Sofa Shopping 101

So, it’s time to buy a new sofa, but where to begin?

Perhaps the first step is to narrow down the styles you like. To do that, it helps to know what the most common terms are describe the various sofa styles. There are many styles beyond this guide, but we think it showcases the most popular styles in Canadian homes today.


The Berg Sofa


Track arm

Flat, squared-off arms not only look contemporary but also serve a function – they provide a surface to comfortably rest your arm, your latest book or a drink! Arguably the most versatile style for mixing and matching with new or existing furniture. There are no limits to depth or length. We have a size to fit almost anyone’s sofa dreams. If you like a deep seat, we highly recommend the featured Berg sofa.



The Rowan Sofa



Its arms are the same height as its back, and in lieu of cushions, the back is what is called a “tight back” where there are no cushions at all. The Tuxedo style provides a refined, classy look. Upholstered in a rich navy fabric, we think the Rowan sofa is one sophisticated sofa.



The Vincent Leather Sofa – Harrod Tan



Most commonly upholstered in leather, the Chesterfield sofa features tufting in abundance and rolled arms. The Chesterfield sofa has a very interesting history worth looking up! The featured Vincent Leather Sofa is one of the most comfortable sofas you’ll ever sit in. Best pronounced with a slight British accent and a glass of scotch in hand.


The Madden Leather Sofa – Austin Dove



Midcentry, commonly referred to as MCM (mid-century modern) is all about minimalist design and clean lines. The original furniture designs introduced between 1940 and 1970 were often quite petite, but we have re-scaled our options to better fit the scale of today’s furniture. It’s style and comfort combined in harmony. Expect to find simple tufting and wood detailing.




Sleeper sofa

Whether you call it a sleeper sofa or sofa bed, this is one hard working piece of furniture. Turning your livingroom or den into a bedroom with vey little effort, the sleeper sofa is a very popular choice for those living in small spaces looking for multipurpose options. We carry a selection of Canadian-made options part of our made-to-order custom program and stock the Azure sofa bed for those customers who have family coming very soon!


The Nixon Sofa-Chaise Custom



Often referred to as a modular sofa, a sectional sofa is designed to be purchased in individual pieces that can be clipped together to form different configurations. The space of your room and the needs of your lifestyle will help to determine the configuration that’s right for you. Think L-shapes, U-shapes and all shapes in between. Most of Urban Barn’s custom styles are available with sectional options. As shown, the Nixon sofa chaise combines a 1-arm sofa with a 1-arm chaise to create an inviting place to lounge.

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