Top 5 Sofa Styles

by Katy Lindamood

Whether you call it a sofa or a couch, these pieces of furniture are often the focal part of a living room. They can be arranged in a multitude of ways to provide adequate seating or conversational groupings. Of course, with so many options it can be hard to decide which sofa is right for your home. Consider these popular styles when you're deciding which one to buy.

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  1. Sectional:

    Sectional sofas have gained popularity in recent years because they can be set up in a wide variety of ways. Some choose to set these sofas up in an "L" shape in the corner of a room, while others like to separate the sections into a more conversational arrangement. While most sectionals are divided into two sections, modular sofas are also considered sectionals. Modular couches usually have each seating area separated. This allows you to arrange the sections depending on the number of people who will be using the sofa. Sectionals can be found in fabric or leather, and many offer recliners.

  2. Sleeper:

    Sleeper sofas are popular because they are dual-purpose. During the day they are used as seating, but at night the cushions can be removed to reveal a foldout bed. Sleeper sofas are an ideal choice for those without a designated guest room. They are simple to set up, and they provide comfortable sleeping. Sleeper sofas are heavier than traditional sofas, but their benefits outweigh the extra weight. Sleeper sofas are traditionally upholstered in fabric, but you can find them in leather as well.

  3. Loveseat:

    Usually part of a set, the loveseat sofa is one of the most popular types of living room furniture. Loveseats are fashionable because they offer added seating but don't take up as much room as a traditional sofa. Loveseats are designed for a maximum of two people.

  4. Traditional:

    The traditional three-seat sofa is still the most popular. Many homes have some form of this sofa in the living room. These sofas come in a wide range of colors and fabrics, including microfiber and leather. Depending on the manufacturer and style, the design of the sofa will vary. Some have high backs, and some have removable cushions, while others do not.

  5. Chaise:

    Chaise sofas are a modern twist on the sectional sofa. Unlike sectional couches that have a separate cushion for each space, chaise sofas have one long cushion that sits at an angle from the rest of the couch. Chaise couches allow for users to lie comfortably without the edge of the cushions poking them.