The 14 Best Places to Buy Mid-Century Modern Sofas in 2022

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The 12 Best Places to Buy Mid-Century Modern Sofas of 2022

The Spruce / Sabrina Jiang

Mid-century modern sofas are simple, functional, and elegant—and some original pieces retain an impeccable value over time. However, shopping for these pieces can prove difficult, especially with so many retailers out there.

If you have your heart set on finding a mid-century modern sofa, shop strategically. "We recommend clients visit a local retailer or showroom so they can try out the furniture pieces for themselves,” says Karen Nepacena, owner and principal designer at Destination Eichler. “[I]f that's not possible, it's important to read all the online reviews, especially the poor ones, and check your measurements not once, but several times.” 

Keeping Nepacena’s advice in mind, we researched the best places to shop for this popular piece, and ranked them on quality, fabric choices, customization options, and overall value. Our favorite retailers include Casara Modern, Kardiel, Amazon, and more. 

Here are the best places to buy mid-century modern sofas online, backed by our research.

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Burrow

Burrow sofa living room

Burrow

What We Like
  • Lots of customization options

  • Matches other pieces from the brand

  • High-quality construction

What We Don't Like
  • Fewer fabric options

  • Limited in-store locations

Launched in 2016, Burrow is still a relative newbie in the furniture world, but the brand still has plenty of affordable mid-century modern pieces to choose from. The Nomad Sofa, which has a built-in USB charger and MCM good looks, is one of the most popular options. Our tester loved its hardware-free assembly process and sturdy construction. “The sofa is well-made, and I think that it will hold up well for years,” she said. The Nomad comes in several configurations, including a sectional version with a chaise that can be set up on either the right or left side. 

The brand's modular sofas can be customized based on your preferences for fabric (performance fabric, leather, and velvet are the only options), leg finish, arm style (slope, arch, or block), and cushion style (flat or tufted). The company also sells ottomans, accent chairs, and coordinating pieces like the Serif Coffee Table, which has its roots in mid-century Danish modernism. Unfortunately, showrooms are currently limited to just four cities: New York, Boston, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.

Return Policy: Within 30 days for refund, 10 percent restocking fee is charged if customer uses original boxes and 20 percent is charged if they don't | Delivery Options: Usually FedEx | Average Wait Time for Arrival: Varies

Burrow Nomad Sofa

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Article

Article Timber Sofa

Article

What We Like
  • Classic designs

  • Range of prices

  • Lots of fabric options

What We Don't Like
  • Some pieces require assembly

  • Quality can vary

If you're seeking a classic, MCM-inspired sofa with a simple direct-ship experience, Article is worth checking out. Here, you’ll find sofas that come in performance fabrics, leather, and lovely velvets, along with other customizations available for specific designs. Prices also tend to be affordable. Our testers called the $1,700 Sven Sofa "deep and comfortable without being too slouchy," adding that a houseguest had a wonderful night of sleep on it. For a splurge, there's the more formal Cigar Rawhide, which has a tight, curved back and a blocked-wood frame, but at $2,550, it's still considerably less expensive than similar models at more chichi stores. For families, the company recommends the $1,149 Ceni Sofa, which they call "low-maintenance, durable, springy." The dark fabric also happens to be excellent at hiding residue from little hands.

If your furniture costs more than $999, Article won’t charge you for front-door delivery. The shipping experience also tends to be easy and seamless (our tester called it "almost too easy")—and although assembly may be required, it's usually not a hassle. Wait times are clearly listed on the product pages. Every piece is quality-made but can vary between different styles. However, Article’s customer service is excellent should you have any problems.

Return Policy: Within 30 days, customer pays shipping fees | Delivery Options: Front door (included free with orders over $999 or $49 for all others), in-room delivery ($119), in-room delivery with assembly ($199) | Average Wait Time for Arrival: Varies from a few days to several weeks

Article Sven Sofa

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Joybird

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Joybird sectional living room

Joybird

What We Like
  • Range of prices

  • Frequent pop-events

  • Lots of customization options

What We Don't Like
  • Limited in-store locations

  • Quality can vary

Direct-to-consumer furniture upstart Joybird stocks a wide range of couches, including sleepers, sectionals, modular sofas, and apartment sofas, and you can easily filter to look at all mid-century offerings. Sort by material, features such as deep-seated or modular, size, and cushion firmness. Note that since they have such a wide range, the quality can vary between the pieces. You can choose between several fabrics for each sofa—however, there aren’t any other customizations to choose from.

