The 12 Best Sofas for Small Spaces of 2023

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If you’re shopping for a sofa for your small space, whether it’s an apartment, a condo, or a narrow rowhouse, you might feel like you’re stuck shopping in the kids’ section. While scrolling through plain fabrics and simple silhouettes, it can seem like the big living rooms have all the fun. 

But wait a minute, that doesn’t have to be the case at all! There’s an incredible range of small space-friendly sofas that pack a punch with modern lines, stylish upholstery, modular versatility, and eye-catching design — and they’ll fit in your petite living space.

From chaises to sectionals, loveseats, futons, and beyond, we’ve rounded up the 12 best couches and sofas for small spaces in 2023.

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At Living Cozy, we produce our content alongside interior design and home decor experts. In this guide, you’ll advice from:

1. Range

Burrow Range Sofa

Brand: Burrow
Price: $935 + free shipping
Dimensions: 60.5" L x 31" D x 28" H

“Burrow is one of my go-to brands when designing for small spaces, especially their Range sofa. The modular options make it simple to configure something that fits like it was made for each space,” says Castro.

We love the minimalist, clean-lined 2-Piece One Arm sofa for a small space and for its flexibility. If you have a bit more room (or you move in the future!), you can add on additional pieces thanks to Range’s Universal Modular Design feature. Even within the two-seater sofa itself, you can arrange the two pieces in multiple ways. That versatility is key in a small living room, particularly if you need to use your living space for multiple uses.

Available in four stain-resistant, easy cleaning fabric options and three leg colors, this sofa is customizable to your exact preferences. It also offers a supportive, firm seat and back cushions, which will stand up to heavy use. Want to dive more into the details? Check out our full review on the Range sofa series from Burrow here.

Shop now at burrow.com

2. Tyler Sofa

Tyler Sofa

Brand: BenchMade Modern
Price: $3,693
Dimensions: 80” or 85” L x 37” D x 23” H

With two available options for width, 80” or 85”, the Tyler Sofa from BenchMade is a clean-lined small space sofa that’s perfect for lounging and lazy weekend days. With a low profile silhouette and a chaise-inspired, button-tufted back, it adds a touch of sleek sophistication to any room.

“The BenchMade Modern Tyler sofa with bumper is a top pick for a smaller space. It’s a unique piece of furniture, and the eye-catching exposed legs give a feeling of lightness to a smaller space. Plus, the bumper on the side of your choosing helps to make the room look more open,” says Megan Torres.

The medium firm sofa has a high-density foam tight back and comes in fabric or leather upholstery with exposed wood legs. There’s a lifetime warranty so you can feel confident knowing this one’s built to last.

Shop now at benchmademodern.com

3. Allform Loveseat

Allform Loveseat

Brand: Allform
Price: $1,681
Dimensions: 63” L x 38” D x 34” H

Allform comes from the team at Helix Sleep, so you know they know comfort. And, even better, they also understand convenience. Their products are fast to ship and easy to put together. Famously, they require no tools for assembly.

While Allform is known for their variety of customizable modular sofas, the Allform Loveseat is a simple, angular style that works with everything from mid-century modern to classic decor. With a pine wood frame and fiber high-grade poly foam cushions in a selection of 9 performance fabric colors or top-grain protected leather options, these USA-made sofas are an awesome option for those who want a small space option that doesn’t sacrifice quality.

Shop now at allform.com

4. Adams Loveseat

Adams Sofa

Brand: Castelry
Price: $1,119
Dimensions: 72” L x 35.4” W x 33.1” H

If you love the details, then the Castlery Adams Loveseat could be for you. This cozy and compact sofa comes in four crowd-pleasing fabrics, but the real star is the sleek, luxe color options available for the legs. You can choose from black, brass, or silver to complement your Pearl Beige, Dove Grey, Jet Black Velvet, or Indigo Blue fabric preference.

And, with a silhouette that is both tailored and relaxed at the same time, as well as comfortable, curl-up-with-them side pillows, the Adams Loveseat is a small space sofa that can grow with you. Castro notes, “Castlery’s sofas are also pretty compact in size, yet have a standard look to them. The Adams Sofa comes in a few neutral fabrics and has a super streamlined look!”

