A Short History of the Chesterfield Sofa

Chesterfield Sofa

The classic Chesterfield sofa has been a part of interior design and stately fashion for hundreds of years. But where did it come from and how has it evolved?

The Chesterfield sofa was originally named after the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Stanhope right, and was often found in the stately homes of the wealthy aristocracy during the 18th century. Its shape and style formed a seat which would allow people to sit upright yet also relax in a comfortable position. Nowadays, the Chesterfield has become synonymous with style and comfort, and it is easy to see why with its quilted leather upholstery and deep buttoned back.

Philip Stanhope 4th Earl of ChesterfieldThroughout time, the Chesterfield sofa has come to represent different things to different people. The classic image being a vintage study filled with smoke from expensive cigars. The Chesterfield became a key piece of furniture during the Victorian era, becoming a seat to relax on for the man of the house while ladies were off doing ladylike “ventures” such as needlework. Fast forward to the 19thcentury and you see the chesterfield sofa strongly linked to Sigmund Freud and psychology or hypnotherapy.

And what about today? Well we think that the Chesterfield has become effectively timeless, remaining in fashion for almost 300 years. Can any other type of sofa say the same? In fact, it is safe to say that it will be around for a long time to come, furnishing homes with that little bit of extra class and sophistication.

Take a look at our Chesterfield Sofa Range and see if you can create the perfect classic leather chesterfield sofa or the more contemporary fabric chesterfield.