French Country Sofa

French country style is defined more by a feel than specific design features. Airy and welcoming, rustic and comfortable without being ostentatious, rooms created with this sensibility simply “feel” right, with careful attention to 18th century detail less important than the home’s atmosphere, form and function. Even thrift shop or “shabby-chic” pieces can look right at home in a French country living room.

That being said, there are certainly defining characteristics of French country sofas. Solid, lighter-colored wood frames are common; the wood is more likely to have a natural or distressed finish rather than a glossy one. Of course, natural wood is the most desirable and authentic choice – as well as the most expensive. Many reproductions, though, are manufactured using MDF or similar materials and are a budget-friendly option.

Whitewashed wood was popular during the period and remains a staple of French country furniture, including couches. You may also find some rustic sofas designed in the country style for sale today will feature a darker wood. These sofas make up for their lack of authenticity by providing a beautiful counterpoint to the muted light tones traditionally used in French rustic décor.

A French country sofa will commonly feature scallops or soft curves on the arms and the back of the couch, which may crafted in a highback or wingback shape. Legs are usually cabriole-style, curved outward at the feet and inward where they attach to the frame. Sedate and detailed carvings are a regular feature on the legs and frame base, often in flower patterns.

Full upholstery for furnishings had just become popular in the 1700s so French country sofas will be completely upholstered. In keeping with the light and sophisticated approach of the style, expect to see luxurious fabrics like linen (or more recent cotton/linen blends) used for cushions and side/back upholstery. They are likely to be display rustic motifs like toile, with scenes featuring farm animals, birds, flowers or discrete geometric patterns, in muted colors or shades of white, cream or beige.

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Cantata 91'' Upholstered Sofa
Cantata 91'' Upholstered Sofa

This sofa anchors a French country aesthetic in your living room or den. It’s upholstered in polyester blend fabric with a woven look and warm linen hue. It features recessed and pleated round arms that pair with turned feet made from engineered wood for a rustic touch. The feet are finished in a distressed, light gray hue for a refined look. This sofa is made in the USA! Hand-curated by Kelly Clarkson.

Ealy 43.88'' Upholstered Settee
Ealy 43.88'' Upholstered Settee

This armless loveseat adds a finishing touch to your eat-in kitchen or reading nook with its cozy upholstery and petite size. It's crafted with a sinuous spring seat construction, and its back and seat are filled with high-density foam for extra coziness. This settee features accents we love, like diamond tufting on its back and nailhead trim around the seat's edge. Its solid and engineered wood frame sits on four solid birch legs in a purposefully distressed finish.

Strauser 52.25'' Upholstered Loveseat
Strauser 52.25'' Upholstered Loveseat

This loveseat brings an abundance of French country charm and antiqued style to your space. With its solid and engineered wood frame and arched back, it rests on solid wood cabriole legs with a natural finish. The seat is upholstered in 100% polyester with a solid color over a foam filling for just the right amount of padding. Carved floral accents and fluted woodwork complete this look. We love how the fabric and the white-washed wood are distressed for a farmhouse finish. This loveseat is just right for smaller living rooms.

Ianthe 47.25'' Upholstered Settee
Ianthe 47.25'' Upholstered Settee
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Settee with a distressed, antiqued finish and authentic white streaking distinguishes the traditional French design within the discount-furniture arena. Foam-cushioned beige cotton upholstery offers visual versatility, while a combined contoured and straight-edged Mindi wood frame speaks elegance and offers superior stability.

Passabe 53.1'' Upholstered Loveseat
Passabe 53.1'' Upholstered Loveseat

This loveseat combines an old-world feel with contemporary comfort. Made with a solid wood frame, this piece is upholstered in polyester-blend fabric over foam filling and sinuous springs. High square arms show off subtle carved details and clean lines, while the back is made complete with two toss pillows for added cushioning. We love the antiqued look of the turned legs and carved floral details paired with the beige fabric. Best of all, the seat cushion is removable for easy cleaning. At 53.1'' wide, this piece works well in small spaces.

Cutlip 64.75'' Upholstered Loveseat
Cutlip 64.75'' Upholstered Loveseat
$529.99

The Button-Tufted Loveseat features a tight, button-tufted back for eye-catching appeal, completed by two seat cushions and rolled arms with individually placed metallic nailhead trim. Inside its two seat cushions, individually pocketed coils and foam provide just the spot for you to kick back and relax. And, this loveseat is upholstered in a neutral linen-blend fabric that pairs perfectly with its solid wood-turned feet.

