Mid-Century Modern sofas are incredibly popular right now.
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Mid-Century Modern sofas are incredibly popular right now.
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 (MCM) pieces featured in a range of living rooms, home offices, and even defining sitting areas in dining rooms.
But what exactly is Mid-Century Modern?
According to BenchMade Modern founder, Edgar Blazona, "Mid-century Modern describes a style of furniture and architecture that came about in the mid-20th century. Although it’s a design trend that ebbs and flows, Mid-Century Modern has become increasingly popular in recent years.
The movement started in America, and Mid-Century Modern furniture is, "Marked by clean, simple and sleek lines, functionality, and a minimalist aesthetic." Mid-Century Modern sofas are easy to spot with their modern, square track arms. They work well as a focal point in your living space and can blend with contemporary coffee tables, throw pillows, and other furniture and decor easily.
Here are 10 brands offering some of the best Mid-Century sofas available today.
Why trust Living Cozy: To choose the brands featured in this article we relied on research and experience with the included brands and retailers. We also consulted with a number of industry experts, highlighted below.
Meet the Experts
To write this article, we spoke with several interior design, home improvement, and Mid-Century Modern furniture experts, including:
New York-based brand Burrow launched in 2016 after its founders had long struggled with couches that were 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 upholstered sofas and loveseats are handcrafted from sturdy, sustainably sourced hardwood and scratch-and-stain-resistant, non-toxic upholstery options (including top-grain leather and velvet sofa options).
Each Burrow sofa is also modular by design and designed for modern living with plenty of configuration options and opportunities to expand with extra seats, chaises, and more — you can even add a kit to turn any modular sofa into a sleeper sofa bed. The Range Collection also includes the option to add side tables.
Maiden Home aims to deliver heritage-quality handmade sofas, direct from highly-skilled craftsmen, minus the retail markup.
Maiden Home offers, “Modern style sofas that all allow for custom fabrics and sizing selections,” says Lisa Queen, founder & principal designer of Lisa Queen Design. “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. The company also pays close attention to the details, and each sofa design is finished with bespoke details that are uniquely Maiden Home — from precise topstitching to hidden cushion tie-downs.
Founded by Jessica and Daryll Sharpton, Albany Park aims to eliminate decision fatigue and offers a range of three models that meet the needs of the modern consumer.
“Everyone wants to anchor their home with quality, coziness, and style, and our mission is to make that experience super easy from start to delivery,” Daryll Sharpton told us in an interview.
Its Albany Collection features Mid-Century Modern solid wood tapered legs and a sturdy kiln-dried solid wood frame. The back and seat cushions are also reversible and fully upholstered in plush fabric (with faux leather options available). Its Park Collection is also Mid-Century in style (check out our Park Sectional review here).
Albany Park's sofas and sectionals come packaged in apartment-friendly, space-conscious boxes that can easily be maneuvered in stairwells, small spaces, and into your living room. With convertible sofa, futon, and daybed options, even apartment dwellers can have comfy guest room furniture on demand.
Discount: Use code LIVINGCOZY12 code to be 20% off sofas and sectionals at Albany Park.
BenchMade Modern is a luxury sofa brand for people who care about design and craftspersonship. 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 in an interview.
To ensure your BenchMade Modern sofa fits perfectly in your space, you can customize measurements in 5" increments. You can also choose the sofa style, configuration, upholstery, and wood leg color. With some styles, you also have the option to select the seat depth.
Founded by two college friends who had a passion for design, Blu Dot’s goal has always been to provide accessibility to 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) is a square arm sofa designed with a low profile and deep seat and thin, minimal frame supplying some modern elements and features, while its piped, rectangular cushions add some classical aesthetics.
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 fabrics; its collection of MCM glam sofas comes in everything from green velvet to burnt orange boucle. The brand regularly holds seasonal sales, so if you keep your eyes peeled, you might be able to pick up a real bargain.
The 84'' Upholstered Sofa(pictured above) is a modern take on the Chesterfield style with a minimalist feel and tailored button-tufting along the interior cushions. Its tapered hardwood legs and matching bolster pillows (included) complete the Mid-Century design. The Kylie's two-seat cushions are removable, reversible, and the covers are removable.
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 sofa couches for around 30% less than traditional retailers.
