Sofas are a staple in most homes and can be conversation starters about the décor style of the place. They are like those arms spread across to hug you in their warmth and comfort, to binge on net series, catch a nap in the day or simply have a good time with friends and family. continue reading….

We all toy with the idea of having something luxurious or practical, but comfort can never be compromised. The smaller décor details accessorize the larger concept defined by the type of sofa. We can make a choice based on use, number of seats and desired style by the overall feel of the home. Picking the right sofa is imperative to a long term relationship with it.

A sofa, couch, settee, divan are similar in their application as a comfortable seating for two or more people. At home we have the option of using such seating in living, family rooms or a den. Hotel lobbies, commercial offices, waiting rooms, clubs are also contenders for luxurious sofa settings. Any place which demands for people to interact with comfort has an application for a sofa.

A few tips to keep in mind are the proportions of the sofa and the room of application, the feel on using it and the upholstry material best suited for its proposed use.

In this feature we will run through the types of sofas and their probable applications. They can be broadly divided based on looks to suit traditional or contemporary styles.  There are few like Chaise lounge, Daybed, loveseat and divan that are distinct by the pattern of use rather than design.


A piece that that has transitioned and travelled well with time and stays just as relevant today. An equivalent to comfort food, this sofa is a cozy addition to any room.

It’s a classic fully upholstered sofa. Characterized by low rounded arms, a high back with short wooden legs and a tight upholstery.

It is an easy to go to piece for a relaxed, comfortable sitting. Catch a nap as you sink into its deep seats. Highly adaptable to suit traditional as a well contemporary styles.

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Simple, modern, comfortable with an adaptability to almost all styles of interiors.

If you appreciate comfort, then a Lawson is truly desirable. The height of its back match the depth of its seat with lower arm-rests. This lends good support, which is neither too upright nor makes you sink in. Look out for the loose box shaped cushions, that are a stand out character of this type. It may have short wooden legs or a tailored skirt, which helps it to transition between modern to Victorian interiors as per the choice of upholstery.

It’s a sofa that can fit into smaller spaces and impart a neat and comfortable feel to a room. Accessorizing with cushions gives it a very personalized look.

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Iconic, luxurious and stately. It’s a timeless classic piece of furniture for traditional formal looks influenced by the European sensibilities.

The back and the arms have uniform heights and the arms are always rolled (differentiating it from the ‘tuxedo’). Distinguished by deep button tufting and nail-head trim, the most prominent feature of this couch.

Its voluminous elongated frame adorns spaces with a large volume. It stands out best in genuine leather or fabrics with a rich texture, like velvet. Do justice to the grandeur of this piece by not pushing it against a wall. Surround it with other statement pieces and create a dramatic appeal.

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Crisp, Stylish and akin in formality to its namesake in clothing the tuxedo jacket.

there are lots of iterations of the tuxedo sofa. Its boxy shape with arms and back at the same height and fully upholstered body make it a comfortable and cosy large format sofa. A tuxedo can be stretched to a large length for a seamless linear look. Like a chesterfield, the tuxedo can take on cloth or leather upholstery just as well. It is a look that speaks largely of luxury, formality and crispness. The simplicity of its form sets the stage for décor that can be ornate and detailed or grand and sparse.

Two parallel tuxedos or a single one with accent chairs, keeping it off the wall allows it  to create a sense of boundary and help define a space. Pairing it with equally deep rounded pieces of furniture make the room more inviting and warm.


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Throne like, dramatic and cozy.

Deep seated with high enclosed sides and back, this sofa carries the name for being first ordered for the occupants of the great historic English house ‘Knole’. The traditional versions carry collapsible sides and back for flexibility of transport and use. It’s a throne like version of a settee, a close cousin of a love seat (historically designed to shield from prying eyes).

The backdrop of a well rendered wall with a Knole create a point of focus in a room. Other pieces to team with could have the same seat height, but lower back and arms.

