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Sofa shopping for small spaces can have you feeling like Goldilocks: You need something you can squeeze into a room, but you don’t want to sacrifice comfort (and leg room!) in the process.
Luckily, there are many options out there for apartment-dwellers and small home-buyers, even reversible sectionals and modular pieces that can shift according to your evolving needs (e.g. hosting overnight guests). For this roundup of the best small sofas, we considered flexibility and utility in addition to comfort, durability, and style. That’s right—small sofas can still make a big statement.
In fact, if your small sofa takes up a lot of real estate, interior designer Tori Jones of Tori Jones Studio recommends making it extra special: “Go for a beautiful, richly colored upholstery fabric, layer it with a patterned throw, and load it up with a mix of pillows,” she says. Even if you’re not working within a confined space, there are other reasons you might consider integrating a small sofa into your interior design. For example, when feasible, Jones likes to arrange multiple seating areas within a single room.
“If you have the space, a small sofa or an antique settee can anchor a wall or corner of a room and provide a more intimate area for gathering," Jones says. "Something like this adds interest to the formulaic ‘large sofa plus two armchairs floating in the middle of a room’ scenario."
Whatever your reason for selecting a small sofa, we’re here to make things a little easier. Read on for our top options.
Best Overall: Burrow Arch Nomad Sofa
Size: 85 x 35 x 33 inches | Materials: Birch, steel, foam, olefin fiber weave upholstery | Weight Capacity: Not listed
Latch assembly (no hardware necessary)
Integrated charging system
Many color, fabric, arm, and leg options
If you prioritize flexibility, choice, and convenience, the Burrow Nomad Sofa is for you. Like all modular sofas, this piece can be re-arranged at your discretion or whim—and, even better, it can be done so easily. The Nomad sofa comes equipped with easy latch assembly, so, no tools, no problem. With the latching mechanism, you can easily transform a three-seat couch into a loveseat and back. You can also purchase additional add-ons like a chaise or an ottoman, which allow you to create a sectional-style setup.
Burrow offers many colors and fabrics to choose from, as well as different style options for arms and legs. We also appreciate the scratch and stain-resistant fabric as well as the reversible cushions; though this model is pricier than others, you’re sure to get extended life out of it.
The feature our reviewer most loved about the Nomad, however, is the built-in phone charger, which ensures your phone is always good-to-go, even on your laziest days.
"As a military family member, I am always considering how versatile a piece of furniture will be in another home. I never know if we will have a large family room or just a small space, so I tend to avoid bulky or oddly shaped furniture. I assembled the Nomad using all three seats, but I could easily shorten it to a loveseat configuration if needed."—Katie Begley, Product Tester
Best Budget: Corrigan Studio Ellaria Sofa
Size: 74 x 31.5 x 34 inches | Materials: Solid + manufactured wood, plastic, velvet upholstery | Weight Capacity: 600 lbs.
Limited color choices
If you want to cover all the bases without breaking the bank, the Ellaria sofa from Corrigan Studio is a great bet. It’s comfortable and affordable, and it doesn’t scrimp on style. Unlike other budget options that provide the same amount of comfort as a covered bench, this sofa comprises thick foam cushions and soft velvet upholstery. At 74 inches wide, it’s a good fit for most small spaces but still conducive to serious lounging, napping, and Netflix binging. There are two color choices available: a neutral gray that will suit most environments and an emerald green, if you’re looking for a statement piece that pops.
Best Sectional: Mercury Row Morpheus Reversible Sectional
Size: 36 x 82.5' x 59.5 inches | Materials: Solid wood, microfiber/microsuede upholstery | Weight Capacity: 600 lbs.
11 microfiber or microsuede fabric color options
Versatile arrangement options
If you’re short on space but longing to kick your feet up, consider a small sectional. (Though “small sectional” may be an oxymoron, they do exist.) We especially like the Morpheus Reversible Sectional from Mercury Row. The floating ottoman allows you to complete the L-shaped sofa at either end, giving you more flexibility with design and greater guest accommodation. It has a nice, simple shape and sophisticated linen-like upholstery—not to mention 11 color options—so it coheres with most décor styles. But most importantly, it’s absurdly comfortable: The plush yet firm cushions lend just the right amount of support, and the wide, flat armrests can function as a makeshift side-table for, say, a laptop or a snack bowl.
"I was a little worried about ordering this Mercury Row sectional in a yellow hue as I was concerned about possible stains showing up more on such a bright, light, fun color. However, I’ve found, despite lots of sticky, snack-wielding kids crawling all over it and a puppy who has taken up residence on the sofa’s ottoman end, this sectional still looks brand new."—Sarah Vanbuskirk, Product Tester
Best Sleeper: Andover Mills Murillo Square Arm Sofa Bed
Size: 81 x 35 x 36 inches | Materials: Plastic, memory foam, polyester blend upholstery | Weight Capacity: 800 lbs.
