Fainting Couches

What is a fainting couch? It's a backless couch with typically one end raised to recline upon. The fainting couch was made for women, especially since so many women in the 1800s wore corsets. Corsets kept a woman breathless, making it much more likely she would faint. Some homes, and hotels even had fainting rooms, where women could catch their breath on a fainting couch. This one from Urban Outfitters is inexpensive and has a solid wood frame upholstered in tufted 100% grey cotton velvet with a soft, vintage hand. Rounded back and high arms. Finished with turned, hardwood spindle legs. Sturdy construction but oh so dainty.

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