The living room, den, or any other common area of a home is, at its core, a place for friends, family, and roommates to gather—and that means that solid seating options are paramount. The long reign of modular sofas have appealed to both form and function: their simple, sleek lines grants them a place amid design schemes ranging from minimalist Scandinavian to rustic, to contemporary casual. But, a retro style has been creeping back into popularity and it may just be the coziest alternative.
The resurgence of ’70s-inspired curved couches makes it easy to create a living space where everyone can be a part of the conversation. Smoothed edges are conducive to housing more people and rounded backs make face-to-face interaction all the more seamless. These seats have all the power of a sunken living room when it comes to crafting an intimate space—without requiring custom construction.
Ready to give this look a go? The options ahead will transform your room in one no-fail swoop.
Hadriana Curved Sofa, Everly Quinn, $2,270
Upholstered in rose gold velvet, this rounded sofa has a luxe appeal. Elevated details, such as its gold peg legs and welted seams, refine its design, giving it a particularly glamorous ethos.
Vera Sofa, Anthropologie, $2,158
This soft pink sofa takes a major design cue from the whole Hollywood Regency aesthetic. It’s simultaneously opulent and comfy, with deeply rounded edges that move towards a soft embrace. With two throw pillows included, it’s a rewarding indulgence you won’t want to miss out on.
Infiniti Curve Back Sofa, Crate and Barrel, $1,800
The cool, bright hue of this couch designates the piece with a cloud-like effect, although it’s not quite so delicate. Upholstered in a yarn-dyed polyester, it has a durable wear that’s easier to care for than its velvet counterparts.
Vero Settee, West Elm, $489
For a more modernist option, this settee’s visible wooden framework creates a dynamic contrast with its curved, distressed velvet back and seat. If you’re drawn to neat lines and clean edges, this sofa offers a subtle alternative to more filled-out shapes.
Antonsen Loveseat, Orren Ellis, $790
The golden-hued, stainless steel base of this loveseat results in a bold finish, while the ultra-soft velvet covering earmarks it as a particularly cozy pick. With a dramatic C-curve, the piece is strikingly modern, though it definitely still retains its retro inspiration.
Leia Mixed Leather Sofa, Urban Outfitters, $1,550
With this bulbous sofa, buttery leather and off-white linen lean towards the all-natural style of the ’70s. It may not be as curved as it is rounded, but its subtle shape favors the standout upholstery with a complementary detail.
Copine Peacock Velvet Curved Chaise Lounge, CB2, $1,300
With a softly sloping S-curve, this chaise lounge makes a very convincing argument to skip the traditional sofa altogether. Measuring over 90 inches long, it provides ample seating space, while its asymmetrical shape prevents it from looking bulky.
Koger Chesterfield Loveseat, AllModern, $700
Fusing Art Deco with a ’70s-inspired shape, this scalloped option delivers massive impact in a small package. The subtle curve of its back adds dimension without overwhelming the structure, making this a practical choice for small spaces.