Where to Buy a Velvet Sofa (Plus Expert Sofa Picks)

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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 even though they can give any living space a luxurious feel, you don't need to spend a small fortune to find the perfect velvet sofa.

"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 seven of the best places to buy a velvet sofa alongside some expert recommendations of specific sofas to check out. 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.

8 Places to Buy a Velvet Sofa

1. Albany Park

Brand: Designer furniture at a fair price.
Price:
Velvet sofas from $895.
Shipping:
Free shipping.
Delivery:
Products ship in around 3 business days.
Offer: Get 12% off at Albany Park by using code COZY12 at checkout.

After shopping in an over-priced showroom and feeling overwhelmed with options, Darryl and Jessica Sharpton founded Albany Park to simplify the sofa buying experience. "“Everyone wants to anchor their home with quality, coziness, and style, our mission is to make that experience super easy from start to delivery,” Darryl Sharpton told us.

Albany Park makes a range of affordable sofas, designed to stand up to the tests of modern life — two of its sofas come in velvet options. The Albany (pictured above), a mid-century inspired sofa that comes in a lovely, beautiful deep green. The Albany starts at $895 and can be customized with your choice of metal legs in polished gold finish or mid-century modern solid wood tapered legs.

Albany Park's other velvet option, The Park Sofa (pictured above in blue velvet) is a real statement piece at an affordable price. It's available in both blue velvet and olive green. Its comfy foam seat cushions are wrapped in cruelty-free synthetic feathers to ensure long-lasting support and its back cushions are reversible.

Its furniture comes packaged in apartment-friendly, space-conscious boxes that can easily be maneuvered in stairwells, tight hallways, and throughout any home. Its sofas can also be assembled tool-free in around 15 minutes.

Get 10% off at Albany Park by using code COZY10 at checkout.

Shop now at albanypark.com.

2. Burrow

Brand: Burrow makes simple, adaptable furniture for modern life at home.
Price:
Velvet sofas start from $1,595.
Shipping:
Shipping is always free.
Delivery:
Burrow delivers its sofas in easy-to-move boxes.

Founded in 2016, Burrow makes clever, comfortable living room furniture that's designed for modern life. Its direct-to-consumer approach cuts out multiple costs and markups that make traditional sofas more expensive, without sacrificing quality.

Burrow has a range of sectional sofas, loveseats, and armchairs, available in durable and easy-to-clean performance velvet fabric with five color options. "Basically everything we make started, in some form, through customer feedback," a Burrow spokesperson told Living Cozy. "Velvet was the same: we got tons and tons of requests for velvet, people saying "oh, I would absolutely choose Burrow over so-and-so, but I just can't live without velvet." So, we knew we needed to have a velvet option, but we needed it to fit the Burrow approach to fashion and function."

"Finding a velvet that was both beautiful and durable enough to fit our customers' lifestyles took some time. Eventually, we found a performance velvet that both repels stains and resists scratches, and so far, people love it."

Each Burrow sofa is modular by design and comes with a range of customization options, including sofa configuration, velvet color, and leg finish. You can also add a set of matching bolster pillows for extra comfort and a vintage look. If you ever need some extra sleeping space, Burrow has a neat kit that will convert some of its pieces into sleeper sofas.

"This sofa comes with a built-in USB charger so you can WFH like a royal on your velvet throne," says Erica Reiner of Eco Method Interiors, an interior design studio specializing in eco-friendly designs. "The best part is, all of Burrow's furniture is made with sustainably sourced hardwood, is scratch and stain-resistant, and made with non-toxic fabrics. Bonus: they include a velvet brush to keep your sofa looking amazing."

And its focus on sustainability doesn't impact its sofa's ability to stand the test of day-to-day life at home. “I've spilled everything from watercolor paint to coffee and wine on this sofa, and yet my beloved Burrow remains unfazed,” says Travel + Leisure writer Kendall Cornish on Burrow's velvet sofa range.

Shop now at burrow.com.

3. AllModern

Brand: Modern furniture, priced for real life.
Price:
From around $650.
Shipping:
Thousands of items arrive within just 2 days  — even sofas.
Delivery:
Free delivery when you spend over $35.

AllModern believes that great home decor and furnishings shouldn’t come at high prices. It also understands that you want things delivered quickly and easily. The brand has a wide range of velvet sofas in various styles, so whatever you're looking for, you'll likely be able to find it at AllModern.

