Posts

The Ultimate Guide to Sofa Materials and Which is Right for You

So you’ve narrowed it down to the sofa style you want, now what? It’s time to think about sofa materials and what you want for your upholstery.

Whether you love the glossy look of leather or prefer synthetic fibers that are easy to clean, the right material for your sofa depends on your lifestyle and how you use your space. If you live alone and want a little luxury, velvet and chenille are chic upholstery fabrics. If your home has kids and pets running around all the time, consider durable fabrics for sofa upholstery, like microfiber to polyester.

With so many options for fabrics and materials to choose from at stores and online, it can all feel very overwhelming very quickly. Don’t worry. Here, we’re laying out the most popular sofa material options and breaking down the pros and cons of each one to help you get a better understanding of what you should look for.

If you’re just beginning to think about investing in a sofa, our best advice is to do some research. For starters, consider whether you want a sectional vs sofa, check out our sofa buying guide for the big questions to ask yourself, and get our tips for buying a sofa online.

Leather

A popular upholstery choice for sofas, leather not only has good looks but it’s also durable. Keep in mind there are different grades of leather, with genuine leather being the highest quality at a more expensive price point. If it’s in your budget, a leather sofa is a great investment piece.

Shop This Look

The Pros:

Easy cleaning. Leather is resistant to stains and spills (just wipe off liquids with a cloth), so no bad smells or damp residues, which can happen with fabrics.

Way durable. If you have pets or need a sofa that can stand up to heavy use and take a beating, leather is the way to go.

Bold and timeless. In addition to being a tough material, leather has a timeless look. A sofa in caramel or tan leather is a statement piece that will never go out of style.

The Cons:

Strong texture. Leather has a smooth yet hard touch compared to fabrics. If you’re looking for a soft sofa you can sink into, leather is not for you.

Streaks and splits. Leather can develop splits and cracks over time, especially if you use it heavily. Also, watch out for fading in direct sunlight.

It’s spendy! Leather furniture is expensive. If you see a cheap leather sofa, it’s likely low quality and not designed to last.

The Verdict: Good quality leather is incredibly durable, easy to clean, and will develop an aged look that gives it character over time. A well-cared-for leather sofa will last for years.

Faux Leather

Made with synthetic fabrics, faux leather is a favorite sofa upholstery option for those who want the durability and look of leather at a less expensive price point.

Shop This Look

The Pros:

Sun protection. Synthetic leathers are usually UV-resistant, so even if you position your sofa in a sunny area it won’t result in fading.

New environmental options. New faux leathers now include cork leather from oak trees (called Swedish Koskinn) and ocean leather made from kelp. Faux leather in general is also perfect for those who support not buying animal hides.

Luxe look for less. First things first, faux leather gives you the upscale look you crave without emptying your bank account. And there’s a wide variety to choose from!

The Cons:

Beware of the materials. Faux leathers are often made with PVC (hard to clean) and other poly-leather types, like polyurethane. While polyurethane ‘breathes,’ PVC doesn’t so the material can get hot in a hot room.

Not-so-durable. Artificial leathers are easily damaged and don’t wear well over time.

Non-hypoallergenic. Believe it or not, real leather is hypoallergenic. Not so much with these simulated fabrics!

The Verdict: Faux leather is definitely worth the savings if you want the look of leather. Just be sure to spend a little more and get the newer environmental leathers.

Microfiber

This sofa fabric is an excellent choice for pet owners. In terms of sofa materials, microfiber is a fine polyester that’s soft, durable, and easy to clean. It has a tight weave, so pet hair, dust, and lint won’t stick or stay trapped in these synthetic fibers—which makes upkeep incredibly simple.

Shop This Look

The Pros:

Superb resistance. Microfiber is fade-resistant. It holds color longer than most fabrics, and the tight weave makes it easy to spot-clean and wipe off stains.

Eco-friendly and durable. Synthetic microfiber is one of the most durable engineered fabrics. But what’s great is that it’s petroleum-based, which makes it easily recyclable.

A+ for comfort. A sofa upholstered in microfiber is warmer than leather and polyester, so it’s cozy to rest on. It’s also hypoallergenic.

The Cons:

Watch for water marks. While microfiber stands up to most stains, if somehow water, especially dirty water, penetrates the fabric, it may show the staining when it dries.

Folding challenges. Due to the softness of the material, it easily folds on the extreme ends under intense heat, which can look unattractive.

The Verdict: Microfiber is soft, comfortable, and relatively low maintenance, so it’s perfect for family homes with kids and pets. Just know that while durable, it can wear in the long run.

Linen

When it comes to upholstery fabrics, linen can be polarizing. One the one hand, linen has a breathable cooling effect and a relaxed texture that gets softer over time. On the other hand, it’s a delicate fabric that soils and wrinkles easily, and it can shrink if not professionally cleaned.

The Pros:

Light and strong. Delicate-looking linen is one of the most durable upholstery fabrics. It’s mildew- and abrasion-resistant, gets stronger when wet, and never pills nor fades.

Green for less. Linen is one of those rare fabrics that is an affordable natural material, which means you can be eco-friendly while having a sofa that’s chic and comfy.

Beautifully soft. Linen has a slubby texture that is responsible for its smooth and alluring feel. It’s very soft to the touch, which makes it super dreamy and comfortable.

The Cons:

All the wrinkles. Linen wrinkles easily. There’s no way around that.

Not your everyday. A linen sofa is not meant for rough use. It’s prone to soiling and should be professionally cleaned whenever that happens.

The Verdict: While caring for linen is a bit more particular, it has a natural luster and sheen and its natural, earthy color makes it effortlessly elegant. It’s a sofa fabric that’s best for formal spaces or for homes without children or pets.

