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20 Types of Sofas & Couches Explained (WITH PICTURES)

Living room with contemporary sofa.

Who knew there are 20 totally different types of sofas and couches. Study all concerning the totally different sofas you will get together with distinguishing design options right here.
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True story: my spouse and I spent the lion’s share of considered one of our first dates in shopping and chatting in a furnishings retailer.  I can’t keep in mind how we ended up there, however we did and earlier than we knew it, we had spent over 2 hours chatting on cozy sofas all through the shop.  All that was lacking within the place was a espresso bar.

I really like sofas.  I really like making an attempt them, looking for them and naturally sitting in them.

I doubt the shop employees appreciated all of it that a lot, however they have been well mannered.  Our furnishings retailer date led to extra dates and finally to getting married.  We nonetheless snort at how we truly spent a lot of a date in furnishings retailer.

Since then we’ve spent many hours shopping furnishings shops.  For those who haven’t tried it, give it a shot.  It may be lots of enjoyable.

There many sorts of sofas on the market – the place do you begin?

I’m an enormous fan of mid-century trendy and sectional sofas.  A mid-century trendy sectional is my favourite sofa.  You might be cringing on the considered a sectional in your front room – many individuals don’t like them, however I do.

Luckily, there are numerous sofas types to select from.

Take a look at the widespread types and kinds under:

Overview Diagram

Diagram setting out the different types of sofas and anatomy of a sofa

Extra particulars:  See our full elements of a sofa illustration and write-up right here.

1. Sectional Couch

black leather sectional sofa

The part couch is a multi-piece couch.  Widespread variety of items are three and 5.  It may be organized in various configurations.  The extra items, the extra configurations.  Ideally, any sectional you buy will embrace fixtures that join the items to maintain them from separating.

Because of the large and rising reputation of sectionals, there are numerous, many types, designs and supplies to decide on  from.  Some are big and may span giant rooms whereas others are a lot smaller.

Two widespread configurations are L-shape and U-shape.

Historical past of the Sectional

When you in all probability know the sectional couch turned in style and advanced into its current type within the 1950’s with the arrival of mid-century furnishings design, sectionals have been construct within the Victoria period.  The early Victorian period sectionals have been primitive being two or extra sofas that have been pushed collectively to type a bigger couch.

Oh yeah, sectionals are nice as a result of they’re straightforward to maneuver… I discovered that the exhausting approach – learn my first couch shopping for expertise on the finish of this submit.  Study extra – learn our 35 Forms of Sectional Sofas article and uncover 10 sectionals beneath $500 right here.

2. Chesterfield

Leather brown Chesterfield sofa

The chesterfield couch is understood for its “quilted” or “tufted” type.

Some have the tufted design on solely the again and arms (see our illustrated information to totally different couch arm types right here) whereas others embrace it on the seating bench part as nicely.

It continues to be a well-liked type with present couch tendencies.

Origin of the Chesterfield

The start of the chesterfield couch is believed to be a settee commissioned by Lord Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield within the 18th century.  The Earl desired a bit of furnishings on which a “gentleman to take a seat upright within the utmost of consolation permitting sitting with out wrinkling the garment” [source:].

three. Lawson-style Couch

Lawson sofa

This couch type is designed for consolation.  Its signature design aspect is a again comprised of pillows separate from the body.

The rationale for this design is to create a softer, extra cushioned couch with giant cushions that aren’t taught inside the body of the couch.

It continues to be a well-liked couch design as we speak.  You should purchase a Lawson fashion couch in lots of sizes, colours and supplies.  Along with being uber snug, you possibly can transfer the massive pillows round for final consolation.

Historical past of the Lawson Couch

The Lawson couch is a comparatively new design, the primary one created for financier Thomas W. Lawson within the early 20th century.  Thomas Lawson desired a settee that was trendy in design and cozy.  Apparently, it’s a by-product design of the tuxedo couch (see under).

four. Mid-century Trendy

midcentury modern sofa design

From the 1930’s to the 1970’s mid-century trendy furnishings reigned supreme, however don’t rely it down and out but.  It’s making a comeback and appears that it’ll keep because it has now handed the check of time.

