If you asked the average person "what's the most important piece of furniture in your home?", what do you think they would say?
Probably their couch, right?
The couch is the centerpiece of most living spaces, and it plays a central role in a lot of what we do at home. In fact, over the course of its lifetime, the average couch will see families sit down and watch 6,509 hours of movies and TV, 2,414 hours sleeping or napping, 1,390 hours of work and 2,728 spillages.
But hunting for the perfect sofa is hard. We want to make it easier. If you're looking for the perfect affordable couch for your home, without compromising on style or quality, you've come to the right place.
We've curated a list of the best affordable sofas out there — each recommended to us by an industry expert. And we've also prepped some tips on how to choose the perfect couch, and listed some sofa brands to check out too.
If you asked the average person,
The Seaton is a mid-century-inspired sofa that's undeniably eye-catching. "With a timeless look, this sofa from AllModern has an expensive feel, from the brass legs to the velvet upholstery," says Caitlyn Davidian, owner of Studio C Interiors and advisor to HomeLife Digest. "It has sturdy legs and a tight upholstery construction which is key to look for when trying to purchase a sofa under $1,000. "
With a timeless look, this sofa from All Modern has an expensive feel
Materials: Kiln-dried hardwood frame, metal legs, velvet upholstery.
Dimensions: 32'' Height, 87'' Width, 34'' Depth
Color options: Blue, Green, Blush Pink
The Magner is minimalist and sleek sofa, exclusive to Urban Outfiiters. Each Magner is made to order just for you and features high back and sides, and four throw pillows.
"The look does not match the price tag on the Magner Sofa," says home decor and styling expert Adele Beiny. "I love the cleanliness and modern look of this sofa while remaining cozy."
The look does not match the price tag on the Magner Sofa
Materials: Metal base
Dimensions: 31.89" Height, 77.56” Width, 34.65” Depth
Color options: Dark Grey, Cream
"Coming in right at $1,000 this is a great investment," says Caitlyn Davidian. "With it’s tight tufted back, stainless steel legs and wire spring suspension, you can expect to get your money’s worth out of this piece."
Holden is a classically designed sofa and features slim track arms and tufted seat/back cushions. Its modern grey color will fit with almost any room.
Coming in right at $1,000 this is a great investment
Materials: Stainless steel legs, wire spring suspension, polyester upholstery
Dimensions: 31" Height, 76" Width, 36" Depth
Color options: Felt Grey
The Ivory Feather Fill Brynn Sofa by World Market, was recommended by two of our interior design experts. "This sofa takes comfort to the max being that the cushions are down-filled. Not only is it comfortable but it is crafted of solid pine wood and the cushions are reversible," says interior designer Ashlie Smith.
And Jen Stark, founder of Happy DIY Home adds: "The neutral tone slipcovers and soft down pillows give an expensive feel to this plush sofa. With the addition of stylish throw cushions it can rival more expensive counterparts.
Materials: Solid pine wood frame with polyester-nylon upholstery, feather filling and rubberwood feet
Dimensions: 33" Height, 86” Width, 38" Depth
Color options: One color (pictured above)
The Prado sofa is designed to be simple, elegant and natural. "This sofa has such a chic silhouette, it’s simple, elegant and natural," says Caitlyn Davidian. "The cushion-less construction will be great for wear and tear, simply because it does not have anything that could become loose or detachable. Industry West is a great resource for quality pieces at affordable costs."
The cushion-less construction will be great for wear and tear
Materials: 100% Poly woven upholstery and Poly foam filling
Dimensions: 16.5" Seat Height, 63" Width, 30.3" Depth
The Sofa by Bundle is a sleek and contemporary sofa that's designed for modern living. It was created to be taken apart as easily as it sets up, so if you're moving home or just having a re-arrange of your living space, The Sofa can be super flexible.
Every Bundle Sofa comes with a 60-day risk-free trial period, so you're not 100% satisfied you can get your money back and free returns.
Materials: Mixed hardwood frame, soft polyester blend covers
Dimensions: 31" Height, 79” Width, 35" Depth
Color options: Snow White, Indigo Blue, Sand Beige, Steel Grey, Pebble Light Grey
"The Jaime was once almost $1,800, so get it while it's hot," says Adele Beiny. "This sofa is a great addition to any space and has a flexible aesthetic that can be used in a variety of settings."
Crafted from solid wood, The Jamie is a sleek modern sofa that will fit perfectly in any mid-century setting. Its frame showcases four slightly splayed, tapered and it’s upholstered in foam-filled fabric.
This sofa is a great addition to any space
Materials: Solid wood legs and frame, upholstered in foam-filled fabric
Dimensions: 32.28" Height, 79.13” Width, 36.6" Depth
Color options: Dust Blue, Grey, Light Grey
The Park sofa is modern, sophisticated and designed to maneuver through tight spaces. This sofa is shipped in apartment-friendly, space-conscious boxes. and can be assembled without any tools in around five minutes.
Every Albany Park sofa also comes with a 30-day home trial, so if you don't love your sofa they'll take it back no questions asked.
