Sofa Styles - Explained!


From sectionals to love seats, there are many different styles of seating for your living room. When you're ready to upgrade to a new couch, you'll want to know exactly what you're looking for so you can explain it to the best furniture shop at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here are a few of the most popular styles, and a few obscure ones to get you started on your search.

Sectional Sofa

The sectional sofa is a popular and multi-functioning piece. It generally comes in three to five pieces and can be arranged in a number of configurations. Because it's picked up in popularity, you can find sectionals in many styles and designs with many materials to choose from. While some can be huge, others are small so that you can find the perfect size for your space. L-shape and U-shape are the most common ways to arrange them.


A Chesterfield sofa is most commonly known for its quilted or tufted style. While many only have the tufts on the back and arms, some also have them on the seating cushions as well. It can still be a popular style, especially among millennials who are trying to achieve a vintage look. When it's covered with leather, it looks like the type of sofa you would find in a lawyers office.

Lawson-Style Sofa

Are you looking for a comfortable couch? The Lawson-style sofa is ideal. It has a signature design element, and the back is made with large pillows that are still separate from the frame. This style of sofa still remains incredibly popular, and you can find it in many sizes, colors, and materials.

Camel Back

The camel back sofa is most known for its main design element - a higher back in the center that descends in a flowing line into the arms of the sofa. They have exposed wood legs, as well as exposed wood on top of the back and arms (though, not always). This is a classic design with a contemporary feel and even antique in style.

Chaise Lounge

You will often find a chaise lounge in many luxury homes today. They are still quite popular, especially in massive master bedrooms. Some chaise lounges have an arm on one side, while others have no arms. The chaise lounge is also popular among patio furniture styles, especially placed next to a pool.

Loveseat Sofas

This is a generic term for a sofa that is made for two people. They are often a part of a living room set with a regular sized sofa along with it. Loveseats come in many styles and materials, just like your average sofa.


This is not your grandma's couch ... it's actually a very distinctive style of sofa! A diva is a sofa without a back, which means that it must be placed up against a wall with pillows arranged on the back for comfort. They aren't always practical because you are required to place them against a wall, but they do offer some variety when you arrange the pillows. Did anyone else's grandma refer to her sofa as a divan, even if it wasn't?

Interior Design at the Lake of the Ozarks

Are you looking for the perfect sofa style for your living room? Stop by John Elliott Interiors and talk with any of our interior designers at the Lake of the Ozarks. We would love to show you some of the styles that we have in our furniture showroom at the Lake of the Ozarks, as well as discuss the best materials that would work for your lifestyle. Want to redo your entire home? We can help with that, too! Come see us sometime!

Let us help you create an interior for your life.

2265 Bagnell Dam Blvd.
Lake Ozark, MO 65049


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