Chasing Lounge

The chaise lounge comes from France, where it is actually called a "chaise longue," which translates to "long chair." This fantastic type of lounge chair is still a mystery to many Americans. It is designed like a traditional chair, but it is longer and supports the legs.


Chaise Lounges


It appears that many consider the fact that Americans changed the name from "chaise longue" to "chaise lounge" appalling, though it is impossible to trace the origin of the change, so perhaps we can bury the hatchet.


The fainting couch is a variation on the chaise lounge, with one side raised in addition to the back being raised. I would LOVE to know where that name comes from. Please tell me drunken Victorian-era cocktail parties were involved. Whatever you call them, these lovely pieces of furniture make a statement and look like an absolute pleasure to have in your home.


Many chaise lounges are very modern, like this Cozumel Chaise, while others are decidedly vintage, like this fainting chair-inspired chaise. I am totally for psychiatrist office-inspired chaise chairs, like this modern adjustable chaise. Oversized modern couches with built-in chaises, like this Baxton Sectional, are also fantastic.


Ah, it seems I have developed quite a crush on these lovely pieces. Which types of furniture are you having a love affair with?



Posted by Maegan Crandall

Maegan Crandall



Sep. 30, 2010 at 4:36 PM

If books and movies are any indication, Victorian Era women fainted at the drop of a hat. And then someone always revived them with smelling salts. Why does that work? What are smelling salts?

Sep. 30, 2010 at 5:03 PM

I believe fainting couch was a Victorian thing, but I think it had more to do with corsets that beverages.

Sep. 30, 2010 at 5:08 PM

I LOVE that beautiful velvety chaise. It's fantastic. I'm currently obsessed with hutches. We already have one in our bedroom, but I want one to hold plates and servingware in the kitchen. They're just so versatile. I'm always on the lookout for coffee tables with lots of drawers, too.

Oct. 2, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Smelling salts - usually amonia salt. Victorian Era fainting - ended when the fashion need for ridiculously tight corsets did.

Oct. 7, 2010 at 7:26 AM

While not currently in a love affair with any furniture (a bit creepy), I think chaise lounges look pretty comfortable. Alas, is it in my destiny to ever sit/lay in one? Only time will tell.

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