Finding the right sofa is like dating in your 20s—you don’t want to settle for anything less than you deserve, but you’re exhausted from the entire process. Plus, everyone has a ‘dealbreaker,’ and the same philosophy applies to your couch. Is white-glove delivery really necessary? And how durable is velvet upholstery? Luckily, we’re here to answer all of your burning questions. Below, find tips for finding the perfect couch, plus 20 online furniture retailers that offer seating in every style—from loveseats and modular sofas to sectionals and sleepers.
Where to Buy a Couch Online (Because Who Has Time to Go to a Store?)
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HOW TO SHOP FOR A COUCH ONLINE
1. Measure Your Space: First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure you have enough room for that sectional you’ve been ogling. Start by measuring the entire space—wall to wall—with special consideration for the wall you’re planning to place it against. Then, record the height and width of your doorways and arches to make sure it’ll fit. While many retailers offer in-home delivery and assembly (more on this below), you’ll probably want to avoid a scenario where you have to remove a door from its hinges to create enough space.
2. Think About How You Want to Use It: Once you’ve determined that the piece can actually fit in your space, you want to consider its functionality. How do you plan on using it? If you have a family of six, you’ll want a sectional that’s large enough to seat everyone (plus the dog). If you love to entertain, you might want to go with two adjacent loveseats and an accent chair.
You’ll also want to pay attention to your couch’s style, and the depth of the seats. For instance, if you’re buying a pull-out, make sure it has lower seat cushions that hit the back of your knees like the end of a bed. Or, if you’re someone who loves to nap on the couch, look for medium-density cushions that are soft but won’t sink or sag over time. London-based designer Rita Konig tells Remodelista.com: “The really soft, squidgy sofas usually have 100 percent down-filled cushions. This is considered to be the most luxurious option but the cushions do require a lot of plumping. It’s more common to be offered 60/40 feather and down. In terms of avoiding, I’d stay away from foam or foam cores.”
3. Consider Upholstery and Materials: When it comes to materials, you want to ask yourself three questions: 1.) What kind of look are you envisioning? 2.) How do you want it to feel? and 3.) How durable does this material need to be? Basically, the higher the thread count, the tighter the weave (and the more resilient the fabric will be). To that end, performance fabrics like Crypton and Revolution are the closest things to black magic that you’re going to find in the design industry. They’re stain-resistant, odor-resistant, fade-resistant and environmentally friendly (click here to learn more). However, if kid-proofing isn’t on your list of concerns, you want to choose something ultra-soft and sophisticated. Koning says, “Mohair is wonderful for upholstery—it’s expensive but so unbelievably durable...My sofa at home is upholstered in Ziggurat by China Seas and [it] still looks fantastic after many years.” Then, you also want to keep an eye out for its frame material. “You can find that sometimes, underneath the upholstery, some manufacturers use chipboard frames, which aren’t so strong or sturdy,” Konig adds. “Make sure your frame is 100 percent hardwood.”
4. Be Aware of Shipping and Return Policies: As we mentioned above, most online retailers will deliver the couch right to your door (but the rest is up to you). However, some offer white-glove delivery, where a team brings the couch into your home and sets it up for you. Typically, this service costs anywhere from $115 to $200. Either way, you want to make sure to look at the return policy when you’re making a seating purchase that you can’t test out beforehand. Specifically, be sure to pay attention to how long the item is eligible for a return, and what will be reimbursed when it’s sent back (AKA shipping and assembly).
5. Decide Your Budget: Last but not least, you want to set a maximum spending limit so you don’t fall in love with something that’s thousands more than you’re willing to spend. Be sure to look at the reviews—particularly ones with photos—from customers who have had the piece for a while. Experts like Konig stress the importance of choosing a high-quality couch—even if it doesn’t come cheap. “I think the sofa is one of the biggest furniture commitments that you [can] make. Even cheap sofas cost a lot of money, so it’s worth spending a bit more and going for quality. That way, it should be with you for many years to come.”
20 Places to Buy a Couch in 2022
- Pros: High-end seating options, durable, white-glove delivery options, 90-day returns, flat fee shipping
- Cons: Expensive, does not offer returns on customizable options
We love Crate and Barrel for its modern yet timeless sophistication (that consistently nails the top interior design trends). Seating options range from modern armless sofas finished in top-grain leather to modular, linen cloud sectionals with curved ottomans (that are simply beyond). The best part? Most items allow for versatile customization, including seat depth, fabric finish, frame material and modular arrangements for sectionals. The brand also offers free online design services and $119 white-glove delivery services (for items over $999).
- Pros: Modern luxury style, high-quality, white-glove delivery options, flat-fee shipping, 30-day returns on stock furniture
- Cons: Does not accept returns on made-to-order items, no online returns for stock furniture
CB2 is a sub-brand of Crate and Barrel—albeit at a lower price—so this one should come as no surprise. Yet, while both have similar aesthetics, CB2’s seating has a more minimalist feel, from a soft white boucle sectional with plush channel tufting on all sides to this vintage '70s Italian-inspired sofa that boasts a sleek, sculptural silhouette. And if your style skews more mid-century modern, we suggest you scope out its Paul Mccobb Collection, which includes everything from a thin, metal-legged outdoor loveseat to an octagon corner sofa that screams contemporary, retro luxury. Oh, and did we mention that this brand also includes free online design services?
