13 Different Sofa Styles

Fresh out of university, I thought the different types of sofas were: futon, (inherited from a friend-of-a-friend’s older brother’s old roommate, no less), a two seater, a three seater, and grandma’s sofa with the plastic still on. There are actually 13 different types of sofas on the market!

If you’re in the market for a sofa, get acquainted with the different types below.

  1. Sectional. This is a multi-piece sofa, typically seating between three and five, and coming in differing formations.
    Photo Source: Canadian Home Trends, How-To: Style a Family Room

    Photo Source: Canadian Home Trends, How-To: Style a Family Room

  2. Lawson-style. With removable/moveable pillows, this sofa is ultimately designed for comfort and simplicity.
  3. English. This one is known for low arms in relation to a high back.
  4. Chaise lounge. Nothing says luxury like a chaise. Even the word, “chaise” sounds lavish.
  5. Love seat. The love seat is aptly named, as it is made specifically for two people.
Photo Source: Canadian Home Trends, Home Trends and Inspiration with Jillian Summers

Photo Source: Canadian Home Trends, Home Trends and Inspiration with Jillian Summers

  1. Cabriole. The cabriole’s trademark: continuous, equal-height back and arms.
  2. Camel back. Camel back sofas have an almost antique-y vibe.
  3. Mid-century modern. The main aim of this sofa is simplicity and aesthetic appeal; (but sometimes at the expense of comfort).
    Photo Source: Canadian Home Trends, 1 Sofa – 6 Different Looks

    Photo Source: Canadian Home Trends, 1 Sofa – 6 Different Looks

  4. Chesterfield. Most commonly known for its “quilted” style.
  5. Settee. This sofa mimics the look of a chair, only wider.
  6. Bridgewater. Known for it’s look: arms are slightly rolled to the side and are lower than the sofa back, the Bridgewater is an older style sofa, and has declined in popularity over the years, but a comfortable choice nonetheless.
    Photo Source: Canadian Home Trends, How-to Choose the Perfect Furniture

    Photo Source: Canadian Home Trends, How-to Choose the Perfect Furniture

  7. Divan. These are sofa’s that have no back; ideally they should be placed against a wall.

And of course,

  1. Sleeper sofas. Also known as the aforementioned futon, pull-out, or day bed.

Written by Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance website content writer based in Toronto.

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