Cotton

The durability of cotton upholstery will depend on the weave count. A tighter weave means a stronger, higher-quality sofa fabric. But cotton is a natural fiber that has good resistance to fading. It’s less resilient to soiling and wrinkling, though.

Shop This Look

The Pros:

Style and strength. Cotton is also high on the list of most durable fabrics for sofas. It can also be dyed in almost any color, so the decor pairing possibilities are endless.

Totally natural. Cotton is 100% natural, and it’s soft, comfortable, and breathable. It’s also hypoallergenic, so it’s perfect for those with sensitive skin.

Good feels. One of the benefits of cotton is that it resists pilling and it’s also resistant to abrasion, so you can lounge in it comfortably for hours on end.

The Cons:

Consider the dye. While it’s super easy to dye, it’s not always a good thing. Cotton catches dye so easily that it can sometimes catch the color of your blue jeans.

Don’t get it wet. Because fabrics like cotton are breathable, it makes them porous. That means they can soak in spills quickly, which can cause wrinkles and potentially odors.

Pretty weak weaves. Cotton upholstery often has beautiful weaves, like canvas and damask, which look nice but tend to wear down faster and aren’t as easy to clean.

The Verdict: Cotton is a great option for slipcovered sofas, like linen—but slightly lower maintenance. It’s a heavier fabric than linen but you’ll have lots of color and style options.

Polyester

It’s one of the most common synthetic fabrics used for sofa upholstery. Why? It’s an affordable option that’s wrinkle-resistant, durable, and easy to clean. While the material may not sound exotic or glamorous, polyester sofas can be very stylish.

Shop This Look

The Pros:

Strong and fast drying. Polyester is stain-resistant and abrasion-resistant, which makes it quite durable. And when you wash the fabric for cleaning, it dries very quickly.

Odor free. Polyester is only slightly breathable, which means it will not absorb smells like other breathable fabrics, such as cotton and linen.

The Cons:

Check the temperature. Polyester upholstery can crack if it is exposed to extreme or fluctuating temperatures, so make sure your polyester sofa is in an even-climate room.

It’s sensitive. Polyester is a tensile fabric, which means that it will stretch over time. It’s also flammable, so don’t light candles near it, as that can be a safety hazard.

The Verdict: Polyester is a soft and comfortable sofa fabric that’s great for families with children, given its liquid resistance and easy care. Just keep it in a moderately cool room.

Chenille

Elegant and soft, chenille has tufted threads (made from natural or synthetic fibers), which give it a soft, fuzzy texture that’s very comforting. It’s also surprisingly durable. Although, if you have cats or dogs with claws, the tufted threads can get snagged in them when you’re not watching.

Shop This Look

The Pros:

Unbelievably soft. When it comes to upholstery fabrics, chenille is luxurious and very very soft. It’s what makes chenille sofas so utterly comfortable and coveted.

Made to last. Chenille is pretty durable and also easy to clean. That means it can stand up to lots of traffic and wear and you can easily keep it looking new for years.

Endless possibilities. Chenille comes in a number of colors, which means you’re certain to find a hue that goes with your aesthetic. Color and comfort, the perfect combo.

The Cons:

It can shift. Chenille is extremely stretchable, so it can loosen up on your sofa over time. And adding a backing to strengthen it adds to the cost.

Catching on. With chenille, dust and debris can get stuck in the long fibers. Likewise, animal claws can easily unravel the threads, so pet owners should really consider before committing to a chenille sofa!

The Verdict: While it’s a sofa fabric that stands up to heavy use, it’s a high-maintenance choice. Chenille sofas need to be regularly vacuumed and liquid spills will need professional cleaning.

Velvet

If you’re looking for an upholstery fabric for a sofa that looks and feels glamorous, go for velvet. The fabric has a luxe sheen, which catches light and reflects it across the shape of your sofa. What that does is accentuate the form of your sofa, making it look like a true statement piece.

Shop This Look

The Pros:

Warm luxury. Velvet is luxuriously soft, but it also has excellent insulation properties. Which means it’s perfect in cooler rooms and gets cozier the longer you lounge in it.

Colorful luster. Velvet can be dyed in rich colors. Most notably, when it’s dyed in jewel tones, it looks especially bold and captivating given the fabric’s reflective finish.

Good with pets. A flat pile similar to a rug makes velvet highly durable and any dirt or pet hairs will just fall away. And unlike other fabrics, velvet also has no raised weaves or loose threads, which means no snagging from claws.

The Cons:

Highest maintenance. The durability of velvet depends on the density of the piles of woven fibers. But in general velvets are difficult to clean and maintain.

It’ll cost you. There’s no way around the high price tag. It’s a very expensive fabric.

The Verdict: Velvet is a regal sofa fabric choice that’s guaranteed to look and feel luxurious. But it’s really best reserved for formal spaces, not your everyday busy household.

Explore our gallery for more living room design ideas!

Want to see how a sofa will look and fit in your space?

Start My Project

sofa styles

The Ultimate Guide To Sofa Styles and Which Is Right for You

The sofa is arguably the most important piece of furniture in the living room. So it’s important to find the right one for your style and needs. But with so many different types of sofas to choose from, it can be hard to know which is right for you.

Similar to choosing between a sectional or a sofa, deciding on a sofa style comes down to comfort. But it’s also about the shape of the sofa and how it works aesthetically with the rest of your living room decor. For instance, if your living room has more traditional furnishings, a classic camelback sofa might make for a stylish option that blends right into your space versus other sofa styles. Or if your living space has a more modern and industrial vibe, a tuxedo sofa could be the perfect sleek-and-sumptuous piece you need. Either way, the sofa style you pick should play up a feeling of comfort and reflect the overall style of your room.

