Who knew there are lots of different types of sofas and couches. Learn all about the different sofas you can get including distinguishing design features here.
1. Cabriole Sofa
STYLE: French sitting room: dainty and proper.
FEATURES: Often Exposed wood frame. Often carved. Back unfurls into slightly lower arms in a continuous line. No back cushions.
FACTS: Cabriole legs often reference the limbs of dogs or lions.
2. Chesterfield Sofa
STYLE: 19th-century gentlemen’s club.
FEATURES: Myriad tufts for a quilted effect. Low-slung. Rolled arms equal height of the back. Often leather. NO back cushions.
FACTS: Purportedly designed to allow men to sit straight, so their suits wouldn’t wrinkle
3. Lawson Sofa
STYLE: American casual; coziness first.
FEATURES: Firmly stuffed, with back cushions. Arms lower than back; can be either rolled or square Often skirted.
FACTS: Said to have been designed for comfort-seeking financier Thomas W. Lawson around the turn of the 20th century.
4. Camelback Sofa
STYLE: 18th-century formal; upright and crisp.
FEATURES: Subtle rise at the center of the frame. Square arms about the same height as a back. Exposed legs. Slim and neat. No back cushions.
FACTS: Designed by Thomas Chippendale. Whose name has become synonymous with this period in English home decor.
English rolled arm Sofa
STYLE: British country house circa 1900.
FEATURES: Tight, seamed back with small, recessed arms. Soft, generous seat cushions. Generally skinless and Often on casters. Comfortable and loungy.
FACTS: Also answers to “club sofa.”
STYLE: 1920’s modern; sleek and glamorous-
FEATURES: High, straight arms in line with streamlined back. Often with a single row of tufts and exposed legs. No back cushions.
FACTS: A pet pick of decorator Billy Baldwin, designer to Jackie O. and Diana Vreeland.
Midcentury modern design Sofa
STYLE: Most popular from 1940 to 1970.
FEATURES: Minimalist design and clean lines. Many varieties of this style of sofa.
FACTS: Designed to look good and be comfortable.
STYLE: Multi-piece sofa
FEATURES: The more pieces. the more configurations Easy to move
FACTS: Two common configurations: L-shape and U-shape
STYLE: Sofa without a back
FEATURES: Require being placed against a bare wall against which can arrange pillows far a cushioned back Not the most practical because you’re restricted to where you can place them.
FACTS: Primarily, in the Middle East (especially the Ottoman Empire)
STYLE: Wide chair
FEATURES: Much less comfortable since they’re designed like a wide dining room chair with arms.
FACTS: Made during 18th-century
Chaise Lounge Sofa
STYLE: Extremely popular as a patio furniture item
FEATURES: Some chaise lounges have an arm while others have no
FACTS: originated in Egypt 1st dynasty (3100–2890 BC)
STYLE: Sofa/bed combo
FEATURES: the back of the sofa folds or releases downward to create a large flat cushioned sleeping surface
FACTS: Japanese traditional style
STYLE: Midcentury modern design.
FEATURES: Should not be confused with contemporary furniture Contemporary is a term used for current furniture based on a particular design
FACTS: Modern furniture refers to furniture produced in the late 19th century
STYLE: formal throne
FEATURES: adjustable side arms and considerable depth of seating, it usually has exposed wooden finials at the rear corner tops, and some exposed wood may be present on the otherwise arms. The arms, more correctly sides, are of the same height. The side arms are tied to the sofa back by means of heavy decorative braid, often with an elaborate tassel.
FACTS: Originally made in the 17th century