Antique Country Easy Chairs


Antique Country Furniture
  Country Chippendale
  Country Chairs
  Country Rocking Chairs
  Antique Country Easy Chairs
Antique Chairs
Antique Desks
Antique Furniture
Antique Tables
Antique Bedroom Furniture & Dressings
Antique Cast Iron Furniture
Tips on Buying and Selling Antique Furniture
Other Antique Topics
Antique Home Furnishings
  Antique Clocks and their History
  Antique Extras
  Antique Upholstered Furniture
  Antique Dining Tables
  Antique Mirrors
More to Come

Thank You for Visiting!
We hope you enjoy the wealth of Antique Country Furniture information we have tried to provide. Check back often, as we are growing fast!

Easy...? Chair - Probably not by today's standards of comfort.




The first truly comfortable seating form in the colonies was the wing chair, or "easy chair," as it was traditionally called.

Introduced from England around 1700, easy chairs were not found in parlors during the 18th century, but instead were placed in bedrooms. The tall, winged back fended off drafts, and the down-filled cushion seat and upholstered frame allowed sitters to doze in comfort by the fire. 

Easy chairs were extremely expensive: Upholstering was a technique practiced by highly trained specialists, fabric was costly, and building the frames required skillful craftsmanship.

Few people in rural areas could afford the luxury of owning a chair made in this way. The easy chair was nevertheless in demand, and country craftsmen copied the form in wood or produced simple frame-and-upholstery versions. Although relatively unsophisticated, country easy chairs still helped keep drafts of the sitter's back. 

It's easy to see the foundation of the easy chair from crude wood to the finest fabrics of today!






� 2004-2016 CILSS. All rights reserved. Terms of Use and Disclaimer