About Antique Chesterfield Sofa
The Chesterfield is a well known and distinctive sofa design with European heritage. This type of sofa features a mid-height back which rolls outwards at the top. On the front of the seat back, the sofa is upholstered with characteristic deep buttoning that matches the sofa's material. The rolling arms at either end of the sofa often feature scrolling designs at the front, which might be inlaid with piping or studding. Sofas are usually low and benefit from significant cushioning on the seats.
Traditionally the Chesterfield sofa is upholstered in leather, often coloured in heritage shades such as duck egg, chocolate, tan or maroon. On antique pieces the leather will have aged from use and might show wear in the seats, heightening the old world charm of the sofa. Some Chesterfields might also be upholstered in fabrics such as velvet or with flat patterned materials.
Another characteristic of the Chesterfield is its wide seat which allows a user to sit right back. Sofa backs either curve around in an arc or have been squared off at the edges. Some designs will show wood detailing on the bottom with the addition of squat decorative legs which lift the sofa off the floor, others sit directly onto the floor and have solid bases.
The Chesterfield design has been used in two and three seater sofas as well as armchairs. Whilst armchairs boast the same feel with deep buttoning and scroll topped arms, these often have higher backs and will usually have decorative wooden feet or elegantly carved wooden legs.