Cadmus 54.53'' Upholstered Loveseat
Cadmus 54.53'' Upholstered Loveseat

This Cadmus 54.53" linen flared arm loveseat from RC Willey is the perfect addition to your living room. Featuring a brown finish, tapered legs, and cushioned seating, it provides a stylish seat for both comfort and style. The sinuous spring, polyester filled seat cushions, and foam filled back cushions offer extra support. The flared arms and button-tufted back bring tailored touches to this streamlined design. This loveseat blends in with your surrounding decor effortlessly. Removable cushions make cleaning easy: simply wipe it clean with a damp cloth.

Duffield 65'' Upholstered Settee
Duffield 65'' Upholstered Settee

This arching settee with carved legs elevates your space with a traditional design. It's upholstered in smooth microsuede and features fabric that is tear-resistant for everyday use. The foam and synthetic fiber-filled cushions support you, while the seat cushions are removable and reversible so that it's easy to vacuum and keep fresh. This loveseat is just right for space-conscious living rooms. Best of all, it arrives ready to use at your door so no assembly is required.

85.5'' Upholstered Sofa
85.5'' Upholstered Sofa

The Chesterfield-inspired three-seater sofa is a classic piece that can change the whole flow of your living room. With plush upholstery and nailhead accents, this streamlined sofa features a deep button tufting and scrolled tuxedo arms. The sofa's clean lines are accentuated by its beautifully turned legs and rustic birch wood details.

Cali 49.5'' Upholstered Loveseat
Cali 49.5'' Upholstered Loveseat

This French country-style loveseat is built with a solid birch wood frame and features a cabriole-inspired silhouette thanks to its exposed frame with carved detail. The whitewash finish and straight, turned legs give this sofa a hint of heirloom charm. The seat and back cushions are wrapped in polyester and filled with foam to provide just the right amount of support as you sit. Button tufting decorates the tight back cushion, and a nailhead trim frames the couch for a touch of vintage appeal. Hand-curated by Kelly Clarkson.

Rohrbach 65.3'' Upholstered Loveseat
Rohrbach 65.3'' Upholstered Loveseat

This loveseat showcases a classic silhouette and neutral palette. Crafted in the USA from engineered wood and wrapped in linen-blend upholstery in an off-white hue, it stands on bun-style feet with a brown finish. The cushions are covered with foam and supported by sinuous springs to help resist sagging over time. The rolled arms and pillow back complement its country-inspired, modern farmhouse feel. The seat cushions are removable for easy cleaning, and this sofa arrives fully assembled with two included toss pillows for immediate use.

Jahid 56.25'' Upholstered Loveseat
Jahid 56.25'' Upholstered Loveseat

Our loveseat bench is the ideal addition to any interior space with its traditional design and elegant elements such as beautifully turned spindles and gracefully flared armrests. Featuring stunning button-tufted diamond stitching, this loveseat stands as a streamlined statement piece that can change the whole flow of your living room, creating an open, clean space. Finished with gorgeous nailhead trim and turned legs, our loveseat provides a sophisticated touch to any room.

Aida 85'' Upholstered Sofa
Aida 85'' Upholstered Sofa
$689.99

This sofa showcases a low back, rolled arms, and deep button tufting for that classic chesterfield look. It has a solid and engineered wood frame and features solid wood legs with two turned, front-facing ones for a traditional aesthetic. Two removable seat cushions are filled with foam, polyester, and pocket springs for support as you recline for an afternoon nap or pore through a few magazines. Two toss pillows are also included. Hand-curated by Kelly Clarkson.

Cutlip 88.35'' Upholstered Sofa
Cutlip 88.35'' Upholstered Sofa
$739.99

Composed of a tight, button-tufted back, rolled arms and two seat cushions, this sofa is an attractive addition to traditional living rooms. Inside its two seat cushions are individually foam-filled seats that provide just the spot for you to kick back and relax. And it's upholstered in a neutral linen-blend fabric that pairs perfectly with its solid wood turned feet.

Nathaly 72.8'' Upholstered Sofa
Nathaly 72.8'' Upholstered Sofa

The Nathaly Sofa is an elegant, classic-inspired piece crafted from solid oak wood. The sofa showcases a charming white-washed finish for an aged appearance. Beige linen fabric upholstery gives the piece understated elegance. Inspired by traditional French furniture, the Nathaly features button tufting on the sofa seat and back, as well as tapered legs. The wooden frame is crafted with a striking cut-out design on the back, making it ideal for placement in the center of a room.

