Antique Linen Press
Antique linen presses were originally used like the modern linen closet. Linens such as table cloths, napkins, bed sheets, and clothing were stored on flat, pull out slides inside the press. Most believe the term “press” came from the fact that linens were stored in the antique linen press after they were washed and “pressed”. There is, however, another device with which damp linens were placed on a flat surfaced and then pressed flat with a screw down surface. The combination of of this device inside of an armoire may have led to the name linen press as well.
Most antique linen presses from England are made from mahogany or oak and you can find well made English reproduction linen presses in other woods such as walnut and cherry. The interior of the top of a true linen press is filled with flat, pull out slides and the base is made up of drawers. Most come apart into two sections (top and bottom) so they are easier to manuever within the home.
Linen Press as TV Cabinets
Today most linen presses are used to house TV’s. Our reproduction linen presses are made with this in mind, having all the modern functionality you need for a proper entertainment center with an antique look and feel. The doors are hinged to swing all the way around to the sides, and the inside is fitted with adjustable shelves for TV and components. We can do the base as a traditional chest, or faux drawer fronts that open up into a cabinet for additional media storage.
Our third generation cabinet maker in England can custom make your TV linen press to your exact specifications. By making each piece one at a time, he ensures that the furniture is made the right way with time tested methods. This also allows him to fully customize each piece’s dimensions, wood type, configuration, and function. Your imagination is his limit!
Call us to order your very own custom reproduction linen press from English Classics today!