Antique settees, also known as antique sofas were extended versions of armchairs from the period. Most were upholstered or like Chippendale examples had wooden backs in two to four sections, repeating the single chair back. It was from around 1770 when the first fully upholstered Georgian settee appeared. From this, cabinet makers experimented and produced the  Regency couch or day bed and then this lead onto the exuberantly carved Victorian Chaise-Longue. The Antique Chaise Longue was made to fit in a drawing room or at the end of a bed with only one curved arm so you could lay along the whole body of the chair. The Victorian period also produced the large heavy buttoned back chesterfield settee sometimes in leather upholstery. Victorian seating was designed for comfort so during this period antique settees are usually well padded with often comfortable loose cushions and had coiled springs in their construction. Fabrics used, were anything from tapestry to weaved but with modern homes, many are re-upholstered to a more neutral fabric to make them more suitable for today’s interiors. Have a look below at some of our beautiful antique chairs for sale along with good examples of antique settees below.