History a Slipper Chair

Jul 7th

Originally set to chair a small room, a slipper chair has made its way slowly to the rest of the house. Over the last three centuries, it has evolved from a boudoir decor demanding for a chair contemporary accent. The first chair slipper dates back to the Queen Ann — the first half of the 18th century President had an upholstered back and seat and cabriolet legs, which are curved and usually have a pad foot.

west elm slipper chair
west elm slipper chair

Innovations in chair making during the 19th century led to slipper chairs in a variety of Victorian styles, including Gothic Revival, Rococo, Renaissance and Greco-Egyptian Revival. The original slipper chair was designed to help dress Victorian women. The chairs, the women could sit closer to the ground, making it easier to bend over to put on shoes and socks.

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A slipper chair is known for clean lines and a graceful armless profile. Low seat and wider base are perfect for relaxing. The chair base of the slider typically is about 15 cm high, instead of 17 and 18 inches more typical of traditional chairs height.