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"Adding a velvet sofa into any space automatically makes the room look more luxurious," says Maureen Stevens, an interior designer based between Austin and New Orleans. "It definitely makes a statement and elevates any design."
But though they can give any living space a luxurious feel, you don't need to spend a small fortune to find the perfect velvet couch.
"For me, velvet sofas are simply richer looking, cozier, and softer to the touch than other kinds of woven fabrics typically found on a sofa," says Penelope Francis, a designer who works remotely with a wide range of clients. "Velvet just has a luxe feeling about it, so a sofa in velvet is a quick way to elevate the look of a room, even on a modestly priced sofa."
In this article, we've rounded up 14 of the best velvet sofas for 2023, alongside some expert recommendations on how to care for a velvet sofa and style it with your existing home decor and living room furniture. Whether you're looking for a small loveseat for an apartment, a luxe sofa that's easy to move, or something that's sustainably made, you'll find it here.
At Living Cozy, we work closely with furniture brands and industry professionals to create comprehensive guides to help you find the perfect pieces for your home. To write this article, we spoke with several interior design and sectional sofa experts, including:
Brand selling point: Modular design, durable and stain-resistant upholstery. Velvet material: Performance velvet Dimensions: 85" W x 35" D x 35" H (though its modular design mean you can add or remove pieces at any time) Price: From $1,795
The Burrow Nomad Velvet Sofa is a best-seller mid-century modern-inspired piece that offers a sophisticated and comfortable seating solution. The modular design allows for easy customization and adaptability, enabling you to arrange the sofa to fit your space and preferences perfectly. You can start with a velvet loveseat sofa and ottoman, and add corner sectionals, chaise lounges, armless accent chairs, lounge chairs, and additional pieces as your family room needs change.
The built-in USB charging port adds a touch of modern convenience, ensuring your devices stay charged while you relax in style.
The performance velvet upholstery is not only visually appealing but also durable and stain-resistant, making it an ideal choice for a busy household. With five velvet color options, this sofa can seamlessly blend into your existing décor or stand out as a statement piece. You can also add matching bolster pillows, throw pillows, and a Sleep Kit to transform the Nomad into a sleeper sofa.
"Finding a velvet that was both beautiful and durable enough to fit our customers' lifestyles took some time,” a Burrow spokesperson told Living Cozy. “Eventually, we found a performance velvet that both repels stains and resists scratches, and so far, people love it."
“An extra plus to the sofa is that it is stain resistant, especially for those with little ones running around or those who like to entertain and can’t resist a good get-together with friends and family,” wrote Karen Rohr, who reviewed the Nomad Velvet sofa for Living Cozy.
Brand selling point: Handcrafted construction, 365-day home trial Velvet material: High-quality, 100% polyester velvet Dimensions: 93" W x 35" D x 31" H Price: $3,141
The Joybird Chelsea Sofa has an elegant and classy silhouette and a distinctive channel tufted backrest. Joybird’s handcrafted construction ensures that every sofa is made with attention to detail resulting in a durable and stylish piece of furniture that can stand the test of time.
This tuxedo-style tufted velvet sofa offers a medium-firm foam cushion and comes in a wide variety of color options, allowing you to choose the perfect color to complement your existing interior design and home decor. The 365-day home trial provides peace of mind, giving you the opportunity to ensure the sofa is the perfect fit for your space and lifestyle.
What we like:
Unique design with tufted backrest
Wide variety of color options
365-day home trial
Watch out for:
The backrest is reasonably low
Single bench seat cushion may not suit all preferences
Brand selling point: Timeless design, made-to-order furniture Velvet material: Cotton and synthetic performance velvet blend Dimensions: Starting from 60-120" W x 39" D x 31" H Price: $2,750
The Maiden Home Warren velvet sofa features a sleek and versatile design with acute attention to detail and mitered upholstered corners. The performance velvet upholstery ensures durability and comfort, making it a perfect addition to any living space — whether you’re looking to snuggle up for a movie night or sip cocktails after dinner.
Available in various sizes and a wide range of stunning velvet color options, the Warren can be tailored to your specific needs and preferences. The high-quality construction, including a kiln-dried solid wood frame and eight-way hand-tied springs, guarantees a sturdy and long-lasting sofa.
