Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sofa Styles


The Chesterfield with its tufted back, high rolled arms, and sometimes tufted seat is both classic and masculine. It is often upholstered in leather.

Created by Thomas Chippendale in the 18th century the camelback is a traditional and formal style.  The camelback sofa has a tight, serpentine back, high rolled arms, often a tight seat, and sometimes exposed legs and stretchers.

 English or Club
The English or Club sofa has a slightly rounded arm set back from the front of the seat, often with a tight seat and slightly rolled back, no skirt, and low, turned legs on castors.

Based on a 17th-century sofa made for Knole, a house in Kent, England, this sofa has a straight, high back and angled arms that can be adjusted to open out or stand up straight (once useful for keeping out drafts). The back and arms traditionally connect with finials wrapped in cords.

The Lawson has a low, squarish back, with arms that are lower than the back. The form can have square or rolled arms.

 Midcentury Modern
These sofas have straight, squared lines and a very streamlined form, with low, often squared legs.

This modular seating is configured from components that include armless sofas, as well as end and corner units, ottomans, and sometimes even sleep sofas, or chaises.

In the tuxedo sofa, the arms are as high as the back. It usually has fairly clean lines with straight or slightly flared arms.


The back of this 18th-century Louis XV–style sofa curves into the arms in a continuous line. It usually has wood trim and carved cabriole wood legs.

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