Spotlight: Tufted Sofas

I fell in love with tufted sofas years ago when I saw them appear time and again in the classic movies I love from the golden age of Hollywood.   Button tufted sofas date back to the 19th century when the style became popular in the Victorian era.  Over the decades, the tufted sofa has been reinvented in different ways, with manufacturers reshaping the look of the sofa but preserving the classic repetition of tufts created by tightly pulled buttons. 

Always tailored, never slouchy, a tufted sofa is a timeless piece that can mix and mingle with modern pillows and accessories with confidence. 


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Modern or mid-century inspired tufted sofas incorporate square lines and metal or tapered legs.  Rolled armrests and carved or bun feet give a tufted sofa a more traditional look (think of the classic Chesterfield), as does a tailored skirt.  


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I finally found the perfect tufted sofa for our own living room earlier this year, this one made by Sherrill Furniture (see the link at the very bottom).  It’s the perfect accent for a wall in our more more formal living room and I couldn’t be happier with this timeless piece.   


kates tufted sofa


In the market for a great tufted sofa yourself?  Here are a ten terrific styles from traditional to modern that will bring serious style to your home!

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From top left:   Chesterfield Sofa, Pottery Barn, $2,099+; Shoreditch Sofa, Jayson Home, $2,696; Petrie Apartment Sofa, Crate + Barrel, $1,599; Scarlett Settee, Horchow, $1,329; Cherry Grove, Coach Barn, $2,545; Two Seat Descartes, Sofa.Com, $1,290+;  Royce Sofa, Z Gallerie, $1,699; Anson Leather, Room and Board, $3,199; Quincy Leather, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; Sherrill Tufted Sofa, Sherrill Furniture.


Are you a fan of tufted sofas?  Which one is your favorite? 




12 Responses to “ Spotlight: Tufted Sofas ”

  1. Out of those, I love the red Horchow sofa – but it needs to be couch sized and not settee sized!

  2. Love them all, but not the price tag. Looking for this style under $1000. Any suggestions?

  3. I’m a huge fan of tufted sofas, esp the chesterfield. We got one from MGBW and it’s so classic. I love that there are no cushions to get frumpy. The downside is that there are no cushions to flip in case of any stains. We use it in our formal LR so not in too much danger of that.

  4. I love the Emma sofa and settee we got from Home Decorators Collection. Looks just like some of these, but cost a lot less. We have the set in charcoal with the matching storage ottoman.

  5. love the tufted sofas. I am looking for a charcoal tufted sectional. any suggestions? thanks!

  6. Try Macy’s when they are having a sale (which is almost always). WE got a great (smaller) tufted sofa for $600 or so.

  7. I love the look of tufted sofa – but honestly, I will go crazy trying to clean out the in-between-tufts eventually especially with my 2 boys around> :-) Maybe someday.. :-)

  8. Urban Outfitters also has a great tufted sofa right now for $750.

  9. Wow, thanks so much for sharing Alison!

  10. Ha, that’s true Vel! Some aren’t so heavily tufted, but I understand why you’d hesitate!

  11. I love the first tufted sofa pictured and wondered who the manufacturer is and where it is available. Thanks!

  12. Where can you find the floor lamp in the picture with the yellowish tufted sofa?

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