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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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FEDERAL STYLE MAHOGANY SOFA 37 x 90 x 24 in. (94 x 228.6 x 61 cm.)
Apr 24, 1:00 PM EDT
FEDERAL STYLE MAHOGANY SOFA 37 x 90 x 24 in. (94 x 228.6 x 61 cm.)
by Potomack Company
Est: $100- $300
$2254 Bids
American, Settee
Apr 30, 10:00 AM PDT
American, Settee
by Los Angeles Modern Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$1502 Bids
Bolier & Co White Fluffy Tweed Upholstered Sofa
Apr 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Bolier & Co White Fluffy Tweed Upholstered Sofa
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1002 Bids
ADAM GOODRUM TRACE OUTDOOR SOFA FOR TAIT
Apr 24, 6:00 PM AEST
ADAM GOODRUM TRACE OUTDOOR SOFA FOR TAIT
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD2,000- AUD3,000
AUD1,4001 Bid
Adrian Pearsall, Sofa
Apr 25, 11:00 AM CDT
Adrian Pearsall, Sofa
by Wright
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$501 Bid
Kagen style modern design cloud sofa
Apr 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Kagen style modern design cloud sofa
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $500- $1,000
$2001 Bid
George Nelson Marshmallow Sofa
Apr 25, 9:00 AM PDT
George Nelson Marshmallow Sofa
by Abell Auction
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5001 Bid
Carol Hicks Bolton Upholstered Chaise Lounge
Apr 24, 9:00 AM PDT
Carol Hicks Bolton Upholstered Chaise Lounge
by Abell Auction
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Janus et Cie Designer Rattan Outdoor Divan Daybed
Apr 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Janus et Cie Designer Rattan Outdoor Divan Daybed
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
Milo Baughman Style Rounded Chaise
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Milo Baughman Style Rounded Chaise
by Regency Auction House
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Weiman - Curved Serpentine Cloud Sofa
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Weiman - Curved Serpentine Cloud Sofa
by Regency Auction House
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
Bassett - Weiman - Sectional Sofa - 4 Pc.
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Bassett - Weiman - Sectional Sofa - 4 Pc.
by Regency Auction House
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Sofa
Apr 25, 11:00 AM CDT
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Sofa
by Wright
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2,6000 Bids
Directional - Sectional Sofa - 2 Pc.
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Directional - Sectional Sofa - 2 Pc.
by Regency Auction House
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
Florence Knoll, Sofa
Apr 25, 11:00 AM CDT
Florence Knoll, Sofa
by Wright
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$1,0000 Bids
Vintage Mid Century Modern Lloyd Flanders Green Wicker Indoor/Outdoor Patio Set - 5 Piece Set
Apr 25, 11:00 AM EDT
Vintage Mid Century Modern Lloyd Flanders Green Wicker Indoor/Outdoor Patio Set - 5 Piece Set
by Intervendue
Est: $4,500- $6,500
$1,4000 Bids
Edward Wormley for Dunbar La Gondola Sofa 1957
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Edward Wormley for Dunbar La Gondola Sofa 1957
by Concept Art Gallery
Est: $7,000- $9,000
$5,5000 Bids
Edward Wormley, Drop Arm sofa, model 6033
Apr 25, 11:00 AM CDT
Edward Wormley, Drop Arm sofa, model 6033
by Wright
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,0000 Bids
ATTR to RJ HORNER CARVED and GILT SETTEE
May 11, 11:00 AM EDT
ATTR to RJ HORNER CARVED and GILT SETTEE
by John McInnis Auctioneers
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
Don Chadwick, Modular Seating system
Apr 25, 11:00 AM CDT
Don Chadwick, Modular Seating system
by Wright
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,3000 Bids
Paul Tuttle, Chariot chaise longue
Apr 25, 11:00 AM CDT
Paul Tuttle, Chariot chaise longue
by Wright
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$1000 Bids
Vladimir Kagan Style Twill Upholstered Couch
Apr 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Vladimir Kagan Style Twill Upholstered Couch
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $200- $2,000
$1000 Bids
Jens Risom, Sofa
Apr 25, 11:00 AM CDT
Jens Risom, Sofa
by Wright
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$7000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell American Sofas, Couches & Chaises


Wright

Wright

Millea Bros Ltd

Millea Bros Ltd

Los Angeles Modern Auctions

Los Angeles Modern Auctions

Regency Auction House

Regency Auction House