Furniture Glossary: Sofas
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This sofa typically features a sleek and simple body style, sitting at a firm 90-degree angle, and lacks side support and armrests. An armless sofa is most often found in modern and contemporary designs and by those seeking simple furniture with a minimalist effect.
English or Club Sofa
Knole sofas originated in the 17th century and were produced for the Knole House in Kent. Rather than provide a comfortable seating option, they were used as a decorative piece to serve as a royal throne. They can be distinctively recognized by their straight, high arms that meet at the same height as the back. On the rear corner of each side, the sofa features carved finials that are usually adorned with tassels. Most often, the sofa has formal upholstery and an elegantly skirted bottom. Rarely seen today, they can be found in Old World or European-inspired designs.
A couch made up of modular units capable of use separately or in multiple variations. In terms of its lines, you can find practically any silhouette and style you like. The sectional is the great amalgamator, borrowing details from other couch shapes.