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Furniture Glossary: Sofas

A must-have in any living room, sofas range from seating two people to 20. Back to Furniture Glossary

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White Chippendale Style Sofa from Shaw Living
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Camelback Sofa

Originating in the late 18th century, this Chippendale-style sofa combines a classic look with timeless details and comfort. The sofa is named for its serpentine back that gracefully flows into high rolled arms. In early versions, lush, elaborate upholstery, tight seating and colonial claw and ball feet were the defining features, as well as the distinctive back and arms. This early style was often found in traditional, Victorian settings. Now, the sofa has become a common furnishing in American homes. Upholstered in various fabrics and textures, it can be seen in interiors ranging from cottage to modern. Image courtesy of Shaw Living

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