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Choosing the Right Type of Sofa for Your Home

Sofa & Armchairs

By Syed ImranPublished 3 years ago 3 min read


This article serves as a basic guide for people who are thinking of purchasing the sofas or, those who wants to know the different types of sofas available out there. It not only provides name of the sofas, but also describe about them briefly.

If you are looking to buy a new sofa and want to know that how many types of sofa are there; you have come to the right place. There are various types of sofas (also referred as couches), which can be categorised by their size, arm and back shapes. Selecting the right type of Sofa for your home depends upon the space, size, comfortability and personal preferences. Read on to learn about different types of sofas and armchairs, which will help you decide which of them matches your needs.

‘Sofa’ the Name

The word ‘Sofa’ originates from Turkey. It is derived from the Arabic word ‘soffa’ (also spelled ‘Soffah’) which means "ledge/bench".

Standard Sofa

As we are familiar with the Standard Sofa. These are three seater sofas with six to eight feet wide. They come in traditional and modern designs with various styles.

Sectional Sofa

Sectional sofas comprised of multiple pieces that can be arranged in a manner to form different styles. There are an increasing number of designs and material keeps coming on due to the gaining popularity of Sectional sofas. These sofas have further divided into multiple related styles and configurations. Most common of them are L-shaped and U-shaped, others are contemporary, leather, reclining, traditional, sleeper, Scandinavian, fabric, modular to name a few.


Loveseat is similar to traditional sofa, but smaller in size. It saves space by width. Its capacity is contented of two persons. It also comes in different design and styles.


Futons are a combination of Sofa and bed. They are ideal for small sizes apartments or any visitor’s overnight stay, as they can transform from sofas into bed and vice versa.


An armchair is cushioned chair having support at each side, making it very comfortable and relaxing. It is kind of luxury sofa for a single person. Some armchairs even have built-in massage function.


Chesterfield is a type of sofa which has same padded arms and back with same height. Often they come in dark leather with deep button tufting all over.


Camelback design originates from Great Britain during late 17th and early 18th Century. Camelback‘s name come from its elegant arch back. It’s higher back in the middle which inclines into the arms in a continuous line. This classic design is still popular these days.

Chaise Lounge

Chaise Lounge is a French word meaning “long chair”. It is long chair shaped Sofa, with or without arms. It is mostly suited near pool side and bedrooms to give them a luxurious look.

Armless Sofas

Armless Sofas as the name suggest has no arms attached. They lack the comfortability and cosiness of arm support in other sofa designs. In contemporary space saving designs they are popular, as they give a modern look to the space.


The name Ottoman belongs to the great Ottoman Empire in the 18th century, where it was used as a centrepiece for seating at home. It is a seat without head, back and/or arms, occasionally piled with cushions. It can be used as a stool or footstool.


Settee is also an old name of sofa in some countries. Settee in general means a medium sized sofa with arms and back. The size is a bit larger than the love seat and a bit smaller than the standard sofa.

Tuxedo Sofas

Tuxedo Sofas has same height for their arms and back. Unlike other style of curves, Tuxedo Sofas has straight lined from one arm to the other including backrest.


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