Where does it come from: The Chaise Longue

Where does it come from: The Chaise Longue

Where does it come from: The Chaise Longue

The Chaise Longue can be found as far back in History as 3000BC when the ancient Romans would have have this comfortable reclining chair made in palm, wicker or wood. 

 

The Chaise Longue is typically a long chair, and the word is a literal translation from French; chaise (chair) longue (long). Over time it has began to be misspelt in English and you will often see it referred to as a Chaise Lounge.

 

You often see variations of the chaise longue depicted in ancient greek or roman imagry as the chair was a very popular style then, the weathy and affulent liked to relax durning meal times and to also have reclined chairs to lounge on during the day.

 

There are a few types of chaise longue, and they should not be mistaken for the similar looking day beds, the chaise lounge is not designed to sleep in, just to provide maximum reclining comfort.

 

The Méridienne style chaise longue has an upright back and asymmetrical, or just one side arms, allowing a person to recline sideways without fear of falling off. This style is usually padded and upholstered.

 

 

The other style is the Récamier chaise longue which has symmetrical head and foot rests for someone to sit straight within the chair reclining backwards.

 

Now-a-days the chaise longue is typically thought of as a decadent French piece, and most of the styles we see reflect that with ornate frames and plush fabrics. Although it is not a standard piece of a furniture collection it adds a stylish touch to any space and encourages relaxation and leisure.

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