The 14 Best Sofas for Small Spaces

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You say tomato, I say tom-ah-to; You say tiny, I say…charming. But let’s not mince words: Your living space is, well, small—but regardless of how much square footage you have to work with, you still need a comfy spot to chill out with a glass of wine and binge-watch your favorite Netflix series. Good news: Our roundup of the best sofas for small spaces has everything from splurge-worthy leather numbers to wallet-friendly two-seaters—and (this is key) none of these picks will inhibit your ability to move freely around your living room.

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sofas for small spaces burrow nomad sofa
West Elm

1. Burrow Nomad Sofa

Best overall

This sleek number boasts a sturdy birch wood frame, solid oak legs and extra soft foam-filled cushions. The understated design of the Nomad will work well in any interior, but you needn’t judge its appearance solely from the picture above, since the leg finish and arm style of this couch can be customized to your preference. Plus, the hand-upholstered Olefin fabric is stain-resistant and 100 percent pet-friendly—making it a practical choice for folks with fur babies and human ones to boot. In terms of size, this sofa can comfortably accommodate up to four people, but its dimensions (86.5” W x 36” D) are unlikely to overwhelm a small space.

sofas for small spaces honbay convertible sectional sofa

2. Honbay Convertible Sectional Sofa

Best budget sofa

Here, a convertible sectional with a moveable ottoman that can be configured to your liking. Needless to say, this compact sofa is incredibly cost-effective and its modest dimensions (78.5” W x 30.3” D) make it an ideal choice for apartment dwellers. If the low price tag is triggering your inner skeptic, you’ll be relieved to know this couch has received countless five star reviews that attest to its high quality construction and superior comfort. (The seat cushions are firm and the back cushions are plush.) Happy customers also report that the no-tool assembly is a breeze and parents will appreciate that this couch can “hold up to rambunctious play.” Finally, the attractive linen fabric is, by all accounts, stain-resistant and easy to wipe clean. In other words, this one checks all the boxes without breaking the bank.

sofas for small spaces ghent slope arm sofa
Williams Sonoma

3. Ghent Slope Arm Sofa

Best splurge

With its elegant lines and modern aesthetic, this slope arm sofa is certainly easy on the eyes; it’s also exceedingly comfortable—featuring high-density cushions that are designed for sinking in and curling up. In terms of the fill, you can choose a polyester wrapped foam core for a firmer feel, or opt for a down blend cushion for a deliciously soft lounging experience. You’ve got an impressive number of options when it comes to the fabric, too—basketweave, melange weave, chenille, canvas, performance velvet, linen and leather are all on offer in a wide range of colors. Bottom line: This one is an investment piece, to be sure—but if you can swing it, a cozy spot in the lap of luxury awaits. Available in three sizes, starting from 84” W x 40.5” D.

sofas for small spaces dekalb leather sofa
West Elm

4. Dekalb Leather Sofa

Best leather sofa

If you’re in the market for buttery leather, the Dekalb sofa will be right up your alley. This puppy, which comes in three different sizes (starting at 68” W x 38” D), features an extra durable hardwood frame with reinforced joinery and medium-firm cushions filled with fiber-wrapped, high resiliency foam cores. Despite its polished look, there’s nothing stiff about this sofa—namely because the amply padded arm cushions and particularly deep seat provide maximum comfort. Plus, the genuine top-grain leather, available in over twenty different shades, is just plain sexy. (Right?)

sofas for small spaces sitka sofa

5. Sitka Sofa

Best low profile sofa

There is no shortage of customers singing the praises of this low-slung sofa from direct-to-consumer company, Article. Equal parts classic and fresh, the clean lines and modern shape of this couch give it serious aesthetic appeal. Plus, while you might expect to sink into a sofa so low to the ground, this style is actually surprisingly supportive; high resiliency foam, sinuous spring suspension and a sturdy base create a firm seat, while plush throw pillows (included) and squishy back cushions, generously stuffed with a fiber down blend, lend just the right balance of softness. Yep, this one is the goldilocks of sofas—and it arrives fully-assembled, so you don’t even have to work for that ‘just right’ feeling. That said, it’s worth noting that while this sofa is low in height, at 99 inches wide it’s bigger than most other options on our list.

sofas for small spaces arianna sofa
West Elm

6.Arianna Sofa

Best modular sofa

When it comes to small spaces, modular furniture has major advantages. Case in point: This two-piece sectional, which comes in two different widths (69 inches and 104 inches) and can be arranged in various configurations to achieve a perfect fit in any space. Best of all, the units are easy to move when you need to, and come equipped with alligator clips for when you want them to stay put. The foam-padded frame is constructed with kiln-dried wood for extra durability and high-gauge sinuous springs for adequate support, while the fiber-wrapped, foam core cushions have just enough give to ensure comfort. Plus, we’re fans of how the round-edge design of this one softens the modern look.

