Thursday, July 22, 2010
The Chesterfield Leather Sofa, an Investment in Quality
One of the most important considerations in buying a new couch is how sturdily it’s built. A couch is a major investment, and you want it to last for a number of years.
Many homeowners are discovering the classic Chesterfield leather sofa.
The Chesterfield leather sofa design has been around for over 300 years, gracing palaces, private clubs, and upscale hotels.
The classic Chesterfield begins with a frame constructed of hardwood—usually birch or beech. The fine grain of hardwood creates the most solid fit for screws, pins, and other fastenings. Springs are hand-tied, and padding is added in layers. The leather upholstery is aniline dyed, and develops a rich patina as it ages. The button tufting—sometimes as many as 300 buttons are used on a single couch—helps prevent padding from shifting to create uncomfortable lumps or shallow spots.
Building a Chesterfield leather sofa is labor-intensive, and generally follows the time-honored procedures of yesteryear. (Some cheaper models may not maintain those quality standards, so you may need to investigate before you invest!)
There are modernized versions available which may feature either velvet or fabric upholstery. However, the classic black or brown leather Chesterfield leather sofa may be a better choice for several reasons. Fabric upholstery may stain easily, or fray at stress points. Fabric may fade or grow dingy with age. Fabric colors and styles may reflect modern trends, and become dated in a few years. However, the classic leather is easily cleaned, durable, and the neutral colors can blend well with other colors without appearing dated.
Redecorating is expensive. By investing in quality classic foundation pieces such as the Chesterfield couch, the homeowner can update décor easily and inexpensively by rotating inexpensive accessories such as artwork, rugs, pillows, and window treatments.
So enjoy elegance while making a practical investment in a quality-built Chesterfield couch.