Easy pull-out bed
Mattress may be short for people over 6 feet tall
One single color option
The standard sleeper sofa is bulky and unattractive; what it lacks in looks it makes up for in utility. However, there still are some attractive models on the market, and the Murillo Square Arm Sofa Bed makes the list. Our product reviewer notes that the unit is durable, the mattress comfortable, and the bed relatively easy to pull out. The 81 inch-wide sofa and queen-sized innerspring mattress comfortably sleep two. Users over 6 feet tall may find the mattress a little short, but that’s probably true of all sleeper sofas engineered to fit small spaces.
"Pulling out the sleeper sofa was easy enough, but did require some muscle. It uses the same hinge system that most sleeper sofas use and folds into the couch, under the removable seat cushions, when not in use. Queen sheets fit on the mattress and are easy to put on, even in a small space. The mattress is lightweight, so it’s easy to lift and secure your fitted sheet."—Katie Begley, Product Tester
Best Value: West Elm Oliver Sofa
Comes with white glove assembly
Sleek, simple lines
Size: 72 x 32 x 30 inches | Materials: Solid pine, engineered wood, rubberwood, poly-blend upholstery | Weight Capacity: 500 lbs
If you’re after an affordable sofa with a small footprint, big comfort, and simple, yet refined style, you can’t go wrong with the Oliver Sofa from West Elm. The sofa exemplifies the best hallmarks of modern design—simple lines and tapered splayed legs—yet exhibits a timeless appeal unlikely to become dated anytime soon. It comes in two upholstery options: modern chenille in dark olive or twill in dove.
The sofa is on the firm side, but still plenty cozy. The cushions, made of fiber-wrapped foam cores and high-gauge sinuous springs, offer a good balance of support and give. One downside is that the cushions aren’t reversible; however, the twill upholstery is rated for high-traffic use, and shouldn’t soon show any wear.
Best Leather: AllModern Jenkin 79'' Chesterfield Sofa
Size: 79 x 32.25 x 31 inches | Materials: Solid wood, faux leather upholstery | Weight Capacity: 750 lbs
Can appear orange in certain light
Original Chesterfield sofas came upholstered in dark leather fitting for gentlemen to sit without wrinkling their suits; thankfully, designers no longer exclusively cater to the needs of such stately clients. Contemporary iterations of this classic sofa now come in many bold and bright colors, like the Jenkin Chesterfield, upholstered in bright honey leather. However, if your goal is to evoke the smoky, stately rooms of the sofa’s earliest environs, the couch also comes upholstered in a darker vintage gray.
We also love how the tuxedo arms have also been updated for a more contemporary aesthetic: though they maintain the classic button tufting and high arms, (which are level with the back of the couch), they’ve been squared off to achieve crisper lines than the rounded arms of the original.
Admittedly, this couch may not provide enough comfort to be an everyday go-to (i.e. the nap or Netflix couch), but it is a stellar pick for social occasions and guest seating. At 79 inches wide, you’ll be able to comfortably seat three.
Best Velvet: Article Sven Velvet Sofa
Size: 72 x 38 x 34 inches | Materials: Solid wood, foam, polyester blend upholstery | Weight Capacity: Not listed
Sturdy, corner-blocked frame
Loose bolsters and cushions for easy cleaning
Just because you’re hunting for a small sofa doesn’t mean you can’t choose one that makes a big statement. Nothing screams “luxury” quite like a velvet sofa, especially a velvet sofa in a shade of vibrant green, deep blue, or an arresting yarrow gold. The Sven velvet sofa is 72 inches wide, so it’s at the longer end of small sofas—perfect if your primary concern isn’t squeezing into a small space.
This sofa is a splurge. However, its durability also makes it a great investment. With a sturdy, corner-blocked wooden frame made of kiln-dried solid wood and heavy-duty upholstery, it’ll offer comfort for years to come. Plus, the velvet is rated 40,000 rubs, meaning that it could even withstand the heavy use of a commercial environment, so bring on the children and pets!
Best Modern: Carson Carrington Klaipeda Mid-century Modern Sofa
Size: 65.5 x 30 x 33.5 inches | Materials: Solid wood, polyester upholstery | Weight Capacity: 600 lbs
Sleek mid-century aesthetic
Easy to clean
Might be too firm for some users
The Klaipeda sofa from Carson Carrington evokes the seductive interiors of the 1960s, yet its clean lines offer timeless appeal. What’s more, the tufted back and tapered wooden legs create a high-end feel. The Klaipeda is 65 inches wide—considerably cozy, but not too small for two. Durable and easy to clean, this couch packs style and substance. It comes in five color options, so you’re sure to find one that suits your space.
