What is a Chesterfield sofa?

You’ll know it when you see it! The ‘Chesterfield’ is a classic sofa design well known for deep dimpled buttons and scrolled arms matching the height of the back of the sofa.

Traditionally just for show, sitting on a Chesterfield was discouraged at first! Originating in old manor houses and later appearing in British gentlemen clubs, this popular sofa design has eventually reached our own homes.

Over 200 years later, we think it's a statement piece worth sitting on.

Why is it called a Chesterfield sofa?

The term ‘Chesterfield’ describes the historic design of this particular kind of sofa from the late 18th century. It has been said that the fourth Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Stanhope (1694-1773) originally commissioned a piece of furniture with a high back to stop his suit from wrinkling as he sat down.

With its low seat base and arms and back sitting at a good height, the Chesterfield has now become the perfect piece for both relaxing and providing comfortable back support. Three-piece suit optional.

What are the characteristics of a Chesterfield sofa?

The first thing that springs to mind when thinking of a Chesterfield styled sofa has to be the deep button detailing. It’s what makes the traditional Chesterfield design so iconic.

  • Deep button detailing - creating the statement dimpled diamond effect
  • Tufted rich brown leather upholstery - tufted with sewn in buttons
  • High arms - sitting at the same height as the back of the sofa
  • Rolled seat arms - oversized for maximum comfort

What sofas are similar to a Chesterfield sofa?

Here at ScS we have a whole host of Chesterfield styled sofas ranging from very traditional and classic styles, to more modern and contemporary sofas. Here are our top picks:

Our Top Chesterfield Styled ScS Sofas

The Savanna

Part of our new and exclusive Tetrad Luxe range, the Savanna sofa collection oozes sophistication and glamour with its very classic take on the chesterfield style. With a range of sumptuous velvet fabrics or durable leathers, each piece features oversized scroll arm designs, with stud detailing and foam seat interiors ensuring maximum support and comfort.

The Cairngorm

The Tetrad Luxe Cairngorm sofa collection would make a classic addition to any home, combining timeless designs and high quality fabrics.

With a range of high quality fabric options to choose from, each piece is complete with luxurious foam seat interiors as standard ensuring maximum support and comfort, as well as solid hardwood feet. Available in the collection are two sizes of sofas and coordinating chairs.

The Balmoral

Combining classic chesterfield inspired styling, the Tetrad Balmoral sofa collection would make a timeless addition to any home.

Each piece features a mixture of durable leathers and high-quality fabrics, with classic scroll arm designs and stud detailing. With beautiful feather filled scatter cushions, fibre filled seat interiors come as standard ensuring high levels of comfort and support. Available in the collection are two sofa sizes and styles of chairs, with a range of coordinating footstools.

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