Chesterfield sofas have existed for 3 centuries. They were first seen in the mid 18th century.
Commonly Lord Philip Stanhope is given the credit for being the investor of the Chesterfield Sofa. Philip Stanhope lived between 1694-1773 and was the 4th Earl Of Chesterfield.
Hence the name Chesterfield sofa. The creation of the Chesterfield sofa solved two problems. Firstly, the benches of the day were very hard. Which meant the Chesterfield soda offered a more comfortable alternative.
Secondly, the design of the Chesterfield helped gentleman sit without creasing their garments.
The Chesterfield Is An Icon In Furniture Design
There are 3 design features of Chesterfield sofas. Firstly, arms and backs that have equal height. Secondly, scrolled arms. Finally, deep button tufting. Deep button tufting was introduced in the late 19th century. Which means it’s unlikely that Phillip Stanhope invented the Chesterfield sofa as it is known today.
Luxury Chesterfield Sofas
Rich and famous people have bought Chesterfield furniture for centuries. For the past 3 hundred years the Chesterfield sofa has been a status symbol.
In fact Queen Victoria owned a pair of Chesterfield sofas. She owned a 3 seat and 2 seat Chesterfield sofa. An interior sketch of Balmoral by James Roberts clearly shows a 2 chairs in the definitive Chesterfield shape (Source: Royal Trust Collection Website)
Undoubtedly Chesterfields were Luxury sofas. Like the Chesterfield sofas produced by us today.
Unlike many years ago when a velvet Chesterfield or leather Chesterfield were the only options, things have evolved. Whilst the upholsterers do make velvet and leather Chesterfields they also make patchwork and Crushed velvet Chesterfield´s too.
For more than 30 years the upholstery team has made Chesterfield furniture. Therefore they can make a Chesterfield´s in most sizes. Here is a 7 seat Chesterfield made for Kyla.
Equally, a leather Chesterfield set made for Tahir. Or the 12 seat vinyl Chesterfield made for Steve.