12 Channel Tufted Sofas That’ll Add Some Flair to Your Living Space

updated Sep 13, 2023
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If you’ve been following decor trends over the last couple of years, you’ve noticed that we’re living in the midst of a ’70s revival. From bold colors and patterns to post mid-century silhouettes that add a lot of a character to a space, the trend is one we can’t get enough of. One element that we keep seeing time and time again is channel tufting, especially when it comes to sofas. This vertical stitching style is a subtle, simple way to add some glam to a piece which makes it perfect for an integral focal point piece like a sofa. And with this silhouette commonly being used alongside fabrics like linens and velvets, the style really speaks to that whole ’70s vibe. If you’ve been dreaming of adding a channel-tufted sofa to your space, you’ve come to the right place. Below you’ll find 12 of our favorite picks perfect for any space, style, and budget.

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was $789.00

Über stylish and affordable, the Brittany sofa from Novogratz is a great choice for anyone on a budget. The tufted back cushions offer a gorgeous focal element, while the multi-position split-back lets this piece convert from a sitting, lounging, and sleeping position in seconds.

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To say this sofa from Anthropologie is a stunner would be an understatement. Available in an array of bold colors (in both velvet and linen fabrics), this sofa's channel-tufted back and walnut, turned legs are distinctly English, immediately drawing the eye for a look that is both refined and relaxed.

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With deep channel stitching, plush upholstery, and sloped arms, this cozy sofa is an eye-catching addition to your living room — all wrapped up in a neutral beige that makes it easy to incorporate into any design style.

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Urban Outfitters

For a leather pick, Urban Outfitters is home to one of our top picks! The Corium Modular sofa features a channel-tufted back, bench seat cushion, and a modular design (there's also a corner and single seat) for a distinctively modern feel MCM lovers will adore.

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The Jacqueline Upholstered Sofa is elegance personified. Available in four bold hues, this emerald version is an especially captivating option. Complete with a sleek tuxedo shape and glimmering golden legs, it's the perfect way to add a retro glam anchor to your living room.

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It's hard to look at the Elosie Sofa & Sectional without immediately thinking, "Wow, that looks cozy." Wide, vertical channel stitching covers the body of this sofa while its low styling and sandstone-colored covering speaks to its modish Italian influence.

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Urban Outfitters

We're big fans of a good velvet couch over here at Apartment Therapy, so when we saw this velvet loveseat, we couldn't help but gawk. A statement piece if ever there was one, this Urban Outfitters piece features soft, curved lines and plush channel paneling to make this modern-minded design equally stylish and laid-back.

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was $1499.00

How stunning is this rust-colored pick? The Boevange-sur-Attert Upholstered Sofa from Mistana will make a gorgeous addition to any living space. Wrapped in luxury performance velvet, the channel tufting extends to the back and sides of the sofa for an extra special touch. It also comes in a loveseat size for those looking for something a little smaller.

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was $275.00

The most affordable pick on this list, the Mainstays Channel Cushion Futon is also one of the most versatile. Upholstered in soft microfiber, the cushions on this sofa have been reinforced with a foam pad to provide you with superior comfort regardless if you’re sitting or sleeping, and the black sleek legs pair perfectly with the channel design for a modern look you'll love for years to come.

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was $3350.00

Kardiel is home to some of our favorite vintage-inspired pieces, so it makes sense we'd fall in love with the Cooper Fabric Sofa. Available in two colors, we're particularly fond of this warm cumin color and how it works with its sweeping shape, channel design, and cozy seating.

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A Chesterfield sofa is the way to go if you want to bring some traditional styling into your home — but that doesn't mean it still can't have some modern flair. The channel stitching paired with this bold teal color makes this classic styled sofa feel super contemporary. (Don't worry, it comes in three other colors if the teal doesn't tickle your fancy.)

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If you're looking for style, look no further — the Modway Sanguine sofa is the definition of glamour. Wrapped in a luxe gray velvet (also available in blush and navy), this sofa's gold stainless steel base combined with the full-body channel stitching make this feel like a retro piece feel like something ripped out of Old Hollywood.