What a stylish sofa with legs looks like: 53 fashionable examples

Fashion for furniture with visible legs returned a few years ago. And it doesn’t look like it’s leaving yet. How to choose an up-to-date and fashionable sofa with legs? What interior styles does it suit? We will explain everything in the article.

In the interior of the living room, the sofa remains the key element and the center of the composition. As a rule, it is given the main place, and the rest of the furniture is built around it. In this article, we will talk about sofas with legs.

With legs or without?

First, there are no sofas without legs. There are always support legs. It’s just that some models have them hidden. Usually, they are closed by a cover – this is a horizontal panel that connects the supports to each other. For a long time, such models were the most common. But in the past few years, they have been seriously supplanted by open-legged options. Why have they become so popular?

  • This is a good choice for small rooms, which are most apartment buildings. Open supports visually make objects lighter and more compact, leaving a feeling of open space.
  • It is easier to clean under such furniture. It doesn’t even have to be moved every time. True, there is a downside – more dust will accumulate than under closed options.
  • Such models, as a rule, weigh less, they are easier to rearrange and carry.

Types of sofas in shape and size

Straight sofa

The most popular option. This can be placed in any room. It doesn’t take up much space. It can be placed along the wall and in the middle of the room. It will look good in tandem with pouffes or an armchair.

Mini size

Single and double mini sofas are good for small studio apartments, for a dining area in the kitchen, or for a balcony.

But even in a spacious hall, in tandem with other upholstered furniture, they will look light and sophisticated.

Corner sofa

As a rule, more massive, it requires space. But roomy.

It allows you to rationally use, for example, the corner of the room. But it can be placed in the center of the room. Good for zoning.


Rounded, streamlined volumes instead of sharp corners are the trend of the last couple of years. Such models look elegant and elegant.

Sometimes they resemble the natural outlines of stones or boulders. Sometimes they are also called islands. Usually, such furniture is placed in the center of the room as the main space-shaping object.

Types by the folding mechanism

In addition to the form, sofas differ in their functionality. Some unfold and turn into a bed, others do not have this option. Some can replace the linen closet – they have a storage box. Others don’t have it. Let us consider in more detail which solutions are most often used for furniture with legs.


Does not involve folding. Its functionality is limited. It is for seating only. But it’s less likely to break. In addition, such models are cheaper than folding ones and weigh less due to the absence of unnecessary elements. If the plans do not have frequent accommodation of guests, this decision will be quite rational.


This is a fairly simple mechanism. To expand the sofa, you need to raise the seat, the back leans back. And to return to a sitting position, you need to lift the seat up again until it clicks, and then lower it.


Looks like a book. But the difference is that the backrest not only rises and falls but can also occupy different intermediate positions. Also, this model always has a linen box.

Swivel mechanism

Found in corner models. In this case, the bed is formed by moving the rotary section. It moves to the stationary corner part, and a double bed is obtained.

Folding Cot Sofa

There are several options: Italian, American, French, and others like that. But the principle of operation is similar: a sleeping place, folded several times, is hidden under the seat. To get it, you need to remove the pillows. Such models do not have an inner box – there is simply no place for it.

Types of legs

They differ from each other in material, shape, and design.

Material and shape

Supports for furniture should be not only beautiful and stylish but also reliable. Therefore, most often they are made from proven materials: metal and wood.

Chromed metal legs are most often chosen for modern styles. Gilded or bronze and brass options are used in classics, neoclassical, and art deco. Metal poles painted black or white are almost universal.

Wooden supports, especially high and thin, located at an angle, refer us to the aesthetics of the middle of the last century. Ordinary straight wooden supports will be appropriate in almost all interior styles.

The shape of the legs can be straight, rounded, cone-shaped, or figured.


By design and functionality, all supports can be ranged into three types.

  1. Roller. That is, on wheels. They increase the mobility of furniture and protect the flooring.
  2. Adjustable. They allow you to align the arrangement of furniture.
  3. Stationary. Of all three options, only stationary ones are made open. The rest are usually hidden.

What is fashionable today

What models are there (photos of design projects in the gallery)? 

  • Soft forms. We have already mentioned this trend. Streamlined, natural, natural contours gradually replace straight, sharp corners and lines.
  • Minimalism. Restraint, rejection of excessive decorativeness, simple silhouettes.
  • Corner models. These are increasingly found in designer projects. And they are really functional.
  • Color. Calm, natural shades are in fashion, achromats – gray, white, black. However, the sofa can still be an accent piece of furniture. Then choose a more saturated shade. But it is important to remember: it is better to choose a complex multifaceted color. Too “clean” and bright shades rarely look relevant. For example, it is better to choose terracotta instead of orange, wine, or pomegranate instead of red, and light green instead of mint or olive.

How to fit into different interior styles

It will find his place in different compositions. True, and its appearance will be different. Let’s take a closer look at how to fit a sofa into interiors of different styles.


Minimalism does not accept unnecessary details or complex, sinuous forms. Upholstered furniture in this style will have either strict straight outlines or simple, natural, smooth ones. Straight, angular, and rounded models will be appropriate. Colors, as a rule, are chosen monochrome, without bright accents. Often – in tone with the rest of the space. Additional decorative textiles are almost never used. And if used, it is selected to match the furniture or close, adjacent colors.

Supports fit thin, straight or cone-shaped metal, wooden straight, or triangular.

Scandinavian-style sofa with legs

The spirit of minimalism is close to modern interiors in the Scandinavian style. Upholstered furniture in such spaces also has simple forms. Massive models are rarely used. Preference is given to lighter, weightless.

Unlike minimalism, Scandinavian allows for abundant decor, especially if it’s Scandi-boho. Then the furniture is complemented with a lot of pillows, and a blanket or a bedspread is also added to them. Often – a contrasting or complementary color. The shape is allowed straight or angular. The supports are almost always wooden, the color of natural wood.

Modern style

When it is difficult to attribute the interior to one specific style, there is a dominant direction, but it is diluted with elements of other aesthetics in design, they talk about modern style. This includes the restraint of minimalism, the functionality of Scandi, natural motifs from eco-directions, and high-tech manufacturability.

Therefore, a sofa in a modern style is a timeless, universal solution that will not go out of fashion for a long time. Shape: straight, angled, rounded. Supports can be either wooden or metal.


The new classic differs from the simple classics by being more democratic. It has less pomp and pomposity. But a fair amount of respectability and conservatism remains. Neoclassical models are characterized by smooth shapes, curves, and wide, comfortable armrests.

The upholstery is often found in carriage screed, striped fabric, or floral motifs. Monochromatic options are no less popular, but from expensive, “rich” fabrics in the good sense of the word: velvet, velour, etc. Supports can be either simple, straight, or curved. Wood is usually used as the material.


Furniture with visible legs is a direct reference to the Mid-century modern style, that is, to the aesthetics of the 50s and 60s of the XX century—also some of the 70s.

These periods are characterized by simple, light, graceful outlines. By the way, then, as now, the desire for soft natural forms grew. But fabrics for upholstery, as a rule, were used simple, but quite bright and even colorful.

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