We're Calling It—Chesterfield Sofas Actually Make Lounging Look Cool

Updated 11/20/17

When looking for spacious seating that feels livable while also boasting a regal aesthetic, the chesterfield sofa is ideal. After all, its namesake was the 19th-century British Earl of Chesterfield. The iconic mahogany leather upholstery along with the taught button tufting and rolled arms infuse it with posh English charm. No doubt these stately sofas feel most at home in a moody study with some scotch and a copy of Great Expectations nearby, which is something we can get behind (or on top of, in the case of a couch).

So if you fancy this timeless style, shop 14 chesterfield sofas below, including those that mirror the traditional look as well as midcentury-modern versions and funky interpretations at various price points.

Consort Design The Morgan Sofa (1560)

With ash-gray feet and upholstered in a navy chenille, this sofa is the perfect backdrop for a throw collection of any kind.

Amsterdam Modern Pretty in Pink Artifort Upholstered Loveseat ($2250)

This millennial pink velvet two-seater will easily introduce maximum style to an entryway, bedroom corner, a small living room, or a studio apartment.

Threshold Felton Tufted Sofa ($600)

This contemporary, tufted gray sofa is durable and versatile so you can do whatever you want with it, whether you want to keep things casual or dress them up.

ABC Carpet & Home 20thC Chester Leather Sofa ($3334)

Handcrafted and featuring meticulous button-tufting with elegant curves and an exposed oak frame, this leather sofa will earn any home instant style points.

Urban Outfitters Hayes Sofa ($599)

Okay, so this isn't quite a chesterfeild sofa, but it's taking notes from its forefather with a bold lacquered metal and textured, tufted cushions. The oatmeal hue makes it easy to redecorate with throughout the years.

Jonathan Adler Claridge Sofa (3500)

As described by Jonathan Adler, this "chesterfield sofa gets a modern American glamour update," and we are huge fans. The tailored tufting, impeccable velvet fabric in a unique blue hue (it also comes in a divine navy leather and cream linen), brass orb feet, and pared-down structure make this sofa a serious winner for family homes and bachelor pads alike.

This original chesterfield sofa is the kingly piece you've been looking for. The curvy frame and intricate design are one of a kind, making it perfect for a collector.

Urban Outfitters Greta Recycled Leather XL Sleeper Sofa ($879)

Legless and armless, this is the ultimate sleeper sofa. It's the ideal living room staple for anyone looking for something that comes from the chesterfield tradition but looks a lot less structured and more casual and laid-back.

Here's another midcentury-modern reimagining. Tightly stuffed yet slimmer and more minimal, this black sofa is a great affordable staple.

HD Buttercup Mustard Capetown Sofa ($999)

This midcentury-modern take on the classic chesterfield sofa is great for anyone who likes clean lines and low profiles. The velvet mustard upholstery puts a fun spin on it. 

Lulu & Georgia Arlie Sofa ($1678)

Those rolled arms and metal legs look even more sophisticated against the rich peacock green velvet fabric. You can comfortably curl up on it or sit tall when entertaining guests.

Joss & Main Earl Chesterfield Sofa ($470)

Here's another lovely and highly affordable take on the chesterfield sofa with a tufted back, large rounded arms, and deep cushions so the whole family can pile on. In a light linen upholstery, we imagine it in a coastal family home. 

This brown midcentury leather sofa sits atop tapered legs inside a structured frame, creating a piece that has both cozy warmth and sleek elegance.

Jonathan Adler Caine Sofa ($3200)

These high tuxedo arms and back along with the polished brass base are formal and luxurious while keeping a sense of modern style.

How do you imagine styling your chesterfield sofa? Share your ideas with us in the comments.

Opening Image: Amy Bartlam and Jette Creative

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