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Now I know my ABC's of decorating--Y is for Yorkshire chair


Like most things, many of today’s furniture designs are inspired by and modeled after items designed and used in much earlier times and that often originated in England and other parts of the commonwealth. Such is the case with the Yorkshire chair.

The dictionary defines a Yorkshire chair as:

: a small chair with knobbed turned legs, straight uprights ending at the top with scrolls, and a broad carved top rail and a wide splat arched above and crescent-cut below made especially in England in the 17th and 18th centuries

To put it in easier to understand terms, a Yorkshire chair is one with turned legs and stretcher and a wide top rail, often arched, and decorated with hand-carved details. As you can see, this could describe many chairs in today’s furniture market.

We carry many different styles of occasional and accent chairs and many of those offer the same features as the Yorkshire chair including beautifully turned legs, decorative backs and hand-carved details.

Our country french side chair by Cody Road Workshops, for example, features interesting carved details on the front rungs and a slight arch to the back, all made even better by being crafted right here in the USA and available in the color and finish of your choice.

Beautifully turned legs and stretcher add detail to the overall design of the Sheaf Back arm chair, also by Cody Road Workshops.  We show it painted in a cheerful red but you can select any paint color and finish detail that compliments your decor.

As you can see, many chair styles found in today's homes have similar features.