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Green Channel Sofa with Black Frame
By Zanaboni Edizioni
Located in Milan, IT
This sofa boasts a unique and innovative silhouette that will elevate the look of a modern decor. Exquisitely crafted of black reed and enriched with a Classic-inspired braiding on t...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Sofas

Materials

Wood

  • Green Channel Sofa with Black Frame
  • Green Channel Sofa with Black Frame
  • Green Channel Sofa with Black Frame
  • Green Channel Sofa with Black Frame
H 31.5 in. W 87.41 in. D 37.41 in.
CHANNEL SOFA - Modern Leather Sofa on a Wood Plinth Base
By Susan Hornbeak-Ortiz
Located in Laguna Niguel, CA
The Channel Sofa inspired by vintage car interiors features channeled waterfall leather on a wood plinth base. Fully custom and made to order in California. As shown in Leather $15...
Category

2010s American Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery

Dunbar Model 7140 Channel Sofa by Roger Sprunger
By Dunbar Furniture, Roger Sprunger
Located in Chicago, IL
Channel sofa model 7140 designed by Roger Sprunger for Dunbar. Fully restored with new textured grey fabric.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Channeled Cloud Sofa
Located in New York, NY
Channeled Cloud Sofa. It is in the original vintage deep purple fabric with few blemishes but no tear. Reupholstery can done with COM by request.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

  • Channeled Cloud Sofa
  • Channeled Cloud Sofa
  • Channeled Cloud Sofa
  • Channeled Cloud Sofa
H 30 in. W 80 in. D 40 in.
Channel Tufted Banquette Sofa
By Jhon Ortiz, The Tailored Home
Located in Greenwich, CT
A banquette option that isn’t built-in for a breakfast room, hall or lounge. An excellent stand alone piece. Sits firm. Fabric and wood finish can be customized. Measurements: ...
Category

2010s American Modern Sofas

Materials

Cotton, Maple

  • Channel Tufted Banquette Sofa
  • Channel Tufted Banquette Sofa
  • Channel Tufted Banquette Sofa
  • Channel Tufted Banquette Sofa
H 37 in. W 57 in. D 27 in.
Channeled Serpentine Sectional Sofa
Located in Chicago, IL
A three part sectional sofa in a luxurious serpentine shape featuring a channeled back and channeled face. Dimensions: Each section measures the following: 50L x 32D x 29H 6...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery

  • Channeled Serpentine Sectional Sofa
  • Channeled Serpentine Sectional Sofa
  • Channeled Serpentine Sectional Sofa
  • Channeled Serpentine Sectional Sofa
H 29 in. W 32 in. D 197 in.
Monair Channeled Custom Sofa
By Carrocel
Located in North York, ON
This modern sofa is made to order. Coated in a deep blue fabric, it sits atop angled and tapered dark finished legs. Although the blue is luxurious, there are other upholstery option...
Category

2010s Canadian Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Maple

  • Monair Channeled Custom Sofa
  • Monair Channeled Custom Sofa
  • Monair Channeled Custom Sofa
  • Monair Channeled Custom Sofa
H 33.25 in. W 87.25 in. D 32.75 in.
Modular Channel Stacked Sofa, 1970’s
By Selig
Located in Chicago, IL
Modular channel stacked Sofa, 1970’s. Eight piece modular sectional with original wool weave fabric.
Category

20th Century American Modern Sofas

Materials

Wool

  • Modular Channel Stacked Sofa, 1970’s
  • Modular Channel Stacked Sofa, 1970’s
  • Modular Channel Stacked Sofa, 1970’s
  • Modular Channel Stacked Sofa, 1970’s
H 29 in. W 136 in. D 68 in.
Hand-Tailored Retro Style Sofa, Channel Tufted Velvet
Located in New York, NY
Contemporary retro style sofa in beige latte velvet. Plinth antique brushed brass. All hardwood frame with interlocking construction. Advanced comfort spring suspension. Tight se...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Sofas