The Burrow Nomad tops our list of small sofas because it’s comfortable and highly customizable, allowing you to select a sofa that caters to your individual tastes and evolves with your changing needs. If you're specifically looking for a sectional, the Mercury Row Morpheus Reversible Sectional is worth checking out. It has a sleek, modern design and comes in a variety of colors—all at a great price.
What to Look for in a Sofa for a Small Space
While the width of a standard sofa ranges from 84 to 88 inches, a standard loveseat measures about 52 inches wide. In between these poles are small sofas, ranging from 68 to 80 inches wide. Either of these options can work well in a small space, according to Jones. “If the room is tiny and the sofa takes up most of the real estate, go for comfort,” she says. “Don’t do anything spindly or leggy. A classic Bridgewater sofa—inviting, fully upholstered—is what I’d suggest.” Alternatively, she recommends choosing a shallow sectional or banquette wrapping a corner (or corners) of a room to maximize seating. “With this,” she notes, “you can add an occasional table and a single accent chair and call it a day.”
You want to choose something that’s comfortable and durable, and you also want to consider how much use your piece will get and how much maintenance you’re willing to put into your investment. If kids and pets aren’t clambering onto your couch, you may be able to get away with a linen option. With pets or children in the fam, you’re going to want a more stain-resistant option like microfiber. Its tight weave makes liquids bead up on the surface, giving you more time to tackle a spill before it sinks in.
Velvet is also, perhaps surprisingly, easier to clean than many alternatives. When choosing a velvet couch, just be sure to select one with a minimum rub count of 15,000+. (This rating is a testament to the number of abrasions the fabric can withstand before showing signs of wear.) With velvet, you’ll also have to consider ways to reduce exposure to sunlight to avoid premature fading.
Unlike most other upholstery materials, leather and faux leather can get better with age as they develop a nice patina. However, these materials are more susceptible to scratches and puncturing and may not be the best option for those with pets.
Style and Shape
Sofas come in myriad styles and shapes, from the buttoned-up Chesterfield (no back cushions) to the laid-back Lawson style with detached back cushions. Your preferences will obviously depend on your own taste, but you’ll also want to consider intended use and anticipated traffic: A small Chesterfield may go great in a foyer, bar area, or sitting room that receives occasional guests, but you may not want to rely on it for relaxation. It’s also good to note that today’s market supplies plenty of small sectionals or modular pieces that can approximate the generous seating of sectionals through add-ons like ottomans or chaises.
How should you measure a sofa?
To measure a sofa, determine its width, height, and depth. For moving or delivery purposes, you may also need to determine the diagonal depth, which can tell you whether the sofa can pass through an entryway when positioned on its end. Width can be determined by measuring the widest part of the sofa, typically from arm to arm.
To determine height, measure the back at the highest point; if you’re trying to determine whether the sofa will pass through an entryway, you can discount the height added by legs as long as they screw on. You measure depth by measuring from the outside edge of the seat to the back of the couch. Diagonal depth can be calculated by placing a straight edge from the top of the back of the frame to the front of the arm; you’ll then measure from the bottom back corner up to the point where it intersects the line created by the original straight edge.
What's the best way to clean a sofa?
Before grabbing that detergent or stain remover, consult the manufacturer’s instructions. (Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you have to keep up with the booklet that came with its delivery—you can usually find the information you need on the tag.) It’ll tell you whether you should use a water-based detergent, a milder non-detergent soap, or a dry, solvent-based cleaner. In the case of leather couches, you may need to use rubbing alcohol or a leather cleaning solution. Directions differ depending on the material and the sort of stain involved, so it’s best to start with the manufacturer’s instructions rather than generalizable approaches.
What's the difference between a sofa and a loveseat?
A loveseat can accommodate up to two people, while a sofa typically supports between two and four. Given the slight overlap of a loveseat and a two-seater sofa, the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, though a standard loveseat measures about 52 inches wide, while the standard small sofa is somewhere between 68 and 80 inches wide. While loveseats are often paired with a larger sofa to maximize seating capacity in a space, they can be used as a primary sofa in smaller spaces.
Why Trust The Spruce?
For this roundup, Jessica Joblin consulted reports from our product testers as well as outside customer reviews. She considered criteria such as size, comfort, style, ease of assembly, and durability (of the structural materials as well as the upholstery itself). With the exception of the sleeper sofa, all of the featured sofas are 79 inches wide or smaller.
Jessica also spoke with interior designer Tori Jones for additional decorating and styling insight. Having worn multiple hats—from editor to art director, decorator to creative lead—over the course of her decade-long career, Jones knows the ins and outs of designing small spaces.