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American Sofas, Couches & Chaises

Sofas in America are considered one of the essential furnishings in the home. Your couch is where your family watches the big game, where your out-of-town friend sleeps when he visits, where you curl up with a good book on a cold winter night.

Until the early 19th century, Americans provided seating only with hard wooden chairs and on the side of the bed, which was also located in a common room. When homes began featuring individual bedrooms and comfort became more important, the upholstered sofa made its appearance. By the Victorian period, many homeowners bought parlor sets, which included a couch, along with a lady’s chair, a man’s chair and four side chairs.

The 20th century began an era of informality in the U.S., and that notion extended into the home. Antique sofas and parlor sets went by the wayside, and sofas began being sold individually. The sectional sofa was invented during the Great Depression, and by the 1960s, sofas were manufactured from hunks of upholstered foam that led to more interesting shapes and sizes.

In the first half of the 20th century, Hollywood popularized the chaise lounge, a popular European furniture piece that is a cross between a sofa and a chair. Today, many American homes feature chaises as part of the outdoor living trend or antique chaises as part of a master bedroom suite.


Quick Facts

  • Most people today set on their sofas on the average of four hours a day
  • An average of 13 meals a month are eaten on sofas
  • Salvador Dali created a sofa inspired by the lips of Hollywood icon Mae West

Recommended Items at Auction

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Stickley Inlaid Oak Harvey Ellis Loose Cushion Settle, Model 89-214-LC, Circa 2005
Dec 09, 10:00 AM EST
Stickley Inlaid Oak Harvey Ellis Loose Cushion Settle, Model 89-214-LC, Circa 2005
by Weschler's
Est: $800- $1,200
$4002 Bids
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RALPH LAUREN BROMPTON CHESTERFIELD STYLE SOFA
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
RALPH LAUREN BROMPTON CHESTERFIELD STYLE SOFA
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $600- $900
$3001 Bid
Stickley Inlaid Oak Harvey Ellis Loose Cushion Loveseat, Model 89-212-LC, Circa 2005
Dec 09, 10:00 AM EST
Stickley Inlaid Oak Harvey Ellis Loose Cushion Loveseat, Model 89-212-LC, Circa 2005
by Weschler's
Est: $600- $800
$3001 Bid
O. HENRY HOUSE FLORAL UPHOLSTERED SOFA
Dec 08, 9:00 AM PST
O. HENRY HOUSE FLORAL UPHOLSTERED SOFA
by Abell Auction
Est: $300- $500
$2001 Bid
O. HENRY HOUSE UPHOLSTERED SOFA
Dec 08, 9:00 AM PST
O. HENRY HOUSE UPHOLSTERED SOFA
by Abell Auction
Est: $400- $600
$3001 Bid
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ADRIAN PEARSALL FOR CRAFT ASSOCIATES CHAISE
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
ADRIAN PEARSALL FOR CRAFT ASSOCIATES CHAISE
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
LILLIAN AUGUST Sofa W Nailhead Detail
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
LILLIAN AUGUST Sofa W Nailhead Detail
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $300
$10 Bids
Stickley Brothers Oak Settee
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Stickley Brothers Oak Settee
by Nye & Company
Est: $250- $350
$1250 Bids
Herman Miller Mid-Century Modern Sofa
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Herman Miller Mid-Century Modern Sofa
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $400- $600
$1000 Bids
Lloyd Loom Fairbank Wicker Two Seat Settee
Dec 10, 11:00 AM GMT
Lloyd Loom Fairbank Wicker Two Seat Settee
by Cooper Barrington LLP
Est: £70- £90
£350 Bids
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MANNER OF HEYWOOD WAKEFIELD RECAMIER
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
MANNER OF HEYWOOD WAKEFIELD RECAMIER
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $500- $800
$2500 Bids
2pc Rosewood Thayer Coggin Sofas. Milo Baughman. Rosewood Panel Sides and Full Back. Dated 1967.
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
2pc Rosewood Thayer Coggin Sofas. Milo Baughman. Rosewood Panel Sides and Full Back. Dated 1967.
by Uniques & Antiques
Est: $500- $700
$3500 Bids
DESIGN WITHIN REACH AMERICAN LEATHER LOVE SEAT
Dec 09, 12:00 PM EST
DESIGN WITHIN REACH AMERICAN LEATHER LOVE SEAT
by Dennis Auction Service
Est: $150- $300
$700 Bids
Hickory Chair Contemporary Armless Sofa
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Hickory Chair Contemporary Armless Sofa
by Alex Cooper
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
J. Robert Scott Contemporary Upholstered Sofa
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
J. Robert Scott Contemporary Upholstered Sofa
by Alex Cooper
Est: $700- $1,000
$3500 Bids
Florence Knoll, Parallel Bar sofa
Dec 15, 10:00 AM PST
Florence Knoll, Parallel Bar sofa
by Los Angeles Modern Auctions
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,8000 Bids
Vladimir Kagan Directional Scallop Chaise Lounge
Jan 08, 12:00 PM EST
Vladimir Kagan Directional Scallop Chaise Lounge
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$3000 Bids
WEIMAN CURVILINEAR MODERNIST SOFA COUCH. ROLLED ARMS. PATTERNED UPHOLSTERY. LABEL.
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
WEIMAN CURVILINEAR MODERNIST SOFA COUCH. ROLLED ARMS. PATTERNED UPHOLSTERY. LABEL.
by Uniques & Antiques
Est: $250- $350
$1750 Bids
A Howard style two-seater sofa, 20th century,
Dec 08, 10:00 AM GMT
A Howard style two-seater sofa, 20th century,
by Cheffins
Est: £200- £400
£1600 Bids
WIDDICOMB TUXEDO SOFA WITH GREEN UPHOLSTERY . EDWARD WORMLEY STYLE. LABELED
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
WIDDICOMB TUXEDO SOFA WITH GREEN UPHOLSTERY . EDWARD WORMLEY STYLE. LABELED
by Uniques & Antiques
Est: $400- $600
$3000 Bids
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RALPH LAUREN JAMAICA SALON SUEDE SOFA
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
RALPH LAUREN JAMAICA SALON SUEDE SOFA
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$6000 Bids
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BAKER SINGLE CUSHION SILK UPHOLSTERED SOFA
Dec 11, 11:00 AM CST
BAKER SINGLE CUSHION SILK UPHOLSTERED SOFA
by Lewis & Maese Auction Company
Est: $600- $1,200
$4000 Bids
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BAKER SINGLE CUSHION SILK UPHOLSTERED SOFA
Dec 11, 11:00 AM CST
BAKER SINGLE CUSHION SILK UPHOLSTERED SOFA
by Lewis & Maese Auction Company
Est: $600- $1,200
$4000 Bids

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