This fashion of couch is all about minimalist design and clear strains.  There are lots of kinds of this fashion of couch.  It’s designed to look good and be snug – the result’s it’s not probably the most snug furnishings, however in coupled with the correct house design, it could look fabulous.

Historical past

Well-liked from the mid-l930s to roughly the mid-1970s, the Mid-century Trendy design motion was characterised by magnificence, practicality and ease. In her 1984 ebook, “Mid-century Trendy: Furnishings of the 1950s,” Cara Greenberg turned the primary to formally identify the fashion.

The Mid-century Trendy fashion in America may be traced to earlier common European types, similar to Bauhaus from Germany, which additionally influenced the American Worldwide type. As German designers immigrated to america throughout and after World Struggle II, they introduced their Bauhaus fashion with them. As well as, the booming postwar financial system created a category of affluent People who started to flee the inside cities and develop a singular suburban way of life. Their newly-built houses referred to as for coordinating furnishings. Advances in know-how additionally allowed for the creation of latest supplies, resembling plastics, Plexiglas and Lucite. Mid-century Trendy sofas and different furnishings featured modern, clear strains and each conventional and non-traditional supplies, typically utilized in the identical piece. It wasn’t uncommon to see the identical primary type of Mid-century Trendy couch in a selection of vinyl, wool or velvet material.

Contrasting blacks and whites, together with colours starting from impartial to daring, shaped the straightforward geometric designs present in Mid-century Trendy furnishings. As well as, the newer supplies made for simpler maintenance and care.

5. Modern Mid-century Trendy Couch

Modern sofa design

I’m together with a piece for contemporary sofas as a result of it’s a generally used time period used to check with modern midcentury trendy furnishings.

Strictly talking, what’s generally known as trendy furnishings is mostly a midcentury trendy design.

Furthermore, midcentury trendy shouldn’t be confused with modern furnishings – it’s totally different.  Modern is a time period used for present furnishings… nevertheless it’s all the time based mostly on a specific design type resembling a up to date chesterfield or modern camelback.

6. English Rolled Arm

Bridgewater Sofa Design

The English couch (a.okay.a. English rolled arm) is understood for low arms in relation to a excessive again.

Upholstery is tight all through, but decently cushioned throughout, together with the arms.

Whereas just like the bridgewater, it’s distinguished by the taughtness of the upholstery and low arms.  In truth, some English rolled arm sofas have arms so low as to look like armless (not the case with the model featured to right here.

Historical past

Characterised by tight again and enormous, plush, unfastened seat cushions and distinctive tight, rounded rolled arms barely decrease than the again, the English roll arm couch is a timeless piece that’s good for a proper front room or parlor but in addition coordinates properly with any trendy furnishings. One trick is to customise the legs to suit together with your specific selection of furnishings type. For instance, you need to use a straight leg for a contemporary décor or a turned leg for a standard setting. If you wish to mix the normal with the modern, a geometrical or stripe sample works properly on such a couch.

First showing within the early 20th century in British nation manors, the neatly-tailored English roll arm couch is likely one of the most snug couches yow will discover anyplace. The truth is, it’s truly been described because the “furnishings equal” of a “meatloaf.” This couch is right in the event you select to make use of slipcovers in your furnishings. This manner, you’ll be able to both take away or substitute a dirty or worn cowl whereas preserving your couch’s magnificence for years to return.

7. Bridgewater

Bridgewater sofa

Informal and cozy outline a bridgewater couch design.  The arms are barely rolled to the aspect and are decrease than the couch again.

Whereas the bridgewater design matches in most leeway designs, it’s seldom going to be the stand-out function of the room.

If you would like conventional and fairly snug in a settee, think about the bridgewater fashion. It’s nonetheless a staple couch type at present… nevertheless it’s not almost as common because it as soon as was.