Materials: Kiln-dried hardwood frame
Dimensions: 35" Height, 82” Width, 35" Depth
Color options: Blue Velvet, Olive Velvet, Grey Fabric, Distressed Vegan Leather,
"I don’t love all of Ikea, but every now and again they have a stand out piece that’s versatile and doesn’t look 'slimmer budget', The Soderhamn is a great example," says Adele Beiny.
The Soderhamn sofa has deep seats (27.5" seat depth) and moveable back cushions so comfortable sit back and relax. The Soderhamn sofa series has a number of components that can all be used freestanding or put together into exactly the sofa combination you want and need.
Materials: Plywood, Fiberboard, Molded beech plywood, Felt liner, Steel, Solid wood, Hollow polyester fibers, and Non-woven polypropylene
Dimensions: 32" Height, 78” Width, 39” Depth
Color options: Turquoise, White, Dark Grey, Light Pink, Orange, Beige/Brown
The 71-Inch Calais Sofa is crafted from sturdy rubberwood and its timeless design will add a touch of elegance to any room. "Modern, stylish and comfortable. This sofa has a sturdy construction and beautiful upholstery," says Ashlie Smith. "This is surely going to elevate any room and become that statement piece you were looking for, all while being comfortable as well."
Modern, stylish and comfortable. This sofa has a sturdy construction and beautiful upholstery.
Materials: Rubberwood frame
Dimensions: 32" Height, 71” Width, 33.25” Depth
Color options: Tufting Green
The Esteban is a 3-person sofa with large, foam-filled cushions making it incredibly comfortable. Its sloped arms are perfect for curling up with a good book or your favorite TV series.
"The lines on the backrest of the couch add a chic feel," says Brandon Smith, DIY and decor expert. "It dominates the room when positioned as a centerpiece and the wooden legs blend in nicely with just about any type of flooring you have."
"When I sat on it, I was blown away by the steadiness of the couch," continues Smith. "The backrest and sides are the perfect combination of comfortable, yet firm."
Materials: TSCA plywood and 100% Polyester
Dimensions: 33.5" Height, 84.5” Width, 33.75" Depth
Color options: Cloud Grey, Blackberry, Teal, Light Blush, Beige, Wine
The Burrard sofa by Article is perfect for those that love an angular mid-century look. And one of our experts... "I love this one so much, I own it," Adele Beiny told us. "Article makes very affordable, high quality contemporary pieces that suit almost any design style."
If you're looking for more than just one sofa, Article has a more options in the Burrard range including a sectional, ottoman and armchair.
Materials: Kiln dried pine wood frame, 100% Polyester fabric
Dimensions: 33" Height, 67” Width, 35" Depth
Color options: Forest Green, Graphite Grey, Seasalt Grey, Stone Blue
The Brooklyn is perfect for lounging around and catching up with your favorite book or TV series. It's tall, cozy and provides the perfect balance of support and squish and a little bit of bounce. By selling direct-to-consumer, Inside Weather is able to offer high-quality sofas at affordable prices.
Materials: Kiln dried solid wood, baltic birch plywood, 100% recycled down alternative topper
Dimensions: 35.5" Height, 85.25” Width, 33.5" Depth
Color options: Forest Green, Graphite Grey, Seasalt Grey, Stone Blue
The Sofa by Floyd is modern, modular sofa that comes with a 10-year warranty. The Sofa comes in easy-to-move boxes and can be assembled and taken apart easily so it can fit through any doorway.
Materials: Top Grade birch plywood, powder-coated steel
Dimensions: 32" Height, 60” Width, 31" Depth
Color options: Lunar Grey, Saffron, Mist, Ocean Dive, Oat
Buying a new sofa is a big commitment, and even an affordable couch is often costs a lot of money. So when you hit purchase, you want to be sure you're making the right choice
Here are two tips to help you choose the perfect sofa:
Most brands will display reviews on their websites, and though you might feel these reviews could be a little biased they are a great starting point to learn more about a sofa before you buy. Look out for what people say about the fit, comfort, and durability. It's also worth digging into the delivery and assembly process to see how easy it'll be to get your sofa setup in the perfect spot.
Aside from brand websites, here are a few more ways to check reviews for sofas:
One of the key things you want to look at to assess the quality of a sofa is the materials it's made from. Ideally, you want to pick up a sofa that's made of the strongest possible materials — especially if you want it to last a long time.
Kiln-dried hardwood is one of the best woods for a sofa frame, and will likely lead to a studier, longer-lasting sofa that plywood. If you're choosing between a few options and one is made from plywood whereas the other one is hardwood — always go with the hardwood option.
Many brands are also opting to use sustainably sourced woods and this is incredibly important if you're keen to buy a more eco-friendly and sustainably made couch.
When it comes to the sofa covers and fabrics, you want to ensure they will be easy to wipe clean and withstand the general wear and tear your sofa will face over the years.
There are plenty of brands out there offering affordable couches, and sometimes the best way to find a couch you love is to first decide on which brand you'd like to purchase from.
The below list features a range of affordable couch brands that are worth checking out as you search for your new centerpiece.