Materials

Stainless Steel

Channel Stacked Leather Sofa by Interior Crafts, 1970’s
By Interior Crafts
Located in Chicago, IL
Channel stacked leather sofa by Interior Crafts, 1970. Leather sofa is on a walnut plynth base. Refinished base with original white leather.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

Contemporary Theodore Alexander “Modern Art” Channel Back Sofa
Located in Palm Springs, CA
This beautiful contemporary sofa is less than six months old. It was custom ordered and made in the USA by high-end maker Theodore Alexander. The fabric is a modern Art abstract patt...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Sofas

Materials

Other

Custom Modernist Channel Design Sofa in Platinum Velvet
Located in New York, NY
A custom modernist channel design sofa in platinum velvet upholstery. Vertical bands form a wave-like pattern across the seat. The channel design continues along the arms and seat ba...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

Steve Chase Channel Tufted Sectional Sofa
By Steve Chase
Located in New York, NY
Modern channel tufted sectional sofa designed by iconic California designer Steve Chase. Sofa features new padding and upholstery from Romo which features grey/pewter metallic colors...
Category

20th Century American Modern Sectional Sofas

Materials

Upholstery

Abyss Sofa Channeling Deep Tufted Metal Legs Black Custom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Asymmetrical contours of the Abyss sofa allow your eyes to roam to and from each of its unique ends. The horizon of the sofa is reminiscent of a casual lounge which melds into a cave...
Category

2010s American Other Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Custom Curved Channel Back Sofa with Gold Leaf Base
By Carrocel
Located in North York, ON
Custom curved channel back sofa with gold leaf base. Custom made here at Carrocel, featuring a contoured channel back. Sitting on a beautiful gold leafed platform base.  
Category

2010s Canadian Modern Sofas

Materials

Gold Leaf

Mid-Century Style Velvet Fat Channel Tufted Chunky Thick Sofa
By Modshop
Located in Compton, CA
Elevate the level of comfort and style within your home with the Monaco sofa in lush velvet in Mauve. Though the deep color and bold design lend this sofa the ability to stand alone,...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

Midcentury Style Black Velvet Fat Channel Tufted Chunky Thick Sofa
By Modshop
Located in Compton, CA
Elevate the level of comfort and style within your home with the Monaco sofa in lush velvet. Though the black color and bold design lend this sofa the ability to stand alone, none ca...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

Midcentury Style Merlot Velvet Fat Channel Tufted Chunky Thick Sofa
By Modshop
Located in Compton, CA
Elevate the level of comfort and style within your home with the Monaco sofa in lush velvet. Though the Merlot color and bold design lend this sofa the ability to stand alone, none c...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

Art Deco Inspired Channel Tufted Sofa in Velvet
Located in Compton, CA
This Art Deco-inspired "Empire" sofa is a stunning tribute to the eponymous building and the city it calls home. Vertical channel tufting creates strong, bold lines; the stepped arms...
Category

2010s Asian Art Deco Sectional Sofas

Materials

Velvet

Stiletto Sofa Channeling Tufted Custom, Purple, Metal Veneer Base, Tight Seat
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Stiletto sofa is sophisticated and plush. Its sleek wenge frame and rich upholstery make this piece a perfect balance of comfort and luxury.
Category

2010s American Other Sofas

Materials

Wenge

Contemporary Channeled Fleure Sofa in Teal Blue Velvet with Walnut Legs
By Stuart Scott
Located in Trowbridge, Wiltshire
The award winning Fleure Sofa is an eye-catching design which commands an audience. Exuding a contemporary vibe but with traditional style cues, as demonstrated by the exquisite flut...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary English Modern Sofas

Materials

Brass, Brass

Midcentury Style Dark Grey Velvet Fat Channel Tufted Chunky Thick Sofa
By Modshop
Located in Compton, CA
Elevate the level of comfort and style within your home with the Monaco sofa in lush velvet. Though the dark grey color and bold design lend this sofa the ability to stand alone, non...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

