The Settle

Humble Abode —  November 2, 2010 — Leave a comment
Medieval Settle

Medieval Settle

The settle is a bench constructed from wood with a back and arms. The settle is long enough to seat from 3 to 6 people. This very old piece of furniture dates from the Middle Ages. Many examples of a settle exist as seen in art from Medieval period Europe. After being used for hundreds of years, this utilitarian seating came to America when the colonies were founded. Naturally, the settle has evolved and changed over time. Some time during America’s Colonial period, the settle became a type of bench with a seat that could be raised to reveal storage beneath. The settle or bench developed a very high back and was used in an entryway. The back sometimes had pegs to hang outer gear like coats and capes near the door. Today, the settle is similar in shape and function as a sofa for seating. The design of the settle is almost exclusively in the Prairie or Amish style with back and arms the same height. Settles manufactured today have seat and back cushions, upholstered in leather or fabric suitable for the style.

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I am the Merchandise Manager for Humble Abode. I am located in Santa Rosa, California. Santa Rosa is approximately 60 miles north of San Francisco in beautiful Sonoma County, part of California's wine country. Humble Abode is an online retailer of furniture and furnishings offering a wide selection of furniture for sale to suit every taste and budget.

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