9 sofa styles you should know
Chesterfield. Camelback. Slipper. Think you can tell them apart? Here's the ultimate cheat sheet.
Published Jan 1, 2016 5:00 AM
Rumpled, yet aristocratic, this British country-house staple has soft, deep cushions and low arms that make it ideal for TV watching.
If your comfort zone has room for a little drama, check out this room’s glamorous decadence.
This style is named after a grand house of King Henry VIII. Super-classic and formal, but very cozy and sheltering. Hinged sides untie and drop flat so you can lie down.
For inspiration, Jenna Lyons has just the right touch to make a room simultaneously traditional and modern.
More sculpture than sofa (this one is a mid-century design by Vladimir Kagan). This piece can float in the middle of a room.
To break up the modernity, add a more traditional light fixture to balance the room. With our handy lamp fixture guide, it’ll be a piece of cake.
Dating back to the 18th-century British designer Thomas Chippendale, this piece has an old-world sophistication but also looks surprisingly modern in a solid linen fabric. Hand-me-downs can be updated with a tailored slipcover. The perfect opportunity to utilize your creativity!
For more traditional-modern looks for inspiration, take a look at Tilton Fenwick’s style.
This 19th century English design features tight tailoring, a high back, rolled arms and tufting. In leather, it’s clubby and masculine. Done in a bright wool, it’s neo-traditional. In linen, it’s elegant and refined. (Whichever material you choose, make it a solid.)
Love the piece but don’t know where to put it? Have no fear. Here’s how you can arrange your furniture like a pro. You didn’t think we’d leave you hanging, did you?
Often seen in a Louis XIV style, this regal option is delicate, formal and architectural. The exposed carved-wood frame provides a structured contrast in a room of heavily upholstered pieces.
For more French Deco inspiration, take a look at Laura Vinroot Poole’s home.
Casual, with a ‘70’s lounginess. Good for establishing a sitting area in a loft. Minimizes the need for other seating. A version with legs cuts the bulkiness.
Just add a coffee table for the perfect entertaining area– I predict Pictionary in your near future!
A signature of society decorator Billy Baldwin, this sofa is luxurious yet decidedly no-frills. A straight profile (the arms and back are the same height) give it a more masculine feel. Works in any room, modern or traditional.
This style of couch would fit perfectly into a modern home like architect Will Meyers, who designed a fantastic modern home for his family.
Streamlined and unfussy, like an elongated slipper chair, this option is made more for entertaining than lounging. Usually lean and open, it does well in small spaces. Perfect if you turn a spare room into the ultimate dressing room, voila!