10 Sofa Styles to Know—Plus How to Choose the Right Couch for You

From sleeper sofas to sectionals, we'll walk you through the options.

Buying a new couch always feels a little daunting—they're typically investment pieces and can change the entire look and feel of a room—so no pressure! But knowing your tastes, the types of sofas that are out there, and what your lifestyle needs are can make this decision so much easier. The key is to be prepared. Don't settle on something you feel lukewarm about; it's such a huge part of your home. Plus, thanks to how many different couch styles and retailers are out there, you can find something you love within your price range. Here are 10 of the top sofa styles you should be familiar with as you start your search.

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Burrow Gray Velvet Sofa sectional

Perfect for a family or those who love to entertain, a sectional offers the ultimate in versatility. Customize its layout—choose from a left- or right-hand chaise—to fit your space. Enjoy the fact that no one in your family will have to fight for a cozy seat with this roomy sofa style.

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Pottery Barn Chesterfield Dark Leather Sofa
Pottery Barn

Nothing is more classic than a Chesterfield, and we can confidently say this shape will never go out of style. It feels slightly more refined and formal, with its rolled arms and tufted back, but it still works in a comfortable living room. A leather fabric instantly lends library vibes, but there are so many fabric options these days that you can really make it your own.

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Sleeper Sofa

West Elm, Gray Sleeper Sofa
West Elm

Small space? No sweat! One of the most practical types of sofas, a sleeper sofa is a two-for-one. The pull-out bed gives you an extra place for guests to crash when needed, while also providing a comfy couch for every day.

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Interior Define Beige Loveseat with Legs
Interior Define

Another great option if your living room isn't that big. A loveseat offers just enough space for you and a friend or partner to watch TV. If you want to expand its footprint, consider putting a pouf or ottoman nearby so you can put your feet up if needed, and it can also double as an extra seat in a pinch.

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Tuxedo Sofa

Joybird Gray Sofa with legs and sleek design

The angular structure of this style of sofa offers a pulled together and neat appearance. Just make sure you don't mind the high rise on the arms—it tends to work best for those who don't plan to snooze on their sofa.

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Cabriole Sofa

Beige Cabriole Sofa with Wooden Legs
Ballard Designs

Give an instant French country feeling to your living room. The shape and wood accents channel shabby chic charm, while the natural linen allows it to blend in seamlessly with other colors and fabrics too.

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Camelback Sofa

One Kings Lane Camelback Settee in Off-White
One Kings Lane

A camelback sofa gets its name exactly how you'd think: from the curved shape of the sofa back. For rooms that are light on the architectural details, this kind of movement and embellishment will be a welcome addition. Turned wooden legs add the final decorative touch.

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Mid-Century Modern Sofa

Green Midcentury Modern Sofa

This throwback sofa style has a lot of wiggle room and pairs well with a range of decor. Angled legs, track arm rests, and green upholstery add to this sofa's vintage appeal.

Just be careful if you're pairing it with other MCM styles—too much of one style can make your living room look like a TV set.

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Lawson Sofa

White IKEA Lawson Sofa

When you think of different types of couches, the Lawson might pop to mind. A popular sofa style, a Lawson sofa has removable cushions (great for cleaning the crumbs that collect underneath) and curved armrests (ideal for napping!). For an easy-to-clean design, look for one with slipcovers that can be tossed in the washing machine.

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English Rolled Arm Sofa

English Rolled Arm Sofa
Lulu and Georgia

With arms so tiny they're practically nonexistent, this style offers more flexibility for households with pets or children. One less obstacle or item that can be hung on or scratched, while still looking incredibly stylish.

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