To think that there are over 15 different types of couches and sofas to pick from is something I would have never imagined.

That’s why I wanted to make this list of the different styles of sofas and couches so that you too can know how to distinguish between them.

Couch vs Sofa

The words “couch” and “sofa” are often used to describe the same piece of furniture, but they actually have different meanings.

Sofa. According to the eBay selling guide, “sofa” comes from the Arabic word “suffah,” which describes a wooden bench that’s covered in cushions and blankets. They may seat four or more people, compared to a couch, which often seats two to three people — making sofas better for homeowners who welcome plenty of company.

Couch Vs Sofa – Couch Definition And Sofa Definition – Elle Decor
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Types of Sofas

I’ll start by telling you about the different kinds of sofas. So, if you ever wanted to know “what is the name of the sofa that comes in pieces?” you’re in the right place.

Sectional Sofa

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Desmond 2-pc. Sectional Sofa – Raymour & Flanigan

That sofa that comes in separate pieces is called a sectional sofa. Most sectionals have 3 to 5 pieces.

With a sectional you can separate and arrange the different pieces as you like. However, you can also attach them to each other if you need to.

The two styles of sectionals that you see most often are the L-shape and U-shape.

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Lionel White Cotton Fabric Down-Filled U-Shaped Sectional
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Block L Shaped Sectional Leather Sofa – Brown

Chesterfield

Back when we were talking about different types of chairs, the Chesterfield made the list. Chesterfields have a tufted style and look like pieces that you’d see in a castle. But, there are also modern looking Chesterfield sofas as well.

A type of sofa - the Chesterfield sofa.
Brown Genuine Leather Chesterfield Sofa – Pier1
A type of sofa - the chesterfield.
Quentin Chesterfield Sofa – World Market

Lawson

Lawsons are comfy sofas that have lots of cushioning. These styles of sofa have a separate pillow which allows for a softer sofa. You can add as many cushions as you want.

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Jennifer Taylor Home Enzo Lawson Sofa – Hayneedle

Mid-century Modern

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Josephine Mid Century Modern Petite Fabric Sofa by Christopher Knight Home – Overstock

These are minimalist styles of sofa of which their particular designs were popular during the 1930’s to 1970’s.

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LILOLA Founders Midcentury Modern Sectional Sofa – Overstock

English Rolled Arm

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Montclair 3-Seat Roll Arm Sofa – Crate & Barrel

You already saw how an English rolled armed chair looks so here’s the sofa version of the chair.

Bridgewater

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Collection One – Bridgewater RAF Sofa

Some Bridgewater sofas have slightly rolled arms like an English rolled arm. These sofas are comfortable and don’t overwhelm the other decor in your house.

Camelback

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Jennifer Taylor Elaine Camel Back Sofa

A camel back sofa has a high back and the highest point of the back is in the center. These types of sofas also have exposed legs.

Cabriole

I’m not really a fan of cabriole styled sofas but who am I to judge? You can tell these apart from other sofa designs by their continuous, equal-height back and arms.  Often the arms curve inward creating a long line from arm to arm.

Chaise Lounge

My shrink has a chaise lounge sofa and it sits right under some pretty psychedelic lighting.

Some have arms while others are arm-less (if you want a couch without arms). They fit pretty much into any setting like a bedroom, poolside, etc.

Divan

A divan a mattress-like seat that is tufted and sits on a low frame. Think of it as a daybed but better.

a type of couch - a divan sofa, an example.
Jaxx Artemis Daybed Queen Size Convertible Sleeper

Oh, it slides out from underneath. To turn into a bed of sorts. Check it out in the below image.

Pictures of sofas.
Jaxx Artemis Daybed Queen Size Convertible Sleeper

Futon

Like the divan and lounge, another one of the types of sofa beds is the futon. Futons are sleeper sofas that fold or release downward to create a large, flat, cushioned sleeping surface.

Pull Out Sofa Bed

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Casey Full Sleeper Sofa

Tuxedo

The arms and back of the tuxedo sofa are the same height. the arms and back of the tuxedo sofa are the same height. the arms and back of the tuxedo sofa are the same height. 

Sofa Dimensions

sofa dimensions explained
Sofa dimensions explained.

Types of Couches

Here are a few of the most popular types of couches. Just like sofas, there are quite a few different styles to choose from.

Remember that we use the terms couch and sofa interchangeably. However, I like to think of couches as two-seaters. You can make your own defining factor.

Track Arm

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Barrett Leather Track Arm Sofa

Many apartments these days have a typical track arm. They are compact or small couches and can fit into small spaces where the typical sofa wouldn’t fit.

Loveseat

This two seater normally fits into a living room or bedroom setting. A loveseat can also come in different styles like camelback, cabriole, English rolled arm, etc.

Settee

A small couch is named a settee. It’s probably the smallest couch as far as I’ve seen.

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Jolinda Settee

And to wrap it all up…

17 Styles of Sofas & Couches Explained with Photos
17 Styles of Sofas & Couches Explained with Photos

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