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Anyone who lives in a small space knows the struggle: You need a couch, but you don’t have a lot of room to devote to furniture. Apartment dwellers can feel overwhelmed by the choices, especially when trying to calculate square footage and figure out how to get a couch through a tiny entryway. But while buying a couch may feel daunting, it’s still a great choice for small spaces because many of the pieces available online come pre-assembled, ready to squeeze into whatever room you have.
From sectionals (yes, you read that right) to convertibles, here are the best sofas for small spaces.
Best Mid-Century: Langley Street Isaac 57" Square Arm Loveseat
Dimensions: 58 x 31 x 29 inches | Material: Linen, Wood | Capacity: 450 pounds | Finish: Various
Comes in various colors
Not suitable for taller people
If you're coveting that "Mad Men" look, the Langley Street Isaac Sofa is sure to please. This modern sofa has bold, crisp lines, and though it has a narrow footprint, it packs a big punch. Overall, the Isaac is 58 x 31 x 29 inches and is guaranteed to look terrific in any room. It has a solid wood frame with firm (but comfy) foam cushions. It comes in blue, gray or beige linen fabric, and features a tufted seat and back to give it a high-end feel. Finally, the medium wooden tapered legs really pull the mid-century modern look together.
Wayfair reviewers rave about the look and design of the Isaac sofa, with one owner saying it should "cost three times the price." Though you'll have to assemble it upon delivery, owners say it's simple and easy, especially if you have an extra hand. Plus, the price is a steal!
"The loveseat sits pretty low to the floor...We found that people under 6 feet weren’t bothered by the slight height, but it wasn’t ideal for anyone over that." — Rebekah Joan, Product Tester
Best Budget: Zinus Jackie Classic Upholstered 71 Inch Sofa
Dimensions: 70.87 x 31.1 x 34.65 inches | Material: Wood, Foam, Fiber Cushions | Capacity: 750 pounds | Finish: Soft Grey
Easy to clean
Seat cushions aren't detachable
Paying an arm and a leg for a sofa isn't always realistic but you still want (and deserve!) something that is comfortable and pleasing to the eye. The Zinus Classic Upholstered sofa measures 71 inches in width so it's smaller than regularly sized sofas. What makes this pick is cool is that it can be assembled in less that 20 minutes and requires no tools, so even the least handy of people can put this together without any tears. Plus, it is shipped in one reasonably sized box and did we mention it is Prime eligible for shipping?
The sofa is made of a very durable and easy to clean fabric so you won't fret when spills happen. It has a wood frame which is wrapped in supportive foam cushioning to give you both a solid and comfortable couch to rest on.
"The Zinus Jackie sofa is quite comfortable and easy to sit on. The back cushions are the right balance of soft and firm and the seat cushion is firm but still squarely in the comfort zone." — Sarah Vanbuskirk, Product Tester
Best Stylish: Ikea FÄRLÖV Loveseat
Dimensions: 70 x 41 x 24 inches | Material: Wood, Particleboard, Plywood, Fiberboard, Foam, Polyester, Beech, Cotton, Linen | Finish: Various
Comes in various colors
Room for storage underneath
Hunting for a small-space couch that's big on style? IKEA's FÄRLÖV loveseat measures just 70 x 41 x 24 inches, so it's perfect for your cozy living space or den. Velvet couches are totally in right now, and the FÄRLÖV velvet cover is both luxurious and plush. It's available in either a yellow or deep gray velvet, or a beige or white cotton blend. Additionally, it offers a little under 6 inches of space beneath the couch, which any small space dweller will appreciate when hunting for extra hidden storage. We also love the low, rounded armrests and high back that allows for hours after hours of lounging comfort.
Besides a loveseat, you can also get this as a sofa, sectional, armchair or ottoman so if space allows you can add more pieces.
One reviewer notes that the couch is very deep, with plenty of room for custom throw pillows. Like most IKEA couches, the piece is firm but comfortable, providing a solid, crisp place to crash for that next Netflix binge.