Historical past

Also called a birch-arm or English three-seater, the Bridgewater couch is characterised by a softly-rolled again, low, slightly-rolled, low set-back arms, tender, padded unfastened cushions and a particular tailor-made skirt that hides the legs. Some modern items, nevertheless, function uncovered legs.

The Bridgewater is a standard informal and delicate couch that doesn’t overpower the remainder of the furnishings within the room. As did the English roll arm couch, the Bridgewater additionally originated in Nice Britain; and just like the English roll arm, the Bridgewater is an effective selection for many who need to use a slipcover to protect their furnishings. Sometimes, Bridgewater sofas can simply sit three.

Though hottest as an off-the-cuff piece, this extraordinarily snug couch is flexible sufficient to mix in with any décor. A impartial material will permit daring paintings or different main piece to stay dominant. Velvet or rayon material can complement a extra conventional setting. Nail-head trim can even add a proper contact to a Bridgewater couch.

A well-constructed Bridgewater couch options high-quality inside springs that may assure its consolation.

eight. Camelback

Camelback sofaThe camelback couch’s foremost design function is a better again within the middle which descends in a steady line into the arms of the couch. There are additionally designs with two arches on the again.

This kind of couch can also be acknowledged for uncovered wooden legs  in addition to incessantly uncovered wooden on prime of the again and arms (though not all the time).

Whereas a basic design, you should purchase modern camelback couch designs (which are a extra snug than the vintage featured right here).

Historical past

That includes a particular arched again that peaks on the middle and sides, the Camelback couch is a late-1700s product of the Thomas Chippendale furnishings design studios in Nice Britain. Chippendale was the primary furnishings type to be named for its designer as an alternative of for a ruling monarch. In the course of the period, English aristocracy closely favored the Camelback couch for his or her houses, largely due to the skilled craftsmanship for which Chippendale was recognized. Chippendale’s furnishings was crafted in a modified Rococo type. Traits of this fashion included magnificence, lightness and an emphasis on pure curving and ornamentation.

The elegant Camelback couch, named for its resembling a camel’s humps, can also be characterised by tight upholstery, a formed bench seat, excessive, scrolled arms that present help and uncovered legs. Genuine English Camelback sofas function Queen Anne-style claw-and-ball ft. There are not any separate again cushions. The Camelback’s conventional design makes it a super selection for placement between home windows in a proper front room.

Trendy forms of Camelback sofas typically function one or two, moderately than three, humps. Many modern Camelback sofas are upholstered in daring, graphic prints, bringing an up to date look to a standard couch fashion.

9. Cabriole

cabriole sofa

The cabriole couch’s trademark design factor is steady, equal-height again and arms.  Typically the arms curve inward creating an extended line from arm to arm.

contemporary cabriole sofa designSome designs embrace ornate parts to them such because the couch featured right here; nevertheless, extra typically (and particularly modern cabriole sofas) substitute ornate for extra snug options resembling extra cushion all through (particularly the seated portion of the couch).

Additionally, cabriole sofas are recognized for an uncovered wooden trim alongside the highest of the again and arms.  Nevertheless, yow will discover modern cabriole sofas within the basic cabriole design with out the wooden trim.

See our second featured cabriole couch for an instance of 1 with out the wooden trim.

10. Chaise Lounge

Red leather chaise loungeChaise lounges are nonetheless common, particularly in right now’s large main bedroom suites.

Some chaise lounges have an arm whereas others haven’t any arms.  Additionally, the chaise lounge is extraordinarily in style as a patio furnishings merchandise sometimes discovered poolside.

Nevertheless, for this text setting out the varied couch designs, our featured chaise lounge is one you’d discover inside.

Historical past

Many consider the primary sort of chaise lounge was of Egyptian origin and was a mixture of chair and day mattress options. Courting again to roughly 3000 BC, the Egyptians constructed their primitive lounges of palm stalks that they secured with items of rawhide or twine. Later, prosperous Egyptians reclined on lounges constructed of wooden.

In historic Greece, it turned in style to recline on day beds, relatively than to take a seat at a desk, for consuming or studying. This furnishings featured layers of draped material and cushions for headrests.