- Pros: Luxury artisan style, unique designs, flat-fee shipping, 60-day returns, $149 white-glove delivery
- Cons: Expensive, made-to-order items are not returnable, long shipping estimates
If you haven’t heard of Lulu and Georgia, you’re definitely missing out. The brand has an upscale-meets-artisan vibe and carries all kinds of seating—from a plush, polished chaise lounger and a woven-cane daybed to a curved sectional with upholstered beam legs that’s so cool it’s almost worth the $8,498 splurge. And while pieces hinge on classic contemporary, you can mix things up with customizable materials—from velvet and mink to mohair to chenille. Just remember that made-to-order items are non-refundable and shipping estimates can last up to 24 weeks.
- Pros: Classic boho style, high-end materials, flat-fee shipping, $149 white-glove delivery, 30-day returns
- Cons: Expensive, some items are subject to a restocking fee when returned
Anthropologie has long been known for its boho sensibility, but we’ve recently seen the brand cross over to the contemporary side with sleek lines, refined materials and neutral colorways (as seen on products like this rounded boucle sofa and this slip-covered sectional). Still, Anthro has the best boho homewares on the market, and its new Goleta seating collection showcases the best of updated ‘70s style. If you’re familiar with their clothing, then you already know these pieces don’t come cheap. Still, the high-quality materials and construction make Anthro items well worth the investment.
- Pros: Contemporary glam style, carries luxury designer brands, white-glove service is included in shipping cost, 30-day returns
- Cons: Expensive, $10 fee is added to items returned after 15 days of delivery
Like Crate and Barrel and CB2, Horchow is one of our all-time favorites for its luxe-contemporary seating. However, unlike the aforementioned, its collection features a smattering of upscale-glam elements that lend pieces an heirloom, antique quality (providing a more timeless look). We’re coveting a handful of new arrivals, from this to a handcrafted sofa with faux-fur upholstery that’s simply *to die for*.
6. Pottery Barn
- Pros: Classic American style, durable, 30-day returns, flat-fee shipping and white-glove delivery
- Cons: Expensive, made-to-order items are non-eligible for returns
Perhaps you already know Pottery Barn for its classic American heritage aesthetic. But we’re loving some of the brand’s riskier offerings, from this scrolled-arm settee and French-inspired daybed sleeper to a U-shaped sectional with structured square arms. Still, if you’re looking for timeless furniture and decor, this is one of our longtime go-to stores.
7. All Modern
- Pros: Mid-century modern style with a hint of glam, free in-home delivery, moderate price point, free shipping
- Cons: 30-day return policy does not cover items that have been assembled
All Modern is one of the more affordable online destinations for mid-century modern seating—from sleek, square-arm sleepers and curvy loveseats to customizable sectionals that start at $850. As for style, think Mad Men with a glitzy, ‘80s metallic spin. Plus, the brand offers *free* in-home delivery during which the team brings your couch inside to your room of choice, assembles it and removes the packaging from your home.
- Pros: Sophisticated farmhouse style, affordable, 90-day returns, offers flat-fee assembly
- Cons: Less durable options
If you’ve seen Target's latest home collection, this one probably comes as no surprise. While it’s definitely a one-stop shop for boho lovers, it also has a range of contemporary meets farmhouse-style seating options. Think: elegant, tufted chesterfield sofas and futons. We recommend you hone in on their brand partnership with Studio McGee for everything from contemporary metal patio loveseats to linen-upholstered sectionals with soft-neutral tones.
- Pros: Upscale designer options, exclusive pieces, versatile price range, 3-day return window, white-glove delivery
- Cons: Delivery fee will not be refunded, 15-percent restocking fee is applied to preference returns, includes delivery fees on multi-item orders
Sure, Bloomingdales has one of the best denim selections around. But did you know that it’s also hiding some seriously chic homewares? The furniture section alone is packed with pieces from well-known designers like a postmodern 3-seater designed by Jacques Deneef and this minimalist Giuseppe Nicoletti sectional available in multiple finishes. Plus, the retailer offers tons of exclusive furniture options and collaborations that you can’t find anywhere else.
- Pros: Vintage, one-of-a-kind pieces, versatile price range, most items ship within 3 business days, white-glove delivery available upon request
- Cons: Sales are final after 48 hours of delivery
Calling all vintage-design lovers: If you don’t have Chairish on your radar, we suggest you scope out the site ASAP. It has thousands upon thousands of pre-loved seating options in every style imaginable, with prices ranging from $494 for a sleeper Sofa by Martin Visser to $3,070 for a French cognac leather sofa by Michel Ducaroy for Ligne Roset that you can’t find anywhere else. It’s also worth mentioning that all items are insured for the full sale price against any possible damage.
