The CTA is the global authority behind the iconic Chesterfield sofa design providing consumers with a guaranteed hand-made product and an assurance of quality.

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The Chesterfield sofa is the world’s best-known iconic British design when it comes to upholstered furniture. A highly distinctive visual design, the essential characteristics of Chesterfield furniture have been preserved since its origin in 1780.

The design remains distinctive today: antique Chesterfield sofas of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries found in stately homes across the United Kingdom matches those made in the Twenty-First Century and proudly displayed in modern homes and institutions as elegant and functional classics. It represents a long-term commitment to quality spanning more than 200 years.

The Chesterfields Trade Association sets out the regulations and guidelines for certification, so that manufacturers, retailers and customers can be certain of the criteria required before an item of furniture can properly be labelled as a genuine, certified Chesterfield made in the UK.

Purpose Of The Certification

The word Chesterfield has been applied to thousands of items of upholstered furniture over the hundreds of years in which it has been used. Although there are variations in appearance, Chesterfield upholstered furniture all share the same design heritage and common characteristics. Proper certification requirements make sure that this heritage and common characteristics can be preserved without being eroded.

Quality Endorsement

The iconic Chesterfield mark is more than just historical design; it provides consumers with a guaranteed hand-made product and an assurance of quality.


The certification operates to ensure that new Chesterfield products comply with regulations and are made to the appropriate high standard.

Design Heritage

Proper certification requirements make sure that the heritage and characteristics of a Chesterfield can be preserved without being eroded.

where to buy a certified chesterfield

An authorized user can be any manufacturer making authentic Chesterfield upholstered furniture in accordance with the regulations and assessment criteria laid out by the CTA, and who can prove the authenticity of their products by reference to those criteria if called upon to do so.