Already thumbed through all the types of sofas and know what you want? Check out our sofa buying guide to make sure you’re spending wisely before you purchase the piece, especially if you’re buying a sofa online. Otherwise, read on for our roundup of the most common types of sofas and why they might be perfect for your space.

sofa stylesThe Chesterfield

When it comes to sofa styles, the Chesterfield is hard to miss. It’s said to have been designed in the 18th century for “gentlemen to sit upright without wrinkling the garment.” The more modern and boxy tuxedo sofa is derived from the Chesterfield.

Shop This Look

The Perks: Chesterfields are known for their deep seating, high-rolled arms, and quilted or tufted backing, which gives them a sumptuous look and a bold silhouette. They’re typically made of leather, but contemporary takes on the piece also feature it in linen and velvet.

Good To Know: The Chesterfield generally has a large frame and is pretty substantial in size, so make sure you have the floor space to accommodate one.

It’s Perfect For… those who like more traditional types of sofas or something very masculine and timeless in style. The Chesterfield works well in a classic and formal interior, a sleek industrial space, or a pared-down rustic room.

sofa stylesThe Bridgewater Sofa

For a classic sofa that emphasizes major comfort and an elegant form, try the Bridgewater. It has origins in England and was once among the most popular types of sofas. It’s less common in homes now, but it’s still one of the most comfortable options today.

Shop This Look

The Perks: The Bridgewater has a slightly rolled back, low-set and rolled arms, and loose seat cushions that are generously padded, which gives them their signature plump look and plush comfort. They also sometimes come with a tailed skirt that hides their turned legs.

Good To Know: The Bridgewater silhouette is wide and deep, but today they come in an array of colorful upholstery fabrics that make them appear more streamlined and less bulky.

It’s Perfect For… fans of boho and glam style interiors that can use a sofa that combines traditional details with a modern edge. You can’t beat a Bridgewater sofa in a bright fabric mixed with eclectic patterns, colors, and accents in a room.

sofa stylesThe Lawson Sofa

It’s not surprising that the Lawson is one of the most popular types of sofas for family homes. Low to the ground with a boxy silhouette, it first appeared in the early 20th century as a modern and comfortable sofa design that is a derivative of the classic tuxedo sofa.

Shop This Look

The Perks: It’s one of the most versatile types of sofas because it’s easy to find it in many fabrics. The back and seat are comprised of extra-plush pillows that are separate from the frame, which means it’s a sofa designed for soft comfort and support.

Good To Know: Because it’s made up of large, soft pillows that give you a deep, sink-in kind of support., it’s a great sofa if you have kids or want something that’s snug and extra soft.

It’s Perfect For… any style interiors—traditional, modern, rustic—given its functional form and versatile fabric options. It works best in family homes, formal living spaces, and TV rooms.

sofa stylesThe Mid-Century Sofa

Out of all the sofa styles here, you’re likely most familiar with the Mid-Century sofa. Originating in the 1930s, the Mid-Century sofa has been making a strong comeback in recent years given its minimalist aesthetic and clean lines.

Shop This Look

The Perks: There aren’t many types of sofas that give you a tailored, streamlined look quite like the Mid-Century sofa. It usually has a boxy and slender silhouette, tapered legs, and tuft cushion backs that give you firm support. It’s also a sofa you can dress up however you want.

Good To Know: Aesthetics are key to the Mid-Century sofa, and sometimes it comes at the expense of comfort. But if you’re after a stylish and trendy-looking sofa more than anything, this is for you.

It’s Perfect For… modernists, minimalists, and mid-century style lovers across the board. The Mid-Century sofa is ideal in more contemporary interiors that have a rustic or glam touch.

sofa styles The Slipcovered Sofa

If you’re after the types of sofas that are durable and long-lasting, Slipcovered sofas are your best bet. It’s a sofa style that typically comes with a classic frame, rounded arms, and a fitted fabric cover that can be taken on and off for cleaning. It’s all about function and easy care.

Shop This Look

The Perks: No other types of sofas will stand up to wear, stains, and traffic like the Slipcovered sofa. Not only is the slipcover washable, but it’s removable and replaceable so you can change the cover and customize your look as needed.

Good To Know: While the cover is washable and easy-to-clean, it’s prone to get wrinkly. It’s all part of the look, but it’s something to consider if you prefer a tailored looking sofa.

It’s Perfect For… casual and relaxed rooms that aren’t overly decorated or filled with ornate accents. Think beach house living room, airy rustic family room, laid-back boho space. You get the picture.

sofa stylesThe Settee

Essentially a wide chair, the Settee is like a loveseat but much narrower. In terms of sofa styles, it definitely leans traditional and it sometimes comes with a curved frame that recalls a camelback sofa. If you’re after a beautiful traditional perch, you can’t go wrong with a Settee.

Shop This Look

The Perks: Many Settees are cabriole style, which means they feature an exposed wood frame around the edges and have ornately carved legs. These are standout details that are sure to captivate. One way to modernize a Settee is to reupholster on in a colorful or patterned fabric.

Good To Know: Compared to the other types of sofas here, the Settee is always a sophisticated choice but not necessarily the most comfortable choice. It’s designed like a dining chair so it’s not the best for extending seating or lounging.

It’s Perfect For… classic and formal rooms are the Settee’s natural habitat given its Old World appeal. It’s perfect in a foyer or hallway as a seat for putting on or taking off shoes.

sofa stylesThe Sleeper Sofa

The most compact and functional of all the types of couches available, the Sleeper sofa is what we call a workhorse piece. It does double duty as a sofa and bed, so it tops our list as the sofa that does it all.

Shop This Look

The Perks: There aren’t any other types of sofas that offer you and your guests a sleeping solution that’s neatly tucked away under the seat cushions. The beds also range from futons to pullouts, and they’re often surprisingly more comfortable than they look.

Good To Know: Unlike the Mid-Century or the Settee, the Sleeper is all about big function packed into one streamlined piece. That means it’s less about good looks and more about comfort and convenience here. There are chic modern Sleepers, but they’re pretty pricey.