Shop now at castlery.com

5. The Floyd Sofa

Floyd Sofa

Brand: Floyd
Price: Starting at $1,180
Dimensions: 60” L x 31” D x 32” H

Not only are Floyd sofas made with sustainable materials, they’re also some of the most unique designs we’ve seen on the market — and they come in a petite 60” width, perfect for studio apartments. Here’s the rundown. A black powder-coated steel frame supports a solid wood base, available in birch walnut, or upholstered, and stain-resistant fabric on the cushions comes in a choice of six different colors. The result is a comfortable, lounge-worthy sofa that offers strong, built-for-a-lifetime support.

The Floyd Sofa is made to stand up to pets, kids, and everything in between, plus, it’s easy to assemble yourself, even if you don’t know your way around a toolbox. Knowing many of their customers don’t stay in one place, this sofa is also designed to move with you. It won’t fall apart between apartment A and apartment B. This is one you’ll have for years to come.

Shop now at floydhome.com

6. Melrose Loveseat

Melrose Loveseat

Brand: Apt2B
Price: $2,028
Dimensions: 68" L x 39" D x 34" H

The Melrose Loveseat has a commanding presence with low profile square arms that give you a place to set a book or, if you’re daring, perhaps a cup of tea. It takes up only 68” across, but its personality is so much more bold. With exposed block legs that come in three options and over 57 choices for fabric colors, you have the ability to customize everything from a Peacock Velvet sofa with Espresso legs to a Green Apple tweed with Pecan legs. The possibilities are practically endless with the Melrose Loveseat.

There are no tools required to put this simple, made in the USA sofa together and it comes with a lifetime guarantee, which makes it ideal for nomads and apartment dwellers.

Shop now at apt2b.com

7. Park Sofa

Park Sofa

Brand: Albany Park
Price: $1,799
Dimensions: 82" L x 35" H x 35" D

Available in 8 color options, including Distressed Vegan faux Leather, Blue Velvet, and Boucle, as well as two leg options, black or gold, the sophisticated Park Sofa is a refined option for someone who’s looking for a timeless sofa that feels light and modern in a small space.

"One issue with traditional sofas is they are huge, unwieldy, and difficult to get in and out of spaces," explains Albany Park co-founder Darryl Sharpton. The Park Sofa, on the other hand, is sturdy and supportive, but, because of its exposed legs, low profile arms, and sleek silhouette, it doesn’t add to the visual weight of the room.

With mid-century styling and a luxe feel, this sofa looks like an investment piece and the 82” L will work in many small spaces, but also won’t feel too tiny if you do find yourself moving to a larger home.

Shop now at albanypark.com

8. The Essential Loveseat

Sabai Essential Loveseat

Brand: Sabai
Price: $1,095
Dimensions: 62” L x 34” D x 32” H

"Requests for a loveseat were coming in from the start. In our customer surveys, it was our most requested item," says Phantila Phataraprasit, co-founder of Sabai, a New York-based BIPOC, women-founded furniture brand.

So Sabai created the Essential Loveseat, a small space-ready sofa with an FSC-certified wood frame, wood legs made from domestically-sourced maple, metal legs made from non-toxic machined solid aluminum, and cushions made with CertiPUR-US certified high resiliency foam. Plus, all of their fabric options, including recycled velvet and upcycled poly, are sustainably crafted. This 62” wide sofa is ready for the tiniest of studio apartments and the most sustainably-minded of small space dwellers.

Shop now at sabai.design

9. Sven Sofa

Sven Sofa

Brand: Article
Price: $1,099
Dimensions: 34"H x 72"W x 38"D

If you’ve ever been on Instagram, you know the Sven Sofa, particular that gorgeous leather sofa version, even if you don’t yet know its name. The Sven Sofa is one of Article’s most popular styles and it’s available in a smaller, apartment-ready size with 2.5 medium firm seats, but with the same sturdy corner blocked wood frame, high density foam with polyester filling, and loose seat and back cushions for ready-to-relax comfort.