A fresh approach to a piece originating in the 17th century has kept the Knole relevant even in contemporary settings.

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A gorgeous symbol of the 18th century and Chippendale furniture.

Exposed wooden legs and mostly an exposed frame with a levelled height of the back and arms. The original was acclaimed for  legs that curved outwards and down as its main distinguishing features.

Cabriole sofas, considered a characteristic of Thomas Chippendale’s furniture, a popular cabinet and chair maker from London whose output was influential right up to the end of the 18th century.

Its an ideal piece to create an ornate and refined look. A cheerful window, some tea to sip and a book in hand are a great setting for this classic style.

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Classic, graceful and refined. This is a sofa that can complete a traditional look with panache and style.

An original Thomas Chippendale design, this piece has been fashionable since the 18th century and holds foot in its modernized versions too. Characterized by its graceful arched back silhouette that reaches a distinct pinnacle towards the center, rolled back arms and well fitted upholstery. Camelbacks are a small frame seating, like a settee and are usually a add on with larger seating sofas in traditional living rooms. It can create focus in Smaller rooms, lobbies or formal foyers. Bold backdrop colours or subtle hues of metallic décor team well with this piece for a luxurious, feminine ambience.

This piece can render a classic traditional look or take a fresh modern approach with the right upholstery choices.

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Linear, sophisticated and  graphic.

Midcentury modern style of décor nurtured in middle of the 1930s to the mid-1960s. It took heavily to geometric shapes, organic curves, clean lines. Using unusual, traditional and unique resources often with contrasting properties to create furniture that was a statement piece and practical to use. It epitomized the maxim ‘form follows function’. Pieces were devoid of ornamental details and remained true to International Style influences.

Styled from Scandinavian to eclectic, midcentury modern sofas can compliment any scale, size or trend of décor. It can be a statement piece or be perceived as a canvas to develop a personalized style on.

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Modular, practical and versatile.

It’s an upholstered furniture that works well to create more number of seats for large and small living rooms alike. This is thanks to the many different pieces from armrest and single chair pieces all the way up to sleeper sofa units that can make up a typical sectional collection and in that sense it’s modular. Sectionals were conceived in extension to the modern sensibilities of furniture design, but have evolved to adopt traditional design patterns in its scheme of things.

The right number of pieces put together a piece of furniture that perform to the room size, layout and use.

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These are transformer furniture. The go to pieces if challenged with smart use of space. They double up as seats and transform into beds for regular or occasional use when you have stay in guests. Smart carpentry and innovative hardware wire the mechanism of their transformation. Great pieces to keep in holiday homes and guest rooms.


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These are types of seats rather than styles of sofas. Each of them can be modelled to suit a reminiscent style of furniture and create a symphony within a room.

A settee is not a deep seat, rather bench like. It doesn’t aim at being comfortable. More of an extra seat to be used either at the entrance or in changing rooms.

Comfort, style and elegance define a chaise lounge. Justifying its use at fashion stores and places of exclusive retail. It’s a piece with a single sided armrest and back support to sit comfortably with the legs propped up.

The name says it all for a ‘loveseat’. Meant to seat two, they are cosy, comfortable and usually with a high back and arms. Snug in a loveseat for some self time with books or a warm conversation with a loved one.


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The 1800s was a period of transformation, when furniture makers like Thomas Chippendale started to circulate pattern books displaying and recording the designs of the age, which were both functional and elegant. Thereon ‘sofas’ have traversed class and status and become a household necessity. From being an elitist statement pieces to being less flamboyant and experimental in the 1900s, the sofa garnered due attention from great designers like Le Corbusier and Charles Eames who revolutionized the modern sofa through design and material. The progressive journey of a sofa has brought to us the fortune of a myriad of styles to choose from, be it form, colour, size and seating options. Designs that have adapted to changing needs and taste keeping their form traceable to the originals, making them true classics.

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