It’s Perfect For… small guest rooms, mixed-used spaces like an office den, or a compact apartment living room. Sleepers are usually pretty contemporary in design, so they’ll fit right in with any transitional or modern interior.

Explore more living room design ideas!

Know the style of sofa you want? See it in your home now!

Start My Project

Types of Dining Chairs: The Ultimate Guide to Finding the Right Dining Chairs for You

Even though we aren’t entertaining much these days, we still need to have a proper dining table and dining room chairs so that you can enjoy a proper meal! In fact, dining rooms are more important than ever because we are spending so much time at home! Along with a dining table, dining room chairs are an essential part of any dining space—peep this Guide to dining table styles if you need help picking out a table to start with.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to dining chair styles—you can find wood chair styles, side chairs with upholstered seats, Art Deco dining chairs, traditional dining chairs, rustic style side chairs….you get the picture. Dining room decor comes in all kinds of options and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with how many types of dining chairs are out there.

If you’re finding it hard to know which types of dining chairs will work for your dining space, we’ve got you covered! This dining chairs guide breaks down all the major shapes, sizes and types of dining chairs to help you find a solution that works.

And if you need a little extra interior design help in bringing your dining room to life, Modsy is here for you! Even though the holidays might look a little different this year, a well-designed dining room can help make the time at home feel special.

Armchair

One of our favorite dining room chair types is the classic armchair.  Often used as a side chair, their larger size adds depth and character to dining room tables. They make a super elegant option and definitely complement a more formal look—but they fit well with more casual styles, too. Dining chairs like this usually have upholstered seats, which makes them more comfortable than hard materials. We love dining chairs that bring both comfort and class to your dining space!

Shop This Look

Side Chair

The classic side chair is one of the most traditional types of dining chairs. Known as a “dinnertime staple,” they take their name from the fact that they sit along the “side” of the table. These types of dining chairs can be more casual in style or super formal, depending on the type of dining room table you have. (Check out our guide to dining table sizes, shapes, and materials if you’re in the market for a dining room table, too!) These types of dining chairs come in all kinds of looks, so you can be sure to find one to match any style you like.

Shop This Look

Parsons Chair

The Parsons dining chair is another dining room classic. It gets its name from Paris’ Parsons School of Design and the dining chair features lean, simple lines and an upholstered seat. This type of dining chair comes in every fabric you can think of so there is an excellent variety to choose from. We love these dining room chairs because they can work for many styles—rustic, transitional, contemporary, modern, traditional mid-century modern—you name it! Dining chairs like this are also comfy to sit on and can fit in smaller dining rooms because they don’t have bulky arms to take up space.

Shop This Look

Wingback Chair

If you want a cozy, but sophisticated look for your dining chairs, the wingback chair might be just right! This dining chair has “wings” along the side of the chair to create a distinctive silhouette—they are often used just at the heads of the table. They are usually upholstered and stuffed with nailheads for a more traditional and sophisticated look. These dining chairs aren’t ideal for kids who make a mess—they are fully upholstered so they do require a lot of cleaning.

Shop This Look

types of dining chairsLadder Back Chair

The ladder back dining chair features horizontal slats spaced along the back of the chair, which is usually made of wood. They are great casual dining chairs and the slats create a light and open look. They work best in more rustic and traditional styles and make a great option for a kitchen table.

Shop This Look

types of dining chairsSlat back chair

Slat back dining chairs feature evenly spaced vertical slats, for a laid-back, quaint appeal. This look works for a variety of styles—traditional, rustic, mission, etc. and the dining chairs can be dressed up for formal settings or toned down for a casual look. They are practical and come in both solid or upholstered seating—a great choice for casual dining and households with kids!

Shop This Look

types of dining chairsWindsor chair

The Windsor Dining chair takes inspiration from early English designs. These types of dining chairs feature a half-circle back supported by vertical slats or rods, along with spindle legs. These dining chairs look great with rustic, traditional, and vintage styles!

Shop This Look

types of dining chairsCross back (X) chair

The Cross Back Chair has an X-shape on the back side of the chair that adds a light and airy look. These dining chairs range in styles from cafe chairs to rustic to contemporary. It’s a perfect choice for a casual dining room with a more stylistic approach. And these dining chairs are usually all wood, so they are kid-friendly and easy to clean!

Shop This Look

types of dining chairsSlope Dining Chair

The Slope dining chair is cool and sleek with a simple silhouette. This type of dining chair features a comfortable upholstered seat, usually in leather or faux leather. They can have a swanky, factory-style feel, making them great for modern rustic to industrial style. Bonus: the faux leather can be wiped down easily, making them super kid-friendly and pet friendly.

Shop This Look

Barrel Back Chair

Barrel back dining chairs have a bowl-like backrest that you can sink into when you sit down. These dining chairs are super versatile—some can swivel back and forth and make great desk chairs too. The upholstered seats are super comfortable for longer sitting, and they are style-forward but not stuffy. We love these dining chairs for mid-century modern, minimal, contemporary, and industrial looks.

Shop This Look

types of dining chairsSplat back chair

“Splat back” refers to the centrally placed, vertical column on the back of these dining chairs. These are usually found in metal, but historically they had a more gothic and English design. The metal chairs tend to be lightweight, making them versatile for indoor/outdoor dining. If you want dining chairs with a cool, industrial-chic look, these are perfect—plus they are super low-maintenance when it comes to cleaning.

Shop This Look

Wishbone Chair

The Wishbone Dining Chair is an iconic Danish design that’s usually made with a wood base and woven or upholstered seating. The elegant, curved frame forms a wishbone shape on the back and they are both comfortable and decorative pieces. This style of dining chair works well in eclectic, mid-century modern, rustic, minimalist, and boho styles.

