While the moniker “Chesterfield” is synonymous with iconic British design and luxury, not all Chesterfield furniture is created alike. With royal roots dating back to the early 18th century, the Chesterfield is perhaps one of the most well-known sofas in history. The sofa’s expert construction, luxe materials, and attention to detail exude expert craftsmanship and high-end luxury.
However, with desirability for such upscale goods from the masses, it is unavoidable iconic designs such as this are imitated and rendered in cheaper materials using inexpert labor for a low-cost, mass-produced product.
While these low-cost versions might seem like a good idea when faced with the cost of a high-quality one, time will prove the lack of initial investment unwise. A high-quality Chesterfield will be built to last for generations to come, sure to become an heirloom used for generations. It is a one-time investment that will prove itself out over time, while imitations will fail in looks and function starting mere years after purchase.
At first glance, a poor-quality Chesterfield may seem similar to a high-quality one, but make no mistake there are sure things to look for when comparing the Chesterfield sofas on the market. Below you’ll find essential characteristics of high vs. low-quality versions.
When it comes to a Chesterfield Sofa worthy of its name, the craftsmanship used to construct and produce it will be the best every step of the way. An expert furniture maker will know their craft and be able to create a quality piece from start to finish. These master artisans take decades to study and hone their skills so they can produce a masterful piece every time.
Cheap Chesterfield sofas tend to be produced by poor quality laborers who often learn their skills piecemeal and within mere hours. This approach to cheap labor unavoidably produces cheaply executed products not meant to hold up to the rigors of daily use. These sofas break down in aesthetic and form, making their investment for naught in a short time.
Well-crafted Chesterfield sofas will be made of premium quality materials unmatched for their beauty and durability. Each high-quality sofa will be made using only the finest natural materials for the construction and the filling such as solid hardwood frames, high-density foams, and premium-quality leathers.
Low-quality sofa manufacturers often cut corners to save costs by using lower-quality raw materials and production processes. These include cheap wood, low density cushioning, and glued parts you will not be able to see upon the first inspection but will prove out over time in the breaking down of the sofa’s structure.
Good bones of a high-end Chesterfield are achieved through the foundation of a high-quality structure. The framework provides support for the entire sofa, and its strength will determine its longevity. A good quality frame is made from solid hardwoods with chunky rails for durability under daily use. Screw-fixed corner blocks and dowelled joinery will be used for additional strength.
A cheaper Chesterfield will often be made of mixed timbers, chipboard panels, and minimally thick rails. Glue and staples will commonly be used to secure joints with minimal stability. The overall result will be inferior and temporary.
The comfort of a Chesterfield will be determined by the quality of the suspension materials used. Good quality sofas will most often have a suspension made from high-grade webbing, coil springs units, or serpentine coils. Different types of Chesterfields will have various suspensions to suit their purposed resistance and supportiveness. No matter, a quality suspension will hold up to the rigors of daily use.
Poor Chesterfields will often provide less support from lower-quality webbing or weak springs. These lesser quality materials are sure to fail over time under day-to-day use. You can get a good idea of the quality of suspension by sitting on the sofa—is it too springy or sinks too low? The quality suspension will feel just right.
The cushions of a quality Chesterfield will provide the utmost comfort while seated and recover for a plump aesthetic after. To achieve this entails having an inner cushion core often made of high-density foam, cotton fibers, or feathers then layered with a quality fabric wrap. The foam padding will be fastened to the frame to prevent slippage over time. For filled cushions of fiber or feathers, the filling should be substantial to provide ample form for seating comfort. An alternative cushion core will be high-density foam wrapped in fiber or feathers for the ultimate comfort and aesthetic.
Poorly made cushions made to cut costs will have low-density cores or less fiber filling that will tend to break down so the user can feel the frame through the cushion. Aesthetically the cushions will appear lumpy and malformed. Both cause the loss of comfort and enjoyment over time.
While its upholstery can often achieve the aesthetic appeal of a sofa, low-cost materials can mimic high-end ones at first glance. A quality Chesterfield will be dressed in only the best leather and fabrics. Premium genuine top grain leather often graces the frame of these iconic sofas.
Low-quality materials that are not meant to last and often carry warranties of 1 to 5 years only include bicast, eco-leathers, and inferior fiber fabrics. This will cause the exterior of the sofa to wear thin over time and not hold up to stains and dirt.
Perhaps the most defining feature of the Chesterfield is the deep button tufting on the back, seat, and arms. For the best quality, the deep tufting will be done by hand with strong thread, securing it to the frame. The feet are typically decoratively turned and finished by hand for a crafted look. Studs will be applied by hand to secure the upholstery to the frame.
Cheaper Chesterfields will have button-tufting that is secured only to the cushioning and around the frame edges, this will cause the buttons to pop out with extended use. Studs are often applied in strips not painstakingly by hand to save time and labor for a lower cost.
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Our bespoke service provides you with the ideal Chesterfield sofas and chairs to speak to your comfort, style, and sensibilities. Customize every aspect of your sofa to fit the way you live and lounge.