By Michelle Shin,

Buying one is a big decision, and not just because it’s pricey. Here’s how to find a keeper that’s incredibly well-made, sink-inand-stay comfortable, and so beautiful, it makes the room.

gold midcentury sofa


Signature look: Mad Men–esque: low profile, high back, and squared arms.

Pros: Clean lines, good back support.

Cons: Too low for some people’s comfort.

Watch out for: Overstuffed cushions. “The structured design can make for a firmer sit,” says furniture design consultant Marissa Brown.


grey camelback sofa


Signature look: Upright and elegant, thanks to its curves and high arms. Also known as a Chippendale.

Pros: The tight back makes you sit up straight.

Cons: The shallow seat isn’t comfy for tall people—or for snuggling.

Watch out for: Wonky proportions. If the seat is nice and deep, the back can be too high.

english roll arm sofa

English Roll Arm

Signature look: Also called a Bridgewater, it’s low and louche.

Pros: Soft arms and cushions; tilted at an inviting angle.

Cons: Leaving its embrace can be (physically) challenging.

Watch out for: Cheap assembly. “Low-end makers slap the arms on the outside,” rather than building them into the frame, says Brown.

white tuxedo sofa


Signature look: Boxy but tailored. The back and arms are always the same height, the cushions firm.

Pros: Stylish, sometimes slightly feminine lines; good for small spaces.

Cons: The arms tend to be thin and hard. Single-seat cushions look sleek, but over time they may start to “smile” (lift on the ends and sag in the center). The fix: Buy a sofa with one you can flip, that’s anchored by little hooks on the sides or back.

Watch out for: Awkward arm heights. “If they’re too high, it’s hard to find side tables that work,”


orange chesterfield sofa


Signature look: At home in a library, with its leather-bound kin. Often tufted, with rolled arms the same height as the back, and a tight back and seats.

Pros: Formal yet remarkably cozy.

Cons: BYO pillow for napping.

Watch out for: Appropriate upholstery. “These look best in stiff materials like leather, heavy linen, or velvet,” Gambrel says.

green lawson sofa


Signature look: Loose cushions; the back ones form a T shape over rolled sock arms.

Pros: Versatile and great for stretching out, with low arms that double as headrests.

Cons: Less statement-making than the others.

Watch out for: Fussy details. “I’d never skirt a Lawson,” Gambrel says. “That looks too traditional.”

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