Shop This Look

types of dining chairs

Cantilever Chair

The Cantilever Dining chair is one of the most unique looking options for dining rooms.  It gained popularity in the 70s and design enthusiasts still love it today! These dining chairs have a flexible form that makes them a little bit “bendy.” They can be upholstered or solid—caning is popular material, too. They work great with many styles, from industrial to mid-century modern

Shop This Look

types of dining chairsSlipcovered

For a more formal look, consider the slipcovered chair—it can add instant sophistication to a space. Slipcovered chairs can be bought as is or you enhance dining chairs like the Parsons chair by adding a slipcover over the frame. They make cleanup easy because the cover is easily removed and washed. This helps these dining chairs last over time—which is great because they tend to be a bit more expensive! They fit perfectly into classic and traditional styles.

Shop This Look

Plastic molded

For a trendy and funky look, try these plastic molded side chairs inspired by the Eames chair! These chairs for dining rooms are lightweight and airy looking—classic Scandinavian style. You can easily wipe the chair clean, so they are perfect for households with kids. And the dining chairs usually come in a solid color with metal or wood legs, making them super versatile and great with minimalist and modern styles!

Shop This Look

Need help finding the right dining chair type for your space?

Start My Project

stylish floor lamps

Stylist Picks: 10 Stylish Floor Lamps That Are Also Works of Art

Proper lighting is one necessity in every room in the house. Even your brightly lit spaces need lights to flip on once the sun goes down. When it comes to lighting choices, we love stylish floor lamps! They are great if you need to save surface space in your living room, bedroom or other areas of the house. Whether you opt for a tripod floor lamp, a floor lamp that arcs over the room, a small reading floor lamp or a big statement piece, your lighting is an element that can instantly upgrade the look and feel of any room design. Layered lighting like desk lamps and floor lamps are essential in a small space—but they also work well in any size home.

Floor lamps are a big hit right now because we are spending so much time at home these days and need our spaces well-lit morning, noon, and night! If you need help coming up with floor lamp ideas for your home, check out some of our stylist’s favorite picks!

stylish floor lampsThe Namura Edison Globe Floor Lamp, Uttermost

We adore this Namura Edison Globe Floor Lamp! It is totally unique and the bright gold color lends itself to a lot of different styles. It’s a definite statement piece and will make a splash in any room. But it’s also a super functional floor lamp, adding tons of bright light to a space. This is one of the best floor lamps for glam, eclectic, and contemporary styles.

“I love the Namura lamp from Uttermost because even though it feels so distinctive and even a bit out-of-the-box in shape and form, it’s still the perfect addition to so many aesthetics—traditional, eclectic, bohemian, and even contemporary.” – Lauren M.

Shop This Look

stylish floor lampsThe Riano Floor Lamp, Uttermost

Classic floor lamps work well in a variety of rooms. This one features a mix of traditional elements like bronze and brass with cream lampshades, but putting it all together into a fun new structure. It only takes up a minimal amount of space in the corner and also provides double the light! This is one of the best floor lamps for a living room or office space. The neutral colors are pleasing to the eye and go with a lot of styles and decor palettes. We love the look of this lamp as extra reading and working light for a desk—especially since so many of us are working from home these days!

Shop This Look

stylish floor lampsBeton Floor Lamp White, Nuevo

This light arched floor lamp comes in both black and white so you can use it as a dramatic accent in a variety of designs. It’s sleek and simple, but very cool with its slight lean and narrow structure. It doesn’t take up much room so it works well as a floor lamp in smaller spaces as well as minimalist, contemporary and modern style spaces.

“This lamp is such a statement piece and can give you light in rooms where there isn’t a ceiling light” – Modsy Stylist Autumn H.

Shop This Look

stylish floor lampsThe Big Dipper Arc Lamp, CB2

This tall lamp is another beautiful statement piece that makes a splash in any living area. It comes in brass and silver so you can choose the right color floor lamps for your decor scheme. It’s super versatile in style and works well with modern, mid-century modern, minimal, and eclectic styles. It’s also great for spaces with no ceiling light as the lamp arcs over the center of the room.

“I love the Big Dipper Arc Lamp from CB2 in small spaces that don’t have overhead lighting—it arcs perfectly towards the center of any room.” – Modsy Stylist Mackenzie R.

Shop This Look

stylish floor lampsAtlas Wood Floor Lamp, CB2

This wood floor lamp by Mermelada Estudio calls to mind French-Moroccan style in illuminating fashion. Inspired by the curvy shapes of Moroccan lamps with a touch of refined French taste, it’s one of the best floor lamps with a sophisticated silhouette. The gorgeous design is topped off with a white cotton shade to add extra brightness and style to any room. Wooden floor lamps like this work well in boho, eclectic, rustic and transitional spaces—it’s a unique look with warm and neutral colors.

Shop This Look

stylish floor lampsDome Floor Lamp, Global Views

This handsome brass floor lamp has a glamorous, sculptural appeal with a mushroom cap top. It casts a warm glow with a brass lined interior so you can have brightness and warmth in any space. This is one of the best floor lamps for glam and modern spaces—it feels classic and iconic while also remaining simple and elegant. Plus, the base is so tiny that it barely takes up any floor space—perfect for a reading nook or work area.

“Any lamp from Global Views has my heart! Excellent quality and craftsmanship!” – Modsy Stylist Tais K.

Shop This Look

stylish floor lampsCayden Nickel Brushed Floor Lamp, Tanjore

We adore this Cayden Nickel Brushed Floor Lamp with a functional edge. The modern form goes with any decor space. The floor lamp can be easily moved up or down with the handy lever, so it’s great for nooks or smaller spaces that need a reading lamp. Use it with traditional or rustic decor—it makes a great addition to both styles! Plus, the small size makes it unobtrusive so it doesn’t take attention away from artwork and other decor in the room.

