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What is a Camelback Sofa?

This is a blue gray camelback sofa with throw pillows and a gray blanket.
  • A Camelback Sofa brings a more formal feeling to your living room. It is a classic style that stands the test of time. 
  • There are more modern versions of the Camelback sofa, making it ideal for any decor.
  • The exposed legs are typically made of wood and have a decorative element to them. 

Decorating your living space takes time and money. You want to create a space that speaks to you but also draws you in at the end of the day. You want to place that you look forward to coming home to after a long day.

Your sofa is an essential part of your living space. For most of us, it is where we want to relax and stretch out. There are so many options from which you can choose; it may be challenging to know where you should spend your money.

You can start here by learning what is a camelback sofa. There more you learn, the easier it will be for you to make the best decisions for your home.

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What is a Camelback Sofa

The Camelback sofa has long been considered a classic style sofa that becomes the centerpiece of any room. Many people consider this to be the perfect sofa for any family room. A Camelback sofa is similar to a Cabriole sofa but slightly more formal.

To be considered a Camelback sofa, it must have at least one arch, also known as a hump, on the back of the seatback. This sofa has generous curves along the scrolled arms that curve outward. The trim and tapered legs are exposed on this style sofa. The back is arched, and typically the back cushion is one whole piece and not separated.

Jennifer Taylor Home Legacy Camelback Sofa Nail head Accents, Dark Charcoal Grey

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Jennifer Taylor Camelback Sofa has a hardwood frame that has been kiln-dried and quality woven fabric upholstery. It provides stability, support, and comfort. This Camelback Sofa combines classic styling with a touch of modernism. It has a scalloped back and nailhead accents along the front. This sofa provides seating for three.

This is the Three Post Duffield 65'' Settee with Reversible Cushions from Wayfair.

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Duffield Settee with Reversible Cushions is a classic Camelback Sofa. It has microfiber upholstery fabric that strongly resembles linen. It has a standard depth of 29 inches and seats two comfortably. The classic exposed wood frame has a distressed look to give this sofa a more rustic feel.

There are many great materials for a Camelback Sofa. Some of the best options are leather, silk, microfiber, and textured fabric. These materials are durable and show much less wear. They are also easy to clean.

Types of Camelback Sofa

Three Seater Camelback

This is the Kelly Clarkson Beverly 85'' Recessed Arm Sofa with Reversible Cushions from Wayfair.

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This is the most common type of Camelback Sofa you will find. It is long enough to accommodate three people comfortably. You can expect the three seater Camelback to be about 96 inches long.

Two Seater Camelback

This is the Kelly Clarkson 88'' Rolled Arm Sofa with Reversible Cushions from Wayfair.

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A two seater Camelback Sofa will look just like the classic Camelback you have come to love, but just a little shorter. This version of the Camelback is going to provide enough room for two people to sit comfortably. You can expect the two seater Camelback to be about 85 inches long.

Recessed Arm Camelback

This is the Jennifer Taylor Dark Gray Ramsey Camelback Sofa from Houzz.

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This is a twist on the standard Camelback English roll arm sofa. This Camelback has a modern and unique sofa design. It still boasts the Camelback back seat cushion, but it has a more tapered and less ornate leg and frame. The arms are more streamlined, giving you a touch of a class with modern appeal.

Alternatives to a Camelback Sofa

While there is not an exact alternative to the Camelback Sofa, there are some similar options you could consider.

English Sofa

This is also known as a classic club sofa. It has deep cushions, and a rolled back. This sofa is ideal for sinking into at the end of the day. It has arms that are gently rounded and turned legs giving it a similar look to the more traditional Camelback sofa.

Chesterfield Sofa

This is a brown leather tufted chesterfield sofa.

The Chesterfield Sofa has been one of the most popular types of traditional sofas that you can find. It is considered by some to be old fashioned, while others see it as traditional. The traditional version of this sofa is upholstered in brown leather. It has a deep button, or tufted, back that is typically low. The arms are high and are scrolled or rolled. This leather sofa seat is deep, and the feet are exposed for all to see.

Knole Sofa

The Knole is a classic style sofa that you will often find in country homes in England. This design dates back to the middle of the 17th century. It has a high straight back that sets it apart from most other sofas. The traditional style Knole sofa has arms that are angled and adjustable. They can be upright to keep out drafts or open for a relaxed look. The more modern versions of this sofa have softer lines, fixed arms, and a lower back.

Midcentury Sofa

This is a Mid-century tufted sofa that has small throw pillows.

The mid century sofa can also be considered a settee. It has a straight and linear back with square arms and legs. It typically comes with deep cushions making for a comfortable and relaxing place to lounge. It has a classic styling with a mid century modern sofa look that is sure to last through the ages.

Pros and Cons


  • The Camelback Sofa is perfect for a living room.
  • It is spacious and comfortable.
  • Classic style.


  • They tend to be ornate, which may not suit your style.
  • It will not suit a minimalistic style and decor.

Where Can I Place a Camelback Sofa?

This is the US Pride Furniture Bellbrook 79.5 in Green Velvet 3-Seater Camelback Sofa with Nailheads from Home Depot.

Source: Home Depot

You can place a Camelback Sofa anywhere you want in the room, but there are some tips you should consider. A Camelback Sofa is larger in size, so you want to make sure that you have enough space for it. No matter where you put this sofa, it will become the focal point of your room. You do want to keep in mind the decor of the room and the color of the walls. A more neutral-toned room is ideal for the Camelback Sofa.

History of the Camelback Sofa

Thomas Chippendale, who was a famous interior designer and furniture maker in England, was credited with the creation of the Camelback Sofa in the 18th century. Chippendale was an influential furniture designer, and his style still influences us today.

Where Can I Buy a Camelback Sofa?

You can buy the traditional sofa style Camelback Sofa anywhere you can find furniture. You can find this style at brick-and-mortar furniture stores or stores that only sell online, like Amazon and Wayfair. You can expect to find a wide range in the price for this type of sofa. On the lower end, you can expect to pay around $600 for a Camelback Sofa, but on the higher end, you could pay as much as $5,000 or more. You can find a quality sofa that is comfortable and durable within your price range, no matter what that is.