Picture the scene: you’ve managed to get a foothold on the property ladder, by somehow managing to persuade the bank manager to lend you enough money for a mortgage. Now that’s a feat in itself these days: nobody likes to part with their money, especially the banks for reasons only they truly understand. Still, you’ve put down the deposit and are now the proud owner of a period property, but here comes the problem. What type of furniture do you put in your Victorian terrace or Edwardian semi? Do you opt for furniture that’s in keeping with the age of the property and go down the traditional route, or do you break with tradition and go for something individual or eclectic? Well, most people unsurprisingly prefer to stick with what they know will suit, and choose furnishings that will sit comfortably with the age and character of the property. But this then begs the question, what type of furniture do you buy? If you want to maintain this period authenticity, do you have to buy an old Chesterfield sofa, or will a new one do just as well?
The answer is, choose a new one. Now some people may regard this a bit of a cop out, but the truth is they couldn’t be further from the mark if they tried. Yes you can trawl through the local auction listings and maybe find an old battered traditional Chesterfield sofa, but it will come at a price – literally. Vintage furniture is expensive, and generally speaking has seen better days. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of ‘character’ of course, but there’s a very fine margin between having character and being past it. Many old chesterfield settees have lived a full life, and will probably need more than a little TLC: they might need re-springing or worse still, recovering. In many ways that actually defeats the purpose of the original purchase. If you’re lucky enough to find a chesterfield sofa in pristine condition, then you’ll have to pay an arm and a leg for it. Yes, it may look fantastic and make you feel truly authentic, but if that means you can’t afford to do anything else to the property, it just isn’t worth it. It’s a little like buying the finest-quality bone china dinner service, and then not having enough money left to put any food on the plate.
It’s a much better option to buy new. You might feel slightly uncomfortable with the prospect of having a new chesterfield sofa in your period property, but you can find solace in the fact that it’s not a fake, it’s simply fantastic value. Here at the Chesterfield Sofa Company, we sell beautiful, handcrafted chesterfield sofas that cost a fraction of their auction counterparts. You can buy a traditional Balmoral 3 seater chesterfield sofa for as little as £683. It’s a handsome piece alright, with a deep button back and arms, covered in the finest quality, aged leather: we will never use demicks or off cuts. Our chesterfield settees are made by craftsmen in our Lancashire workshop with quality materials that are guaranteed to last a lifetime. Ok, it might not be an antique, but it will certainly look like one. No-one visiting your perfect pied-a-terre need ever know. We won’t tell them, and we’re sure you won’t either. You can just sit back and relax on your comfortable ‘period piece’ and know that not only have you just saved a considerable chunk of money, but you’ve also bought a piece that’s been built to stand up to anything you care to throw at it. Fake? Not in the slightest. Fabulous – definitely.