The Chelsea Sofa has a distinctive-looking pleated back, and our tester said that the Preston Sofa was "absolutely beautiful and surpassed our expectations." The company also carries complementary furniture for the bedroom, dining room, and home office. Although the prices are a little high, sales are frequent; a recent end-of-summer promotion offered 30 percent off everything. If you have pets or kids (or other messy types living with you), you'll want to read their guide to pet- and kid-friendly fabrics before making a final selection. 

One note: the retailer has just nine showrooms currently, mostly in big cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Austin. However, you can also register on their site to hear about pop-up events.

Joybird Preston Sofa

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Casara Modern

Casara Modern Executive Daybed

Casara Modern

What We Like
  • Unique designs

  • Made in California

  • Excellent customer service

What We Don't Like
  • Limited in-store locations

  • Fewer customization options

In many ways, California feels synonymous with the retro mid-century look, so it might make sense to order a sofa from Casara Modern, a boutique furniture company offering pieces handcrafted in the state. Nepeacena is also a fan of this retailer: "Their pieces really make a strong mid-century modern statement," she says. The distinctiveness of styles like the Desmond Daybed, with open arms that encourage lounging, or the Classic Sectional, which comes with a built-in alder wood table, help ensure that you won't probably be spotting your sofa in everyone else's living rooms. 

Casara Modern offers an impressive list of their own in-house fabrics, along with hundreds more options through commercial textile distributor Mayer (note that they don’t offer other customization options like changing the leg style, leg color, etc.). Your biggest issue will be narrowing it down to one, but the excellent customer service team can help. They also allow shoppers to provide their own fabric at no extra charge. 

If you're looking for pieces to pair with your new couch, Casara Modern also sells coordinating chairs, end tables, and restored vintage furniture items through their sister site Urban Americana. Unfortunately, they only have one showroom in California, so most shoppers will only be able to browse online. Still, they make durable furniture and back their products with a standard five-year warranty.

Return Policy: No returns, but orders may be canceled within two weeks for a full refund | Delivery Options: Varies | Average Wait Time for Arrival: Typically 6 to 10 weeks

AllModern

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AllModern sofa living room

AllModern

What We Like
  • Lots of fabric options

  • Range of prices

  • Excellent customer service

What We Don't Like
  • Quality can vary

  • Limited in-store locations

At the time of publication, AllModern had about 180 sofas and nearly all of them could be considered mid-century modern decor. All Modern is one of Wayfair's sister sites, and some pieces, like the wood-frame Desi Button-Tufted Loveseat, cost less than $600. Other statement sofas cost upwards of $6,000 or even $7,000, like the iconic-looking Colbin Vegan Leather Sofa, which has a clean, button-tufted back and cantilevered base.

All Modern is known for having responsive customer service, align with plenty of unusual fabric options like tweed, twill, leather, and velvet (though they have fewer customization options than other retailers). Reviews are a big part of the shopping experience, and some couches may have thousands of write-ups to pore over. This is important since the quality may vary between different sofas from different brands. There's also a fairly large sale section, with markdowns on popular brands like Blu Dot. With one showroom in Massachusetts, most shoppers will likely shop online.

Return Policy: Most items can be returned within 30 days; exceptions include open-box items and things that have already been assembled; shipping charges are non-refundable | Delivery Options: Packages weighing less than 150 pounds use UPS or FedEx; larger pieces come via various freight carriers | Average Wait Time for Arrival: Typically 1 to 3 weeks

Scandinavian Designs

Olivia Sofa

Scandinavian Designs

What We Like
  • Range of prices

  • Classic designs

  • High-quality construction

What We Don't Like
  • Fewer fabric options

  • Some items not sold online

Although some of Scandinavian Designs' sofa styles veer more towards modern than mid-century modern, fans of the MCM look will find plenty of appealing prospects. Napacena is partial to the affordable Everly Sofa: "It's designed with simple tufted cushions and the tapered leg style that is an iconic mid-century modern look,” she says. “It's comfortable, too." Another affordable option is the crisp, tailored-looking Dakota Sofa, which has a minimalist profile thanks to a backrest that flows into the arms. Fans of leather will find many choices as well, like the Laura Leather Sofa and the Gustav Leather Sofa, both of which have mid-century-modern-inspired silhouettes. 

