Pros and Cons : Sofa Beds, Sectional, Chesterfield Sofa and Recliners

Purchasing a sofa is one of the major investments that you’ll make pertaining to your home. As such, with the high costs associated with a sofa, it pays to know the different types of sofa that are available on the market, along with some pros and cons about them so that you can choose the best sofa.

You can use this information to determine if a specific type of sofa may be an ideal fit for your particular circumstance. Here is a guide on 5 of the best sofa.

Electrical/Non-Electrical Recliners

Pros : When it comes to choosing a recliner, one of the number one problems people face is whether or not they should purchase an electric or traditional recliner. As far as the electrical recliners go, they don’t break as often as traditional recliners do.


Cons : But alternatively, they tend to be a lot more expensive and are inoperable if the power goes out. Another con about electrical sofas is the fact that a new power pack can cost as much as $200 and up. One of the most popular brands of electrical and non electrical recliners that have been receiving a continuous stream of positive reviews is La-Z-Boy.

Sofa Beds

Pros : If you have limited spacing within your home, but invite close friends and family members on a regular basis, a sofa bed might be the best sofa for this situation.

Some of the pros with this type of sofa is the fact that it works great in restricted spaces such as a studio, it serves as a sofa during the day and a bed at night and it can be used to accommodate guests that wish to spend the night.

sofa beds

Cons : Some of the problems that many homeowners face with them though, are the fact that they are very bulky and heavy, do not match the comfort of a regular bed and may require a great deal of effort to utilize it for it’s intended purposes such as pulling the mattress out. You can easily find a sofa bed at popular retailers such as Target and IKEA.

Sectional Sofa

Pros : One of the other problems many homeowners face is choosing in between a traditional 2 piece sofa set or a sectional.

A sectional can be a great type of sofa to utilize if you have a large room. It can also be an obvious choice if you like the concept of a “surround view”, or if the room has a unique shape.

sectional sofa

Cons : But one of the problems with sectionals are that they can prove to be extremely difficult to move around, so if you like to rearrange a lot or if you intend to buy a variety of other furniture such as a few coffee tables, then a sectional may not be the best sofa choice.

Companies such as Bob’s Discount Furniture and Macy’s are notoriously known for their elegant selection of sectionals.

Chesterfield Sofa

Pros : Chesterfield sofas are notoriously known for their ‘tufted’ style. Some of these types of sofas only come with a tufted design on the back and arms while some come with a tufted design on the seating bench as well. In general, they are extremely beautiful and can bring out the aura of the room.

chesterfield sofa

Cons : But, it’s also worth noting, that they tend to be less comfortable than other sofas and tend to be more expensive as well. When it comes to the best companies that are known for producing beautiful chesterfield sofas, you should try the selections that Chesterfield Sofa Company and The Original Sofa Company have to offer.

Camel Back Sofas

Pros : The camel back sofa’s main feature that stands out amongst other sofas is the fact that it has a higher back in the center which gradually descends in a line, unto the arms.

Another design feature that makes this type of sofa standout is the fact that they usually feature wooden legs. This may be an ideal solution if your home features a variety of antique elements.

camel back sofas

Cons : The major problem with this type of sofa though, is the fact that if you are a tall individual and you plan to lie back with your arms out on this sofa, you may find that it’s extremely uncomfortable to do so, due to its wooden back frame.

When it comes to finding a reliable manufacturer for these types of sofas, Raymour & Flanigan, Wayfair and Ethan Allen, have all proven that they have an eye for antique designs, as many critics agree that they are able to convey that “antique look” in all of their camel back sofas.