Best Sectional: Ikea VALLENTUNA 3-Seat Sectional
Dimensions: 76 x 76 x 33 inches | Material: Solid Wood, Plywood, Particleboard, Cotton, Polyester, Rayon, Linen | Finish: White and Grey
Easy to clean
Assembly can be difficult
If you thought a sectional could never work in a small space, think again. The VALLENTUNA sectional is everything we love about sectionals in a small package. This Ikea piece is incredibly customizable, allowing you to design your own couch to fit your specific needs. The best part? You can even add more pieces to it when you move to a bigger space. The two-piece sectional is 76 x 76 x 33 inches, perfect for a small, cozy corner of your living room. The frame is made from solid wood, plywood, and particleboard, and the cushions are a mix of cotton, polyester, rayon, and linen. Ikea furniture is created with active families in mine and is very easy to spot-clean or toss the cushion cover in a washing machine.
As with all Ikea furniture, the VALLENTUNA includes a 10-year limited warranty. It comes unassembled, but if the idea of putting Ikea furniture together feels daunting, many companies will do it for you for a fee.
Best Customizable: West Elm Drake Sofa
Dimensions: Varies (76, 86, or 91 W inches) | Material: Various Fabrics, Oak, Hardwood, Solid Wood | Finish: Various
Comes in various colors
The Drake Sofa from West Elm is a high-end piece that looks stunning in any small space. It measures 76 inches long, which is perfect for a cozy living space or even a den. Its solid wood tapered legs give it a mid-century modern feel, and the tufting looks classic and chic. The biggest draw of the Drake Sofa is that you can customize it to your taste. You can choose from a variety of colors and fabrics, including polyester weave, velvet, and microfiber to create a one-of-a-kind couch that works for you. Do note that some colors and fabrics are custom orders and thus non-refundable, but you won’t want to part with this gorgeous sofa anyway.
Though the delivery cost is a bit high, you’ll get the Drake Sofa delivered right to your door, no assembly needed. If you’re looking for an attractive modern sofa you can match specifically to your home, the Drake is a wonderful choice.
"The sofa’s 6.5-inch legs not only add to its mid-century modern look, but they also provide extra elevation. We appreciate that from a cleaning standpoint as we’re able to see toys, find missing puzzle pieces, and easily vacuum up crumbs." — Katie Begley, Product Tester
What to Look for in a Sofa for a Small Space
Even sofas designed for smaller spaces are still likely to be a big focal point in a room. Consider the style of your other furnishings as well as the color and type of fabric. You may love the mid-century modern look, but if all your other furnishings are more modern farmhouse-style, your space may look confused.
Consider how your sofa will be used. If it’s being placed in a room that’s less busy, choosing it based on its style alone may be fine. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a sofa you’ll use constantly, comfort must be a key factor in your selection. Consider the amount of cushioning as well as the feel of the fabric, and make sure the size suits your body well.
Do you want a couch that’s just a couch or do you want one that also folds out into a bed? Would you rather have a sectional or are you looking for an option that also has storage space? Make a wish list so you can find a model that’s comfortable, looks great, and meets your needs.
How do you place a small sofa in a small room?
For starters, it's a good idea to measure the space your sofa will be going in before buying anything. This will ensure you have enough room to maneuver the sofa into place without any issues.
Once you've measured, choose a sofa with dimensions you think will work well within that area. Keep in mind that you'll want to leave room for foot traffic and other furniture so you don't want to get anything too close to the dimensions of the room. If you're trying to fit a sofa into a small space, it's best to place it into the room first. You can then work around it and place smaller items where they'll fit.
What size sofa should you get for a small room?
This will depend on the size of your space and if you'd like a couch with features such as a fold-out ability. Measuring your space ahead of time will help you determine the right size for you. Most of the sofas on this list measure around 58 to 80 inches in width—a good average for your reference. Keep in mind, if you'd like a pull-out couch, it will take up far more space than a love seat or sectional.
What types of sofas are best for small rooms?
The best sofas for small rooms are usually love seats and sectionals. These take up far less space than traditional couches and there are many options that don't skimp on comfort. When buying a new couch, you may even want to look for a retailer that offers white-glove delivery—they'll deliver your couch and place it in the desired location in your home so you won't have to worry about moving it yourself.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was written by Ashley Knierim, a freelance writer with over ten years of experience. A Brooklyn native, she's well-versed in small space decorating and has spent years trying to find the perfect couch. To make this list, she considered the style, comfort, and additional features of each pick, as well as insight from product testers.