Unfortunately, many of Scandinavian Designs' pieces only come in one color, so this retailer isn’t the best option if you’re looking to customize a particular piece. Still, each piece retains high-quality construction that should last for years in your home. And the site also has a robust clearance section—at the time of publication, there were a few mid-century sofas discounted. 

Scandinavian Designs was founded in the 1960s by an entrepreneur who sourced furniture from his native Norway, and there are stores in 14 different states. Some pieces are only available in-store, so we highly recommend stopping by if there’s one in your local area.

Return Policy: Within 14 days from date of delivery (must be deemed saleable), 10 percent restocking fee applies; custom orders are not returnable | Delivery Options: Flat-rate shipping (FedEx) or home delivery ("deluxe" option includes any room inside your home) | Average Wait Time for Arrival: Some items ship within a week, but it varies depending on recipient's location (check the site's zip code tracker for updated information)

What We Like
  • Lots of fabric options

  • High-quality construction

  • Easy to find in-store locations

What We Don't Like
  • Higher prices

  • Some pieces require assembly

Blu Dot offers what Nepacena calls "a fresh, modern take on mid-century-modern inspired furniture”—and if you're sometimes tempted to cheat on MCM with more contemporary pieces, this might be the best spot for you. The wide range of fabrics and colors as well as the edgy look make these pieces perfect for breathing a bit of fresh air into a mid-century modern living room. Blu Dot currently has 10 stores in the United States, but you can also search their site for smaller retailers that carry their furniture in your area.

While the price range on their pieces is higher than other retailers, they have a nice mix of materials to choose from, including leather, velvet, and a post-consumer polyester-linen blend. If you need a sleeper, the queen-size Diplomat Sleeper Sofa has a wooden frame and is an elegant alternative to the usual clunky pull-out couches. “[W]hen it's not used for sleeping, the high-resiliency foam cushions keep you comfortable and supported,” says our tester. For something simple and straightforward, the Guide Sofa comes in four different fabric choices and two shades of wood (walnut or white oak) for the legs. We like that many of their pieces have fabric, frame, and other customization options to help make the pieces uniquely yours. Even better, they focus on sustainability and make sure their pieces are durable and long-lasting. Note that some options require assembly, but Blu Dot offers in-home delivery and assembly.

Return Policy: Refunds available within 30 days of receipt, 10 percent restocking fee applies; after 30 days, the fee increases to 20 percent | Delivery Options: Flat-rate freight delivery includes curbside, threshold, or in-home delivery and assembly | Average Wait Time for Arrival: Typically within 5 weeks

Amazon Mid-Century Modern

Amazon Mid-Century Modern

Amazon

What We Like
  • Range of prices

  • Lots of fabric options

  • Easy to search

What We Don't Like
  • Quality can vary

  • No way to try in person

You wouldn't necessarily equate Amazon with mid-century modern home furnishings, but the online powerhouse has some surprisingly good options if you're willing to spend some time browsing and filtering (not to mention a landing page devoted to MCM style). Here, you'll find reputable brands like Novogratz and Zinus, as well as house brands such as Rivet. 

At press time, a search for "mid-century sofa" brought up more than 1,000 results, though the list dropped to less than 400 when filtered by Prime sellers only. The classic-looking Rivet Cove Tufted Apartment Sofa costs about $800 and gets lots of high marks. For something funkier (and under $300), we love the orange Christopher Knight Bridie Loveseat. Depending on the brand, there are various fabric and customization options to choose from. Be sure to read reviews carefully and keep an eye out for potential pitfalls in quality, such as foam cushions that don't withstand the test of time or items that arrive in poor condition due to shipping issues with the seller. Also, return policies can vary, so check the specific seller's policy before you click "Buy Now."

