Why The Chunky Low Sofa Has Our Attention
We are loving that the chunk is back. The cycle of trends has led us from the sleek and square of midcentury design into what is decidedly the opposite. While 70’s interior design has been back for a long time (possibly even before this huge 70’s fashion trend), we are finally seeing furniture that feels modern instead of retro, and forward with just some flashback elements. Before you light your 1960’s Paul McCobb chair on fire don’t fear, beautiful furniture is always on trend no matter what style it is. But if you are someone who has been dying to dump yourself in a big, low, and chunky sofa then you, and your butt, are in luck.
Think really low, square sofas with low backs, super deep cushions with short-ish legs, and a really heavy thick bottom cushions or frame. These are not for everyone. My in-law’s, for example, don’t like how deep our family room sofa is, and they put a pillow behind their backs to make it more comfortable for them. These sofas are decidedly for people who want to curl up, while chatting and sit with all legs/feet on the sofa. Brian loves this, but I could see how a lot of grown men wouldn’t be down with going criss cross apple sauce on a strangers living room sofa, so instead they feel the need to sit uncomfortably on the edge.
I myself, can handle, and even have come to prefer such deepness. It’s like hugging your big Italian grandma when you are a kid – it just feels safe and trustworthy.
There are a couple details worth calling out. First off, we welcome back the knife cut cushions, not instead of, but in addition to the boxed cushions.
There are some arms so squared off and chunky that they act as the sofas own side table. Such is the case with our sofa arms, and many a water glass has been rested on said arms.
There is also less piping and welting, more curving over what is typically seamed, which takes away some of the detailing that normally gives sofas a tailored look. The curving instead adds to this relaxed “I don’t even wear a belt” sort of attitude.
The types of fabrics seem to be all over the place – linens, velvets, and leathers are all welcome, with patterns taking a back seat (yes, pun intended). You could go for a really subtle tone on tone that looks more like a texture, but anything bold or graphic should be feared with such large real estate to cover. It can be done, but be careful.
Make sure to mix this sofa with some mid-century, modern, or traditional elements so it doesn’t look generic and style-less.
These sofas don’t want too many pillows – they are already adding a lot of softness, looseness, and texture to a room, so be careful to about throwing on too many eclectic pillows, or it could easily look messy and haphazard.
Also, if you are going to go for some legs on your chunky new friend then make them super square or round, and stay away from tapered or turned legs. Again the simpler the better.
These sofas can go bad if they aren’t good, so to help you with your trigger pulling we’ve rounded up 54 chunky low sofas of different price-points, and even different styles and colors. Almost all of these come in a plethora of fabrics and finishes so you should be able to find just the right piece for your home.
1. Linen Amersfort Sofa | 2. Cloud Track Sofa | 3. Dante Italian Leather Sofa | 4. Marenco Sofa | 5. Aviator Velvet Sofa | 6. Sitka Gray Sofa | 7. Anderson Sofa | 8. Prostoria Cloud Sofa | 9. Essex Sofa | 10. New Standard Sofa | 11. Velvet Kettleby Sofa | 12. Urban Sofa | 13. Jackson One Arm Sofa | 14. Interior Define Gray Sofa | 15. Norsborg Sofa | 16. Johnny Sofa | 17. Muuto Pink Sofa | 18. Blvd Sofa | 19. Neo Sofa | 20. Urbn Liam Sofa | 21. Jaxon Maxine Sofa | 22. Interior Define Ainsley Sofa | 23. Sackville Nova Sofa | 24. Togo Sofa, (similar found here) | 25. Fold Sofa | 26. Harding Sofa | 27. Pacific Heights Sofa | 28. Aida Sofa | 29. Uno Sectional Sofa | 30. Piazza Sofa | 31. Melo Sofa | 32. Bobby Sofa | 33. Liam Sofa | 34. Prostoria Sofa | 35. Fulham Upholstered Sofa | 36. Sessan Sofa | 37. Cube Modular Sofa | 38. Cleon Sofa | 39. Walton Sofa | 40. Palau Sofa | 41. Kivik Sofa | 42. The Family Sofa | 43. Old Hickory Leather Sofa | 44. Anderson 3-Piece Sofa | 45. Bienal Jasmine Sofa | 46. Relax 2-Piece Sofa | 47. Uno Single Arm Sofa | 48. Reid Sofa | 49. Grant Sofa | 50. Bolton Sofa | 51. Hilear Modular Sofa | 52. Allen Sofa | 53. Highlands Sofa | 54. Belgian Linen Tassa Sofa
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