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How to Draw a Sofa

Whether you want to design a living room arrangement for your furniture, sketch your ideal sofa, or draw a room scene, putting together a few basic shapes brings your ideas to life.


  • Step 1: Draw a horizontal rectangle Draw a horizontal rectangle to represent the sofa base.
  • Step 2: Add a second horizontal rectangle Add a second horizontal rectangle of the same size above the first, but slant the short lines slightly inward. Top it with a third rectangle, with the short lines slanted slightly outward for back cushions.
  • TIP: Use a ruler to draw straight lines.
  • Step 3: Draw tall, thin rectangles Draw tall, thin rectangles adjacent to each side of the sofa base to represent its arms.
  • Step 4: Connect Connect the arms' top outer points to the large upper rectangle with straight lines, repeating the inward angle of the middle rectangle to show perspective.
  • Step 5: Indicate cushions Indicate cushions by drawing straight vertical lines to divide the sofa back and seat into two or three sections. Then draw a horizontal line slightly below the seat cushions and stretch it across the length of the original rectangle.
  • Step 6: Soften and define the shape Soften and define the shape of the sofa's back, adding small half-circles on top of the tall rectangles to detail the arms.
  • Step 7: Add details Add details such as cushion buttons, legs, pillows or fabric patterns.
  • TIP: Add period details to the basic shapes to draw historic pieces.
  • Step 8: Erase and shade Erase unwanted lines. Then shade the sofa's shadowed areas to create a comfortable and cozy looking spot to stretch out and let the cares of the world slip away.
  • FACT: The modern studio furniture craft movement emerged in the 1940s.

You Will Need

  • Graphite pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser
  • Ruler (optional)

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