Shop This Look

stylish floor lampsMid-Century Modern Floor Lamp, Jamie Young

For those of you who love a mid-century look, this two-toned, sleek floor lamp might be just the right thing. It feels a bit industrial with the exposed bulb, but also has a modern edge with sleek brass and black elements. It’s a great floor lamp for small spaces because of the narrow structure. The light is focused downward, so it’s ideal for reading in bed or on the sofa or as a desk lamp.

Shop This Look

stylish floor lampsAllora Floor Lamp, Ciro Modern

This is one of the hippest floor lamps we’ve seen, with its modern triangular top and round base. Materials like matte black metal, shiny brass and marble even feel a bit art deco! It’s truly a statement piece and almost looks like it’s own sculpture. It’s a great addition to Mid-Century Modern, minimalist, and strictly modern styles—and it could even work well in industrial-chic spaces!

“The Allora floor lamp black form Ciro Modern—I love the modern shape/finishes of it, it’s adjustable and the price point is really great!” – Shannon M.

Shop This Look

stylish floor lampsLongshan Floor Lamp White, Jamie Young

Last but not least is one of the most gorgeous, classic looking floor lamps on the market. It has a sculptural look, and the bright, white color makes it look striking against a dark interior. This floor lamp is also very versatile because of the neutrality and shape. It’s one of the best floor lamps for any space, including the living room, dining room, bedroom, and more. It can also be a great look for a nursery or kids’ room design! 

Shop This Look

Need help finding the right floor lamp for your space?

Start My Project

Stylist Picks: The Best Budget-Friendly Home Office Chairs

So, you’ve been working from home for months now—with no change in sight. Hopefully by now you’ve invested in a real desk instead of just working from your dining room table and sofa! (If not, check out our stylist’s picks of best home office desks.) But now it might be time to get some other home office furniture—like a real office chair to go with your desk.

A dedicated office chair is actually one of our top working from home tips, since it helps your workspace be more ergonomic and aids in creating a distinct workspace within your home.

However, a quick internet search will show you that desk chairs can be astronomically expensive! But when looking for home office design ideas, just remember that a good-looking and comfortable desk chair doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, our stylists rounded up their favorite budget-friendly desk chairs.

Keep reading for the best home office chairs in the Modsy catalogue for those on a budget!

Adjustable Desk Chair, Cooper Furniture

This desk chair is comfortable and practical in style. It’s more of the traditional corporate office chair style, and it definitely values comfort and ergonomics over style. But, with that, it’s great for anyone who sits at a desk for long bouts of time. Its multi-channel seat back and gently molded seat offer lower back lumbar support, and cushioned arm rests mean comfort while typing all day long!

Why We Love It:

We love how this brown leather chair feels timeless and traditional—but that it’s also super comfortable. Plus, it’s on wheels for easy mobility around your office and offers adjustable seat height for customization.

The Price: $269

Shop This Chair

Lewiston Office Chair, Ciro Modern

This modern office chair is lightweight and stylish. With a cushioned seat, adjustable seat height, and cater wheels, it has everything you need in budget desk chairs. And with its simple and streamlined style, it’s great for industrial and modern spaces.

Why We Love It:

This is a great style of chair for small home offices, since it has a smaller frame and is visually less heavy than other styles. Plus, though it has a fairly simple design, it’s definitely still on-trend—a reminder that practicality and style aren’t mutually exclusive!

The Price: $259

Shop This Chair

Tufted Office Chair, Ciro Modern

Want to add a bit of personality to your home office, while still focusing on comfort? Try this fun and comfy office chair with pinkish-red tufted upholstery. With adjustable seat height and caster wheels, it also has that element of practicality. This is a fun style for those who have a glam home office—the best office chair in our catalogue for a glam look on a budget!

Why We Love It:

When thinking through the best color schemes for home offices, this chair is a great way to add a pop of color to your home office while maintaining a sophisticated vibe. And we love that it’s so plush and comfortable for long work days!

The Price: $209

Shop This Chair

Barry Armchair, Ciro Modern

For a more sophisticated look, opt for a stationary desk chair (aka no wheels). This doesn’t mean you have to settle for a dining room chair though. This cheap desk chair has a deep and cozy frame that allows you to really sink into it and focus on work.

Why We Love It:

We love the light brown faux leather upholstery paired with sculptural legs. It creates a sleek and modern look that would fit into many different office styles.

The Price: $199

Shop This Chair

Channel Desk Chair, Ciro Modern

The ribbed, cushioned seat and back of this office chair create a very sleek and modern look, indeed. As does the white faux leather finish. But this chair isn’t just about the good looks. With adjustable seat height and caster wheels, it also offers customization for optimal comfort.

Why We Love It:

This is one of the classiest and best office chairs in the bunch. We love the shape of this chair, with its sloped arm rests. It has a modern but neutral look, that would be at home in any transitional, modern, or minimalist office.

The Price: $229

Shop This Chair

Pinecrest Office Chair, Skylr

This office chair offers a unique take on the traditional caster wheel desk chair. Inspired by Scandinavian style, with an industrial flair, its sleek form—with a low back and deep seat—make all-day sitting more comfortable.

Why We Love It:

The creamy upholstery in faux leather is so easy to clean—so no need to worry about coffee spills! And we love the brass base and cladding on the side, which gives this chair a trendy look with a touch of glam!

The Price: $339

Shop This Chair

Alanya Bungie Office Chair, Luna Modern

This funky modern desk chair feels lightweight with its bungie seating and backing—and offers natural ventilation for hot summer days! Adjustable seat height and caster wheels allow for customization and mobility. And, since it doesn’t have arms, you can push it fully under the desk when not in use—a great space-saver for small home office designs!

