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The story of the British Chesterfield sofa begins in 18th-century England. It is understood to have been commissioned for Philip Chesterfield, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694- 1773). An elegant design, with high rolled arms level with the low backrest, and deep-buttoned, quilted upholstery, it has become synonymous with English style and quality craftsmanship. Traditional leather or velvet Chesterfields have graced prestigious clubs, stately homes, and libraries over the years, and the design's enduring popularity has brought reinterpretations, variations and simplifications, in a wider range of materials, and sizes to suit diverse tastes and spaces.

Traditionally a Chesterfield sofa has a deep seat and button-tufted back. At Sofas & Stuff we have several designs modelled on, or inspired by, the classic Chesterfield sofa, any of which can be created in an upholstery fabric of your choice.

The button back Chesterfield sofa

The button-back Chesterfield sofa

Chiddingfold chair in Linwood Velvet Tango

Inspired by a 19th century chair, purchased in a Petworth antique shop, the Chiddingfold blends elements of the traditional Chesterfield sofa with those of the classic English Howard-style sofa. It takes the low Howard arm and combines it with a beautiful deep buttoned back. This Chesterfield looks particularly wonderful in Liberty prints and luxurious velvets.

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The scroll arm Chesterfield sofa

Woodbridge 2 seater Chesterfield in Floral Linen Carcassonne Laurel 1

An elegant Chesterfield sofa design with a smooth rather than a buttoned back; the main detail provided by the scrolled arms and piping. Equally suited to plain fabrics, be it velvet, linen, or wool, as a bold linen print or woven stripe. A traditional sofa, simplified just a little bit. This model also comes in an armchair.

Bespoke options are currently only available in-store. Arrange a free 1:1 design appointment with one of our design consultants at a time that suits you, or pop into your local showroom at any time and our sofa experts will be on hand to help.

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The scroll arm Chesterfield sofa
The simplified Chesterfield sofa

The simplified Chesterfield sofa

Exbury 3 seater chesterfield in RHS Collection Gertrude Jekyll Folklore Duck Egg

Luxurious and inviting. A modern simplification of the classic Chesterfield, the Exbury has a deep and comfy seat, maintaining the original Chesterfield shape whilst dispensing with button or stud details.

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The modern Chesterfield sofa

Haresfield 3 seater sofa in Plymouth Cotton Velvet Azure

A contemporary, fabric Chesterfield with a squared rather than rounded buttoned back and neat, dipped arms, that is equally at home in both urban and country interiors. The Haresfield is a hugely versatile sofa style which makes it one of our bestselling sofas shapes.

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The modern Chesterfield sofa
The elegant Chesterfield sofa

The elegant Chesterfield sofa

Orford 3 seater sofa in RHS Collection Large Knot Garden Gold

A truly elegant and classic sofa whose heritage is undoubtedly the Chesterfield, simplified for a contemporary look. With its scroll arm and sprung back this contemporary chesterfield sofa particularly suits a patterned linen or natural fabric.

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