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Tuft Love: The Enduring Appeal of Tufted Sofas

  • Ideas
  • February 12, 2017

Tufted furniture is back in a big way. I’m seeing luxurious tufting almost everywhere – not just on sofas and chairs, but also on chaises, headboards, ottomans and more. The look is utterly timeless and a real must-have for today’s classic and chic homes.

What is tufted furniture?

Tufting is created by passing thread through layers of fabric and securing it with knots or buttons. The Chesterfield sofa is a great example of tufted furniture style. It was named after the Earl of Chesterfield (fun fact!) and has been around since the 1700’s – now that’s what I call vintage style with staying power!

Tufted sofas can add an air of sophistication to any space | Bob's Discount Furniture

Tufted sofas can add an air of sophistication to any space

Back in the day, tufts kept the stuffing within a sofa, typically made out of horsehair, from moving around and bunching up in one spot. Today, tufting is more about style than function and it’s seen just as often in furniture with clean, modern lines as it is in furniture with more traditional silhouettes. Tufting works beautifully on a variety of fabrics, from linen to velvet and leather. Each material introduces a unique tone and texture, highlighted by the tufting.

What’s the best way to add tufted furniture to a room?

So how can you incorporate tufted pieces into your space? Easy! A tufted piece can anchor a room, so use it as a focal point. Keep the items around your tufted piece a bit more simple and clean. This will create elegant contrast and modernize the trend. And remember, tufted furniture is not just for the living room. Tufted headboards can transform a tired old bedroom into a sophisticated dream space. Form truly meets function here, with a style that’s super comfortable too. Sitting up for reading or breakfast in bed never felt so good or luxurious.

So go ahead, bring this timeless trend home now. And if you do decide to add a tufted piece to your space, let us know on social media by using our handle @mybobs for a chance to be featured!


I consider myself the luckiest spokespuppet ever because I get to talk about the thing I love the most everyday – furniture! Tufted headboards, rustic finishes, the difference between a sofa and a couch (yes, there is a difference)… I could go on and on. Oh, I just love furniture and I’m SO excited that I have this blog to share my passion with you! It may take me a little longer to create posts – have you ever tried typing with clay hands – but I look forward to talking furniture with you!

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