"I love our velvet sofa," says writer and former HGTV executive Katy Hawley who owns AllModern's Wide Velvet Sofa & Chaise (pictured above) "We have had it for two years now, and it looks just as luxurious as the day we bought it. It’s large enough for a cozy afternoon nap and fits in with the other modern elements in our home."

The Wide Velvet Sofa & Chaise is perfect for lounging and features a streamlined silhouette, square arms, and a low-profile design and is crafted from a solid pine wood frame with steel legs. It has polyester upholstery and cushions filled with a blend of foam and synthetic fiber for an inviting feel.

Another example from AllModern's range of budget-friendly options is The Latisha, a mid-century modern inspired sofa with a tuxedo sofa with nailhead button tufting. The Latisha comes in several color options (the navy blue velvet is stunning) and its frame is wrapped in a rich velvet upholstery for a stylish look and soft touch. (AllModern is a part of Wayfair.)

Shop now at allmodern.com.

4. Sabai

Brand: Sustainably made sofas.
Price:
Sofas from $1,095.
Shipping:
Free of charge to the continental United States. Shipping is also plastic-free.
Delivery:
Orders usually arrive within 2 weeks of confirmation.

Sabai is on a mission to make beautifully designed, affordable furniture, using sustainable materials, and ethical manufacturing. It's also the first sofa brand to launch a nationwide buyback program in the US.

"This velvet sofa is made of 100% recycled water bottles. Don't let that make you think it's not as soft and striking as conventionally made furniture. It's also certified non-toxic with a OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification," says Reiner who recommended the brand due to its wonderful designs and focus on sustainability.

Sabai's Essential Sofa is also available as a velvet sectional and a loveseat that's perfect for small spaces, it also makes an ottoman to add flexible functionality to any space. Sabai has five recycled velvet color options including blue velvet and green velvet (both pictured above).

Shop now at sabai.design.

5. Lulu and Georgia

Brand: Decor and furniture to inspire your home.
Price:
Sofas from around $1,700.
Shipping:
10% of the total order fee.
Delivery:
Each sofa is made to order and ships in 14-16 weeks.

Based in Los Angeles, Lulu and Georgia make and curate a range of home decor and furniture aimed at awakening your creative spirit.

Lulu and Georgia carry an array of statement-making and cozy living room sofas and couches with a wide choice of velvet color options. Its Devon Sofa (pictured above) is a glam plush velvet sofa with oversized cushions and throw pillows that will comfortably seat three people.

The Fabienne Sofa is one of the brand's bestselling options and will add some vintage-inspired flair to your living room. Its firm bench seat, curved back legs, and ornate-shaped front legs with brass-finished casters provide traditional detailing, while a streamlined profile and bolster cushions add a bit of modern comfort.

Shop now at luluandgeorgia.com.

6. Article

Brand: Long-lasting, stylish furniture that's well-priced.
Price:
From around $2,300.
Shipping:
Starts at a flat rate of $49.
Delivery:
Enter your zip code for a delivery estimate on site.

Article makes it easy to buy beautiful modern furniture. Its direct-to-consumer approach means the brand is able to pass along considerable savings to customers and it ships out thousands of orders to customers across the United States and Canada every month.

Article has plenty of choices if you're looking for a new sofa and select designs come with velvet options, including its popular Sven Sofa. The Sven comes in four colors (Pacific Blue/teal pictured above) and is built on a corner-blocked solid wood frame and features loose bolster pillows and back, a Chesterfield sofa-inspired tufted seat cushion, and track arms.

"I personally have a velvet Article Sven sofa and love the luxurious texture. Article couches are a great focal point for any living room because of their unique and vivid colors," says April Jamison of DIYbunker. "My favorite feature has to be the deepness of the couch. I love that I can comfortably fit my legs crisscrossed while sitting on the sofa," she adds.

Shop now at article.com.

7. Inside Weather

Brand: Furniture designed by you.
Price:
Sofas from $1,198.
Shipping:
Free shipping on all orders.
Delivery:
Inside Weather’s items are shipped in manageable, easy-to-handle boxes and are designed to be assembled in minutes.

Inside Weather’s furniture is made-to-order from its workshop in California.

