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.
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