What Exactly is a Leather Settee?
A leather settee is a kind of a cross between a leather tub chair and a sofa. This piece is typically meant for only one person, but variations exist allowing two or three people to be seated comfortably. There are some distinctive features that separate this style of furniture from a sofa.
The back of most leather settees will be higher than that of a chair or couch. It also has armrests. It differs from a sofa in that it is meant for sitting rather than for reclining. In essence, the settee is a more formal piece of furniture. It can also be referred to as a Chesterfield sofa. They work wonderfully in front of a home or in a living room. Settees that are not made with leather may also be found on the porch or in the yard. Some people even use it for extra seating at the dining room table.
Settees can be made of several materials including wood or metal. However, upholstered furniture has a more sophisticated look, and choosing a leather one will provide elegance to any home. These sofas were first manufactured in the last decade of the 19th century and were very popular through the early 20th century as well. The settee is now making a comeback. Some people like them for their older look. Others like them for their elegance and functionality. Whatever the reason, they are a popular addition to any leather lounge set.
Not all types of leather settee have an older look. There are more contemporary looks available and the collection is growing. Though typically straight-backed and uncomfortable, people are now putting down cushions on older settees. They are also raising the backs of settees.
A leather settee is a way to give one’s living room a classic look with a modern feel. A person might enjoy having a settee meant just for one or might find a more modern version that seats two or three people. All of those options provide a cozy seating area with a clean look.
Some popular colors for settees are brown, black, and white, Perhaps the most popular of these is the brown leather settee, as it lends a classic sort of elegance to the room. On the other hand, a white leather settee will give a room a very modern and chic look. It’s amazing what the difference in color can do.
Though they have gone in and out of style since their inception during the 1890s, the settee is regaining popularity. This style is also often chosen for its flexibility since it can be used in several locations. A leather settee can add to the decor in a living room or serve as extra seating at the table.
Decorative furniture is wonderful for its beauty and function. You get to raise your home’s level of style and class, while simultaneously bringing in pieces of furniture that can actually be sat in, lounged on, or the like. The upholstered settee is one such an elegant example.
Settee furniture is actually a fancy phrase for sofa, and can be used in such general terms, but most people refer to specific style of sofa dating back to the seventeenth century in Europe. They are designed to accommodate two or more people, often in a reclining position. Over the centuries interior designers came to include matching chairs, as well. The seats of settees are always upholstered, while the back and arms may or may not be. Different versions of settee sofas have come into popularity, like the chaise lounge and chesterfield. Each have a particular character. Some look particularly old century, others are more contemporary.
The original French settee is of delicate and intricate design. A wooden frame and fully upholstered, the style is lightly stuffed. The upholstery fabric often has delicate patterns, sometimes is textured, as well. The frame often has arches and special carvings. The arms are short, not quite reaching the front edge of the seat. A Victorian settee is similar in basic design, but even more dramatic. For example, the arches are steeper, or even progress into more intricate shapes. Even more dramatic fabrics are used for the upholstery. If you are searching out for a true antique settee, these are the designs you will be looking at.
In deep contrast, a modern leather settee will have sleek lines. Usually, it is upholstered in overstuffed leather and the metal frame is barely noticeable. Any style of throw pillow or shag pillow can be tossed onto modern leather settees to create a real contemporary “lounge” look. They are forgetting comfortable.
Both antique and contemporary styles can be built for different spaces. Some are more appropriate in halls or entryways. Others offer so much reclining space that they look best in the bedroom. A small corner settee is a prime example of living room decorative furniture. Constructed to fit neatly into the corner (true to its name), these settees provide extra decorative seating. Usually, you’ll want other chairs and even sofas in addition to the corner piece.
Take advantage of settee cushions, as well. Especially if your settee is only lightly stuffed, a few elegant or designer throw pillows will go far to create a more comfortable and welcoming environment. Only in hall settee, perhaps, would you shy away from extra cushioning; those pieces are truly decorative, and not often for actual lounging. Of course, that’s all up to your discretion.
Choosing the Right Leather Settee
A genuine leather settee makes a great addition to almost any living room. While you can get leather chairs made with faux leather, it does not really hold a candle to something made with real leather. There are a couple things you should be aware of before buying a leather chair. First of all, genuine leather settees do require some care.
They are not like your average couch where you can take off the couch cushions, wash them in the washing machine, dry them and then put them back on. You will have to be careful if you want your settee to stay in good condition over the long term.
If your home has one or more small children, you may find that leather furniture, in general, is not a good option until the children are older and less likely to accidentally spill things on it. If you have an indoor pet, then you would have to make sure the pet is either very well trained or cannot get into the room where your settee is going to be.
Brown leather settee
Another thing to keep in mind is that leather settees are quite costly. There are a few nice black ones made by Mayline that cost between $680 – $850, and would do for most living rooms, since black matches pretty much anything and the style of these very nice settees is such that it would blend in well no matter what the style of the living room’s décor. However, these are about the cheapest genuine leather settees on the market. After that, the prices vary wildly; most cost in the range of $2,000 to $4,500.
To get a nice leather settee, you do not have to be limited to black. While black is a classy color and it looks nice in almost any living room, you can gets real leather settees in wild berry, camel, chocolate, dove, white, bourbon, orange and vellum from Chelsea Wing. These are more contemporary in style and would look great in any contemporary style living room as long as the color you choose matches the preexisting furniture. These settees are not very cheap, however – they cost over $3,800 per settee.
It can also be nice to get something that is not just one plain color. There are a number of settees that are patterned and very artistic. If you have the budget for it, the St. Nicolas Settee is absolutely gorgeous. It is made with genuine leather and mahogany and is well suited for an elegant living room. However, whether this lovely item is worth is $6,500 price tag is arguable. There are a number of other choices that cost about half that much. For example, The Ambella Crocodile Settee, also made with mahogany, or one of Presidio’s many colors of standard settees made in the luxe style.
If you are not entirely sure of what would go well in your living room, it can help to do a bit of online research. By typing ‘leather settees’ or ‘leather chairs’ in any internet search engine you can find photos of many different kinds of settees and get a better idea of what options are available. In fact, there are a good number of online retailers that will sell leather furniture and often these retailers will offer their wares at a cheaper price than a regular furniture should would sell for. They also often have more of a selection and you can easily compare prices too.
There are, however, a few things you should keep in mind about shopping online. The first thing to remember is that it is very important to know the exact size of leather chair that you want. Measure the space in the living room carefully; if you order something in the wrong size it is quite a hassle to return or exchange it, as you will most likely be charged for the shipping. Also, check to see if the online retailer you are considering buying from offers free shipping for your purchase. Many do, while some only offer free shipping if you live in a particular area and others do not ship for free at all. It can be quite expensive to pay for the shipping, especially if the settee you are buying is one of the higher quality ones made with real hardwood, as they are quite heavy.