Sofa Backrests: Tufted Back vs Pillow Back vs Tight Back

Sofa Backrests Tufted Back Pillow Back Tight Back

Sofa backrests come in a wide variety of styles including tufted back, pillow back, and tight back.

At La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Décor, we understand all of these options can make choosing a sofa backrest confusing.

In this article and video, we’ll go over everything you need to know about the different styles of sofa backrests.

What Is A Tufted Back Sofa?

Tufted back sofas feature upholstery that’s fastened to the frame with evenly spaced buttons.

La-Z-Boy Alexandria Sofa
La-Z-Boy Alexandria Sofa

This creates a pattern of indentations for a unique tailored look with a distinct design element.

Tufting will also keep your sofa cushions in place so you don’t have to constantly fluff them.

Sofas with tufted backs look good in traditional, contemporary, and modern homes.

What Is A Pillow Back Sofa?

A pillow back sofa is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a sofa with individual pillows that support your back instead of cushions.

La-Z-Boy Collins Sofa Pillow Back
La-Z-Boy Collins Sofa

The pillows on these types of sofas will come in one of three ways:

  • Fully Attached
  • Semi-Attached
  • Unattached

Pillow back sofas have a classic and comfortable look that’s a good fit in most homes.

What Is A Tight Back Sofa?

The cushions on tight back sofas are fully integrated into the backrest.

La-Z-Boy Bennett Reclining Sofa
La-Z-Boy Bennett Reclining Sofa

Tight backs do not have to be fluffed and they typically feel firmer than pillow backs.

The clean and tailored lines of tight back sofas make them a great fit in formal or modern homes.

Check Out These Additional Resources

Understanding the different types of sofa backrests will help you narrow down the search.

At La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Décor, our interior design experts are available to answer all of your questions.

Plus, our free design service can help you bring all of your dreams to life.

Here are some additional online resources you should check out:

We’d be happy to help you find the perfect sofa at any of our locations in NC, SC, and GA.

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