Comfy & Chic: Best English Roll Arm Sofas

Comfy & Chic: Best English Roll Arm Sofas

Maxwell Ryan
Mar 16, 2016
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The furniture equivalent to meatloaf, there's nothing more comfortable and reassuring than a traditional roll arm sofa. Here's last year's Annual Guide and right here is an all new updated collection, running high to low and with a bunch of new discoveries. Enjoy!

Should You Splurge or Save on a Sofa?

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Spend as much as you can and go for quality - unless, of course, you're a nomad and going to move around for the next few years... In this post by Jennifer, she summarizes a great article in the NYTimes that helps to explain why what can look so similar can cost so different. My favorite quote is right here from Anne Elliot, and interior designer in Washington:

But you can buy a perfectly fine sofa, Ms. Elliott said, with a solid wood frame and feather-wrapped foam cushions, for as little as $1,500, if you find a deal. And she doesn't see much difference in sofas priced in the midrange (say, between $2,000 and $4,000), other than shape or slight differences in fabric and cushion quality. "Now, when you get below $1,000, that's where I think you have to be careful," Ms. Elliott said, because manufacturers are probably cutting corners to keep the price down.


Topping our list is a very demure roll arm by Mr. Lauren. I have great respect for his furniture designs. They always include great details and craftsmanship so that they will last and please the eye for a long time.

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From Cisco in Los Angeles, this is a totally handmade, all organic, down cushion version with Cisco's subtle, soft styling.

A higher-end version with the same distinctive shape, but a nicely plunging arm, the Williams-Sonoma Bedford sofa is all hard-wood frame and optional down blend cushions for a super soft feel.

RH does a number of versions of the roll arm, the most popular of which are the English and Belgian, which has a more horizontal arm and a slipcover to give it a heavier feeling. Their English comes in multiple lengths, fabrics and two depths, classic and luxe. With $100 membership you get an automatic 25% discount.


PB's version has some distinctively dramatic styling with a strong drop arm, low back, rear cushions and an overstuffed look... and a good low, mid price. Emily Henderson chose it right here for her Ginny Makeover. :)

American made in North Carolina by this family run manufacture that only makes sofas, their roll arm offering comes in many fabrics (including leather) as well as a pillow back and a tufted back version.

From $1,999

Very similar in shape to the iconic George Sherlock sofa, but at a better price, this OKL version has a solid wood frame, polyester cushion fill and comes in three colorways.

The 83" Rose is also a new offering from this online direct retailer and their first traditional shape. Rose's seat cushions are over-stuffed; constructed of a high-resilience foam core wrapped with down. It comes in 22 colorways and two color leg choices. Black is quite striking.


A fabulous new traditional design just a few years ago from the Swedish Giant, the Stocksund is part of a larger family, has a removable, washable cover and comes in eight colorways.

Home Decorators scores with a very attractive, petite roll arm sofa with a tufted back and a solid bench seat. Don't expect down or hardwood frame here, but the exterior is nicely finished.

Wheaton sofa has a nice, solid feeling and will give you a comfy place to put up your feet and take a nap. With eco foams in the cushions, springs, solid wood at the joints and made in the USA, this is your best bet on price.

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