Couch Research

Sofa Style 101: The Ultimate Guide to Finding the Perfect Couch for Your Space

Dive into sofa styles, but remember: style's a personal journey. Discover what resonates with you in the world of design.

How Do I Choose My Couch Style: Featuring Rebecca Hay

Discover Your Perfect Couch Style

In a recent chat with Rebecca Hay, the founder of Rebecca Hay Designs and host of the “Resilient by Design” podcast, we dove into the nitty-gritty of picking the perfect couch for your home. Rebecca shared how platforms like HGTV, Pinterest, and Instagram have totally influenced modern design tastes. While today’s homeowners have a sharper sense of style from all this exposure, they often struggle to articulate what they want.

Rebecca stressed the importance of designers showing clients different pictures to get a feel for their likes and dislikes and having in-depth conversations to really understand their needs. This way, homeowners can make well-informed decisions about their big furniture investment, whether they’re looking for a comfy, deep couch to relax on or a stylish perch for entertaining guests. Rebecca’s insights offer valuable guidance for anyone looking to find that perfect couch to complete their living space.

Impact of Technology:

  • The influence of platforms such as HGTV, Pinterest, decor magazines, and Instagram has significantly shaped modern homeowners’ design sensibilities.
  • Due to constant exposure to diverse design ideas, contemporary homeowners possess a more refined sense of style and design preferences.

Consumer Knowledge:

  • While many homeowners have a general sense of what they like, articulating these preferences can often be challenging.
  • It is important to recognize and respect the homeowner’s existing knowledge and preferences.

Guiding the Design Process

Initial Steps:

  • Designers often begin by showing clients various pictures to help gauge their preferences and dislikes.
  • Using images is an effective way to help clients narrow down their choices and clarify their design vision.

Key Questions to Consider:

  • Designers should determine whether the client prefers a couch that is comfy and deep for relaxing and watching movies.
  • Another consideration is whether the client desires a stylish perch that serves as a perfect spot for enjoying cocktails.

Making Informed Decisions

Significance of Investment:

  • Choosing a couch represents a significant financial investment, making it essential for clients to make informed decisions.

Designer-Client Conversations:

  • Engaging in detailed discussions with clients is crucial to understanding their specific needs and preferences.
  • These conversations ensure that clients feel confident in their choices and are guided appropriately by the designer.

Clarification and Examples

Comfort vs. Style:

  • Providing practical examples helps illustrate different uses for couches: A comfy, deep couch ideal for curling up and watching movies.
  • A stylish perch perfect for sitting and enjoying cocktails.

Client Challenges:

  • Acknowledge that customers often face difficulties in distinguishing between various types of couches.
  • It is advisable to start with broad preferences and gradually narrow down to specific shapes and styles.


What is the Most Popular Sofa Style?

Now that you’ve heard from Rebecca Hay, it’s time to discover which sofa style suits you best!

Embark on a sofa style odyssey where the quest for your perfect match begins. This is your compass, guiding you through the initial steps of this exciting journey of finding a sofa style that resonates with you. From timeless classics to contemporary marvels, let’s unravel the threads of sofa style.

When it comes to choosing a sofa, you may find yourself pondering the timeless allure of the traditional three-seat sofa. Classic, and it never goes out of fashion. However, if you’re looking for a touch of contemporary flair, the mid-century modern sofa might just be your perfect match.

  • Timeless elegance: Mid-century modern sofas blend clean lines, minimalism, and functionality, creating a timeless elegance that resonates with various design preferences.
  • Versatile aesthetic: The style effortlessly adapts to both contemporary and traditional interiors, making it a versatile choice for a range of home decors.
  • Iconic design elements: Tapered legs, geometric shapes, and organic curves are signature traits that evoke a sense of nostalgia while remaining fresh and stylish in modern settings.

Are Pull-Out Couches Still a Thing?

Sleeper sofas are still solidly useful for padding out your basement, or for a guest room or home office that’s tight on space. They’re also ideal for adding a makeshift sleeping space in your living room where there is very little room for one.

  • Space-saving solution: Pull-out couches provide a convenient and space-efficient bedding solution, making them ideal for smaller living spaces or multifunctional rooms.
  • Dual functionality: Combining seating with a hidden bed, pull-out couches offer a seamless transition from day to night, providing a comfortable sleep space without the need for a separate guest bed.
  • Guest-friendly option: Hosting guests becomes hassle-free with a pull-out couch, offering a comfortable place to sleep while maintaining the aesthetics and functionality of your living area during the day.

Now that we’ve explored various sofa styles and their unique features, let’s dive deeper into the art of selecting the perfect couch. Watch as our expert reveals insider tips and secrets that will help you find a couch that not only meets your functional needs but also enhances the overall style of your home. Don’t miss out on this invaluable advice!

What are the Old Fashioned Couches Called? 

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Alex Back is the founder and CEO of Previously, he was the co-founder and COO of the popular furniture brand, Apt2B, which was acquired by a large US retail furniture chain in 2018. He worked to integrate Apt2B, one of the very first online furniture retailers on the Shopify platform, into the operations of the 100 year old larger business entity and was deeply immersed in the business operations of both online and brick and mortar retail for 4 years before leaving in 2023 to start Working in various parts of the furniture industry since 2004, he has 20 years experience in retail sales, e-commerce, marketing, operations, logistics and wholesale manufacturing and distribution. He has worked extensively with partners such as Costco, Bed Bath and Beyond and Amazon and his work has been highlighted in many publications such as Forbes, CNN and HGTV, among others. Alex is delighted to bring his experience and authority on couches and the furniture industry to this platform, along with many of his industry colleagues who are helping him keep the audience informed and engaged on a daily basis.
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