Dating back to the 18th century, the chesterfield sofa was once the mark of class and stature. Today, it’s symbolic of great taste. While this iconic British design is often imitated, there may be no better re-creation than Frontgate’s own Barrow furniture collection.
Employing centuries-old techniques, each bench-made sofa is constructed one at a time, entirely by hand. The foundation of our sofa is our lifetime-warrantied frame – constructed of kiln-dried hardwood. Kiln drying removes moisture, guarding against warping and cracking. Using time-honored techniques, corner blocks are double-doweled for stability. By contrast, sofas with joints simply screwed together risk breaking when dropped or jolted.
Next, we focus on what industry folks call “the ride” – seating comfort established by a sofa’s suspension system. Our heat-tempered, double-coil steel springs are eight-way hand-tied, a time-intensive process employed by only the finest furniture makers. Rows of coils are tied together eight times: from front to back, side to side, and diagonally. This establishes tension among the coils, allowing them to flex together. The method creates stability that keeps springs from shifting, establishing a comfortable sit with long-term support. Meaning your sofa won’t be sagging in spots after a few years.
Our proprietary cushions are plush and comfortable, and they’ll stay that way. Why? The soft foam interior includes flexible coils. A layer of soft batting surrounds them. Around that is an outer casing with a goose down/fiberfill blend that’s baffled to prevent the down from shifting. The bottom line? Our cushions are designed to stay plump without maintenance.
Finally, we finish every sofa in your choice of beautifully tailored upholstery—from hand-tanned, top-grain leathers to an array of premium fabrics. On Barrow, we sew the material into a pattern to give it a pronounced tuft, and we finish it with buttons. Then, all railheads are hand-hammered into place, giving each sofa the look and feel of a bespoke masterpiece. With multiple silhouettes — traditional, petite, sectional, chair and ottoman — and fabrics to choose from, it’s easy to bring a touch of British royalty to any living room.
Want to learn more about Frontgate furniture? Read Passion for Perfection: How Really Great Furniture is Made.