Mid-Century Style Paprika Velvet Fat Channel Tufted Chunky Thick Sofa
By Modshop
Located in Compton, CA
Elevate the level of comfort and style within your home with the Monaco sofa in lush velvet in Paprika. Though the deep color and bold design lend this sofa the ability to stand alon...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

Contemporary Channeled Fleure Luxus Sofa in Velvet and Oak or Walnut Legs
By Stuart Scott
Located in Trowbridge, Wiltshire
The Fleure Luxus sofa is our latest adaptation of the award winning Fleure 3 – seater sofa, upholstered in this premium cotton velvet. The Fleure range combines traditional style cue...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary English Modern Sofas

Materials

Oak, Walnut, Velvet, Walnut, Walnut

Steve Chase Monumental 3 Piece Iconic Sectional Channel Back Sofa
By Steve Chase
Located in Palm Springs, CA
This custom-made sofa was purchased from the original owner’s estate designed entirely by the late Steve Chase of Palm Springs. It is a spectacular Sofa consisting of three pieces th...
Category

Vintage 1980s North American Modern Sectional Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Abyss Mini Sofa Chaise Channeling Deep Tufted Metal Legs Velvet Purple Custom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Asymmetrical contours of the Mini Abyss Sofa allow your eyes to roam to and from each of its unique ends. The horizon of the sofa is reminiscent of a casual lounge which melds into a...
Category

2010s American Other Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Contemporary Channeled Fleure Sofa in Blue Velvet with Brass, Oak, Walnut Legs
By Stuart Scott
Located in Trowbridge, Wiltshire
The Fleure Signature Edition is our latest revival of the award winning Fleure 3 Seater Sofa, reimagined in this premium cotton velvet upholstery. This signature piece oozes luxury,...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary English Modern Sofas

Materials

Brass, Brass

Contemporary Channeled 2-Seater Fleure Sofa in Pink Cotton Velvet and Brass Legs
By Stuart Scott
Located in Trowbridge, Wiltshire
The Special Edition Fleure Two-Seater Sofa is a beautiful adaptation of the award-winning Fleure design. The Fleure range combines traditional style cues with a contemporary feel. Th...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary English Modern Sofas

Materials

Brass, Brass

Modern Two-Piece Sectional Sofa with Channeled Velvet Upholstery
Located in Greenwich, CT
This sectional was hand built at our studio in Norwalk, Connecticut. This piece has a one piece base but separates in the middle to create a loveseat and a chaise lounge. The base is...
Category

2010s American Modern Sectional Sofas

Materials

Velvet, Poplar

Modern Tufted Pearl White Faux Leather Sofa with Channel Tufting & Brass Toekick
By Modshop
Located in Compton, CA
Introducing the Avalon Sofa in faux leather. This bold sofa features top to bottom channel tufting in the front and a smooth back. A shiny brass veneer toe kick adds a touch of cool ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Faux Leather

Milo Baughman For Thayer Coggin 1970s Channel Back Semi-Circular Sectional Sofa
By Thayer Coggin, Milo Baughman
Located in Dallas, TX
This Milo Baughman sofa is the epitome of 1970s high style design. The two-pieces together make a slightly acute semicircle. The foam-filled channels across the back and on the armre...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Giulia Veronesi for ISA Rare Green Curved Channel Back Velvet Sofa, Italy, 1950s
By Giulia Veronesi, ISA Bergamo
Located in Milano, IT
Sculptural rare curved sofa by Giulia Veronesi with sophisticated and fine Channel back , with wood legs and brass feet manufactured by ISA Bergamo in Italy during 1950s. The green ...
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Brass

