Antique Sofas and Chaises
A sofa originally described seating in a Turkish villa. A chaise was originally a French side chair, later developed into a long chair for reclining. Antique sofas and chaises come in a variety of styles that can complement any sort of decor.What styles of antique sofas and chaises are available?
Styles of vintage couches, sofas, and chaises that are available include these:
- Pre-1800: Sofas, couches, and chairs made before 1800 do not all share the same look. For instance, Queen Anne style is simple with little carving or ornamentation. Meanwhile, pieces in the style of some of the French Bourbon kings are extremely ornate.
- Georgian and Victorian: These vintage sofas and chairs are known for their luxuriance. The pieces are generally heavy and upholstered in sumptuous fabrics such as velvet.
- 1900 to 1950s: Furniture made in these years is varied. Though Victorian and Edwardian sofas and couches were still being made, the style that became very widespread in the 1950s was first seen in 1925 at the Paris Exposition.
- Post-1950s: This style stresses practicality, and makers of this type of furniture concentrate on its usefulness as well as comfort. Synthetic fabrics, such as those seen on faux leather sofas, aesthetically pleasing lines, and exotic woods such as teak predominate this period’s furniture.
Antique and vintage sofas and chaises were crafted meticulously by hand.
- The carpenter made a wood or particleboard frame to which webbing made of linen or jute was added.
- Rows of springs were then added and tied down. Burlap was tacked to the frame and sewed to the springs to make a foundation for the padding.
- The padding was usually made of horsehair or other materials. Muslin was used to hold the padding in place.
- Finally, fabric was tacked to the padding.
Cleaning vintage or antique furniture such as a sofa depends on what materials it is made out of and how fragile it is. Small stains on vintage fabrics can be easy to clean since many were made of natural products such as linen or wool. The wood usually only needs to be dusted about once each week. As needed, you can follow these tips to clean the wood more thoroughly:
- Dip a clean cloth in warm water and dishwashing detergent and wring it out before wiping the wood.
- After wiping the wood, any residue should be removed with another cloth that has been dipped in clear water.
- Finally, the wood should be thoroughly dried with yet another clean cloth.