wicker chaise lounge outdoorwicker chaise lounge outdoor

You may think the phrase `contemporary chaise lounge´ is a contradiction in terms. After all aren´t these the items of furniture that French noblemen and Hollywood vamps sprawled on in the long gone past?

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wicker chaise loungeswicker chaise lounges

Day bed chaise lounges are designed for an upright sitting instead of a reclining position. Its design may not be as body-friendly as the other types but it has its purpose namely as a bench-cum-lounger.

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double wicker chaise loungedouble wicker chaise lounge

The history of these chairs can be traced back several hundred years to 16th century Europe and the term "chaise lounge" is derived from the French term "chaise longue" which translates to "long chair". For most of their history these chairs were usually reserved for the wealthy for two primary reasons. Chairs especially those that well designed were almost always reserved for authority figures during this period of history with crude wooden benches and stools being used by everyone else. However this reason was often secondary as money was often a bigger factor. The average person living in Europe during the 16th and 17th century simply couldn´t afford such extravagant furniture and as such these chairs were far more common in upper income households.

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traditional wingback chairstraditional wingback chairs

It was in the 1980s when Rachel Ashwell began the use of this term then an inexpensive line of furniture became popular for shabby chic decorating. The furniture associates with a number of historical designs from different periods the pieces are created to look as if they´re older worn and from an earlier period for instance the 18oo´s country French Shaker designs plus many others.

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recliner chairs and footstoolsrecliner chairs and footstools

Your living room can quickly become a game room a fine dining room or even a home theater. Bring out the card tables and move the chairs around so that you have a great game room for friends to bring their favorite games for a game night. Cover those same tables with tablecloths and serve your best gourmet meal and you have fine dining in your own home. Invite friends over for a movie night and arrange those chairs like stadium seating for the movie night. Just add soda popcorn and a DVD.

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cream leather club chaircream leather club chair

Now that recliners come in more versatile designs homeowners can choose to deck out their living rooms both with comfort and style. If you´re looking at getting one or two of these for your home you can start off by choosing between two styles: one with a built-in footrest and one with a separate ottoman.

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teak double chaise loungeteak double chaise lounge

First let´s look at what they are exactly. A chaise lounge is a reworking of the French phrase chaise longue which means `long chair´. It´s essentially an item of furniture about the size of a day bed but with a raised back to sprawl back on. It´s the perfect piece for someone who needs to relax totally.

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mid century chaise loungemid century chaise lounge

This French inspired romantic piece of fine furniture adds a feeling of warmth to a sitting room and can be dressed up with just a few small scatter cushions. One thing that seems to surprise a lot of people is that today´s chaise lounge has such a wide range from which to choose from. The first image that comes to mind for most people is something that´s all white and tinged with gold edging whilst this style is still available and would fit in comfortably with a formal living room; the modern and contemporary designs with their clean looking sleek designs are proving to be very popular. They come with a complete line of fabrics to choose from that will add a modern feel to a very classic design.

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2 seater leather recliner sofa2 seater leather recliner sofa

The recliner industry has grown into a billion dollar phenomenon and continues to grow with the changing needs of the populace. Recliners are also used in office and health care settings as well. Just take a look at the modern computer chair as an example of a simple recliner. Most office chair do recline today. This allows you to lean back to rest your back and shoulders while typing or talking on the phone.

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