A beginner’s guide to the different kinds of sofa

Maark Furniture: A beginner’s guide to the different kinds of sofa

There are plenty of sofa types out there, and as a homeowner, it can get a little too confusing. Once you step foot inside a furniture store, you’re introduced to couches with different shapes, designs and patterns that make it a lot harder to decide. How are you supposed to pick something that fits the layout of your living room?

It’s understandable to feel overwhelmed when it comes to sofa buying. That’s why here at Maark Furniture, we will give you a beginner’s guide to help you differentiate one sofa from another.

Take a look at the most common types of couches and sofas you need to know:

Sectional sofa

A sectional sofa mostly consists of three to five pieces of sofas, which is why it is also called a multi-piece couch. This is the ideal seating arrangement for large families to accommodate everyone. You can also opt for this sofa type when you need to entertain visitors every week. 

The most common configurations for sectional sofas are L-shaped and U-shaped. Whatever type you choose, they will come with fixtures to keep them intact in one place. 

Moreover, sectional sofas had started making living rooms sophisticated way back in the Victorian era. It normally had two pieces that needed to be pushed together to form a longer sofa but it had no corner pieces. 

So, if you want to make your living rooms look timeless and vintage, a sectional sofa is the best choice. Just ensure that your space can accommodate large pieces of furniture!


With its deep seat, high arms and diamond-tufted back, a chesterfield sofa gives off a tough guy vibe you’d usually see in crime films. This sofa type usually comes in leather that can perfectly complement your rustic house theme, as well as add posh to your space.

Just like sectional sofas, Chesterfield has its share of rich history. In the 18th century, Lord Philip Stanhope commissioned this sofa so his guests could sit without creasing their clothes. Most furniture makers have stayed true to this design, making it one of the most comfortable sofas in the market.

However, although a leather chesterfield sofa is long-lasting, it can look old and weary without proper care. To maintain its best condition, use a soft, lint-free cloth to remove dust buildup. You can also use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush to get rid of dirt in the crevices of your sofa.

Make sure that you only use a leather cleaning product! Don’t use sprays, all-purpose cleaners and wipes to avoid damaging the furniture.


Nothing beats a Bridgewater sofa in giving your home a casual and friendly look, while still maintaining all-around comfort. It’s easy to spot in a furniture store since its arms are slightly rolled to the side, a skirt that hides its feet and heavily padded back cushions.

A Bridgewater sofa is the ideal choice if you don’t want your couch to overpower your home decorations, maintaining a great balance in your space. You can also pair it with other chairs such as slipper chairs and classic armchairs to improve its overall look.

Although it is still considered to be a staple sofa in most houses, it’s not as popular as it once was when it was first introduced to the furniture market.


A camelback sofa is the best furniture for your living room if you’re going for the classic look. Its main features are a higher back in the centre, curves along the scrolled arms and exposed tapered wooden legs. Because of its design, camelbacks look like they came straight out of an antique store.

There are different types of camelback, including:

Three-seater camelback

A three-seater camelback is the most common type of camelback sofa you can find in furniture stores. This is the best option for big families since it is usually 96 inches long, providing enough space for several people.

Recessed arm camelback

If you want the design of the original camelback with a modern twist, a recessed arm camelback might suit you best. The arms are more streamlined and sleek, as well as plain-looking legs for a simpler design.

Two-seater camelback

A two-seater camelback doesn’t have much difference from an original camelback, but it comes in a shorter size. It’s about 85 inches long which can only accommodate two people.

Wicker sofa

Sofas and couches aren’t just meant to be put inside your house. More often than not, they can also be meant for outdoor spaces! A good example is a wicker sofa which you can put on your patio, porch or backyard to achieve a more nostalgic atmosphere.

Moreover, wicker sofas are meant to last since the materials used are durable and incredibly strong. The materials include rattan, bamboo or reed, making it the perfect choice for outdoor furniture.

Thanks to its structure and materials, a wicker sofa needs little to no maintenance. Unlike other kinds of sofa, it does not attract bugs and other pests. You just need to use a clean cloth to wipe it down in case it gets too dirty.

However, when you buy wicker sofas, make sure that they are well-crafted. Some of them have loose weaves which can unravel in just a short time, ruining your furniture set. It can also feel uncomfortable since these loose weaves can poke through the skin or scratch anyone who sits on the chair.

Compared to other sofas, this chair does not offer much comfort. But to make you feel more comfortable, they usually come in accessories such as throw pillows and foam cushions.

How to maintain your upholstered sofa 

There’s no denying that no matter what type of sofa you end up choosing, they always cost a fortune. You want to make sure that you’d get the most out of your money since you’ve treated it as an investment. However, as months go by, you slowly notice there are dents, scratches and wear and tear damaging the fabric.

Just like any other furniture, sofas or couches are bound to get damaged if they are poorly maintained. But with the right approach and cleaning methods, you will prolong your sofa’s lifespan. Check out these tips:

Vacuum your sofa

Make it a habit to vacuum your sofa regularly to get rid of dirt and debris that might pile up in just a short amount of time. Also, do not just clean the surface. Take the time to remove the cushions as well to reach every nook and cranny. 

Clean the stains carefully

Oftentimes, accidental spills are unavoidable. You may be watching a horror movie, and out of pure shock, you unintentionally spilt your orange juice on the couch. When this happens, you need to act as quickly as possible.

Your priority is to remove as much liquid as possible so it doesn’t soak into the fabric, permanently staining your couch. You can use dry or wet clothes to get rid of the marks and liquid blots.

However, in case you spill oil or grease on your leather sofa, immediately call a professional cleaning service. These stains can be tough to remove, so don’t treat them yourself.

Keep the tag

When it comes to newly bought sofas, always keep the tags attached to the furniture or keep them in a safe place. These tags usually contain important information about your sofas such as the body, fabric type, style and cushion content.

This information will help you in determining the proper ways of cleaning your couch. When you need to reupholster your sofa, just show the tag to the professional so they know what to do.

Don’t just sit in one spot

Always change where you sit on your sofa! When you keep sitting on the same spot, this will cause the cushion to become extremely soft and collect more dirt. Make sure that you encourage the members of your household to mind where they sit to maintain the firmness of your sofa.

Besides, sitting too much is certainly bad for your health, so move around as much as you can!

Keep it away from sunlight

Too much exposure to sunlight can cause your sofa to lose its natural qualities. During the peak of sunlight hours, draw the blinds or close the curtains. Moreover, you should also keep them away from pipes, radiators and fireplaces to prevent your furniture from drying out.

Aside from that, you can install residential window films to help you control the level of UV rays entering your home. They block up to 99% of harmful UV rays, while still letting you enjoy natural sunlight. Plus, they come in different designs, improving the overall look of your space.