The best classic & traditional sofas for 2022

It may be the 21st century, where technology and modern advances are all the rage, but there are certain traditional things that still work, and that includes sofas.

These days, there’s still very much a place for traditional sofas and classic sofas. In fact, in some places, it would look wrong to not go with traditional over modern.


What is a traditional sofa? 

Traditional sofas incorporate classic sofa designs that incorporate lots of design staples you can spot a mile off (several of which we’ve listed below). 


Modern sofas are: 

  • Sleek with lots of clean, straight lines 
  • Focused on function and pushing the design boundaries
  • Minimalist and sometimes square in shape 
  • Available in a mix of colours, including vibrant shades and bright patterns
  • Made from a range of different materials, such as stainless steel and hardwood
  • More about block colours than florals
  • Simplistic (certain designs)

Traditional sofas are:

  • Luxurious
  • Mainly made from fabric and leather
  • Available as hand-made pieces 
  • More detail-orientated 
  • All about eye-catching intricate design features
  • Made from materials, such as solid wood (e.g. beech, oak, walnut and mahogany)
  • Classic in design and colour, e.g. browns, cream and deep reds and green 


10 common traditional sofa design traits to look out for:

  1. Scroll arms
  2. Buttoned backs and sides
  3. Side tufting
  4. Hand-finished studding
  5. Decorative legs
  6. Deep seats
  7. High backs
  8. Fabric skirts
  9. Rounded edges
  10. Decorative nail heads

What is a traditional home style?

When it comes to sofas, ‘home style’ is all about creating a homely vibe, with warm and inviting sofas that offer continuous comfort and appeal throughout the decades.


The best way to explain this style to you from a sofa perspective, is to show you some real-life examples that encompass traditional leather and fabric sofas:


Traditional leather sofas

Here's a selection of our favourite traditional leather sofas for your home:


1. Tetrad Savanna Petit Sofa

The Savanna sofa collection oozes sophistication and glamour, with deep button back detailing, oversized scroll arms and stud work.


Available in the collection are two sofa sizes and a standard chair and an accent chair, as well as three styles of co-ordinating footstools.


Key features: 

  • Available in 5 different sumptuous leather colours
  • Foam seat interiors, as standard
  • Solid hardwood feet
  • 20-year frame guarantee

2. Tetrad Savanna Midi Sofa 

The Midi is Petit's big brother coming in at 212cm wide.


Just like all of the sofas within the Tetrad range, the Savanna Midi is available in five different leather shades: Galveston Bark/Amalfi Forest Green, Galveston Black/Amalfi Steel Grey, Galveston Slate/Amalfi Heather, Galveston Tan/Amalfi Beech and Galveston Walnut/Amalfi Forest Green. 


The Midi gets a stamp of approval from our customers, too:


Anonymous - 5/5 Stars

“Lovely sofa, comfortable and gorgeous rich green. Good size, not too big and not too small.”

3. La-Z-Boy Tulsa 3 Seater Static Sofa

The La-Z-Boy Tulsa sofa collection combines 100% genuine leather, high back cushions and a range of stylish colours.


Available in the collection are two sofas sizes and five styles of chair, with manual or power recliner action, as well as a co-ordinating footstool.


Key features: 

  • 100% genuine leather
  • Static, manual or power recliner sofas and chairs available
  • 20-year frame guarantee

Jessica - 5/5 Stars

“Fantastic sofa, excellent quality. The delivery men were so helpful - they weren’t sure if it would fit through my door; they managed it though.”

£ 1999.99

Only £ 1,999 .99

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4. Jaxon 2 Seater Static Sofa

The Jaxon sofa collection features a stylish, high-back design with recliner options and unique drop down table. With a range of colours to choose from, each piece is complete with supportive high backed designs and luxurious foam seat interiors, as standard


Key features:

  • A combination of 100% genuine leather on seats, arm rests and back cushions, complete with leather-look fabric on the sides and backs
  • Static, manual or power recliner sofas and chairs available
  • Foam seat interiors and fibre filled back cushions


Our customer love the Jaxon too:


Tricia H - 5/5 Stars

“Very comfortable, great value and great size for a leather sofa.”