What we like:
Timeless design suitable for various interior styles
Brand selling point: Luxe mid-century modern design at affordable prices Velvet material: Cotton-blend velvet fabric Dimensions: 94" W x 38" D x 23" H Price: $1,499
The Article Sven Sofa is a mid-century modern-inspired sofa that brings vibrancy and character to any living space. Its high-quality cotton-blend soft velvet upholstery is both stylish and comfortable, and its memory foam and fiber- and feather-filled cushions provide a luxurious seating experience. The button-tufted seat cushions and bolster pillows add visual interest and support, while the tapered wooden legs give the sofa a classic mid-century look.
The distinctive Grass Green velvet sofa is perfect for those who want to make a bold statement in their living room. However, the Sven Sofa is also available in other attractive colors to suit various preferences — Cascadia Blue (deep blue velvet), Pacific Blue (a lighter turquoise color), and Yarrow Gold (a mustardy gold). Article prides itself on offering affordable luxury, making this piece an excellent choice for those who want a high-quality sofa without breaking the bank.
We had the chance to give the Sven a thorourgh at-home review. “[The Sven] strikes just the right balance between ruggedness that can handle my household with kids and a cat, but with a sophisticated-enough look that my space looks pulled together and dressed up,” writes Alesandra Dubin.
What we like:
Distinctive design and color (though this could be a con if you don’t want a bold sofa)
Brand selling point: Modern design, affordable pricing Velvet material: 100% polyester velvet Dimensions: 84" W x 34" D x 32" H Price: $1,430
The AllModern 84" Velvet Tuxedo Arm Sofa offers is a modern take on a classic sofa style. Its premium velvet upholstery comes in a range of colors from Dark Navy Blue and Teal to more glam options like Orange and Rose. The clean lines and tuxedo track arm armrests create a contemporary, up-market look, and its reversible cushions provide versatility — allowing you to switch them around for even wear and a fresh look.
AllModern offers stylish furniture at affordable prices, and this sofa is no exception. The 84" Velvet Tuxedo Arm Sofa is would be a stunning addition to any living space, but it'll be especially at home in mid-century and modern aesthetics. The sofa's dimensions make it suitable for small spaces or apartments, without sacrificing comfort or style.
Brand selling point: Eco-friendly sofa at affordable prices Velvet material: Recycled velvet Dimensions: 85" W x 61 (chaise) 34 (seat) " D x 32" H Price: $1,845
The Sabai Essential Sectional is a beautiful and environmentally-friendly option for those who like to prioritize sustainability. The brand's commitment to using eco-friendly materials, such as recycled velvet and FSC-certified wood, sets it apart from competitors. The velvet sectional's design is sleek and modern, with clean lines and a minimalist aesthetic that will complement a variety of interior styles.
The recycled velvet upholstery offers a luxurious feel and is available in multiple colors. You can also customize the with your choice of natural wood, dark brown wood or metal legs. The assembly is fairly straightforward. "The Essential Sectional wasn’t the most difficult piece of furniture I’ve ever built. But it also wasn’t the easiest," noted Erica Reiner, who reviewed the Essential Sectional for Living Cozy.
"The Sabai Essential Sectional is comfortable to sit on and lay on — great for spending a few hours watching the latest Netflix blockbuster. The sofa cushions have a light feel and conform nicely to the body," adds Reiner.
What we like:
Reversible chaise sectional can be set up on either side.
Brand selling point: Elegant design, handcrafted quality Velvet material: 100% Cotton velvet made in the USA Dimensions: 72", 84" or 96" W x 37 " D x 32" H Price: $3,298
Part of the exclusive Ginny Macdonald collection for Lulu and Georgia, the Belmont Sofa is a sophisticated piece that combines elegant design with high-quality craftsmanship. Each sofa is handmade in Los Angeles.
The curved sofa's gently sloping arms and subtle lines create a timeless silhouette that will enhance any living space. The performance velvet upholstery is available in a variety of beautiful colors, allowing you to choose the perfect hue for your home. The Belmont Sofa's generous dimensions provide ample seating space without overwhelming the room.
The 72" is the perfect size for a 3-seat sofa, but if you’d like more space to lounge you can also get the Belmont in 84" or 96" width.
