Tufted Sofa Designs – From Classical To Modern And Beyond

Tufted furniture never really goes out of style. In fact it’s pretty popular these days, making a powerful comeback. Usually we associate this style with iconic pieces of furniture such as the Chesterfield sofa. Although its origins are pretty much a mystery, the sofa is a classic. Its low back, curved arms with the same height as the backrest and deep tufting made it very popular and inspired a lot of other designs created over the years. The original model was a velvet tufted sofa with lots of variations created afterwards.

Tufted sofas have this glamorous, Hollywood-inspired look that makes them timeless. They almost always double as focal points in living rooms, offices or other types of spaces and they’re characterized by a sculptural and rich look which doesn’t need strong colors or special materials and patterns to stand out. Of course, it’s entirely possible to think outside the box and to make the most of a tufted sofa in an unusual and unconventional way.

Cream tufted leather couch with copper bronze legsView in gallery
A tufted leather sofa can look glamorous and elegant in pretty much any setting
Leather tufted couch with black dots
A lot of modern interpretations of classical tufted sofas are available worldwide
Luxury living room furniture with tufted designView in gallery
The smooth curves and soft lines combined with the tufts give this furniture set a very cozy look
Brown leather chesterfield sofaView in gallery
If you’re going for a more formal look, consider a leather tufted sofa instead of a fabric one
Green olive leather tufted sofaView in gallery
Inspired by the iconic Chesterfield sofa, this model has a sleek and modern appeal
Industrial brown leather chesterfield sofaView in gallery
Tufted sofas are easy to pair with simple and classical armchairs and with natural materils

The tufted look is achieved by threading through layers of fabric or leather. Often a pattern is created. The ends of the thread are secured with knots or with buttons and the pattern resulted has these clusters called tufts. Of course, as you probably know, there are several types of tufting which you can choose from for your tufted sofa, ottoman or headboard.

Light gray sofa with a tufted design and modern legsView in gallery
The tufts sweeten the clean lines and elongated form of this sofa, giving it a comfortable appearance
White tufted sofa with a cool designView in gallery
Not all tufted sofas are characterized by classical, repetitive patterns. Some are a bit more artistic
Baroque rococo sofa with tufted velvet armsView in gallery
This is quite the aristocratic sofa and the matching table emphasizes its refined allure
Red couch with a tufted designView in gallery
This is the biscuit tufting pattern and, as you can see, it has a clean and contemporary look
Pink large armchair with tufted designView in gallery
Certain types of tufting are more suitable for specific styles so make sure you find a good match
Traditional living room with brown velvet tufted couchView in gallery
In certain environments, a tufted sofa can look quite casual. It depends on the style and materials used
Tufted large curved sofa with a pale pinkView in gallery
This sofa would look interesting even without the tufting, although this makes it stand out more
Tufted sofa in mustard colorView in gallery
Not all sofas have that deep tufting inspired by the Chesterfield design. Some are shallow and more casual
Velvet blue couch sofa with tufted designView in gallery
In some cases combinations of tufting designs can be created like this biscuit-button combo
Velvet olive chesterfield sofa with tufted decorView in gallery
You can use a tufted sofa as an anchor point for the living room, turning it into a focal point
Velvet tufted design in blue for couchView in gallery
Tufted sofas and furniture in general are pretty sculptural so they don’t need color to stand out
Yellow seatting and tufted shade of yellowView in gallery
The shallow tufting in this case is merely a decorative detail for this simple and casual sofa

The diamond tufting technique is the most common, most popular but also most traditional. Of course, it has its charm and it’s always a safe choice if you want to create a classical and refined decor. At the same time, sofas with diamond tufting or tufted headboard designs that feature this pattern have this romantic look that you just can’t ignore. It’s a look inspired by the iconic and classical nature of this design and tufting technique.

Andtraditional small couch with tufted backView in gallery
Similarly, the tufting emphasized the geometry and simplicity of this sofa, allowing it to look less monotonous
Big blue velvet tufted sofaView in gallery
Tufted sofas are rarely uncomfortable. They’re usually extremely cozy
Bold tufted modular sofa in yellow and red plus blueView in gallery
The tufting creates this interesting play of light and shadow highlighted by the strong colors
Dark small couch with a tufted design marble wall behindView in gallery
The timelessness and versatility of tufted furniture constantly inspired new designs to be created
Deep orange velvet tufted small couchView in gallery
You can mix and match different types of sofas or chairs and allow them to complement other
Gray tufted coach design for a neutral designView in gallery
This is a special type of tufting, the type that looks beautiful in modern and contemporary spaces

Biscuit tufting, although quite similar to diamond tufting, is not as traditional. In fact, it’s a popular choice for contemporary spaces and decors. You can easily recognize it by the square pattern. Then there’s also button tufting, another classical and popular type. It has a chic and tailored look and it suits traditional settings, although it can also adapt well to more modern decors. The blind tufting is very much the same but without the buttons. It looks sleek and modern and it’s quite versatile.

Living room with a collection of tufted sofa and ottomansView in gallery
The rare tufts on these sofas are decorative and meant to balance out their simplicity
Pale pink tufted couchView in gallery
With button tufting, the buttons can either match the upholstery or they can be in a contrasting color