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Victorian Sofas

Gently Used, Vintage, and Antique Victorian Sofas

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Ah yes. The Victorian era: the time of Tennyson, corsets, and let’s not forget, the indulgence of the decorative arts. There was no single dominant furniture style during this time, as designers drew inspiration from period styles like Gothic, Tudor, English Rococo, and Neoclassical. However, interior design focused on orderliness and ornamentation as people strived to cover every surface with objects reflecting their interests to avoid looking bland. As the Industrial Revolution prospered, furniture began to be mass produced and manufactured for the first time, resulting in less custom furniture. To compensate, designers put in elaborate carvings and embellishments to make sure each piece still felt luxurious. Specifically, Victorian sofas featured feminine, curvaceous silhouettes and often had tufted backs, deep seats, and low arms. These sofas were upholstered in high-quality, decadent fabrics, commonly with elaborate floral designs. At a time when social status was of great importance, every piece of furniture had to reflect the opulence of its owner. As a result, many Victorian couches may initially seem over-the-top on their own. Add one to a pre-existing collection of period pieces, or let it be the start of a new obsession! If that’s not the look you’re going for, tone it down with some neutral pieces to just add a little piece of antiquity glam into more modern aesthetics. Chairish offers a large selection of vintage and antique Victorian sofas and settees so you can style it up however you like.