What we like:
Elegant and timeless design
Watch out for:
Higher price point
Quite long lead times, shipping in 12-14 weeks (also made to order items are not returnable)
Brand selling point: Artful designs, customizable options Velvet material: Cotton Dimensions: 72", 84" or 96" W x 37 " D x 32" H Price: From $1,598
The Anthropologie Sierra Two-Cushion Sofa is a stunning piece that combines artful design and soft, velvety comfort. Anthropologie is known for its unique, often maximalist style, and the Sierra Sofa is no exception. The sofa's elegant silhouette had mid-century modern influences and features tufted back cushions and rounded arms that add an air of sophistication — especially when paired with Anthropologie's Emerald or Navy Velvet options.
Anthropologie's velvet upholstery has a durable soft pile and is available in a range of rich colors. The sofa has two seat and back cushions, which are removeable and reversible to help keep the sofa looking its best.
Brand selling point: Modern designs to fit any home at affordable prices Velvet material: 100% Polyester Dimensions: 72" or 84" W x 35.4" D x 33.1" H Price: From $1,199
Available in a striking Jet Black Velvet, the Castlery Adams Sofa is a sleek and modern sofa that showcases the brand's commitment to contemporary design and furniture that can work in almost any space.
The sofa's clean lines and your choice of black, silver, or brass legs create a striking visual contrast, while the plush cushions ensure a comfortable seating experience. The Adams Sofa is available in two sizes — a 72" loveseat and an 84" 3-seater sofa — making it an excellent option for smaller rooms or apartments without sacrificing style or comfort.
Brand selling point: Modern and functional design, accessible luxury Velvet material: 100% Poly performance velvet Dimensions: 85" W x 36.5" D x 29" H Price: $1,799
A CB2 exclusive sofa designed by Australian furniture maker VUUE, the Durant Midnight Blue Velvet Sofa is a stylish and modern piece that showcases the brand's dedication to functional and luxurious furniture.
The Durant Sofa features a low-profile design and gives off a mid-century vibe that feels both timeless and on-trend. It also manages to blend its unique design with functionality and materials that are equipped for everyday living. Made from 100% poly velvet that’s soft and durable, the Durant has removable seat cushions that offer easy maintenance.
The Durant is made with sustainable wood from forests certified to be responsibly managed, environmentally sound, and socially beneficial.
Brand selling point: Customizable sofas at affordable prices Velvet material: Performance velvet Dimensions: 121" W x 76" D (at chaise) x 34" H (due to its modular design you can customize the Kova to your needs) Price: From $1,348
The Albany Park Kova Sofa is a deep-seated modular sofa that's perfect for reclining and relaxing. The Kova comes with your choice of four performance velvet upholstery colors — olive, rust, mustard, and blue — ensuring the perfect match for your living space.
The performance velvet upholstery is both soft and durable. "I'm the type who will use the couch as a hub to eat, sleep, and work. A couch that's easy to clean is essential to me. Happy to report that Sriracha mayo (because it tastes good on fries) is a cinch to wipe off with water and a napkin without leaving a stain," says Sibylla Nash, who reviewed the Kova sofa for Living Cozy.
The Kova Sofa's generous dimensions provide ample seating space without overwhelming your room, and due to its modular design, you can add new sections to your living room sofa if your needs ever change.
Brand selling point: Customizable sofas at affordable prices Velvet material: Performance velvet Dimensions: 84" W x 34" D x 32.5" H Price: $1,350
The Joss & Main Pera Velvet Square Arm Sofa is a sophisticated and stylish option for those seeking a touch of luxury to their living room at an affordable price. The Pera Square Arm Sofa is made from a kiln-dried solid wood frame and features mid-century-inspired tapered legs. Its back, seat, and arm pillows are removable and reversible, adding versatility and practicality to the piece.
With its combination of style and affordability, plus five velvet color options, the Pera upholstered sofa is an excellent choice for any living space.