Return Policy: Varies by seller | Delivery Options: UPS, FedEx, Amazon, or other carriers | Average Wait Time for Arrival: Varies by seller

Apt2B

Apt2B sofa living room

Apt2B

What We Like
  • Many ready-to-ship items

  • Lots of customization options

  • High-quality construction

What We Don't Like
  • Higher prices

  • Online only

During these times of supply chain issues and slow shipping times, you've got to love that this small, Los-Angeles-based company has a note on their homepage that says "custom seating in 3 to 5 weeks," and a link taking you to all sofas that are ready to ship. Whether you need a basic couch, scaled-down apartment sofa, sleeper, or reclining option, you'll likely find it here. We love the flared, futuristic silhouette and solid pecan wood base on the Carson Apartment Size Sofa, as well as the sleek lines of the Saturn Sofa, which comes with rounded bolster pillows that break up the straight lines nicely.

Many sofas on Apt2B have more than 50 fabrics to choose from, and you can often customize the wood for your leg color as well. You can also sort by American-made options, which some shoppers will appreciate. The company has a 100-day return policy, so you can really take your time getting to know your couch, though make sure to read the fine print as it's the shopper's responsibility to cover shipping. While they have higher prices than other retailers, the frame and workmanship on each sofa are covered by a lifetime guarantee. Unfortunately, they do not have a physical showroom, so you can only shop online.

Return Policy: Within 100 days, 15 percent restocking fee applies and customer pays shipping | Delivery Options: UPS, FedEx, or USPS for smaller items; various shipping partners for larger ones (delivery is free, but white-glove set-up service costs $129) | Average Wait Time for Arrival: Typically 3 to 5 weeks

Inside Weather

Inside Weather sofa living room

Inside Weather

What We Like
  • All pieces are custom

  • Made in California

  • Carbon negative shipping practices

What We Don't Like
  • Small catalog

  • Online only

Inside Weather, a California-based direct-to-consumer company, has nine different sofas available, many with a mid-century vibe. Using the fun customization tool, you first select your sofa, then get to work choosing things like arm style (such as upholstered and a few types of wood), base (there are 15 different leg types), size, upholstery type (categories include liquid-repellant and pet-friendly), pillow shape and detail, and cushion comfort (either memory foam or classic). Your sofa is built-to-order, and each product page has an estimate; at the time of publication, most were about eight weeks. 

In terms of design, Inside Weather is not exactly reinventing the wheel, but styles like the Jett Sofa and the Soba Sofa are beautiful and functional. Besides typical three-seater sofas, Inside Weather also has sectionals, armchairs, and sofettes (similar to loveseats), including a cozy-looking one with a chaise extension. One thing that stands out about Inside Weather is their commitment to eco-friendly practices: Not only are their shipping methods carbon-negative, but they also resell "lightly loved" returned furniture at deeply discounted prices in their sale section to reduce landfill waste. Each piece is made to be durable and long-lasting and is backed by a one-year warranty.

Return Policy: Returns made within 14 days incur a 15 percent fee, but return shipping is free; for returns between 14 and 365 days, there is a 25 percent fee and the customer pays return shipping | Delivery Options: All packages are parcel shipments and come by either FedEx or UPS | Average Wait Time for Arrival: Usually 8 weeks

Kardiel

Kardiel sofa living room

Kardiel

What We Like
  • Lots of fabric options

  • Transparency about sources

  • Mid-century focus

What We Don't Like
  • Higher prices

  • Online only

Based in Olympia, Washington, the online-only Kardiel was founded by four people who describe themselves as "borderline-obsessed by Modernism from all eras." They're known for their small batch manufacturing, and use high-quality leather from Milan and wood sourced in Australia. Their chic, eye-catching options include the Wyatt Boucle Sofa Daybed, which has a leather armrest and a flip out wooden table that evokes “Mad Men” fantasies.

