7 Types of Sofa to Know about When Buying

There are many types of furniture nowadays. The sofa is capable of creating a unique vibe to the entire style of the room. Deciding on a form for your couch is tricky as you need to make sure that it pleasantly fits the space. It’s not easy to explain the details what you’re looking for. Luckily for all of us, you can go online and take a look at the diversity of models.

Without any further ado, let’s see which are the main types of sofas out there. The more you know about them, the easier it is going to be for you to decide which model suits your room the best way.

   1. Mid-century

This type of sofa impresses with the rectangular shape and its clean line. It has tufted back and seat cushions, whereas the legs are solid and made of wood. If you fancy the “Mad Men” look, this sofa is your best shot.

The Mid-Century sofas always come with high legs, which makes them look elevated and light. The profile is rather simple as they have a minimum of curvature of the area of armrests.

Andresen Mid Century Modern Muted Dark Grey Fabric Chaise Sectional



The upholstery is monochromatic most of the time, and it’s made with long-lasting contemporary materials.

This type of sofa is an excellent choice for minimalistic and contemporary decors.

   2. Chaise

“Chaise” comes from the term “chaise lounge” which means long chair. The chaise is an upholstered seat for just one person, and it’s made for reclining in. It’s kind of a chair and a footstool at the same time.

Windsor Living Room | 2 Piece Chaise Sectional Sofa



A chaise always comes with a back and may have/not have one/two/no arms at all. Some chaises present nice contours, which invites to relaxation and lie back.

You can also find chaises with a contemporary upright shape that you may use to seat two side by side or one reclining.

   3. English Roll Arm

This type of sofa comes with rounded arms and the loose cushions or the bottom recommend it as one comfortable piece of furniture. The back is tight, and the pillows aren’t removable.

It’s a favorite type of sofa as it’s so easy to sink into it. It has a classic form that never goes out of style. The shape is versatile, and it works with many styles of furniture.

The arms are typically lower than the back.

   4. Daybed

You can use this type of sofa like a couch during the day and a bed during the night-hence, the name. It’s

a great sofa to have around the house, especially when you have guests and you need some extra space for sleeping.

It’s a great sofa for the studio apartments or if your bedroom is small and you have no space for a chair.

You can use some thick pillows against the backboard for increased comfort. The pads will give you more back support and your feet may reach the floor more comfortable.

Jean Modern Fabric Double Chaise Daybed



Many daybeds come with armrests or side rails so that you can lean against the side. The bottom cushion is a standard mattress most of the time. It has a twin-size, offering a lot of support and comfort.

You can find daybeds with under-the-bed storage trundles that you may use as a toy chest, dresser or trunk for various belongings.

The downside with this type of sofa is that it needs supportive back wall running the whole length of the bed. Even if you don’t have to place it against a wall, it may not look that great without one.

   5. Lawson

Lawson is similar to the English Roll Amr, but its back cushions aren’t attached to the frame.

The Lawson sofa comes with clean lines which reflect the need for a more straightforward, more modern and more comfortable build than other Victorian types of the sofa.

This type of sofa works for both contemporary and traditional décor, but its use is often compromised.

Due to its straight lines, the Lawson is also known as the “boxy,” which shouldn’t make you avoid it when buying. It has a tailored back almost as high above the seat as the seat is deep, whereas the arms sit lower than the back.

The first Lawson sofa came with three attached back pillows over three seat cushions. You’re not going to see pillowed arms or oversized arms on the Lawson sofa.

The clean look and the supportive feel are the main benefits of this type of sofa. Thanks to the height of its arms, the Lawson sofa is a comfortable option when napping.

The straight legs give the Lawson sofa a modern feel, whereas the tailored skirt sends you to a traditional era. The “track”/rectangular arm is great for an urban loft, whereas the small rolled/sock arm fits a cottage-style/traditional house a lot better.

   6. Tuxedo

Tuxedo sofa stands out with its boxy shape. The arms are the same height as the back and the legs most of the time, no matter if they’re exposed or upholstered. The couch has clean lines, and it’s somewhat geometric, and it’s pretty standard for the sofa to come with fabric cover.

Sean Navy Velvet Tuxedo Sofa – Chrome Y-Legs



   7. Camelback

The camelback sofa is your no.1 option when you fancy the traditional style. The curved back is its signature feature, and the camelback sofa comes in many forms, with one/two humps as the most common options.

Brika Home Camelback Sofa in Gray



The camelback sofa is a traditional piece of furniture that is going to give an elegant feel in any house.

The final tip

There are so many other types of the sofa that you should look into. You don’t want to get overwhelmed with the options, but you don’t want to go in the dark either. It’s best that you know about the styles out there so that you can make the best choice for your home.