Why We Love It:

We love the simple but comfy design of this office chair. And it comes in four mod colors so you can personalize the style to your space.

The Price: $249

Shop This Chair

Venice Studio Task Chair, CB2

This elegant and minimal stationary task chair is shaped somewhat like a dining chair, but offers significantly more cushion and lower back lumbar support. The low, sloping arms also give support and comfort while working, and the tapered legs give it that mid-century modern vibe.

Why We Love It:

This is one of the best office chairs out there if you have an eye for style and for your budget. Because of its style, this faux leather chair is both chic and super versatile. It’s perfect for a desk, but can also be pulled into your living room or dining room when you need extra seating.

The Price: $299

Shop This Chair

Homestead Office Chair, Skylr

Black and gold are a classic combo. But that’s only one of the reasons this sleek desk chair is so great. With a compact design, caster wheels, and a black faux leather finish, it’s a statement piece while still being functional.

Why We Love It:

This chair has a sense of glamour to it. We love its streamlined frame that gives a sleek look to any modern or glam home office.

The Price: $319

Shop This Chair

Ready to find the perfect chair for your home office?

Start My Project

New Home Furniture Buying Guide: Where to Skimp vs. Splurge When Furnishing Your New Space

So you just bought a new home. Congratulations! A new home, whether it’s your first home or you’re simply moving somewhere new, is a big and exciting venture. And it’s also an opportunity to design a home you love, from scratch!

But you also just bought a house—so you may not have a ton of cash to spend on filling your whole home with fancy new furniture. Though you also don’t want to wait to purchase everything and end up living out of boxes for months with no place to sit! Trust us, there’s a middle road, and it involves making some purchases now and holding off on others until you’re more settled in and have time to save up more money.

Since buying furniture can be quite the endeavor, we polled our designers to get their take on what to invest in right away, where you can skimp, and what to buy over time. Without further ado, here’s our new home furniture buying guide!

The Furniture to Buy Right Away

There are certain pieces of furniture that our designers recommend buying right away, so you have them from the get-go in your new home. These pieces will help make your home more comfortable and give you some interior design ideas to help define the style of the space.

Sofa

A sofa is a piece of furniture that gets heavy use. As the central object in your living room, it’s a piece around which you can build your entire room. Because of that, it’s a great piece to buy right away—and don’t be afraid to splurge. A sofa isn’t just a trendy style piece; it’s a versatile piece of furniture, and an investment that will last for years. So, make sure you buy one that you really love! Wondering what type of sofa you should buy? Check out our guide on the benefits of a sofa vs. sectional.

Shop This Look

Media Cabinet

The other big piece of furniture you’ll want to invest in right away is a media cabinet. Having a place to safely house your TV and electronics is a must! This is another piece that can last for years—perhaps even longer than a sofa, since it doesn’t endure as much daily wear and tear. As a possible focal point in your living room, give plenty of thought into the style of the cabinet you choose—and make sure it’s the right size for your TV. With its longevity and style status in your living room, think of a media cabinet as an investment and be willing to spend a little extra money on it.

Shop This Look

Window Coverings

Unless you don’t mind your neighbors seeing right into your house at night, be sure to buy window treatments right away! This is one thing you can buy cheap right away and upgrade later. But, if you’re ready, you can also just go for the splurge! If you’re ready to buy a long-term solution, opt for drapes and shades. Otherwise, you could always just buy some Ikea curtains or even tape up some butcher paper for an immediate solution!

Shop This Look

The Furniture to Hold on Purchasing

With any home, regardless of budget, there are a few things you probably want to hold off on purchasing until you’re more settled in and have a good grasp on the style and feel of your home. Here’s what our designers suggest holding off on for a while.

Art

Art can make or break a space. That’s why we’re big believers in waiting to fill your new home with art, and take your time finding the perfect pieces for your space. Original artwork, or even large-scale prints, tend to be pricier. But quality art is an investment worth making, especially when it can directly support the artist who made it! And the great thing about art is that, if you already have a piece in mind, you can build your whole room around it. But you can also do the opposite and find artwork that suits the space that you’ve already created.

Shop This Look

Rugs

Rugs can be tricky—not only is it important to find one in the colors and style that will best suit your space, but you also want to find the best size for your space! With all that in mind, it’s best to wait until you’ve been in your home for a bit before you buy a rug. That way, you’ll get a feel for how you’ll use the space (which will influence the material and pile of rug you choose) and will help you determine the size you need. Rugs can be expensive—so this can feel like a splurge regardless. But waiting also gives you time to save up for the rug of your dreams!

Shop This Look

Small Decor

Want some tips on how to decorate a room? We’ll start here: Don’t clutter up your new space with cheap knick knacks and random decor! Instead, buy small decor over time, and take on a curator’s mindset. Find decorative objects you truly love, and thoughtfully create collections on your shelves and surfaces rather than just filling your space with cheap stuff for the sake of filling out shelves.

Shop This Look

The Furniture to Buy Cheap and Replace Later

There are some things you’ll need right away to keep yourself from living out of suitcases and boxes and make your home more comfortable. But that doesn’t mean you have to blow a bunch of money to fill your space. Below, we’re covering the pieces of furniture that you can buy on the cheap now and upgrade later.

Clothing Storage

Clothing storage is absolutely essential. But dressers and closet systems can be quite expensive! So, either use something you already have for the time being, or buy some inexpensive clothing storage right away. Then, over time, save money and give yourself time to find the perfect dresser later on! A quality dresser is something that will last a long time, so it’s worth the wait and the eventual investment.

Shop This Look

Side Tables

You need side tables as a surface for books, drinks, lamps, and more—but finding the perfect pair takes time. For now, buy some inexpensive side tables that are simple and practical, then splurge on a set that perfectly embodies your style later on!

