Chesterfield sofas are one of the most iconic silhouettes in furniture, remaining popular in interior trends for centuries, and for good reason! Quintessentially British in design, these statement sofas are sure to bring an opulent feel to any space. A resurge in recent years, however, means you can now achieve the same Chesterfield impression, whatever your interior style with contemporary or classic catered for in abundance.

So, how do you buy the perfect sofa for you?

With an increasing number of us having to buy online, due to growing restrictions and complications surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, it’s never been harder to buy with confidence.

We’re here to lend you a helping hand, explaining the subtle differences in Chesterfield sofas, and what these can mean for you, the buyer.

1. Comfort

It’s daunting buying a sofa without the ease of a good ‘try before you buy’, which makes furniture showrooms so handy. But, what can we tell about comfort from appearance alone? When it comes to Chesterfield sofas, there are two things to consider seat firmness and seat position. Luckily, both of these are easy to spot, when you know what you’re looking for.

Seat Firmness

Firm: If it’s a firm sit you are after, then buttoning or tufting on the seat is the best indicator of a firm sit. The secret to this is the buttoning itself, pulling the upholstery taught and giving less room for the bounce.

Soft: Looking for something plusher? Pay extra attention to fixed cushion bases or models with additional, separate cushioning. These are going to give you a much comfier sit, as the additional padding in the structure of cushions gives you much more to sink into.

Seat Position

Supportive: Shallow seats, with higher bases or cushions and upright arms are the best for those of you looking for a supportive sit. The build of the back of the sofa often mimics the structure and position of the arms, so you’re sure to have an upright, supportive back if that’s what the arms are indicating.

Relaxed: Deeper seats will allow you to sink into the sofa more, giving you less support and more snuggle. These often come with more relaxed arms, and thus a more relaxed back.

If you’re not sure of the seat depth from appearance alone, always check the dimensions of the product and compare these to styles that have caught your eye.

2. Style

It’s always best to start thinking about style after you have considered comfort. As this will help you rule out any of the style factors which may influence how your sofa feels.

We’re all familiar with the iconic silhouette of a Chesterfield sofa, from their tufted upholstery to their deep leather finishes. A real indicator of class and sophistication, but they don’t suit every space, right?  Wrong. What if we told you that Chesterfield sofas don’t have to radiate classic poise? Instead, they could scream contemporary coolness.

Don’t believe us? We’ll show you!

Timeless Classics

Chesterfield sofas simply must be doing something right, for their shape and style to have remained so popular since the 19th century.

If you’re looking to create a regal and timeless feeling in your space, look no further than the timeless silhouette of a traditional chesterfield. Deep tufting to the back and seat, ornate leather or fabric piping throughout, and finished with iconic metal studding and polished mahogany feet; what could be more lavish?

Finish your piece in deep antique leather for the ultimate traditional look. We recommend intense browns or deep greens, brought to life with the natural character of luxury antique leather.

Contemporary Choices

If you’re looking for something cooler to complement your contemporary space, a Chesterfield can do just that. A boost of popularity in recent years has seen this style revamped with modernity built-in.

Relaxed arms and arched backs give these styles both a relaxed, effortless look with a relaxed feel to boot. Sitting lower than original Chesterfield sofas, with lighter wooden feet and subtle Chesterfield markers, these styles combine chic vintage elements with a much more modern touch. Finished in crisp neutral, warm leathers for a minimalist, homely feel or in bright, bold velvets for a real statement these pieces definitely carry masses of versatility.

Securing your dream sofa is going to mean different things to different people. If you have a strong vision of your space, this will make it easier. So, play around with mood-boards, use Pinterest and tear pages out of catalogs, brochures, and magazines.

3. Fabric and Finish

Breathe some longevity into your sofa, considering your fabric and finish carefully. Different fabrics have varying characteristics that determine their longevity. While some are perfect for occasional use, others are perfect for busy family life.

Top Picks for Lasting Quality

Sealed leathers: These are the best for ensuring that your sofa stays in premium condition for years to come. These leathers are sealed with a resilient topcoat, keeping them from marking as easily, while still maintaining the beautiful characteristics of quality leather. Perfect for busy homes, children and pets.

Velvets: While you might think a velvet sofa is a tempting fate for spills and damage, think again. Velvets can be extremely hard-wearing. If you are considering velvets, check their Martindale count or ‘rub test’ – this is a number that indicates resilience and resistance. The higher the score, the longer your fabric will last and the harder wearing it is likely to be.

And don’t forget…samples, samples, samples! Make a perfect choice and chose colors confidently. Take advantage of free samples and swatches, giving you the opportunity to see fabrics, colors, and tones in your own home, against your own lighting and color palettes. All this, at no extra cost!