Leather in the Kitchen: Handles, Flooring, Even Cabinet Fronts!

published Mar 11, 2014
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Leather-faced cabinets by EcoDomo (Image credit: EcoDomo)

I was taken with the DIY leather pulls in this rental kitchen when we first shared it here at The Kitchn, but I didn’t dare think that leather could actually be used even more broadly in kitchens. Turns out, it can be used for floors, backslashes, or the cabinet doors themselves.

Leather plank floor tiles from Torlys (Image credit: Torlys)

This is mostly thanks to a resin coating on the leather, making it easier to clean up in arguably the messiest room of the house. I love the idea of leather flooring, as it seems it would patina well over time while providing a little bit of padding underfoot. While leather doesn’t seem like an obvious choice for the kitchen, I’m reminded of leather-topped tables that have been used for a long time, sometimes even for dining. Then the material seems more durable to me, and I imagine its charm increasing with a little wear and tear.

Leather floor tiles from EcoDomo (Image credit: EcoDomo)

If you’re interested, there are a couple of manufacturers making leather tile products aimed at use in the kitchen. Check them out at:

What do you think about leather in the kitchen? If the material was backed by a warranted manufacturer and you really loved it, would you go for it?