Shop This Look

Bookcases

Bookcases—whether in a living room, office, or children’s room—are important pieces to house books, toys, office supplies, and decorative objects. So, you may need one or two right away to help with organization throughout your home. So, buy an inexpensive bookcase at first, then upgrade to something more substantial once you find the right piece and have the budget for it. This will also give you time to gauge where you want to place your bookcases, which will help you determine the size and style you want!

Shop This Look

Need help designing your new home?

Start My Project

sofa buying guide

Sofa Buying Guide: Should You Skimp or Splurge on a New Sofa?

So, you’re on the hunt to buy a new sofa. Congratulations! Depending on how far you’ve gotten in your search for your couch, you might have discovered that shopping for furniture isn’t always simple. In fact, finding the right sofa or couch for your living room design is a little bit like dating. It can be a lot of work to find the one, but once you do, you get to enjoy a lifetime (or at least a few years) of happiness together.

The “perfect sofa” might look different for everyone, but we can probably all agree that it should be comfortable, fit in your living room, reflect your style, and hopefully last a few years (if not more). Not to mention it should be a price that doesn’t break the bank.

All that to say, enjoying your perfect sofa is the easy part. Finding it takes work.

sofa buying guide

While you probably have a good sense of what you’re looking for in a sofa, you might need a little help uncovering how much money you should spend on one.

Sofas can be expensive, there’s no denying that. For some people it might make sense to invest in a quality piece that will last years. For others, buying something that works for right now is a better option. But where do you fall on the spectrum?

Because we’d rather you spend your time focusing on your real dating life (or with your family, taking up a new hobby, or doing any other activity that brings you joy), we created a sofa buying guide to help you easily understand how much to spend on a new sofa.

5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a New Sofa

sofa buying guide

Question 1: How much do you want to spend on a sofa?

It can be hard to wrap your head around how much you should spend on a sofa, especially if you’re not even sure what the average cost of a sofa is. A good place to start is getting familiar with some average price ranges for couches and sofas.

Average Cost of Sofas:

  • $1000 or less: The sub-thousand dollar range is what we’d consider an inexpensive sofa.
  • $1000 – $2000: A mid-range priced sofa generally falls in between one to two thousand dollars.
  • $2000 or more: We’d consider anything above two grand to be an expensive sofa.

The Bottom Line: Survey the sofa landscape to help you get a sense of how much you might want to spend.

 

Question 2: How Nomadic are You?

Sofas are large, bulky, and not the easiest pieces of furniture to move. One that works perfectly in your current home, might not fit through the doorway at your next.

Your solve:

  • I move a lot or will be moving soon: If you plan to only live where you are for under a year, consider skimping on an inexpensive sofa that you won’t have to worry about lugging to a new location.
  • I’m relatively settled: Around five years? Maybe a slightly higher-quality option is the best fit for you. You want something that will last you that half-decade or so, but won’t be missed if you can’t bring it with you.
  • I’m in it for the long haul: Finally, if you are relatively settled in your current home, it makes more sense to invest in a high-quality sofa that will last.

The Bottom Line: Your overall timeline is important to consider before making a big-ticket purchase that isn’t easy to transport with you.

 

sofa buying guide

Question 3: Are You into Trends?

A trendy sofa looks great right now, but you might find you’re sick of it after a short time. Depending on what you think of trends, here’s what we’d recommend for your next couch.

Your solve:

  • I love trends: If you can’t say no to a sofa with a bold color or statement pattern, consider opting for a lower-cost option rather than investing in a more expensive one. Unlike decorative accents, you can’t as easily move a sofa from room to room when you get tired of it. Don’t sink your money into something you’ll be sick of in a year. Instead, consider incorporating that velvet trend into a few pillows.
  • Trends don’t phase me: If you’re looking for a sofa that can transcend your current tastes, consider investing in a high-quality option. This can be a sofa with a neutral fabric, a quality leather option, or even a sofa with a versatile shape, such as a chaise that can switch sides.

The Bottom Line: If you want to splurge on a quality sofa, it’s important to find one that works for both now and later.

 

Question 4: Do You Have Kids or Pets?

Although we love kids and we love pets, it’s a fact that they are the culprits behind a lot of our furniture’s wear and tear. Be sure to factor your real and fur babies into the equation when buying a piece of furniture.

Your solve:

  • Don’t stress: One way around this is to choose a budget-friendly sofa that you don’t mind replacing as it gets worn out.
  • Call for reinforcements: The alternative is to invest in a higher quality option. Opt for a sofa that’s durable and can take whatever your kids/pets throw at it. Consider choosing a stain-resistant fabric or with a slipcover that you can easily toss in the wash. Quality leather is also great for pets. You want something that won’t stain or rip easily and doesn’t attract fur like a magnet.

The Bottom Line: You know your kids and pets the best, so factor them into the picture when deciding what sofa makes sense for your family.

 

sofa buying guide

Question 5: How Much Time Will You Spend on Your Sofa?

Just like your mattress, if you use your couch a lot, don’t make yourself miserable with something that’s uncomfortable.

Your solve:

  • My sofa is just for looks: If you’re always on the go and rarely spend time on your sofa, no need to invest in a high-quality, ultra-comfy option. Something inexpensive but stylish can suffice.
  • My sofa is my other half: If you’re a self-proclaimed couch potato or your living room revolves around TV-viewing, don’t skimp on a cheap sofa that makes you uncomfortable. You can find plenty of inexpensive and mid-range sofas that are also comfortable and of high quality.

The Bottom Line: Invest in quality and comfort for the things you use daily, like your mattress and sofa.

 

Ready to find your perfect sofa?

Read our guide to buying this living room staple online to make shopping for a sofa as comfortable as lounging on one.

Or, if you want some insurance before splurging on a sofa, try on some options in your home before you make the investment. Modsy can help show you how real sofas will look in your actual home with our 3D designs.

Design My Room