The traditional Romans additionally used a kind of chaise lounge, often known as a “lectus,” for reclining throughout meals and banquets. The chairs have been constructed of wooden and featured snug cushions.

The phrases “chaise lounge” are taken type the French phrases “chaise longe,” which means “lengthy chair.” A chaise lounge is just a settee formed like an extended chair that may help itself structurally. The French chaise lounge turned widespread within the 1500s. By the point of the French Rococo interval, the lounge was a social standing image and was constructed of uncommon, pricey supplies.

Trendy chaise lounge sofas are thought-about extra of an ornamental addition than a mandatory piece of furnishings within the residence and are often present in a bed room or different room the place rest dominates.

11. Sleeper Sofas

There are numerous sleeper type sofas starting from pull-outs to futons to daybeds to even bunk-bed couch combos.  We function all types right here.  See them under.

a. Pull Out Couch Mattress

white pull out sofa

In all probability the preferred type of sleeper couch is the pull out couch mattress.  They’re mightily improved from 20 years in the past (I do know as a result of rising up we had an previous wire job that provided an uneven, creaky mattress).

Nowadays sleeper beds are well-designed and supply a terrific sleeping answer for friends.

A pull out couch mattress is distinguished from a futon in that the couch again stays upright whereas the sleeping floor folds underneath the stomach of the couch from the place it’s saved and pulled out.

b. Convertible Couch

Photo of a convertible sofa

A convertible couch differs from a pull out mattress in that it doesn’t have a mattress.

The mattress “mattress” outcomes from the sofa pillows as present within the picture on the left.

This may be kind of snug than a pull-out mattress relying on the standard of a mattress with the pull-out mattress (the standard vary is substantial).

c. Futon

Photo of a small futon

The futon is a settee/mattress combo.  Usually, the again of the couch folds or releases downward to create a big, flat, cushioned sleeping floor.

Just like the futon is the convertible sleeper sofa, which is sofa made up of items that rearrange into a big flat sleeping floor.  The mattress is comprised of the couch’s cushions.  The convertible fashion sleeper is usually a function of sectional sofas.

Historical past

The historical past of the futon dates again to 17th-century Japan; the phrase “futon” having been derived from the Japanese phrase for “bedding.” The Japanese stuffed cotton and wool and unfold their “bedclothes” on flooring made from rice straw, or “tatami.” As a result of the flooring was so light-weight, the mattresses wanted to be light-weight, as properly, and have been thus constructed of lengthy staple cotton. The mattresses have been even moveable and might be rolled up and saved when not in use. At first, solely the rich and the Aristocracy might afford the futon. Nevertheless, with the arrival of the Industrial Revolution and cotton manufacturing within the 1700s, all social courses gained entry to bedclothes.

American GIs who returned house from the Far East following World Struggle II described the consolation they skilled when sleeping on the Japanese flooring mattress. To accommodate the growing curiosity in such an unique sort of mattress, American furnishings producers created a bit of furnishings that mixed each a mattress body and mattress to go well with specific Western tastes and preferences. For People preferring an genuine Japanese-style futon with out the body, there’s the choice of stacking a number of mattresses to realize the expertise whereas sleeping larger above the ground.

d. Daybed

Photo example of a daybed

Whereas it wouldn’t be cool to ask friends to sleep on a daybed, it may be an incredible place to kick your ft up for a nap.

The daybed appears just like a chaise lounge besides the daybed has ends or backs on both sides.

The issue with many daybeds is that they don’t accommodate tall individuals very nicely until you don’t thoughts resting your legs elevated.

e. Bunk Mattress Sleeper

bunk bed sleeper sofa comboa

The bunk mattress sleeper just isn’t a standard couch design.  It’s akin to an idea couch, however they’re out there.

With out query youngsters love them as a result of youngsters love heights in addition to something that transforms.

The bunk mattress sleeper is a superb answer for cabins and trip houses or any residence the place additional sleeping lodging are wanted for teenagers.

