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Chaise Longue

Ancient Greek art depicts gods and goddesses lounging on chaise longues. So whether you’re looking for a timeless item of living room furniture or a statement piece for your hallway, the chaise longue is the perfect way to add a regal touch to the home.

What is a chaise longue?

‘Chaise longue’ is the French for ‘long chair’. It can refer to any kind of chair that’s long enough to support your legs, but most commonly refers to a low, upholstered sofa with a back and just one armrest. The style is thought to have originated in Egypt as far back as 3,000 BC, but the modern chaises that we now know first became popular in France in the 16th Century.

In Victorian England, the chaise longue was thought to be particularly useful for expectant women, and similar styles were used as fainting couches. When the design became popular in the United States, Americans transformed the name into ‘chaise lounge’. While ‘chaise longue’ is still the more popular term in Great Britain, ‘chaise lounge’ might be a more comfortable choice if you’re looking for easy pronunciation!

What is a chaise lounge used for?

A modern chaise longue or chaise lounge tends to be used as it was traditionally – as a sofa or daybed for lounging on. However, these timeless sofas can also be used to make a stylish statement in the home, thanks to the fact that they come in a range of different colours and quality fabrics. An art deco inspired living room might suit a chaise lounge upholstered in pink crushed velvet fabric for example, whereas a modern study might benefit from a leather chaise longue in forest green. The choice is yours!

Where to put a chaise longue?

While chaise longue sofas are popular as an extra seat in the living room, what makes them so versatile is that they can be placed in almost any room in the house. If you have a large bathroom, a small chaise longue would make a beautiful feature next to freestanding roll top bath. Alternatively, try placing a chaise longue chair at your bedside to bring a classic feel to an eclectic bedroom. A chaise longue can also be used to add character to the more transient spaces in a house, such as landings or hallways. No matter which room you’re looking to furnish, you can’t go wrong with these sofas!

Where to buy chaise longue?

Whether you’re looking for a comfortable sofa to lounge on or a statement piece of furniture to admire, you won’t fail to find a high-quality chaise longue that ticks every box right here on Houzz UK.
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