Feel Like a King: 12 Types Of Sofas To Style Your Living Room

Feel Like a King: 12 Types Of Sofas To Style Your Living Room

Feel Like a King: 12 Types Of Sofas To Style Your Living Room

A sofa or a sofa set is the focal point of your living room; it creates the first impression of your home on your guests. Highlighting your taste, showcasing style and ensuring comfort, a sofa is an essential piece of furniture that you should smartly invest in.

In the past few decades, with changing design sensibilities, sofas have seen a transformation with every passing phase, and yet no old style has fully gone out of fashion. This has over the years created a wide range of styles that you can pick from.

Of the many sofa designs and styles available in the market, MakaanIQ lists some of the best that you could choose from based on the design theme of your home:  

English or club sofa

english sofa (pepperfry.com)(Pepperfry.com)

A classic and a versatile casual style defines an English sofa. It dates back to the 19th century and has a British-countryside style. Considered the most comfortable option, it has tight cushions and slightly rolled backrest. Another feature of this sofa is its recessed arms and low turned legs on castors.  

Sectional sofa

Sectional sofa(Dreamstime)

One of the most common and modern-day styles, the sectional sofa is a multi-piece furniture. It can be customised according to your need and space. Being a sectional furniture, it can have any number of pieces – three, five, seven or more. The most common configuration of this type is an L shape or a U shape. They are also great for filling large spaces and corners in a room.

Chesterfield sofa


Dating back to the 18th century, this sofa style is a symbol of noble sophistication. Traditionally designed with hard-wearing leather, it has a low deep-buttoned back (or tufted), high scrolling arms and a deep seat with exposed wooden feet. No back cushions and elegantly deigned curved-lines make this a piece of furniture that will never go out of fashion.

Camelback Sofa

Camelback (commons.wikimedia.org)(Wikipedia)

Originally designed by Thomas Chippendale in the 18th century, this formal piece of sofa has scrolling arms and tight-humped back like a camel, hence the name. It has exposed legs and no back cushions. This style looks elegant in either an entrance hall or a lounge room.

Mid-century modern

Mid-century Modern(Dreamstime)

From the 1940s to 1970s, the mid-century modern furniture gained popularity, but its charm still continues. This type has a retro appearance, organic shapes and geometry. It has minimalistic design and clean lines that make it elegant, comfortable and stylish, all rolled into one.

Tuxedo sofa

Tuxedo sofa(Dreamstime)

It borrows its name from the town Tuxedo Park in New York. This sophisticated piece of sofa has arms and back of the same height. An ideal sofa for reading, it is not considered for relaxation due to its straight back; however, placing cushions can transform it into a comfortable seat.

Cabriole sofa


Inspired from the 18th century style of Louis XV, cabriole sofa is designed in a curvy shape. With the upper portion curving outwards while the lower portion curving inwards, it forms a gentle S-shape. It has no back cushions or continuous lines. It has wood trims and curved legs.


knole sofa (Pinterest/Decor NYC)

A knole style of sofa distinguishes itself for its straight high-back with adjustable arms, which can be opened out. Traditionally, finials wrapped in cords connect the back and arms.

Lawson sofa


This style is designed for comfort and has a box-like appearance. The back cushions and arms are lower than the back. This style is available in many shapes, sizes and colours.

Bridgewater sofa


It is a very comfortable and casual style of sofa and is ideal for relaxing. It has a softly rolled backrest, low-set back arms and heavily padded cushions.



It is a mini-cabriole sofa and a French-style seat. It has an exposed frame and a continuous back-to-arm shape.



Another piece of royalty and style, this type has asymmetrical high arm rest on one side. It is ideal for reclining, in style.

Last Updated: Wed May 04 2016

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