Available in leather, velvet, and fabric options, this retro style feels like something out of a mid-century movie, with its stark lines, bolster pillows, and tufted seat. All you need is a record player and a funky 1960s lamp to complete the look.

Shop now at article.com

10. Miller 55.91'' Upholstered Loveseat

Miller 55.91'' Upholstered Loveseat

Brand: AllModern
Price: $940
Dimensions: 55.91'' W x 34.65'' D x 31.88'' H

The most petite sofa of the bunch, the AllModern Miller Upholstered Loveseat clocks in at just under 56” wide. With recessed arms and tailored cushions, it has an elegant, Scandinavian-insipred design that won’t overwhelm a small space or studio apartment.

The seat cushions are both stain resistant and removable for easy cleaning, making this the perfect loveseat for homes where your sofa is your home base for everything from eating to lounging to working from home. It has a solid wood frame and is available in four colors, including Light Gray, Dark Gray, Venga Blue, and Cream.

Shop now at allmodern.com

11. Bristol Sleeper Futon

Bristol Sleeper Futon

Brand: Rove Concepts
Price: $2,249
Dimensions: 82” L x 37” D x 34.3” H

Forget the basic sofa beds and futons of your college days. The Bristol Sleeper Futon has a sculptural, sumptuous look, with sloping, geometric arm rests and a bench cushion for a high-style home decor look. Available in four velvet and felt fabric options and brass metal or brushed steel legs, this versatile sofa gives you the option to create a guest bedroom where they isn’t one — or to let your guest bedroom multitask on those occasions when you do have family or friends visiting.

“I love the Bristol Sleeper Futon from Rove Concepts. By day it functions as a comfortable sofa and at night you can easily convert it into a double bed. It also comes in lots of different fabric and finish options,” says Simpson.

Shop now at roveconcepts.com

12. Hargrove

Hargrove Sofa

Brand: West Elm
Price: $1,699 - $2,799
Dimensions: 68" L x 36.6" D x 32.7” H

Your coastal grandmother dreams can come true with West Elm’s Hargrove Sofa, a simple, elegant sofa with a solid pine frame and solid ash wood base and legs in a perfectly light Dune finish. Available in dozens of fabric choices, this small space sofa is relaxed yet tailored, modern yet classic, and it includes two throw pillows for those Sunday afternoon naps.

It also comes in two additional sizes, if you happen to have a little more room in your home. Simpson says, “West Elm’s Hargrove Sofa is another favorite. It comes in three different sizes, the smallest being 68” wide, so you have some flexibility in choosing the best size for your space. I love the simple, clean lines, and the exposed wood base which adds a beautiful warmth to the design.”

Shop now at westelm.com

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What to Look for in a Sofa for a Small Space

Accessibility

Measurements can be deceiving and for anyone who’s ever called a sofa repairman, you know that there’s an entire business model relying on your inability to know whether an apartment sofa will fit through your front door. That’s why McDonald says, “When designing for my clients with smaller spaces, the first thing that I do is ensure the sofa can fit through hallways and then into the room. I want to ensure that whichever sofa I select will fit through the entry doors, hallways, elevator, and stairwells.”

Particularly in city apartments or older homes, this can be a struggle. McDonald adds, “It's something my clients don't often think of, but I have seen too many homes where people are struggling to get the oversized sectional into an elevator or up a narrow staircase — this happened to my neighbors this week!”

Budget

Sofas are one of the biggest living room furniture purchases you will make and, if you’re in a small space now, but don’t plan on being in one forever, it can be painful to sink major dollars into a tiny sofa. There are two ways to accommodate this dilemma. The first is to buy a modular sofa that you can add onto later.

The second is a bit more straightforward. “I ask my clients if they will be residing in that smaller space for five years or more. If so, they can go with a more high-quality sofa.  If it's less than five years. I tend to suggest budget friendly sofas as the clients may possibly be living in a larger space that will require larger furniture in the future,” says McDonald.

Sofa Dimensions

The #1 tip when choosing a small sofa or small sectional is to choose the right size. You want to maximize your space and seating, but you want a room with a sofa, not a room that is a sofa. “When it comes to the size of your sofa, the right size sofa should anchor the room, not consume it. To keep your sofa proportional to the room, the length of your sofa should not be more than 2/3rd the size of your space. For example, if your room length is 120” long, then you want to keep your sofa at around 80”,” says Patrician.

