When it comes to redesigning your space, seating is essential. A great sofa is often the focal point of a living room, meant to provide both comfort and an expression of style. There are so many different styles available that it can be difficult to know where to start!
In this blog post, we’re taking a look at some of the most popular styles of sofa, taking a look at their key attributes as well as the style which they’re best suited for. You’ll probably recognise many of them, although being armed with that extra understanding will help you to achieve your desired look in an informed and educated way!
The Chesterfield Sofa dates back to the 18th century and is characterised by rolled arms which are the same height as the back, it is often crafted in leather which has been tufted to provide a wrinkled effect.
Its origins lay with the fourth Earl of Chesterfield, who is said to have been a man with an eye for the finer things in life! It is said that he commissioned the furniture with the express intent of allowing a man to sit upright comfortably whilst preventing his suit from wrinkling.
The Chesterfield is often found in rooms with a predominantly traditional style due to its classic look. Interestingly though, it is also increasingly found in various other styles, including industrial, where it fits in well due to its use of leather as its primary material.
Another design which dates back several centuries, the Cabriole Sofa is defined by an exposed wooden frame, which is often carved. Its arms sit slightly lower than the back and most recognisable is the S shape which is found in its legs and is associated with the Louis XV period of furniture design.
The Camelback Sofa was created by London cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale, who is a key name in the history of English décor, dating back to the late 18th century. A camelback sofa is defined by an arched back that rises to a higher point in the middle and also at the ends. It often includes rolled or square arms, with exposed legs and no back cushions. Dependent on the materials and colours used, it can be featured in various interior design styles.
Attributed to American businessman Thomas W Lawson, the Lawson sofa is recognisable through three back cushions, arms lower than the back. Due to its relatively simple base, the Lawson is available in many different textiles and styles.
The Tuxedo Sofa finds its origins in the town of Tuxedo Park in New York. It’s an expression of the modernism which was emerging in the 1920s and is stylish to its core! In terms of its he arms are the same height as the back, usually taller than other styles of sofa. As with the Chesterfield style, the cushion is often tufted
English Rolled Arm
Often considered the cosiest sofa type available, the English rolled arm sofa is synonymous with the British countryside. Features include a tight back, soft, generously sized cushions, recessed arms and low turned legs on casters. It’s often used in a contemporary space as well as arts and crafts amongst others.