Distinctive Chesterfields was set up by husband and wife team Steve and Clare Laidlaw back in 2007. Now edging close to its tenth year in business, the Huddersfield-based company upholsters chesterfield-style sofas and chairs via its busy workshop.
Located in the picturesque village of Honley, Holmfirth, the head office, workshop and showroom is open six days a week – from Monday to Saturday – and the brand now has a presence globally too.
One of the most recent Distinctive Chesterfields showrooms to be added to the company’s ever-expanding portfolio is the brand’s New York premises, with the flagship store – in St John’s Hill, London – officially opening its doors in July 2015.
The company has certainly come a long way since its humble beginnings. While today the firm employs over 25 staff across its worldwide showrooms, the Huddersfield-based brand began with just two members of staff – company MD Steve Laidlaw and his father, Bob.
Before long, the pair had recruited a team of skilled upholsterers, starting up an apprenticeship scheme which is still flourishing today. The workshop team is a blend of professionals and young, budding upholsterers keen to learn a (sadly) waning British skill.
You only need to pop your head round Distinctive Chesterfields’ busy Huddersfield-based workshop, though, to see how thriving the handmade sofa industry itself clearly is. With orders coming in from around the globe, Steve, his wife Clare and the team quickly realised that if they were to keep up with demand they’d need to introduce showrooms the world over. And so they did – and the company now has a presence in the US, Australia, Germany, France and Switzerland to name just a few places. Capturing the hearts of interior fans everywhere, Distinctive Chesterfields’ designs take beautiful British craftsmanship to a brand new level; if you haven’t already, make sure you take a good look around the site to pick out your favourite piece.
In almost 10 years in business, Distinctive Chesterfields has supplied furniture to customers in the UK and abroad. We’ve created pieces for clothing brand Superdry and cider company, Kopparberg, as well as manufacturing furniture for our customers here in the UK and abroad.
We’ve been on TV, too, crafting sofas for TV’s the X Factor and 2016’s Big Brother. The latter TV appearance involved the creation of a pair of tub chairs, which were featured on the programme’s popular eviction show, while our talented team made two gorgeous red sofas for the ITV music competition.
Would you like your Distinctive Chesterfields suite or sofa to look as traditional as possible and therefore upholstered in leather? Or perhaps you’re looking for something a little different? If so, we can help.
All our sofas and suites feature hardwood frames and a choice of cushion fillings. You can also choose from a range of studding and piping options, while a French polished foot is also an optional extra and is available at an additional cost. So, what kind of fabric do we use to upholster your piece? There are many to choose from; leather and wool-upholstered sofas and chairs make up the majority of our chesterfield orders but we also offer denim and velvet for anyone who’d like to go for something bolder.
Since launching in the middle of the 2000s, we’ve acquired quite a few celebrity fans here at Distinctive Chesterfields. While we are sworn to secrecy about some (sssh!) others have been much more vocal about our brand – which means we can be too when it comes to their unique partnership with us.
Laurence Llewelyn Bowen is just one celeb who has added some of our beautiful furniture to his home – and he’s absolutely thrilled with how it looks. And why on earth wouldn’t he be? We worked with the interior designer from start to finish to ensure he got exactly what he wanted – that’s how our bespoke service works at Distinctive Chesterfield; no request is too much trouble.
More recently (in March 2016), one of the stars of a certain ITV singing competition headed to our London showroom to purchase a sofa for her apartment in the capital. We are, however, keeping schtum for now, but perhaps the singer in question will let her millions of social media followers know just how pleased she was with the service here at Distinctive Chesterfields. Here’s hoping… What You Can Expect When You Choose a Distinctive Chesterfields Sofa
When it comes to chesterfield furniture, there are many imitations – but few companies make the sofa exactly how it was originally intended: from real leather and featuring a distinctive, buttoned back.
Here are just a few benefits to buying a sofa, chair or suite from us:
It’ll be Handmade by Our Skilled Craftsmen – Few sofa companies produce their pieces completely by hand – but we do! Each and every one of our craftsmen has undergone extensive training here on-site and only after your sofa has been thoroughly inspected – by our MD Steve and our workshop manager, Tom – will it make its way to your home.
You Can Enjoy a Lifetime Guarantee – How do you know you’re purchasing a quality piece? We’re so confident of the build of our chesterfields that we offer a lifetime warranty against the structure of our products. Our skilled craftsmen only use high quality, robust materials, too.
You’ll Be Adding Serious Style to Your Home – There’s just something about chesterfield furniture, isn’t there? While it’s traditional in appearance it’s certainly enjoying a more modern lease of life thanks to the resurgence of all things handmade and personalised. Here at Distinctive Chesterfields, we stop at nothing to ensure your shopping experience with us is nothing short of personal, too. From the moment you step into our showroom to the minute you take delivery of your new piece, you’ll enjoy five-star service. Each piece even features a gorgeous ‘Distinctive Chesterfields’ metal plaque to the rear – a lovely, charming touch which gives you all the assurance you need that yours is a quality product.
From traditionally-styled leather chesterfield sofas to beautifully contemporary tub chairs, Distinctive Chesterfields’ range really does offer something for everyone. All our pieces are crafted by hand in our West Yorkshire workshop and we’ve a huge selection of hand-picked Italian leather hides to choose from, along with a wealth of sofa styles.
To coincide with the launch of our flagship chesterfield showroom – in St John’s Hill, London – our workshop team designed and manufactured a range of furniture inspired by some of the capital’s most exciting boroughs. Here are just a few traditional chesterfield-style pieces you can expect to see amongst our ever-expanding range:
Our team has worked extremely hard to add this stunning London-inspired chesterfield sofa to our collection. It’s an exclusive piece which was unveiled just in time to feature in our most recent chesterfields brochure.
Like this piece? As with all our sofas and sofa beds, it can be manufactured in your choice of leather – and you can select from a variety of luxury features too. Choose from a range of cushion fillings, studding and feet – just get in touch with us here at Distinctive Chesterfields.
Introduced to Distinctive Chesterfields’ existing collection in 2015, the London chesterfield sofa is named after the English capital – and it’s all thanks to its inner city style and innovative design.
Traditional chesterfield fans can rest assured that it still holds all the much-loved characteristics of a classic chesterfield piece. With renaissance studs, the sofa combines a single button border and antique stain fat feet. It’s seen here on the site in Premium Cracked Wax Espresso leather and it’s a piece which adds a touch of luxury to any home.
The epitome of luxury, the Holyrood is one of our best-selling chesterfield sofas here at Distinctive Chesterfields – and it isn’t hard to see why. This piece sets the standard for a style of sofa that has graced country cottages and stately homes for years.
It’s a piece which has been carefully upholstered in much the same way as it was a century ago, with pipe and stud facings on its front border.
Want a chesterfield sofa? Get in touch with our team here at Distinctive Chesterfields and we’d be happy to discuss your options.