Anonymous - 5/5 Stars

“I've had my sofas for 4 months now and I have no complaints. It’s still firm on the arms and seats.”

£ 969.99
Was £ 979 .99
Was £ 979 .99

Now £ 969 .99

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Traditional fabric sofas 

if leather isn't your thing, take a look at these traditional fabric sofas.


5. G Plan Newmarket 3 Seater Sofa

The Newmarket collection is high backed, very comfortable and designed to be easier for you to get up from.


With a wide choice of fabric colours and a range of leather colours, each piece is complete with fibre-filled back cushions and foam seat interiors for extra support and comfort.


Key features:

  • Available in luxurious fabric or 100% leather 
  • Static, manual or power recliner sofas and chairs available
  • 20-year frame guarantee
£ 999.0
Was £ 1,349
Was £ 1,349

Now £ 999

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6. Chelsea 2 Seater Sofa

The Chelsea sofa collection is a modern twist on the classic Chesterfield, combining timeless designs and luxurious velvet fabrics.


Available in the collection are two sizes of sofas and a wing chair, love chair and co-ordinating footstool.


Key features:

  • Wide range of crushed velvet or velvet fabric options and scatter cushions
  • Available with or without stud detailing
  • Luxurious foam seat interiors, as standard
  • Choose between silver or dark wood feet


Polly - 5/5 Stars

“It looks amazing. It’s very well made and is solid. The option of picking your colour and which colour feet go with it makes it more personal. It’s very comfortable, I absolutely love it.”

7. Whisper 3 Seater Sofa Standard Back

The Whisper sofa collection is a classic addition to any living space, combining neatly proportioned designs and vibrant fabric accents.


Choose between two sofa sizes, a range of corner sofas, three styles of chairs and three co-ordinating footstools.


Key features:

  • Reversible seat and back cushions
  • Patterned storage footstool comes with foam seat interiors, as standard
  • 20-year frame guarantee
£ 399.0
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8. Inspire Roseland 3 Seater Sofa Scatter Back

The Roseland range combines high quality fabrics and timeless designs, which includes a wide selection of plain and patterned fabrics. Available in the collection are two sizes of sofas and sofa beds, with a range of co-ordinating chairs and footstools.


Key features:

  • Reversible seat and back cushions
  • Luxurious foam seat interiors, as standard
  • Choice of light wood or dark wood feet
  • 20-year frame guarantee

Our customers love the Roseland too;


BarneySky- 5/5 Stars

“This is an excellent, well-made product. It’s comfortable and fits a good amount of people on it. It ticked all the boxes for our purchase.”


Sammie - 5/5 stars

"Love this sofa, it looks great in my lounge and is excellent quality. The service and delivery was great too."

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From £ 25.81 a month over 4 years 0% APR

9. Phili 2 Seater Sofa

Special features:

  • Light wood feet
  • Geometric accent cushions
  • 20-year frame guarantee 

Measurements:

  • Height: 92cm (36.2in)
  • Width: 157cm (61.8in)
  • Depth: 93cm (36.6in)
  • Seat Height: 45cm (17.7in)
  • Seat Depth: 64cm (25.2in)
  • Arm Height: 68cm (26.8in)
£ 719.0

Only £ 719

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If you started off reading this article, thinking you were limited when it comes to finding a new sofa for your small room, we hope you’ve now realised you do have choices, and plenty of them! 


Small sofas can look just as stunning as larger designs, thanks to tactile fabrics, fabulous textures and patterns, and stunning design details, including studs, buttons and decorative legs.


Just don’t fall head and heels over the design, which is easily done. Make sure you take the time to study your measurements so that you can guarantee your sofa investment fits and looks the part.


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Published: 23rd February 2022