This Is the Least Popular Sofa Style, According to One Survey

published Jan 5, 2021
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It’s hard to hate a sofa. As long as it’s cushy, comfortable, and big enough to spread out on, it’s golden. However, according to a recent survey from Living Spaces, people really don’t like Chesterfield sofas—in fact, the Chesterfield scored below power-reclining sofas, which, truth be told, aren’t known for being particularly fashionable.

Chesterfield sofas, for those who aren’t familiar, feature the dramatic button tufting, rolled arms that are the same height as the back of the sofa, and are often upholstered in leathers or luxe fabrics like velvet. They’re meant to look expensive and even a bit over the top.

Sadly, only 9 percent of the 400 people surveyed said they preferred the Chesterfield style over any other.

Modular-style sofas were the majority’s top pick, with the angular track arm-style coming in second. Mid-century ranked third and power reclining fourth, with Chesterfield bringing up the rear in fifth place—”yet another sign that traditional style belongs to a more and more niche subset of decorators,” Living Spaces noted, having reported that the traditional aesthetic only ranked third as participants’ favorite.

Elements that are often associated alongside Chesterfield-style sofas also ranked low in the survey. Velvet was the least-popular sofa material, and tufted and rolled-arm details only won over about 20 percent of the participants each when they were asked about favorite sofa features.

So, the Chesterfield sofa may be getting picked last for dodgeball at the moment. That doesn’t mean it’s gone forever. In fact, perhaps the Chesterfield is now considered an underdog, an outcast with noble ambitions—and who doesn’t love an underdog success story?