Giulia Veronesi for ISA Bergamo Rare Curved Channel Back Sofa in Navy Velvet
By ISA Bergamo, Giulia Veronesi
Located in New York, NY
Stunning Giulia Veronesi for ISA Bergamo rare and sophisticated channel back curved sofa with gilt brass and die cast aluminum legs, Italy, circa 1954. This exceptional midcentury It...
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Famechon Sofa with Channeled Back and Seat, Walnut Legs, Yellow Leather COM/COL
By KGBL
Located in New York, NY
The delicately proportioned Famechon is gently curved in both plan and elevation. The channeled back and seat provide a surprising amount of comfort. Shown with turned American black...
Category

2010s American Modern Sofas

Materials

Walnut, Leather

Modern Style Avalon Sofa with Channel Tufting in Velvet with Slim Wood Toe Kick
By Modshop
Located in Compton, CA
Introducing the Avalon sofa in velvet. This bold sofa features top to bottom channel tufted velvet in the front and a smooth back. A slim wood veneer toe kick adds a touch of natural...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofa Channel Back by Directional in Art Deco Form
By Directional
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A dramatic asymmetrical design produced by Directional Furniture in the 1970s. It features a two piece design with channeled back rests and arms. Upholstery is soiled in poor conditi...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Stiletto Sectional Contemporary Channeling Seat Back Base Tight Seat Back Wengé
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Stiletto sectional is sophisticated and plush. Its sleek wengé frame and rich upholstery make this piece a perfect balance of comfort and luxury.
Category

2010s American Other Sectional Sofas

Materials

Wenge

Weathered Gray Brown Leather Channel Back Two Cushion Loveseat or Sofa
By Ward Bennett
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a Mid-Century Modern signed Jack Lenor Larson, Ward Bennett style beautiful and elegant grayish brown (milk chocolate) channel back leather two-cushion seat petite sofa or...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Loveseats

Materials

Leather, Wood

Midcentury Style Sharkskin Velvet Fat Channel Tufted Chunky Thick Sofa
By Modshop
Located in Compton, CA
Elevate the level of comfort and style within your home with the Monaco sofa in lush velvet in Sharkskin. Though the Sharkskin color and bold design lend this sofa the ability to sta...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

Steve Chase and Jack Lenor Larsen Illuminated Channel Tufted Sofa, Signed, 1988
By Steve Chase, Martin Battrud
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This amazing custom curved sofa was designed by Steve Chase in which he personally selected a charming Jack Lenor Larsen fabric named "Lilliput" and placed it on a cozy 2-piece L-sha...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Foam

Brigitte Channeled Sofa in Ivory Bouclé
By Jonathan Adler
Located in New York, NY
Deep Space. Impossibly plush and fabulously futuristic, our Brigitte Sofa looks like it's floating and makes you feel like you're dreaming. Sink in and stay put. Its deep, channel...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Sofas

Materials

Bouclé, Upholstery, Hardwood

Jay Spectre Channeled Sofa In Original Green Leather
Located in Chicago, IL
Part of his late 1980s art deco inspired collection for Century Furniture Company, this channeled leather sofa is a classic Jay Spectre design. The style, and derivations thereof, a...
Category

20th Century American Sofas

Materials

Wood, Upholstery, Down, Leather

Stunning Channel Sofa by Steve Chase offered by Prime Gallery
By Steve Chase
Located in New York, NY
Stunning custom designed sofa from a Rancho Mirage, California estate designed by Steve Chase. This elegant sofa has been beautifully reupholstered in a luxurious silvery grey velve...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Sofas

Materials

Velvet

Mid-Century Modern Italia Italy Burgundy Velvet Modular Channel Sofa Sectional
Located in West Hartford, CT
Stunning modular four piece sectional sofa, circa 1972 Italy. Fabric is special, a luxurious velvet burgundy. The piece consists of four pieces with one being a triangular table and...
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

Fully Restored Channelled Sofa by Edward Wormley in Pale Gray or White, 1950s
By Edward Wormley
Located in Austin, TX
Designed by Edward Wormley, renowned midcentury American designer and furniture historian, for Dunbar. This curvaceous sofa has channelled upholstery at continuous arms and generous,...
Category

Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

Channeled Mohair Sofa
Located in Culver City, CA
Newly upholstered in Mohair from Maharam, with channel quilting on seat and back. Black metal and brass legs in original finish.
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Sofas

Materials

Brass

  • Channeled Mohair Sofa
  • Channeled Mohair Sofa
  • Channeled Mohair Sofa
  • Channeled Mohair Sofa
H 34 in. W 71 in. D 34 in.
Hollywood Channel-Back Sofa
Located in New York, NY
Hollywood channel-back upholstered sofa with concave apron, swept arms, and ebonized walnut feet.
Category

Vintage 1940s Sofas

Materials

Walnut

  • Hollywood Channel-Back Sofa
  • Hollywood Channel-Back Sofa
  • Hollywood Channel-Back Sofa
  • Hollywood Channel-Back Sofa
H 30 in. W 81.5 in. D 37 in.
Milo Baughman Channel Back Sofa
By Milo Baughman
Located in Chicago, IL
Milo Baughman channel back sofa, circa 1954. reupholstered with Great Plains wool/poly blend Solid turned wood legs. Shown Coffee Table Sam Maloof sold separately
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

  • Milo Baughman Channel Back Sofa
  • Milo Baughman Channel Back Sofa
  • Milo Baughman Channel Back Sofa
  • Milo Baughman Channel Back Sofa
H 31.5 in. W 84 in. D 31 in.
Jay Spectre Channeled Sectional Sofa
By Jay Spectre
Located in Chicago, IL
Three piece sectional sofa with an ottoman by Jay Spectre. Sofa details include drop down arm rests. Fully restored. New 100% angora mohair upholstery.
Category

Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Sofas

Materials

Mohair

  • Jay Spectre Channeled Sectional Sofa
  • Jay Spectre Channeled Sectional Sofa
  • Jay Spectre Channeled Sectional Sofa
  • Jay Spectre Channeled Sectional Sofa
H 31 in. W 85 in. L 31 in.
Channel Back Sofa by Steve Chase
By Steve Chase
Located in New York, NY
The sofa was acquired from a prestigious Indian Wells estate which was completely designed by Steve Chase. The two-piece "L" shaped sofa with large wide channels is mitered at the c...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Sofas

Materials

Upholstery

  • Channel Back Sofa by Steve Chase
  • Channel Back Sofa by Steve Chase
  • Channel Back Sofa by Steve Chase
  • Channel Back Sofa by Steve Chase
H 33 in. W 112 in. D 40 in.
Edward Wormley Early "Channel Back" Sofa
By Edward Wormley
Located in San Francisco, CA
A "Channel Back" sofa by Edward Wormley. Recently restored in ivory leather with a deep navy leather trim and tapered, brushed aluminum legs. An early Wormley design from 1...
Category

Vintage 1940s Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Aluminum

Glamorous Channel Tufted Sofa by Steve Chase
By Steve Chase
Located in New York, NY
Glamorous channel tufted sofa by Steve Chase. The chic sofa has been newly reupholstered in a luxurious silvery grey chenille velvet. The sofa is accompanied by two matching pillows.
Category

Vintage 1980s American Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Curvaceous Large Scale Sofa with Channeled Upholstery
Located in Atlanta, GA
Curvaceous Large Scale Sofa, American, circa 1960's. Elegant, subtle curves and extremely comfortable to boot. It measures an impressive 8.5 feet length. Reupholstered in an ivory fl...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Sofas

Art Deco Custom Curved Velvet Tufted Channel Back Sofa
Located in West Hartford, CT
Stunning Art Deco style curved channel back sofa with gorgeous Kravet velvet fabric and tassel fringe. Color is a gorgeous celadon green. Great scale and better lines. Excellent cond...
Category

Late 20th Century Hollywood Regency Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Wood

Ward Bennett for Brickell Channel Back Sofa in Mohair
By Brickel Associates, Ward Bennett
Located in Dallas, TX
A Ward Bennett sofa with channel back in a teal colored mohair.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery

