Furniture Design Ideas For Victorian Living

Victorian furniture design is elegant and timeless, and pieces of this style can be bought from flea markets and thrift stores across the nation. These pieces can be quite costly, however, so you should know some helpful details prior to making a purchase.

General Characteristics

For starters, the furniture of this type should adhere to the elements that were dominant in Victorian era. Victorian furniture is, by design, often imperious and imposing. Expect furniture that is made from dark, heavy woods like rosewood and mahogany, boasting features like rounded corners, glossed finishes, lots of curves, ornamentation and flourishes.

Piece by Piece

For beds in a Victorian design, items will generally include a bed frame that has a headboard and a footboard, with posts attached. The posts are often finished as solid, octagonal, or carved columns. Sizes range from double to full, with bedsteads often made of brass, cast iron, wood, or a combination of metals.

Victorian sideboards, as a rule, have high backboards that stand tall above the top surface. The backboard will often bear railings and shelves. The cupboard doors on your sideboard are expected to have quite a lot of carving, with ends of carved columns.

Victorian hutches are available in a number of furniture designs. You can go for a hutch that has canted corners, a raised cathedral style or defined dentils. The choice of hutch that you settle for should blend in perfectly with your dining area as well as the overall furniture taste in your house.


Victorian chair furniture designs are perhaps the signature of the era. These chairs were made to suit different rooms, and you should choose them according to their intended use and placement. Victorian chairs are mainly known for their waisted backs and rounded seats. Corner chairs from the Victorian era were mainly designed with the writing gentleman in mind, and are a good inclusion in study areas. Apart from corner chairs you will also come across various styles of library, writing, and reading chairs. The less formal chairs from the period include the upholstered wing chairs, which were specifically meant for relaxation.