You’ll also have fun browsing the more contemporary and futuristic options, like the 98-Inch Cumulus Fabric Sofa, which is made completely by hand and has tufting that's reminiscent of a giant cloud. Another option, the graphic-looking Swoosh Modular Sofa, was designed to mimic the conversation sets that were popular during the ‘70s. While there aren't as many customization options as other retailers, each sofa has various fabric options to choose from. You can even order fabric samples to test in your home. All in all, Kardiel is ideal for the buyer who is tuned into the history of mid-century decor, wants to make a serious statement, and doesn't mind splurging a bit to do so.

Return Policy: Within 15 days, restocking fees are waived but the shopper pays shipping; between 16 and 365 days a 15 percent restocking fee also applies; items must be in new, resalable condition to qualify for a refund | Delivery Options: FedEx or other carriers; options include curbside or inside delivery (for an additional fee) | Average Wait Time for Arrival: In-stock pieces ship in 7 to 10 days; custom orders can take 10 to 14 weeks.

1stDibs

1stdibs Mid-Century Modern Sofa

1stdibs

What We Like
  • Unique designs

  • Vetted sellers

  • Excellent customer service

What We Don't Like
  • Negotiation may be required

  • Turnover can be fast

If you want a true mid-century modern sofa—meaning one that dates back to the 1950s or 60s—1stDibs is a great place to browse. Just make sure you have time to spare since the online auction site has thousands of options. Luckily, the company does an excellent job vetting sellers, and customer service reviews are generally positive. The site also offers price matching, meaning if a specific seller lists the same item on another site for less, 1stDibs will match the lower price.

A recent perusal of the site turned up finds like a 1950s daybed sofa from Germany (for $500) and a funky purple leatherette Italian loveseat with a starting bid of around $500 and a "buy it now" price of $1,300. To find sofas quickly, simply go to the mid-century modern landing page and navigate to seating, then sofas. There are dozens of filters you can apply as well, such as new, vintage, "21st-century pre-owned," location, place of origin, and "in stock now." Since there are so many options available, it’s easy to find different fabric options, but there aren’t any customization options. Some pieces can be purchased outright (and in some cases, you must negotiate an offer), others are up for auction, and some are a combination. If you’re serious about finding a piece, make sure you act fast on 1stDibs since the turnover is quick.

Return Policy: Varies depending on seller, but 1stDibs offers Buyer Protection for items that arrive damaged or "significantly different than described" (must be reported within 7 days of delivery) | Delivery Options: Varies depending on seller | Average Wait Time for Arrival: Varies depending on seller

Castlery

Castlery sofa living room

Castlery

What We Like
  • Range of prices

  • Excellent customer service

  • Easy-to-navigate website

What We Don't Like
  • Small catalog

  • Online only

At Castlery, many sofas cost less than $1,000, and shipping tends to be fairly fast. We also love that you can sort all search results based on your zip code. The mid-century selection isn't huge, but the options are attractive and well-priced, like the Nathan Velvet Sofa Bed, which comes in a rich, deep teal color, and the 76-Inch Isaac Reversible Sectional, which costs less than its counterparts at some other retailers.

While we wish that there were more customization and color choices, given the prices and the excellent customer service, Castlery is a good option if you're not set on a specific color and are trying to stick to a budget. There are also lots of sale items, and there's an especially helpful ready-to-ship sale section that includes mid-century-inspired pieces like the Hans Sofa with Ottoman, which has flared legs and armrests and simple tufting. 

Although there's no showroom, Castlery has created an impressive virtual studio that allows shoppers to navigate through it in 3D mode, pull up product details, and even measure items. Each sofa is made with high-quality, durable materials and is backed by a manufacturer’s warranty to protect your purchase.

Return Policy: Within 14 days and a 20 percent restocking fee applies | Delivery Options: FedEx, UPS, or specialized carriers; shipping levels include standard (first dry area), room of choice ($50 or $70, depending on location), and white glove ($100 or $150, depending on location) | Average Wait Time for Arrival: Typically 2 to 3 weeks

Design Within Reach

DWR sofa living room

DWR

What We Like
  • Easy to find in-store locations

  • Lots of fabric options

  • Classic designs

What We Don't Like
  • Higher prices

  • Some pieces require specific maintenance

If you're looking for a realistic reproduction of an iconic MCM piece and you're willing to invest, Design Within Reach is the place to start. The company, which launched in the late ‘90s, became famous for selling classics by beloved but hard-to-source designers (think: Eames, Le Corbusier, and Saarinen) directly to the public. There are now more than 60 locations around the country, so you may have the option to see items in person—a must, given the steep prices.

