you a lifetime. So it’s essential that you know what to look for, especially the grade of leather used in your sofa or armchair. Each grade, be it bonded leather or top grain leather, has its respective benefits and your choice will ultimately depend on your needs, budget and preferences.

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