- Pros: Minimalist Scandi-style designs, free shipping on orders over $75, free returns, white-glove and curbside delivery options
- Cons: 15-day return policy
If you’re interested in heightening Crate and Barrel’s modern vibe, look no further than Danish design company Horne. While its furnishings and decor flaunt a similar neutral palette, they also strike a more hygge, Scandi-style look. With interesting lines and unexpected silhouettes, most pieces can be used as minimalist statement makers—from a futuristic-looking leather loveseat to a hinged, two-seater sofa that can double as a daybed.
- Pros: Modern, European-inspired designs, free shipping on orders over $100, 30-day returns, eligible for exchanges, curbside and in-home delivery options
- Cons: Refunds are reduced by a restocking charge equal to 10 percent of the purchase price for orders that do not exceed $500 per item
Hungry for a more modern minimalist vibe? Design Within Reach is a staple in the interior design world for its European minimalist furnishings that can add texture and dimension to a space. And if the items feel familiar to you, it’s probably because influencers love DWR; the best-selling Muse loveseat has become an IG sensation.
- Pros: Carries minimalist designer brands, exclusive styles, free shipping on orders over $50, white-glove delivery, 30-day returns
- Cons: Expensive
2Modern is *another* modern-minimalist brand that offers exclusive designer seating options. Because most items are manufactured and shipped from around the globe, they’re definitely pricier. Still, if you’re truly in the market for a piece that lives up to its ‘exclusive designer’ moniker, the brand carries everything from Kelly Wearstler’s famous lip sofa to classic cozy 3-piece sectional by Blu Dot.
14. Albany Park
- Pros: Moderate price, apartment-friendly packaging, 30-day returns, simple seating options
- Cons: Limited selection
A hidden gem you probably haven’t heard of? Albany Park. This brand was created with simplicity and affordability in mind. The shop features three seating collections—Albany, Park and Kova—that include everything from sectionals and loveseats to armchairs and ottomans. Plus, everything comes in lightweight, apartment-friendly packaging that can easily be maneuvered in stairwells and tight hallways.
15. West Elm
- Pros: Mid-century modern style, moderate price range, unlimited flat rate shipping, white-glove delivery
- Cons: No returns on made-to-order items
ICYMI, West Elm has gotten an understated upgrade on its signature mid-century silhouettes. Its furnishings maintain the same shapes but have been updated with neutral color palettes, and there’s a selection of handmade artisan decor with trendy, unexpected textures. Take it from some of their best sellers, like a modular chenille sectional and an ultra-fluffy daybed that’s available in a range of retro-style hues.
- Pros: Chic and affordable options, large selection, free ground shipping on all orders, in-room delivery service, 30-day returns
- Cons: Assembly is not included with in-home delivery
Hayneedle is one of the more affordable options on this list and sells everything from wicker outdoor seating sets under $500 to overstuffed modular sectionals that start at $800. And lucky for you, its furniture and decor span almost every design style—from farmhouse, cottagecore and coastal to transitional, and minimalist.
- Pros: Sleek and minimalist designs, $99 in-room delivery, free exchanges, 30-day returns
- Cons: Charges an extra $169 fee for in-room assembly
Article is a go-to for pieces that have clean lines and understated colors with premium materials and manufacturing. The brand carries everything from buildable sectionals and cushy loveseats to sleeper sofas that include a memory foam mattress—and it even has a ‘shop by room’ feature if you’re someone who needs to see items in a space before purchasing. What’s more, the brand offers a flat $49 shipping fee on all orders—regardless of the size of your item(s)—and in-home delivery and assembly options that start at $99.
- Pros: Boho meets art-deco style, affordable, free 30-day returns, free shipping on orders over $50
- Cons: Additional $149 delivery fee on oversized items, no white-glove delivery
In the last few years, Urban Outfitters has rebranded itself from ‘kitschy college dorm room’ to ‘upscale Brooklyn loft.’ And, its seating collection in particular has gotten an elevated, art-deco facelift in the last few years. Never would we ever expect to see this woven postmodern sofa or its modular outdoor sectional in UO’s spring collection. But we are here for it.
- Pros: Scandi-style, free shipping, easy assembly, 30-day return policy, eco-friendly materials
- Cons: Doesn’t offer white-glove delivery
If sustainability is essential to your bottom line, consider shopping at . This brand is dedicated to combating the “fast furniture” trend by crafting functional pieces with premium, durable materials. Plus, we love how, in addition to a Scandi-style aesthetic, their seating is designed with functionality in mind—from this sofa’s built-in USB charger to a sectional with customizable performance velvet fabric.
20. Floyd Home
- Pros: Durable, easy-to-assemble, affordable, 30-day returns, eco-friendly materials
- Cons: Limited selection
Floyd Home began as a Kickstarter campaign in 2015 and raised 14 times its initial goal—mainly because the brand was founded on the belief that furniture should be built with modern living in mind. The shop sells a range of simple-to-build, affordable pieces—think two- to three-seater sofas and performance fabric sectionals—which include customizable size, fabric and frame material options.