Sofas start at about $2,200 and quickly increase. Many pieces hover in the $4,000 to $7,000 range, though the Wood Frame Sofa, which comes in eight different leather shades and is designed to look as though it's floating, costs more than $21,000. The website is easy to explore, and the In Stock section can help people narrow down options that are ready to ship—at press time, there were nearly 50 sofas available immediately. Design history lovers can also nerd out in the Shop by Style section, where you can sort by different types of modern design, such as Postmodern, Nordic Minimalism, Modern Pastoral, and Bauhaus Industrial. 

DWR allows you to customize the upholstery of each item, along with other minor design details, like wood paneling. Each sofa is designed with top-quality materials, and some have specific maintenance requirements. However, the brand offers care instructions for various materials on its website.

Return Policy: Items must be returned within 30 days of receipt or date of purchase (whichever is later) and a 10 percent restocking fee applies, not to exceed $500; Shipping and delivery charges are not refundable | Delivery Options: Smaller items tend to ship FedEx, some furniture ships with Threshold delivery, and the remainder ships with full-service In-Home Delivery; Threshold costs 12 percent of order value; in-home delivery starts at $349 for a four-hour window with additional charges based on distance | Average Wait Time for Arrival: Varies, anywhere from immediately to more than 22 weeks

Final Verdict

If you have a specific idea in mind and don't mind weeding through hundreds of options, try a clearinghouse like Amazon or the auction site 1stDibs. Want a statement piece that will get guests talking? Invest in something from Kardiel, Casara Modern, or Design Within Reach. If you love the convenience of a direct-ship company, you'll likely be able to find a practical, stylish sofa from Burrow, Article, or Joybird.

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FAQ
  • What makes a sofa mid-century modern?

    Reminiscent of designs from the 20th century, mid-century modern balances vintage influences with more contemporary curves and trending fabrics like boucle or emerald velvet. “What really differentiates a mid-century modern sofa is its silhouette,” says Carlie Rice, social media manager at Havenly. “It’s defined by its clean lines, low-slung profile, soft curves, and thin legs.” Mid-century modern furniture tends to be understated and timeless, making them a staple in contemporary interior design. 

  • When should you opt for a vintage over a contemporary mid-century modern sofa?

    According to Rice, a well-designed space should have a blend of both vintage and modern pieces. “If you have already spent most of your decor efforts on new, contemporary furniture and decor, it’s time to drag a friend with a truck to your favorite vintage stores to ensure that your home feels balanced,” she says.

  • What styles do mid-century modern sofas go with?

    Because of their subtle-yet-effective design elements, mid-century modern sofas can go with a wide range of aesthetics and design styles. “They’re modern and sleek enough to fit seamlessly in a minimalist’s tidy apartment but bold and colorful enough to fit under a sea of eclectic patterned pillows in a countryside estate,” Rice says. “When mixed together with the right furniture and decor, it can become the chameleon of sofas.” While mid-century modern sofas aren’t filed under traditional decor, they’re far from a passing trend and won’t go out of style as design fads come and go.

Why Trust The Spruce?

Lexi Dwyer has contributed to The Spruce since 2019 and spent many hours conducting an online search for her own sofa. She is familiar with many brands in this round-up. To compile her list of retailers, she spent several hours researching and spoke to Karen Nepacena, owner and principal designer at Destination Eichler, a full-service interior design firm in Walnut Creek, California. Lexi aimed to include companies with a mix of price points, lots of fabric options, transparent and easy-to-find shipping information, and, of course, a wide selection of mid-century modern sofas.

Bianca Pineda, a staff writer covering bedding, bath, and home decor content for The Spruce, contributed additional reporting. She spoke with Carlie Rice, social media manager at Havenly, for insights on the mid-century modern style, along with decor tips.

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