What we like:
Stylish and contemporary design
Affordable price point
Watch out for:
Some reviewers say the velvet color can be a little off from the site. Order swatches to make sure it’s what you want before you buy
Brand selling point: Eclectic style, celebrity designer brand Velvet material: Performance velvet Dimensions: 83.5" W x 60" D (with chaise) x 33.5" H Price: $799
The Novogratz brand, founded by celebrity design duo Cortney and Robert Novogratz, is known for its eye-catching and innovative designs. The Magnolia Sectional is a chic and eclectic piece that showcases the brand's unique design aesthetic.
The plush velvet upholstery offers a luxurious feel, while its blue, green and grey velvet options add a vibrant pop to any living space. Its sleek, deep reversible chaise sectional can be placed on the left or right side, and the metal legs add a touch of mid-century sophistication.
Brand selling point: Eclectic style, celebrity designer brand Velvet material: Polyester Dimensions: 85.5" W x 35.5" D x 31.5" H Price: $1,119.95
The Dohwa Sofa from Raymour & Flanigan is an elegant, Chesterfield sofa with a tufted back, rolled arms and nailhead accent trim. Its cherry-finished wood legs offer support and complement the sofa’s grey velvet tones.
This transitional piece would fit with many different home decor styles, and it's built to last with a solid wood frame and Sinuous Coil Spring System to enhance comfort.
As a trusted furniture retailer with a long history, Raymour & Flanigan is known for its high-quality products and excellent customer service.
We asked a few experts to share their thoughts on how hard-wearing and easy-to-care-for velvet sofas can be.
Is Velvet a good material for a sofa?
"Velvet is actually pretty versatile and durable. It can also last a long time if well taken care of. It's easy to clean, and with a low pile, it won't snag or tear easily," says Maureen Stevens.
And interior designer Lesley Myrick agrees: "Velvet — especially performance velvet, built to resist and repel stains — is a fabulous choice for sofa upholstery," she says.
"It's easy to keep clean; pet hair can be vacuumed quickly, and it softens and patinas as it ages. Velvet does have a nap to it and shows either a light or dark side, depending on how it's been brushed or rubbed. If you like a perfectly neat sofa, I'd skip velvet in lieu of a fabric with a more even finish. But personally, I love the softness, and character velvet brings," adds the Atlanta-based interior designer.
Are velvet sofas hard to keep clean?
"Velvet, especially made from polyester or other synthetic materials, can get static-y and attract dirt and hair. A vacuum attachment specifically designed for pet hair cleans velvet beautifully, and I recommend that even if you don't have pets," says Myrick. "To reduce static, I treat my velvet sofa periodically with an anti-static spray in dry weather."
Stevens has also found her velvet sofa doesn't take too much time to keep looking fresh. "As someone who has a velvet sofa, I have found that vacuuming it periodically and brushing or caressing it keeps it in pristine condition," she says. "If a spill happens, just a little spray of stain repellant and dabbing with a damp cloth takes the mark out easily."
Angie Wilson, the founder of House Becoming Home, added a new velvet sofa to her living room a year and a half ago and noted: "It hasn't been difficult to keep clean. I sprayed Scotch Guard on it initially, but I haven't reapplied it since the first time. This has seemed to help repel any spills or stains. Additionally, I use an attachment brush on my vacuum about once every three months as a way to dust the sofa."
"If you choose a performance velvet, they are quite easy to keep clean. However, if it is a silk velvet, a cotton velvet, or some fiber blend, these fabrics are a bit delicate, and I wouldn't suggest that for a family with young children," adds Penelope Francis.
Is velvet furniture pet-friendly?
Katy Hawley had a very practical couch with washable slipcovers for many years to keep up with our three large dogs and a cat. "I was desperate to find something that matched my design sensibilities. I thought that velvet wasn't a consideration, but after some research, I discovered that the new microfiber versions are very pet-friendly," she explains. "It's a synthetic velvet instead of the cotton version, but it still has all the shine and glamour of traditional velvet."
The microfiber and many modern velvets don't have loops, so Hawley says you never get pulls or rips from claws. "Our cat finds it to be a pretty boring piece of furniture and mostly ignores it," she adds.
"When our dogs join us on the couch, we lay out a throw so they don't directly lay on the sofa, but they are serious shedders, and their hair often makes its way to the couch. It's easy to clean up with a handheld vacuum. I have heard that squeegees and lint rollers are great on velvet too, but we never need to do more than a quick vacuum."
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