As the largest seating element, sofas dominate a living space, and because they cluster several people together, they inevitably become the focal point of a conversation area. Sofas are usually the largest furniture expenditure in a living room or a family room, so an informed selection is important for style and budget. There are several different shapes of sofas. One that popular is the Tuxedo sofas. The tuxedo sofas are thought to have first been invented in the 1920s, and derives its name from the same place as does the tuxedo, from the classy town of Tuxedo Park in New York. Along with other pieces of furniture, the tuxedo sofa is often thought of as one of the pieces that heralded the modern era in furniture. Still, many who own such a sofa or couch wouldn’t know to call it a tuxedo sofa, even though the style remains a popular one.
The basic requirements of any tuxedo sofas are that the arms of the sofa are the same height as its back. This usually means that back pillows, and sometimes side pillows rise above the height of both back and arms. Pillows may be attached or loose depending upon the individual sofa; more often they are loose. Early versions of the tuxedo sofa often had arms that curved outward, and you may find this in modern variants. Probably the most modern look, though, is a very straight, streamlined arm that is upholstered and may feature a slight amount of padding.