How to Protect Real Wood and Leather Furniture from Sun Damage

August 15, 2016

With summer in full swing, it’s nice to open up the shades and let that Eugene sunshine illuminate your home. However, those beautiful rays of light can be damaging to your living room furniture.

Real wood furniture and real leather furniture should avoid direct sun exposure, but if you do decide to place your new furniture in a room with sunlight, here are some precautions you can take to protect them. 

Use Window Treatments

Both wood and leather furniture should never be placed in direct sunlight. Limiting the sun exposure is the first step to taking care of your furniture. If you haven’t already, install curtains, shades, blinds or other window treatments to help block the sun’s harmful rays from damaging your furniture. Another alternative is to install high-quality solar window films. Modern films typically block 99.9 percent of the sun’s rays, making it one of the best ways to protect your furniture. 

Buy Quality

Material quality is another factor that plays into the lifespan of your furniture. Cheap furniture that’s made with particleboard isn’t going to stand against the sun and heat like solid wood is. At our furniture store, our real wood selection is constructed of only the finest hardwood materials and never contains any particleboard, so you can rest easy knowing that your furniture is built to last. 

Real Wood Sealants

A quality finish can help extend the life of your dining table’s look and stain, by protecting it from the sun. The finish we recommend to all of our customers is a conversion varnish. It’s exceptionally durable with excellent protection against water, heat, solvents, and other chemicals, making this an ideal finish for a tabletop. Luckily, every single table we offer at our furniture store has this high quality finish! For more information on how to care for your real wood furniture, see our care guide

Real Leather Protection

Let’s face it; real leather furniture and the sun don’t mix very well together. Sun rays can cause leather furniture to fade, dry and even crack, which is why it’s best to limit sun exposure as much as possible. However, keeping your leather furniture clean and conditioned can help it resist some of the sun’s threatening rays. Just make sure you only use conditioners and cleaners that list the specific leather type on the label as a product recommended for. Some products may void your warranty. Check out our Omnia sofa care guide for more information.