Classic Sofa Styles You Need to Know

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We’ve all been here before: you move into a new place and you’re ready to furnish your new living room. However, once you go about finding a sofa, you’re faced with what feels like a myriad of options, and you quickly start to feel overwhelmed. And it’s no surprise either—there are plenty of sofa styles out there, and wading through all of them to figure out what works in your space is time-consuming.

But take a deep breath—we’ve done the leg work for you. Keep reading to learn about the most common sofa styles, their features, and what spaces they look best in.

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AFRO BOHEMIAN LIVING

The daybed is a sofa/bed combo that’s the ideal pick for guest bedrooms, nurseries, or flex space. Also called a divan, daybeds can be back-less and set against a wall, or they can also come with a frame that makes them look more like beds rather than benches. What Exactly is a Daybed? Here’s What You Should Know
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Modular

modular sofa styles guide

HERZEN STIMME

Modular sofas are another great flex-space pick. They get their name from their ability to mix and match pieces and easily reorganize according to a room’s needs, and they often come in an L or U shape. Many modular sofas are often low to the ground and includes lots of plush cushioning.04of 17
Loveseat

loveseat sofa styles guide

HOUSE OF CHAIS

Looking for a sofa fit for two? Try a loveseat. These pint-sized sofas work well in smaller spaces, or as additional seating in a room that already has a larger statement sofa. Loveseats are the perfect pick for bedrooms or offices too, as their smaller size makes them easy to fit in nearly anywhere.05of 17
Cabriole

cabriole sofa styles guide

KATIE MARTINEZ

This funky sofa style finds its beginnings in the reign of Louis XV in the early 18th century. The distinguishing feature of a cabriole sofa is its dramatic and curved back. Most cabriole sofas are often quite ornate too, featuring wood detailing or intricate fabrics. But many cabriole sofas you’ll find today though have dialed this back, opting for a more minimalist look.06of 17
Outdoor

outdoor sofa styles guide

LECLAIR DECOR

Looking to lounge in the open air, not just your living room? Try an outdoor sofa. Outdoor sofas often come in more contemporary styles, like track arm or deep-seated sofas. A key component of outdoor sofas is their durability, so look for sofas that feature weather-proof and water-resistant materials.07of 17
English Roll Arm

english roll arm sofa styles guide

LIGHT AND DWELL

English roll arm sofas are another classic sofa option. These versatile sofas got their start in early 20th century England and they work with nearly any style. Their distinguishing trait is their curved arm, giving them their name. English roll arm sofas also typically have deep seats, a short back and statement sofa legs.08of 17
Mid-Century Modern

mid century modern sofa styles guide

LILIJENCRANTZ

After peaking in popularity in the mid-century, mid-mod sofas are back and they are quickly becoming a new living room favorite. This pared-down seating offers a low profile, strong lines and lots of angles. Mid-century modern sofas are often low to the ground too, and typically come in leather or more neutral colors .09of 17
Sectional

sectional sofa styles guide

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MICHELLE BERWICK DESIGN

Another modern sofa classic is the sectional. Similar to modular sofas, sectional sofas also come in different parts and are traditionally L or U shaped. However, they’re not as flexible as modular sofas and may only come with one other option for a layout. But many times, this permanence can lend itself to a more formal or put-together look.10of 17
Tuxedo

tuxedo sofa styles guide

REAGEN TAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHY

Tuxedo sofas scream “Art Deco” like nothing else. These elegant, high-back-but-low-profiles sofas got their start in the early 20th century, and they’ve stuck around ever since. Tuxedo sofas’ arms sit level with their backs, and many of these sofas also feature velvet and tufted buttons.