Haley 90.1'' Upholstered Sofa
Haley 90.1'' Upholstered Sofa

This sofa delivers a classic look that's been updated for today's casual style. Crafted with a solid and engineered wood frame, it features a silhouette with nods to the classic Chesterfield design—a look that's been updated with foam filling and mildew-, fade-, and scratch-resistant viscose upholstery. The high density foam cushions and thick seat cushions provide comfortable seating. Plus, with details like nailhead trim, turned feet, and button tufting, this sofa features a few elegant elements for a French country feel. Three toss pillows with text designs add stylish flair to your living room decor. This piece requires 40'' of doorway clearance when reclining. Hand-curated by Kelly Clarkson

Buie 88'' Upholstered Sofa
Buie 88'' Upholstered Sofa
$1649.99

Regal, refined, and dramatic, this luxurious chenille sofa blends bold patterns and colors into a stunning statement piece. Patterned pillows and wood carvings add drama to a traditional living space.

Bremen 78'' Vegan Leather Sofa
Bremen 78'' Vegan Leather Sofa

This sofa, featuring luxurious comfort and functional design, is fully upholstered from back to seat in black and beige two-color. The button-tufted back with nailhead trim and diamond-stitched seat bring a luxurious look to this piece. Sloped armrests provide the perfect angle and position for your arms. Enjoy spending time with your family on this lovely and cozy sofa.

Tasker 86'' Upholstered Sofa
Tasker 86'' Upholstered Sofa

This button-tufted sofa features a fabric back design for a traditional home. Accent pillows are included. Thanks to the sturdy frame, this sofa is strong and durable. This classic country-style piece adds charm to your living room and is a delightful addition to any home.

Rudnick 76'' Upholstered Sofa
Rudnick 76'' Upholstered Sofa

This elegant sofa features a French cabriole silhouette, carved details and a natural finish. It perches on graceful cabriole legs and showcases its antique-inspired profile. The nailhead trim accents give this piece a modern touch. It is beautifully upholstered in natural cream linen to complement your home and magnify your personal style.

Ryman 43.5'' Upholstered Settee
Ryman 43.5'' Upholstered Settee
$1184

This loveseat can comfortably seat you and a friend in the living room, or host children putting on boots in the entryway. Crafted of solid oak wood, it has a driftwood hue for rustic appeal. Vintage-inspired cane back upholstery pairs with neutral linen-blend seat upholstery for the perfect French country look. Four fluted legs, two arms, and a carved frame finish off this loveseat in style. Hand-curated by Kelly Clarkson.

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Materials:

French country sofas can often be distinguished for their natural blending of hard-wearing materials, such as a sofa frame crafted out of solid or engineered wood, that is made to look soft and inviting with intricate carvings and ornate details. Some French country sofa frames may be made with additional metal supports. The feet of these sofas are most often made out of wood. Nathan Turner suggests finding a French country sofa with a poly or linen blend upholstery as they are both durable fabrics that are breathable and moisture-repellant. You will also find some French country sofas upholstered in cotton, microfibers, and microsuedes as well. For comfort, they are often stuffed with high-density foam, a feather blend, or a combination of sinuous and coil springs.

Design:

A French country sofa is often rectangular in shape and made with fabrics that are woven to help give it a softer appearance. The arms are usually recessed, pleated, or flared with some being armless to give a more sophisticated effect. Oliver M. Furth suggests opting for a French country sofa if you have a smaller living space as they're often made to accommodate two to three people at the most. You'll find a lot of turned and cabriole-style wood feet on French country sofas as well as carved medallions and curved lines. You'll also find that a lot of French country sofas are made in soft colors such as creams, light greys, and beiges. For added touches, there might also be button-tufting, nailhead trim, and aged or white-washed woods.

Style:

Fill in a gap in your living room or library with a French country sofa that's upholstered in a grey polyester with a rounded back, diamond button-tufting, and nailhead trim along the bottom near the turned wood legs. For a piece that will fit nicely in any modern home with its rustic charm, Robert Stilin suggests a high-back distressed wood frame with square arms and creamy polyblend upholstery that will match up nicely with neutral paint colors. If you're looking to give a more regal look, a beige French country sofa with an arched back, carved legs, and three toss cushions that showcase a contemporary Fleur-de-lis pattern will make an impact in any living room space. And for something eye-catching, a soft eggshell blue chenille French country sofa with dramatic floral carvings on the wood frame will set your living space apart.

Additional features:

It can make cleaning your sofa an easy task when you find a French country sofa that comes with removable or reversible couch cushions. For a complete look, Suzanne Kasler suggests choosing a French country sofa that comes as a part of a set, so your living room space looks and feels cohesive and finished. A contemporary amenity that you might also find comfortable and alluring is a French country sofa that comes with a matching ottoman. Toss pillows also work to bring additional comfort as well as make your seating area appear more inviting to guests. French country sofas can also be made in a durable and long-lasting fashion with stain, water, and tear-resistant fabrics.

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