sofas for small spaces etta avenue winnie velvet round arm sofa

7. Etta Avenue Winnie Velvet Round Arm Sofa

Best velvet sofa

Smooth and sumptuous velvet upholstery and a sleek, curvy silhouette combine in this teal-green stunner of a sofa. The bold color won’t work in every space, of course—but, in the right interior, this sofa boasts serious sex appeal and it’s mighty comfortable, too. Indeed, the foam and polyester-filled seat cushions are quite cushy, and the durable birch wood frame is proof that you don’t have to pay a high premium for high-quality construction. In fact, enthusiastic reviewers rave about how sturdy and soft this couch is, and also give it high praise for being a breeze to clean and even easier to assemble (i.e., in less than 10 minutes). Dimensions: 74” W x 31.5” D.

sofas for small spaces radley 3 piece fabric chaise sectional sofa

8. Radley 3-piece Fabric Chaise Sectional Sofa

Best sectional

A minimalist piece with track style arms and attractive mocha-colored legs—this sectional is as lovely to look at as it is to lounge on. It’s also very affordable, as far as sectionals go, and can accommodate a ton of people without taking up a ton of space. Both the seat and back cushions are removable and reversible and customers report that the covers are machine-washable, as well. (Note: The manufacturer's care instructions recommend spot cleaning.) Bonus: Macy’s White Glove delivery service takes care of all the assembly so you can skip the hassle and proceed straight to breaking in your new buy. Basically, the only downside to this sofa is that your family might end up fighting over the coveted corner seat and chaise.

sofas for small spaces haven sofa
West Elm

9. Haven Sofa

Best sink-in style

Here, a customizable and sustainable couch featuring a casual, low-profile design and premium construction, The frame—made of solid pine and engineered hardwood with reinforced joinery—is hand-built, and the hand-finished upholstery comes in a huge range of options (canvas, linen, tweed and velvet, to name a few). Some other notable features include concealed support legs, high-gauge sinuous springs for support and soft, reversible cushions that are equal parts comfy and practical. If you’re looking for an attractive sofa with a traditional sink-in feel, this one fits the bill. Available in multiple sizes, starting from 60 inches wide.

sofas for small spaces hashtag home cutshall round arm loveseat

10. Hashtag Home Cutshall Round Arm Loveseat

Best square arm loveseat

This two-seater has a u-shaped silhouette that’s perfect for a cozy nook in the living room or as an accent piece in the bedroom. The solid and engineered wood construction is plenty sturdy and the cushions are firm, so if you prefer something squishy this one isn’t for you. That said, the polyester fabric upholstery is easy to maintain and the classy button-tufted accents on the back cushion are a decidedly nice touch. And coming in at 58 inches wide with multiple colors available, it’s a great pick for small spaces. (Hint: The price is pretty appealing, too.)

sofas for small spaces wade logan barbados velvet square arm sleeper

11. Wade Logan Barbados Velvet Square Arm Sleeper

Best sleeper sofa

The legs and frame of this velvet sleeper sofa are made from eco-friendly eucalyptus wood and the pillowtop cushions are stuffed with D27 foam, which is a fancy way of saying they’re nice and firm. Plus, this one takes the cake when it comes to lumbar back support (there’s a special cushion for that purpose), and its highly functional design allows you to remove the arm and headrests, and extend or retract the seats. In other words, it’s like a La-Z-Boy recliner where you can kick your feet up and relax in front of the tube, but with enough room (think: twin-sized bed) to curl up and take a proper snooze.

sofas for small spaces pascale sofa
West Elm

12. Pascale Sofa

Best retro style

If you’ve got a soft spot for 60s mod style, this groovy sofa—with its gently rounded frame, pecan-finish solid wood legs and mid century details—has the retro style you seek. It’s not all form over function, though: This sofa boasts a kiln-dried wood construction to prevent warping, as well as sinuous spring support and firm polyurethane foam-filled cushions. Plus, the seat cushions are reversible, which will come in handy should an unsightly stain appear, and the whole piece is only 66 inches wide and weighs a feather-light 105 pounds, so you can move it around your apartment without breaking a sweat. Oh, and did we mention it’s available in multiple fabrics and colors?

sofas for small spaces charlton home kjellfrid linen rolled arm loveseat

13. Charlton Home Kjellfrid Linen Rolled Arm Loveseat

Best rolled arm loveseat

The market is flooded with settees and loveseats that look cute, but don’t quite deliver in the comfort department. This two-seater that comes in at less than 55 inches wide is a rare exception to the rule. Luxurious foam cushions provide a firm, but feel-good place to rest your bum, while the well-padded and deep-filled back cushions strike the right balance between squishy and supportive. The 100 percent linen upholstery, maple wood accents and high-arm Chesterfield design give this piece a timeless, classy look. Plus, this piece is exceedingly easy to assemble, so you needn’t worry about starting off on the wrong foot with your newly acquired loveseat.

sofas for small spaces andes full futon
West Elm

14. Andes Full Futon

Best futon

The solid eucalyptus and engineered hardwood frame of this futon is FSC certified (i.e., totally sustainable) and features reinforced joinery for an extra sturdy feel. Other than that, it’s just like the futons from your college years, only better. It does indeed fold down into a queen-sized sleeping area, meaning it does double duty as both couch and crash pad. However, in contrast to the futons from years past, this puppy has high-gauge sinuous spring cushion support and firm, but comfortable fiber-wrapped polyurethane foam cushions. Translation? You won’t end up hurting all over if you fall asleep on this sofa.

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