sofa types

Your Essential Guide to Sofa Types: Making the Right Choice for Your Space

The perfect sofa will instantly change the look and feel of your room, and with so many sofa types, as well as shapes, sizes, and textures to choose from, it can sometimes be a little overwhelming when it comes to choosing the winning couch.

It is important to take time to consider the overall look of the sofa you want for your space and to make sure it fits in with your design scheme. Additionally, you will need to bear in mind the functionality and comfort factors when picking a winning couch. After all, you will be spending many years relaxing, lounging, and socialising on this key piece of furniture for your home.

In this blog we will look at the various sofa types available to you when choosing the ideal one for your space.

Standard sofa type

The much-loved standard sofa type is an ideal addition to any home as it suits a variety of décor styles, from traditional to contemporary. A standard sofa is typically a three-seater sofa with two arms and a cushioned base. The cushions can be built into the sofa as fixed pieces, or you can select a standard sofa with scattered cushions; these will provide back support and are the same size as the seated cushions.

Orange standard sofa with matching ottoman, patterned cushions and grey feature chair.

Taking sofa dimensions into account, the standard sofa is approximately 90 inches wide in the seating area, 38 inches deep, and 34 inches high. And as it is both roomy and comfortable, it is ideal for homes with larger families or for couples and individuals who want to put their feet up and truly relax.

Loveseat sofa type

Slightly smaller than a standard two-seater sofa, the classic loveseat is designed to seat two people and features two large, seated cushions. The loveseat is a fantastic option for smaller living spaces, such as apartments, home offices, playrooms, and bedrooms. They work great as an accent piece in larger spaces, through their vibrant eye-catching shades and luxurious upholstered fabrics, and they provide a cosy and attractive seating option in a home of any size.

Navy velvet loveseat sofa against window backdrop with neutral curtains.

You can maximise the comfort factor of your loveseat by adding plush throws and textured cushions. This will create the ideal place to curl up with a good book, have a cosy chat with a loved one, or snuggle with your favourite pet.

Corner sofas and modulars

If you are tight on space, have a larger family, or simply love entertaining guests, then a corner sofa type may be the ideal choice for you. As a corner sofa is designed to fit the corner of your room, it provides a fantastic seating option without compromising the use of your living space.

Brown leather six seater recliner sofa with freestanding ivory lamp and coffee table.

Another great seating option are modular sofas which are are made up of individual sections that you can add and subtract pieces to and change the size to suit your needs. These are a super option if you like to mix things up a bit; for example, if you want to rearrange your furniture from time to time or from season to season, then you can arrange and position each modular section as you wish. They often accommodate an L- or U-shaped furniture configuration which makes them ideal when socialising, as they provide additional seating as needed.

Both corner and modular sofas are available in a broad range of styles, textures, and shapes, so you can have a lot of fun and let your creativity shine through when choosing the ideal one for your home.

Chaise lounge sofa type

With a history that can in fact be traced back to the ancient Egyptians, the French chaise lounge or ‘long chair’ is an elongated sofa type with a backrest and an armrest on one side. It combines the features of a chair and a daybed. Their elegance adds a striking feature to any space, and they can typically be found in living rooms, bedrooms, larger foyer areas, and gardens. They are ideal for lounging and available in a variety of materials, including cotton, velvet, and leather, and they are perfect for reclining and sprawling out in style on a lazy afternoon.

Cream fabric chaise lounge sofa with beige throw and neutral rug.

Recliner sofa type

The recliner sofa provides the ultimate comfort in couches. As the name suggests, a recliner sofa allows you to recline the backrest, either manually or with a powered motor, so that you can lie back and lounge the evening away to your heart’s content. Many designs also allow you to elevate the sofa footrest for additional comfort.

Brown leather three seater sofa, two seater sofa and matching chair with cream rug.

Recliner sofas and armchairs are practical and versatile and come in anything from 1-seater to 8-seater options, and many also come with a variety of add-on selections, such as- cup holders, USB ports, and built in storage. They are perfect for those looking for supreme comfort when watching TV, napping, reading, or for simply lounging the day away.

Sofa Beds

Sofa beds are a fantastic investment if you are tight on space or if you don’t have a guest room but like to have friends and family stay over. Available  in a number of sizes, these clever sofas instantly convert into beds and come with built-in mattresses. You also have the option of selecting sofa beds where you can customise the mattress options, so you can ensure that your visitors will have the most comfortable night’s sleep possible. 

Contemporary sofa bed with patchwork pattern.

Sofa beds come in an array of styles, such as pull-out couches, futons, and daybeds, and they work well in a variety of homes, no matter what the size or décor. They are also used as a staple for many family rooms in hotels.

When choosing the perfect sofa type to suit your space, it is important to factor in your lifestyle as well as the layout of your room, the space available to you, and your personal décor style. The function of your sofa will also play a major role in determining which one you choose, so definitely factor this in prior to making your final decision.

From classic to modern, contemporary to quirky, there is a perfect sofa style and sofa type out there to suit every home, so have fun as you explore the world of sofas and picking the style that is just right for you.

Excited to find your perfect match? We invite you to delve into our expansive collection of sofas, featuring a variety of styles that cater to every taste. The perfect sofa type for your home is just a few clicks away. Embrace the fun and start sofa hunting now!


Nicola O'Sullivan

Nicola O’Sullivan

Nicola O’Sullivan holds the position of PR Manager and Interior Design Writer at Corcoran’s Furniture, where she applies her sharp eye for interior design. She is in the process of earning a diploma from the globally recognised Interior Design Institute, further enhancing her expertise in the field.

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