Five styles of vintage sofa

A vintage sofa adds a touch of charm and character to a home. Vintage sofas come in a variety of shapes and materials, from a classic brown leather sofa to a luxurious velvet chaise longue, but which are the most stylish and iconic?

1. Mid-century modern

The term ‘mid-century modern’ refers to the period after the Second World War to the end of the 60s and is currently very popular. Vintage mid-century modern sofas are usually made of materials such as chrome and wood and have a minimalist design with clean lines and thin legs. They are ideal for people who want a sleek, modern look.

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2. Chesterfield

A staple of many pubs, the classic Chesterfield sofa has been popular since Victorian times. Recognisable by its low back, rolled arms and buttons sewn into the back in a diamond pattern, this study and comfortable sofa is usually made from leather and is probably the most iconic sofa in the world. There are many available from vintage sofa specialists such as

3. Chaise longue

Reminiscent of Marie Antoinette and the French court, chaise longues are glamorous. Their long upholstered seats and backrests create an elegant look and they are usually made from rich fabrics, such as silk and velvet, which can be plain or patterned.

4. 1970s sofa system

According to the Telegraph, this modular style is back. It allows homeowners to customise their look according to their needs.

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5. Art deco

Art deco furniture is known for its geometric shapes. Like mid-century modern, sofas from this period of the 1920s and 30s have a modern yet sophisticated look. An art deco sofa has the added advantage of being able to be matched to other items from the same period, such as side tables and cocktail cabinets.