Model 4757 Channel Back Wing Sofa by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Model 4757 channel back wing sofa by Edward Wormley.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Brass

1940s Dunbar Attr. Square Channeled & Button Tufted 108" Sofa.
Located in Chicago, IL
Early Dunbar, according to the nonagenarian original owner, circa 1940s long sofa. Nine feet in length, with large button detailing to the front and seat. Deep square channeled back ...
Category

Vintage 1940s American Sofas

Materials

Wood

Steve Chase Palm Springs Style Modern Channel Tufted Sofa
By Gary Jon, Steve Chase, A. Rudin
Located in Palm Springs, CA
This sofa has become an iconic piece of Palm Springs upholstered furniture. Both Steve Chase and Gary Jon custom made these pieces for upscale, architectural residences in the late 1...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Steve Chase Palm Springs Style Channel Tufted Modern Sofa
By Gary Jon, Steve Chase, A. Rudin
Located in Palm Springs, CA
This sofa has become an iconic piece of Palm Springs upholstered furniture. Both Steve Chase and Gary Jon custom made these pieces for upscale, architectural residences in the late 1...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Art Deco Style 1950s Channel Back Curved Two-Piece Sofa
Located in Westport, CT
Art Deco style sofa, designed 1950s curved long two-piece channel back sofa, all restored, covered in a ultra suede light taupe very neutral off White to light grey, black lacquered...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Sofas

Materials

Hardwood, Fabric, Ultrasuede, Foam

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Channeled Couch For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal channeled couch for your home. Frequently made of fabric, wood and velvet, every channeled couch was constructed with great care. There are 60 variations of the antique or vintage channeled couch you’re looking for, while we also have 28 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect channeled couch — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. A channeled couch, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Modern or Art Deco style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. You’ll likely find more than one channeled couch that is appealing in its simplicity, but Steve Chase, Modshop and Stuart Scott produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Channeled Couch?

The average selling price for a channeled couch at 1stDibs is $6,800, while they’re typically $1,500 on the low end and $29,500 for the highest priced.

Finding the Right Sofas for You

Black leather, silk velvet cushions, breathable bouclé fabric — when shopping for antique, new or vintage sofas, today’s couch connoisseurs have much to choose from in terms of style and shape. But it wasn’t always thus. 

The sofa is typically defined as a long upholstered seat that features a back and arms and is intended for two or more people. While the term “couch” comes from the Old French couche, meaning to lie down, and sofa has Eastern origins, both are forms of divan, a Turkish word that means an elongated cushioned seat. No matter how you spell it, sofa just means comfort, at least it does today.

In the early days of sofa design, upholstery consisted of horsehair or dried moss. Sofas that originated in countries such as France during the 17th century were more integral to decor than they were to comfort. Like most baroque furnishings from the region, they frequently comprised heavy, gilded mahogany frames and were upholstered in floral Beauvais tapestry. Today, options abound when it comes to style and material, with authentic leather offerings and classy steel settees. Plush, velvet chesterfields represent the platonic ideal of coziness. 

Vladimir Kagan’s iconic sofa designs, such as the Crescent and the Serpentine — which, like the sectional sofas of the 1960s created by furniture makers such as Harvey Probber, are quite popular among mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts — showcase the spectrum of style available to modern consumers. Those looking to make a statement can turn to Studio 65’s lip-shaped Bocca sofa, which was inspired by the work of Salvador Dalí.

With so many options, it’s important to explore and find the perfect furniture for your space. Paying attention to the lines of the cushions as well as the flow from the backrest into the arms is crucial to identifying a cohesive new piece for your home or office.

Fortunately, with styles from every era — and even round sofas — there’s a luxurious piece for every space. Deck out your living room with an Art Deco lounge or go retro with a nostalgic '80s design. No matter your sitting vision, the right piece is waiting for you in the expansive collection of antique, new and vintage sofas on 1stDibs.