Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the more frequently asked questions we get about our chaise longue.

If you have any questions that we don’t cover please do get in touch.

What is the correct spelling of chaise longue?

The correct spelling of this French term is actually Chaise Longue (not Chaise Lounge, although this usage is increasing, having become the default spelling in the US and now spreading across the Atlantic). As we said, it is a French term meaning Long Chair. Being French, its correct plural should be Chaises Longues, with an ‘s’ on the end of both words. However, it is very rare for anyone other than a native French speaker to write it like this. We usually see it written as Chaise Longues.

This makes it difficult for retailers such as ourselves when listing items online. If we insist on using the correct spelling, we risk missing out on a large percentage of searches, particularly from the US, even though we have a superb collection of Chaises Longues, Chaise Longues and Chaise Lounges!

What other spellings are often used?

This can be a bit of a minefield. If you are searching online, remember that many of the spellings below are routinely used, so do not limit yourself to just one as you may be missing out on your perfect purchase. One of the best tips for finding an online bargain is to mis-spell what you are looking for. You may well find things that other people have not discovered, simply because they are spelled incorrectly.

Here at Juliettes Interiors, we have made the decision to list our Chaises using the two most popular terms, Chaise Longue and Chaise Lounge, so you will see both in our product descriptions. This is intentional, even though we are aware that it may offend some of you.

What are the common misspellings?

Chaise Longue
Chaise Lounge
Chaise Long
Chaises Longues
Chaise Longues
Chaise Lounges
Chaise Longs
Chaize Longue
Chaize Lounge
Chaize Long
Chaizes Longues
Chaize Lounges
Chaize Longs
Chais Longue
Chais Lounge
Chais Long
Chaiz Longue
Chaiz Lounge
Chaiz Long
Chez Longue
Chez Lounge
Chez Long
Chez Longues
Chez Lounges
Chez Longs
Chaise
Chaises

Just to confuse matters further, various styles of Chaise Longue may also be referred to as a Day Bed, a Lounge Chair or Lounger (particularly if used outdoors), a Salon Chair, Couch or Bench. In the days of corsets, you may even have had a Fainting Couch.

How do you pronounce Chaise Longue or Chaise Lounge?

It depends which way you spell it.

Chaise Longue = \shez lohn-gh\ (a short \e\ in chaise, a nasal \n\ and a hard \g\ at the end)
For English speakers, this is often Anglicised to \shayz long\

Chaise Lounge = \shayz lown(d)j\

It should always be pronounced with a soft \sh\ at the beginning, never a hard \ch\.

What is a Chaise Longue?

It is, literally, a long chair – a fusion of chair and footstool, creating a single piece of luxury furniture to sit on with your feet up. It is probably one of the most versatile pieces of furniture you will ever own – it can be a chair, a sofa, a day bed, a window seat, a sun lounger. At its most basic, a Chaise Longue is made up of a seat with a head or back rest. It may also have a footrest, a back and one or two armrests, but none of these are essential. There are so many variations and styles, with a high, low or sloping back, with or without armrests, formal, casual, ornate or contemporary. Essentially, though, it is somewhere to recline and relax with your feet elevated. Indoors or outdoors, a Chaise Longue is still considered a luxury and is on many a person’s wish list.

Where can I buy a Chaise Longue?

Not so long ago, the only place to buy a Chaise Longue would have been an antiques shop, a bespoke manufacturer or a flea market. For centuries, it was a piece of furniture reserved for the wealthy. These days, their increasing popularity and affordability mean that most furniture retailers – and even home improvement stores – will now offer at least one Chaise Longue. If you are looking for a high quality, well-built Chaise that will retain its looks and level of comfort for years to come, you will need to look at reputable, high end retailers. They generally offer a wider choice of styles and a much better quality product.

Why has it become Chaise Lounge instead of Chaise Longue?

It was probably just a mis-translation or a mis-spelling that happened a very long time ago. The words longue and lounge have all the same letters so it’s easily done. And the fact is, this is a chair that you can lounge on, just the same as a lounger, so why wouldn’t it be called a Chaise Lounge? If you don’t speak French, it makes perfect sense. In the US, Chaise Lounge (pronounced \shayz lown(d)j\) tends to be the accepted version. In the UK and Europe, Chaise Longue (pronounced \shez lohn-gh\ or \shayz long\) is still used but is being edged out by its Americanised cousin. How you choose to spell or pronounce it is up to you but bear in mind that the cognoscenti may raise a quiet eyebrow if you get it wrong.