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Guide to Common Sofa Styles

Rolled arms, tufting, loose cushions, exposed legs ... It's easy to name the features you like best in a sofa, but how do they all fit together? Whether you're looking for a comfy sofa that fits your casual lifestyle or a more tailored design with clean lines, you can narrow your search by focusing on the styles that have withheld the test of time. Here are those seven classic sofa styles. 
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1. Bridgewater


A Bridgewater sofa is the most casual of looks with low, softly rolled arms and a high back. This style usually has a loose seat, loose back cushions, and a skirt.

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2. Camelback


A camelback sofa is a more traditional, formal style. It has a tight, curving back, high rolled arms, and often a tight seat. Sometimes, a camelback sofa has exposed legs.

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3. Chesterfield


A chesterfield is a tailored look from the 1920s. This sofa is a tufted style with rolled arms and back that are the same height. 

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4. English


This style is a classic 1820s-era English sofa. It has a very low and deep seat with loose seat T-cushions, and upholstered back, and curved arms. 

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5. Lawson


A Lawson sofa has a low, squarish back with arms that are lower than the back. The arms can be square or rolled.

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6. Slipper


A slipper sofa is an armless sofa. It is the longer version of the slipper chair.

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7. Tuxedo


A tuxedo sofa has high, straight arms and a back of the same height. Its cushions are usually all loose.

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