Choosing the right sofa size could also mean making the most of your square footage by opting for a proportional sofa, but pairing it with complementary furniture. “Make sure the sofa fits proportionally within the space. Many people make the mistake of picking the largest possible piece of furniture to seat more, but this can look clunky and too oversized. A smaller sofa paired with a chair or two can accomplish the same thing but look better in a small room,” explains Megan Torres.

But don’t think that more is more, or you could end up with a cluttered space that feels even smaller. Castro recommends, “To avoid making the space feel crowded, don’t try and bring in multiple pieces of smaller scale furniture. Instead, opt for a standard size sofa and fill in any other corner with a minimal chair. This will allow you to maximize seating in your room, without making the space feel tight with lots of pieces.”

Sofa Style

With size and budget nailed down, now comes the fun part. Styles for small sofas, small sectionals, chaises, settees, and more are limitless, but not every style is going to work in every room. Some looks are better reserved for large, grand spaces, while others let a small space show off and appear bigger than it actually is. You can have a ball with color options, fabrics, and upholstery, but Joyner recommends, “When choosing a sofa for a small space, keep your lines clean. Forget the rolled arms and high back, go for a sofa that is super tailored.”

Speaking of rolled arms, another reason, beyond aesthetics, to leave those in larger rooms is the amount of square footage they take up. “While most of us can determine the correct size of couch needed, it is important to note that many sofas have large, rolled arms. These arms can take up to 12 inches in space of which could be otherwise used for an end table. As a result, selecting a slim armed sofa provides more seating space,” says McDonald. If it’s not adding to the comfort, let it go.

A light and airy look with clean lines will take up less visual space in a room, which is exactly why so many small space sofas have a mid-century inspired look. Megan Torres says, “One tip is to pick a sofa that sits up higher on thin legs. Visually, this will make the room look larger and the sofa will look lighter. Or, look for a sofa with a bumper on one end, rather than an arm, as this helps to open up the room.”

There are also options that allow you to look beyond the standard sofa, and some of these options can give you a charming, vintage look, or a clean-lined, modern sofa style. “Apart from size, you might want to consider functionality. If you’re limited on space maybe you want a sofa that can also double as a guest bed. In this case, look for a sofa where the back lays flat, similar to a futon style or a sofa that has a pull out mattress,” explains Simpson.

Additionally, “Try choosing a fabric color that blends in with the walls so it doesn’t feel like it’s taking up a huge chunk of the room. If your walls are white or simply a light color, opt for a lighter color sofa so it visually feels like it's blending in with the rest of the space,” says Castro. Add in color and pattern through throw pillows, blankets, art, and more. Let your sofa serve as the backdrop and the foundation of the room.

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Small Space Sofa FAQs

Which type of sofa is best for a small living room?

With a small living space, versatility is key. Your living room sofa may need to serve as a workplace during the day, lounging spot in the evening, and a guest bedroom on the weekends. “The best type of sofa is one that is multi-purpose such as a sofa that converts to a bed at night,” explains Simpson. Consider a futon or sleeper sofa for your small living room.

Can a corner sofa work in a small living room?

There’s no one straight answer! Castro says, “There are many modular corner sofa options out there. Corner sofas maximize seating and look visually appealing in rooms that have a lot of wall space.” A corner sofa can help open up your room and give you more floor space, while also maximizing spaces to lounge and making it more comfortable for a group to sit down.

However, Simpson offers a differing opinion. “It really depends on the size and configuration of your space. Sometimes a corner or “L-shaped” sofa can feel constricting in a small space if there are arms on each end. In some cases it’s better to go with a chaise style sofa that feels a bit more open and airy,” says Simpson.

Written by
Heather Bien
Heather Bien is a Washington, DC-based writer whose work appears on Apartment Therapy, MyDomaine, Martha Stewart Weddings, mindbodygreen, and more. She previously worked in interior design and still can't resist redecorating every chance she gets.

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