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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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Pr Uttermost "Lucky" dog beds with tufted cushions
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Pr Uttermost "Lucky" dog beds with tufted cushions
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Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
An English Leather Upholstered Chesterfield Sofa
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An English Leather Upholstered Chesterfield Sofa
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YELLOW DAMASK UPHOLSTERED CHIPPENDALE-STYLE SOFA
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $500- $700
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VINTAGE SOFA AND ARMCHAIR SET
Oct 25, 6:00 PM PDT
VINTAGE SOFA AND ARMCHAIR SET
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Est: $200- $300
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NEOCLASSICAL STYLE FLARED ARM VELVET SOFA
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
NEOCLASSICAL STYLE FLARED ARM VELVET SOFA
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Contemporary Cream Damask Upholstered Settee
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Contemporary Cream Damask Upholstered Settee
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MARCEL BREUER (1902–1981) (DESIGNER) PARKER KNOLL (MAKER) CHAISE LONGUE, CIRCA 1965
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MARCEL BREUER (1902–1981) (DESIGNER) PARKER KNOLL (MAKER) CHAISE LONGUE, CIRCA 1965
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Est: £400- £600
£2001 Bid
Hector Landgrave Modern Design Loveseat Sofa Couch
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Hector Landgrave Modern Design Loveseat Sofa Couch
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Est: $100- $1,000
$251 Bid
PANCHETTO E PAIO DI SEDIE - BENCH-SOFA AND A PAIR OF CHAIRS
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PANCHETTO E PAIO DI SEDIE - BENCH-SOFA AND A PAIR OF CHAIRS
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Est: €0- €0
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DIVANO TÊTE-À-TÊTE - TÊTE-À-TÊTE SOFA
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DIVANO TÊTE-À-TÊTE - TÊTE-À-TÊTE SOFA
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Est: €0- €0
€3000 Bids
DIVANO XIX SECOLO - SOFA 19TH CENTURY
Oct 21, 10:00 AM CEST
DIVANO XIX SECOLO - SOFA 19TH CENTURY
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Est: €0- €0
€5000 Bids
19TH RENAISSANCE REVIVAL EBONIZED GRYPHON SETTEE
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
19TH RENAISSANCE REVIVAL EBONIZED GRYPHON SETTEE
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Est: $3,000- $5,000
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2PC RUSTIC ADIRONDACK CHILD'S CHAIR & SETTEE
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
2PC RUSTIC ADIRONDACK CHILD'S CHAIR & SETTEE
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Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
UPHOLSTERED CHAISE BY KEM WEBER FOR LLOYD LOOM
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
UPHOLSTERED CHAISE BY KEM WEBER FOR LLOYD LOOM
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Est: $500- $700
$3000 Bids
Dessin Fournir Mindora Gerard #G0909 Cream Clad Sofa
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Dessin Fournir Mindora Gerard #G0909 Cream Clad Sofa
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
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$5000 Bids
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Edwardian-Style Leather Chesterfield Sofa
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Edwardian-Style Leather Chesterfield Sofa
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Est: $1,000- $1,500
$8500 Bids
THREE PART MID CENTURY MODERN SOFA RECENT FABRIC
Oct 26, 11:00 AM EDT
THREE PART MID CENTURY MODERN SOFA RECENT FABRIC
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Est: $800- $1,200
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MID CENTURY MODERN CURVED BACK BAMBOO RATTAN SOFA
Oct 26, 11:00 AM EDT
MID CENTURY MODERN CURVED BACK BAMBOO RATTAN SOFA
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$4000 Bids
Mid-Century Knoll Parallel Bar System Sofa
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
Mid-Century Knoll Parallel Bar System Sofa
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $800- $1,000
$4000 Bids
Modern Ink + Ivy Seafoam Rocket Settee Arm Sofa
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Modern Ink + Ivy Seafoam Rocket Settee Arm Sofa
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$250 Bids
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Mahogany and "Saddle" Leather-Upholstered Chesterfield Sofa
Oct 24, 10:00 AM CDT
Mahogany and "Saddle" Leather-Upholstered Chesterfield Sofa
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Est: $1,200- $1,800
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A Stouby style black leather three-seat sofa,
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Est: $700- $900
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Sellers Who Sell American Sofas, Couches & Chaises


Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.

Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.

Cheffins

Cheffins

Nye & Company

Nye & Company

Kamelot Auctions

Kamelot Auctions