What are the Most Popular Sofa Styles in the UK Right Now?

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Chesterfield sofa style in an industrial loft style living room

Brixton 4 Seater Leather Sofa from Furniture Village

There are so many sofa styles to choose from that buying a new sofa for your home can be quite overwhelming and daunting. Obviously, there are sofa styles that we like the look of, but we also need to choose one that works with our lifestyle and will meet the needs of our household.

A chart showing illustrations of nine different sofa styles

It is also important to consider the financial investment of buying a new sofa. Sofas are one of the most intensely used items in a home and previous reasearch by British furniture retailer Furniture Village has shown that over the course of the average 11-year life of a sofa, it will see a lot of activity. Couples kissing 2,105 times, families watching 3,135 films, almost 96 days of phone conversations and 16 weeks of people reading books to name a few.

So you can see that choosing a sofa style that works for you is a lot more important than you may have imagined. Particularly when you take into account sofa trends that may be influencing your decision. That’s a lot to take into consideration.

New research by sofa experts Furniture Village has looked at the most popular sofa styles according to current search data to see what kind of things people are looking for from their sofa and which sofa styles are most in demand.

Results show that Brits are still seeking out sofas that are glamorous and opulent, but that comfort and practicality are now more in demand.

Chesterfields are the Most Searched Sofa Styles

Chesterfield sofa style in a living room with parquet flooring and white walls

New England Newport 3 Seater Leather Sofa from Furniture Village

According to the data, the classic Chesterfield is the still the most sought after and most searched sofa style. With its sophisticated, high rolled arms, beautiful leather tufted upholstery and structured back, the Chesterfield sofa offers both class and glamour with its timeless appeal.

However, a small drop in search from 2020 to 2021 (-1.75%) may indicate that search popularity is starting to flattened out. Searches for compact couches such as the Knole or the Camelback style grew less than the sofas that allow us to lay down and chill out indicating that comfort may be moving up our list of priorities.

The Sofa Styles Gaining in Popularity

Lawson style sofa in a minimal industrial style living room with large crittall style windows

Camden Collection Loft 3 Seater Leather Sofa from Furniture Village

What could explain this growing interest in comfortable sofas? As a nation, we Brit spends a whopping 20 hours and 24 minutes relaxing on the sofa every week. That’s just over 44 days a year that we spend loafing on the sofa. So it’s easy to see why comfort is one of the most important criteria when it comes to sofa styles.

It could also be down to the fact that we’ve spent significantly more time at home over the past two years so our sofas have played a much larger role in our home life given the fact that we were housebound for extended periods during the lockdowns.

Super-Cosy Sofas are IN

Either way, super-cosy is the big winner according to the latest search data as sofa styles that have seen the biggest increases in search are the one specially designed for us to put our feet up and relax. Searches for comfy choices designed for lounging and napping have more than doubled.

Lawson Sofa Styles

A grey Lawson style sofa in a modern livingroom next to a Lawson style armchair

Optimus Space Saving Sofa Bed with Memory Foam Mattress from Furniture Village

Surprisingly, the streamlined Lawson sofa is by far the design that’s growing in popularity the fastest with the biggest increase in search in 2020, rising 247% from 2019 to 2021. The Lawson sofa, with its three-cushion seat design, soft back pillows and setback rolled arms is a modern and comfortable option for the home perfect for resting our head on them during power naps or as we’re winding down at night.

English Roll Arm Sofa Styles

A grey English roll arm sofa with large white sash windows behind

Boutique Splendour Fabric 4 Seater Split Sofa from Furniture Village

Searches for the English roll arm sofa rose by 163% from 2019 to 2021. This gloriously traditional sofa is a great addition to any living room. The distinctive roll arms and deep seats and sloped back really do steal the style show without compromising on comfort.

Sectional Sofa Styles

A blue sectional sofa with orange walls behind and a triangular footstool in front

Isobel Small Fabric Corner Sofa from Furniture Village

Sectional sofa searches are up 121% from 2019 to 2020. Both vertsaile and comfortable, sectional sofas are multipiece modular sofas with joined sections for sitting and can be used to create the perfect lounging space for the entire family. Recliners, corner wedges and arm rests combine to make the perfect setting for stretching out and relaxing.

Mid-Century Modern Sofa Styles

A yellow mid-century modern sofa with built-in shelving behind and industrial windows to the side.

Romilly 3 Seater Fabric Sofa from Furniture Village

The minimalist simplicity of Mid-century Modern sofa styles saw a search increase of 112% from 2019 to 2021 showing that clean lines, a rectangular silhouette and tapered legs are still attractive to consumers looking for that stylish sofa for their home.

Glamourous & Elegant Sofas Not as Popular

Couches on the opulent side are still popular, but according to the latest data, they’re not as searched for as the more comfortable options. Perhaps the Pandemic taught us that how a sofa makes us feel is more important thann how it looks?

Cabriole Sofas

A small white curved boucle sofa in front of a pink wall

Amelie Boutique 2 Seater Fabric Sofa from Furniture Village

Seeing an increase in searches of 98% between 2019 and 2021, Cabriole sofas bring the ultimate in retro style to our homes. The compact look and seamless design makes this sofa style hugely attractive and with curved sofas and Seventies shapes being such a huge trend in 2022, I am almost certain that searches for this style of sofa will see a large year-on-year increase. Watch this space!

Camelback Style Sofas

A Camelback sofa in a living room

New England Nantucket 2 Seater Fabric Sofa from Furniture Village

With search data showing a 58% increase for the Camelback sofa style, there is no doubt that curved sofas are about to have a bit of a moment. Wether they have a single or a double arch, the streamlined shape of the cambelback along with the exposed legs and rolled arms makes for a pretty attractive choice.

Tuxedo Style Sofas

An ochre tuxedo sofa with berber rug and round coffee table in front and large window behind.

Rene 3 Seater Fabric Sofa from Furniture Village

Tuxedo sofas have straight, upholstered arms that are the same height as the back, accompanied by loose pillows. These sofa styles have seen an increase of 57% from 2019 to 2021.

Chaise Lounge Style Sofas

A grey chaise-style sofa on a blue rug in a living room

Ercol Bellaria Right Hand Facing Chaise Sofa from Furniture Village

The chaise lounge sofa is elegant and practical and for this reason alone it has seen a 44% increase in search from 2019 to 2021. Perfect for smaller homes, the chaise section allows us to stretch out on the sofa without taking up all the space.

Does this search data surprise you? Would you have guessed that Chesterfield sofas are the most sought after sofa styles? And would you opt for comfort over elegance? Let me know in the comments below.

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