Whether you’re flicking through your favorite home design Instagram accounts or watching your favorite show on TV, you’ll likely see plenty of alluring mid-century pieces featured in a range of living spaces.
But what exactly is Mid-Century Modern?
According to Curbed the term “mid-century” can be hard to define, but “it broadly describes architecture, furniture, and graphic design from the middle of the 20th century (roughly 1933 to 1965, though some would argue the period is specifically limited to 1947 to 1957),” explains writer Laura Fenton.
The movement started in America and its furniture is often defined by clean, curved lines, and tapered legs. Mid-Century sofas work incredibly well as a focal point in your living space and can blend with other more contemporary furniture styles easily.
If Mid-Century is your thing and you’re looking for the best sofa for your home, here are 10 brands offering some of the best Mid-Century furniture available today.
10 Best Places to Buy a Mid-Century Modern Sofa
Burrow launched in 2016 after its founders had long struggled with couches that are either too cheap and flimsy or heavy and expensive. The brand takes a direct-to-consumer approach, and by rethinking supply chains it is able to remove all retail markups and over 70% of standard shipping costs.
Its unique take on Mid-Century Modern blends the age-old classic aesthetics like clean lines and tapered legs with modern manufacturing, materials, and features.
Burrow’s sofas are handcrafted from sturdy, sustainably-sourced hardwood and scratch- and stain-resistant, non-toxic fabrics. Each sofa is also modular by design with plenty of configuration options and opportunities to expand with extra seats, added tables, and more. They’re also delivered to your door in easy-to-move boxes, so there’s no need to wrestle your new sofa through tight hallways and doors.
Burrow sofas start at around $1,295.
2. Rove Concepts
Founded in the Pacific Northwest in 2011, Rove Concepts specializes in all things Mid-Century Modern.
“Super stylish, great pricing, and many customizable features,” says Lisa Queen founder & principal designer of Lisa Queen Design speaking on Rove Concepts. “Rove also pays close attention to the quality and sourcing of materials, selecting sustainably whenever possible.”
If you're looking for a mid-century modern sofa, you can't go far wrong with the Luca. Made with high-quality materials and built to last with a Kiln-dried hardwood frame with clean lines and solid ash wood tapered legs, it’s a perfect blend of modern and Mid-Century design.
3. Albany Park
Founded by Jessica and Daryll Sharpton, Albany Park aims to eliminate decision fatigue and offers a range of 3 models that meet the needs of the modern consumer.
Its Albany Collection features mid-century modern solid wood tapered legs and a sturdy kiln-dried hardwood frame. The back and seat cushions are also reversible and fully upholstered in plush fabric. Its Park Collection is also Mid-Century in style.
Albany Park furniture comes packaged in apartment-friendly, space-conscious boxes that can easily be maneuvered in stairwells, tight hallways, and throughout any home.
4. BenchMade Modern
BenchMade Modern is a luxury sofa brand for people who care about design and craftspersonship. And it offers a range of highly-customizable Mid-Century Modern sofas.
It was founded on the notion that luxury hand-crafted furniture should be designed to fit into your life. Not the other way around.
"We want to provide a great quality product at a good price that is custom fit to your room,” its founder Edgar Blazona told us. To ensure your BenchMade Modern sofa fits perfectly in your space, you can customize measurements in 5" increments so you don’t have to worry if it’ll fit where you want it. You can also choose the style, configuration, custom size, fabric, and leg color. With some styles, you also have the option to select the seat depth.
Each of its sofas is also designed and handmade in the US.
Since launching in 2013, Article has been focused on making great style easy, long-lasting, and well-priced. It works directly with manufacturers to produce unique, durable pieces using high-quality materials — this means it can bring you stunning Mid-Century Modern couches at rates around 30% better than traditional retailers.
The Sven (pictured above) is one of its most popular Mid-Century inspired pieces, with crisp lines, tufted back cushions, and matching round bolsters. It’s made from a sturdy kiln-dried hardwood corner-blocked frame and can be constructed in under 5 minutes once it arrives at your home.
Flat-rate delivery is available across the US and Canada, with your order delivered to your door for $49.
6. Maiden Home
Maiden Home aims to deliver heritage quality handmade sofas, direct from highly-skilled craftsmen, minus the retail markup.
Maiden Home offers “modern styles sofas that all allow for custom fabrics and sizing selections,” explains Queen. “It prides itself on removing the middleman and lowering prices for luxury furniture.”
Every Maiden Home sofa is made in the North Carolina region, home to some of the world’s best furniture makers. It also pays close attention to the details and each piece is finished with bespoke details that are uniquely Maiden Home. From precise topstitching to hidden cushion tie-downs.
If you’re searching for the perfect Mid-Century sofa on a budget, AllModern is worth a visit. A brilliant alternative to Ikea, AllModern has been on a mission to make contemporary furniture accessible to everyone, on every budget since 2006.
AllModern has a huge selection of sofas and plenty of Mid-Century Modern styles. Many of its pieces are available in a range of colors and it regularly holds seasonal sales so if you keep your eyes peeled you might be able to pick up a real bargain.
The Emma Chesterfield Sofa (pictured above) is a cleaned-up, modern take on the chesterfield style. It incorporates the signature tufting all over the interior, but skips the buttons and adds windowpane seaming for a more minimalist feel.
8. West Elm
Born in Brooklyn in 2002, West Elm is a global design company dedicated to transforming people’s lives and spaces through creativity, style, and purpose. It curates a global selection of local, ethically-sourced, and Fair Trade Certified products.
Many of its sofas have a mid-century modern aesthetic and range in price from around $750 to $3,000+, so whatever your price range, you’ll find something here that matches your needs.
The Drake Sofa (pictured above) features crisp lines, tapered wooden legs and grid button-tufted back cushions that keep it always looking neat and chic. The Andres is another Mid-Century inspired piece with crisp tailoring, thin arms, and cast metal legs.
9. Blu Dot
Founded by two college friends who had a passion for design, Blu Dot’s goal has always been to democratize good design.
“Blu Dot has lots of classic modern options with customizable leg finishes in multiple colors,” says Queen. “Founded by designers, Blu Dot designs everything they make from its studio in Minneapolis.”
A staple of its collection, The Bank Sofa (pictured above) was designed to be a modern classic with a low and deep sit and thin, minimal frame supplying some modern elements and features like its piped, rectangular cushions adding some classical aesthetics.
10. Jonathan Alder
Recommended to us by interior designer Alice Benjamin due to its “modern and bold touches”, Jonathan Alder has a wide range of Mid-Century inspired sofas.
Jonathan Adler launched his namesake brand in 1993 and today it has retail locations worldwide, a thriving e-commerce site if you’re looking to pick up a new sofa online.
Its Maxime Sofa (pictured above) features a Mid-Century inspired silhouette cradled by an undulating brass frame. Many of its pieces feature classic Mid-Century elements alongside more contemporary features.