Most pieces of furniture found in this style are often made out of wood such as mahogany or oak. This ensures that the furniture will last a long time. It was also the most expensive material to get furniture made out of so you were considered to be quite wealthy if you owned one of these pieces in the Victorian era.
Carvings are a big part of this style. Carvings often had detailed faces, gargoyles or floral designs. These designs were often placed inside a panel that was geometric to the rest of the panels. Similarity between the sides showed the craft of the carpenter and proved that you had quality furniture.
Protrusions and elongated parts gave the pieces a drama and elegance that made it stand out. This created the drama in high back chairs which had an extra high back as well as in cabinets that had the frame lengthened and carved with detailed decorations.
Storage was an important aspect for the wealthier people. There are many pieces that used to reach up to the ceiling so that it could have added shelving. The idea of having large furniture and ornaments in your house gave you high status.
Cushioning on the back of chairs and couches also became famous with the tufting and button technique. This ensured that the stuffing on the inside of the material would stay secure without collapsing on the inside. This also gave the furniture a professional look that lasted throughout the years.
You can also spot gothic furniture if a honeycomb technique has been used on the surface of cupboard doors or table surfaces. A honeycomb pattern is a geometric pattern that looks like the actual bee’s honeycomb.
Gothic styled dressing tables were also common during the Victorian era. Every lady had to have one with a mirror that had intricate details all around it. The face of the mirror was not square or rectangular as they are these days. The carving had to surround the mirror with its elegance and intricacy.