13. Loveseat Sofas

loveseat sofa

The loveseat couch is an umbrella time period for a settee made for 2 individuals.  They’re typically a part of a front room set.

Like sofas, loveseats are available many types and designs reminiscent of camelback, cabriole, and so on.

My favourite use of a loveseat is to create a small sitting space and bench on the foot of a mattress.  In any other case, I’m not too eager on them as a result of you possibly can’t absolutely stretch out.

How lengthy are loveseats? In different phrases, at what size does a loveseat grow to be a settee?

This was one bit of information I wasn’t conversant in, however after a little bit of analysis found there are four loveseat categorizations, every relying on measurement measured arm-to-arm. The classes are:

  • compact: one individual as much as 51 inches lengthy,
  • small: 52 inches lengthy,
  • medium: 58 inches lengthy,
  • full: as much as 64 inches lengthy, and
  • loveseat sofas: as much as 71 inches lengthy.

Additionally, take a look at our assortment of small couches right here and small loveseats right here.

[source: Bassett Furniture].

14. Divan

Photo of a divan sofaA divan is a settee and not using a again.  Subsequently, they require being positioned towards a naked wall towards which you’ll be able to organize pillows for a cushioned again.

Whereas not probably the most sensible since you’re restricted to the place you’ll be able to place them, they provide some versatility with respect to pillow placement.  You may just like the look of a backless couch (i.e. cushioned bench) towards your wall.

The pink couch featured right here isn’t 100% divan as a result of it has some again help, nevertheless it’s ideally designed for placement towards a wall for correct help.

15. Sofa Couch

SetteeA sofa is a large chair.  Right now’s closest model is the loveseat, however traditionally settees have been narrower than loveseats.

They’re additionally a lot much less snug since they’re designed like a large eating room chair with arms.

You’ll be able to hardly sit two individuals on these seats and I doubt anybody would need to sit there fore lengthy… however they’ve an previous world allure.  In reality, they make for good lobby items.

16. Recliner Couch

Leather reclining sofa.

The reclining couch is a reasonably new sort of sofa, however has grown in reputation given they’re nice for watching tv and studying.

Whereas not the perfect decide for a proper front room, they’re terrific for household rooms and media rooms.  Actually, with slightly carpentry work constructing a platform in a TV room and getting two reclining sofas, you can also make a fantastic house media room.

17. Tuxedo Couch

Example of a tuxedo sofa

A tuxedo couch has excessive arms degree with the couch again that cuts straight throughout.

Whereas not probably the most snug on account of lack of reclining angle, it’s an aesthetic wanting couch with the straight strains.

The tuxedo design is utilized to loveseats and chairs as properly.

Temporary Origin of the Tuxedo Couch

Apparently, the tuxedo couch isn’t that previous, first seen within the 1920’s in Tuxedo Park, a rich New York State enclave.  Additionally of observe, it’s Tuxedo Park can also be extensively think about the birthplace of the tuxedo go well with, however that’s not fairly true.  The tuxedo go well with dates again to 1865 first worn by Edward VII, then Prince of Whales).

Couch Sizes Chart

Right here’s a set of diagrams setting out couch dimensions in line with the variety of individuals it accommodates.

Diagrams showing the proper couch dimensions according to the number of people it seats.My first couch buy

I’ll finish this publish with one other temporary anecdote.  Once I landed my first job after college, I made a decision to purchase my first sofa.  I knew nothing about furnishings, however I did know I needed an extended couch so I might absolutely stretch out.

I discovered an extended pink sofa that was tremendous snug.  I appreciated pink as a result of it will brighten up my place.  The day it was delivered, I used to be excited.  My dad and I hoisted it up and carried it to my new house.  Lo and behold, that behemoth of a settee didn’t match within the stairwell.  Regardless of how we maneuvered it, there was no getting that sofa into my condo.

That wasn’t cool.  I needed to return it and determined to get a sectional as a result of it was in items and was an extended sofa.  Whereas the sectional as served me and my spouse properly, I nonetheless would have most popular that purple sofa.

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