The history of the most famous Chesterfield bed

Chesterfield bed is one of the most popular types of beds.

This type of bed has its name after the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Stanhope (1694 – 1773).

He was an English statesman and man of letters. He was also known for his bad temper.

The original Chesterfield bed was designed in the 18th century. It was rather plain, but its special feature was that it could be converted into a sofa during the daytime.

The original Chesterfield bed was very popular in England at the beginning of the 20th century.

Even today one can come across furniture stores where they sell this type of bed, which are strongly reminiscent of the original Chesterfield bed.

This bed is named after Lord Charles Spencer, the 3rd Earl of Chesterfield

He commissioned mahogany and gilt bronze-mounted four-poster bed for his London home

The design became popular with many aristocrats and royalty because it was considered to be an elegant symbol of wealth and status 

In 1780, Thomas Chippendale published “The Gentleman & Cabinet Maker’s Director” which featured designs for various furniture pieces including a version of the Chesterfield bed that he called “the most fashionable article of modern furniture”. 

This led to the popularity of these beds increasing even more as they were featured in other publications such as “The Universal System Of Household Furniture” by George Hepplewhite in 1788 along with being showcased at exhibitions across Europe during this time period.

The original Chesterfield bed was rather plain and was located in the drawing-room of a home where it could be converted into a sofa or daybed during the daytime by means of pulling up on the armrests and folding down the mattress base

This design later became known as a “chesterfield” because it resembled this type of sofa which was also referred to as a “chesterfield” at the time

The term “chesterfield” became synonymous with this type of bed. Eventually, however, people began referring to it simply as a “chesterfield”.

A Chesterfield is not an actual style of bed, but rather a general term used to describe any design or type of bed that has the appearance of a Chesterfield sofa

The word “chesterfield” is often used incorrectly in reference to a chesterfield bed, when in fact it should only be used when actually referring to a Chesterfield sofa or couch.

In reality, any type of couch or sofa can have this name including modern sofas, chesterfield sofas, and antique sofas

The term “chesterfield” is used for any type of sofa or couch without a back-cushion. In contrast with a modern couch or sofa which has a fixed back cushion attached to the frame with no division or separation between seat cushions and the back cushion. This is why it is correct to say that a chesterfield bed has the appearance of a Chesterfield sofa.

A modern day version of this bed would have a separate cushion for the back and headboard, whereas the original design had no back cushion. The upholstery covering the seat cushions was merely placed upon a bench or framed mattress base and then tucked under at the bottom and pulled up and fastened to each arm rest. This is also how the Chesterfield sofa originally was designed as well

The traditional chesterfield bed with its metal scrollwork headboard and foot-end, which is now so popular in England, was introduced about 1860.   The original design had a simple foot-end and a frame around the headboard with a fixed back cushion.   The term “chesterfield” is often incorrectly used to describe a chesterfield bed.

However, this term is usually used to describe a sofa or couch which has the appearance of a chesterfield bed.   A Chesterfield sofa may have all the features of the chesterfield bed; however, this bed does not necessarily reflect all the features of the most popular modern version of this bed.