The Sven (pictured above) is one of its best-seller Mid-Century modern couches, 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.
We shipped the Sven Sofa to one of our contributors to review. "My Sven sofa also feels sturdy and seems prepared to go the distance in a household with kids, despite a budget-friendly direct-to-consumer price point," says Alesandra Dubin.
Flat-rate delivery is available across the US and Canada, with your order delivered to your door for $49.
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 Queen. “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, luxe feel and solid ash wood tapered legs, it’s a perfect blend of modern and Mid-Century design.
Rove Concepts has a range of Mid-Century sofas, including leather and velvet upholstery and armless and sectional styles.
Its Maxime Sofa (pictured above) features a Mid-Century inspired silhouette cradled by an undulating, glam brass frame. Many of its pieces feature retro Mid-Century elements alongside more contemporary features.
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.
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What Makes a Sofa Mid-Century Modern?
We've covered 10 of the best places to buy a Mid-century Modern sofa. Next, let's look into what exactly makes a sofa Mid-Century...
Here are four elements of Mid-Century sofas:
Similar to Scandinavian design, the Mid-Century Modern style is simple, with a focus on clean lines and purposeful elements. Mid-Century sofas focus on doing the basics well, and their simplicity often makes them stand out in a room. You'll often find Mid-Century pieces feature tapered legs, wood frames, square armrests called track arms, and rectangular seat cushions (often complemented by bolster pillows).
Mid-Century design is all about functionality. Pieces are designed with purpose and elements are rarely added without having a clear purpose. With Mid-Century Modern furniture, every curve, line, angle, and feature will be there for a reason.
You'll often see Mid-Century sofas in natural gray tones, but they also work just as well in bold colors like blue, orange, and green. The Mid-Century style also fits well with a number of materials and upholsteries, and you'll often see Mid-Century-inspired fabric sofas, leather sofas, and velvet sofas.
Types of Mid-Century Modern Sofas
If you're looking for a little more space than the average 3-seater sofa, then a sectional could be what you're looking for. Many of the brands listed above (including Burrow and Albany Park) offer Mid-Century inspired sections that can adapt as the needs of your living space change. Ottomans can be added to create additional seating and storage space.
"Sectionals come in all shapes and sizes, but the technical definition is a sofa with two or more adjoining sections that attach to create one continuous sofa," says Brooklyn-based interior designer Hugh Long. This can create an L-shape, a linear shape, or even a semi-circular shape - the versatility is the beauty of the concept."
Chesterfields are tufted sofas that are instantly recognizable. Key features of a Chesterfield include tufted seats and backrests and rolled arms that are the same height as the back. Chesterfield gives any space a classic, luxe look and looks great in leather as well as velvet and other fabric upholstery.
Lawsons are the perfect sofa for relaxing and comfortable evenings watching your favorite TV series. A key design element of the Lawson sofa is a backrest made of cushions that are separate and detachable from the sofa frame.
"The Lawson sofa has a special place in my heart because I love Mid Century Modern," says interior designer Andrea Hysmith. "There are many versions of this sofa, but I love the combination of the simple cone legs, tufted back, and comfy seat."
Like the Chesterfield, a Tuxedo sofa has high arms that sit level with the back of the sofa. "A Tuxedo sofa is a good pick for a more formal setting, and the high back can add formality and a scale that lends some dramatic flair to a space," says Molly Machmer-Wessels, owner and designer of Woodland Design Company.
If a three-seater sofa is a little big for your space, a Mid-Century-inspired Loveseat is a versatile type of sofa that could be the perfect fit for your needs. Smaller than the average sofa, loveseats tend to be designed as two-seater sofas and typically measure between 48" – 72" in width.
"We love to place loveseats—or even Settees for that matter— in small living spaces," says Kendall Severson, owner of Interior Design Partnership. "They fit beautifully into nooks that are too narrow for a full-size sofa. Velvet loveseats and settees look incredibly sophisticated in a rich velvet fabric or a bold pattern."
Ash is the founder of Living Cozy. He's been featured by publishers like MyDomaine, Realtor, Real Homes, Architectural Digest, The Spruce, Homes and Gardens, and more. As a writer his work has appeared in publications like FastCompany, TNW, and Entrepreneur.
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