Chesterfield Sofas

Chesterfield Sofas come in many different shapes and sizes. From the formal and traditional Windsor Sofa to the flamboyant and contemporary Drummond, the choices in finish detail, sizes and shapes are almost endless. Indeed, it is such a vast portfolio you have to choose from, that here at Distinctive Chesterfields we do nothing else. Thats right we do chesterfields and only chesterfields.

But Which Chesterfield Sofa is right for me?

This is the most commonly asked question in the offices here at Distinctive Chesterfields. And the difficulty comes when you try to answer this question.

You see, different people seek different characteristics in their chesterfield sofa. For example, the Firm sprung and webbed Blenheim Sofa is never going to be as soft and squishy as the informal Drummond, and while the range of Hampton chesterfield sofas can be seen as a compromise between the two, who wants to compromise? So the question we always recommend to ask yourself when buying a chesterfield sofa, is 'what do I want out of it?' Only then can we start to recommend relevant sofas and narrow down the possibilities for you.

The Construction of a Chesterfield Sofa

This would begin with the all important frame. We always start with planed and knot free, solid beech hardwood. This gives us straight edges and long term shape stability to start with. The last thing we would want is for your chesterfield sofa to start creaking and wobbling after only a few years of use. We then measure out, and jig cut for accuracy, all pieces of the frame and start the assembly process. This entails dry fitting all elements together, fitting dowels and pilot holes, and checking for perfect fit, before stripping , glueing, and re-fitting together and placing in a jig to harden for 24 hours.

Once the chesterfield sofa frame has gone off, it is ready for suspension. This is provided by a variety of means, depending on the style of sofa being built. We use serpentine springs, fish-mouth springs, zig-zag, and hand tied springs, along with Pirelli webbing in many areas of the chesterfield sofa.

The next layer of the chesterfield sofa is now applied which is the foam. Again, we use several densities of foams - differing from model to model. The foam is applied to the chesterfield sofa frame and is fixed in place. It is then pre-marked and scored for button holes and moved on to the next stage- upholstery.

We now select the correct hides for the job and lay them over the chesterfield sofa frame. Taking extreme care not to mis-align, we start the buttoning process. There can be anything up to 300 buttons in a chesterfield sofa so this can be a very labour intensive process. It cannot be shared either as the whole of the chesterfield sofa must be buttoned by the same upholsterer as each button pre tensions the leather for the next and therefore can only be started from one side.

Once the bulk of the buttoning is put into your chesterfield sofa, the next stage is finishing. In this stage the front border is put on the sofa, and the facings and back are also put on.

Finally, your chesterfield sofa is ready for despatch - where one of our teams of delivery drivers will fully install your new chesterfield sofa!

Types of Chesterfield Sofa

There are literally dozens of different styles of chesterfield sofa to choose from, but there are only a few different basic designs. These tend to be :

Straight or Crested Back - as the name suggests, this is to do with the back profile of the chesterfield sofa. Straight backed chesterfields tend to be more traditional in appearance, though crested backs can give more lateral back support.

High or low leg - This is to do with the stance of your chesterfield sofa. Traditionally on a plain wooden bun foot, many chesterfield sofas now have a thinner undercarriage and a taller leg to give a more elevated appearance.

Buttoned or Cushioned Base - Purists will always go for a buttoned or tufted base on their chesterfield sofa, whilst many prefer the comfort of a stuffed cushion instead.

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