Designed to withstand whatever life throws at them, Inside Weather sofas are made from kiln-dried solid wood and baltic birch plywood and roughly 200 recycled plastic bottles are upcycled into each of its sofas.

Inside Weather has a range of sofas with velvet upholstery options. Each sofa ofters a wide range of customization options including arm style, upholstery colors (from vivid yellows and reds to dark grays and beiges), pillow and cushion shape, and pillow details.

The Milo Sofa (pictured above) is a retro-inspired square arm sofa that's both super affordable and comes in a number of stain-resistant, performance velvet fabric options.

Whether you're looking for a small loveseat for a home office, a 3-seater sofa or a modern, sectional for your living room, Inside Weather will have something for you.

Inside Weather offers free shipping and a unique 365-day home trial, meaning you can return products at any time in the first year. Additionally, for every order placed with Insider Weather, one tree is planted via the National Forest Foundation.

Shop now at insideweather.com.

8.  Anthropologie

Brand: Furniture designed by you.
Price:
Sofas from $1,198.
Shipping:
White glove service for a $149 flat-rate fee, including delivery to your room of choice, unpacking, and assembly.
Delivery:
Delivery: Usually delivered within 2-4 weeks.Shipping fees:

Anthropologie opened its very first store in the autumn of 1992 in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Now the brand operates over 200 stores worldwide and offers a wide range of contemporary settees and sofas with select designs available in velvet.

The Bowen (above) is a deep-seated, square arm sofa that comes in a choice of over 15 velvet colors including the stunning sangria option pictured above, along with blue, green, and grey velvet options. The Bowen has two seat cushions and two back cushions and Brass-capped lucite legs to complement your choice of color.

Another option is the Sierra Two-Cushion Sofa (pictured above in green velvet). This sofa features a tufted cushion back, rounded, low-slung armrests, and turned beech wood legs. It's available in 15 different colors so you'll be sure to find one that'll complement your living room design.

Anthropologie sofas start at $1,298.

Velvet Sofa FAQs

Product care is often a worry for anyone debating whether to buy a fabric sofa or velvet sofa. So 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, 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?

To keep up with our three large dogs and a cat,  Katy Hawley had a very practical couch with washable slipcovers for many years. "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 layout 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 also great on velvet too, but we never need to do more than a quick vacuum."

Why trust Living Cozy?

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 a number of interior design and sectional sofa experts including:

  • Erica Reiner of Eco Method Interiors, an interior design studio specializing in eco-friendly designs.
  • Maureen Stevens, an interior designer based between New Orleans and Austin.
  • Lesley Myrick, founder of Lesley Myrick Interior Designs.
  • Katy Hawley, writer and former HGTV executive.
"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 even though they can give any living space a luxurious feel, you don't need to spend a small fortune to find the perfect velvet sofa.

"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 seven of the best places to buy a velvet sofa alongside some expert recommendations of specific sofas to check out. 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.

8 Places to Buy a Velvet Sofa

1. Albany Park

Brand: Designer furniture at a fair price.
Price:
Velvet sofas from $895.
Shipping:
Free shipping.
Delivery:
Products ship in around 3 business days.
Offer: Get 12% off at Albany Park by using code COZY12 at checkout.

After shopping in an over-priced showroom and feeling overwhelmed with options, Darryl and Jessica Sharpton founded Albany Park to simplify the sofa buying experience. "“Everyone wants to anchor their home with quality, coziness, and style, our mission is to make that experience super easy from start to delivery,” Darryl Sharpton told us.

Albany Park makes a range of affordable sofas, designed to stand up to the tests of modern life — two of its sofas come in velvet options. The Albany (pictured above), a mid-century inspired sofa that comes in a lovely, beautiful deep green. The Albany starts at $895 and can be customized with your choice of metal legs in polished gold finish or mid-century modern solid wood tapered legs.

Albany Park's other velvet option, The Park Sofa (pictured above in blue velvet) is a real statement piece at an affordable price. It's available in both blue velvet and olive green. Its comfy foam seat cushions are wrapped in cruelty-free synthetic feathers to ensure long-lasting support and its back cushions are reversible.

Its furniture comes packaged in apartment-friendly, space-conscious boxes that can easily be maneuvered in stairwells, tight hallways, and throughout any home. Its sofas can also be assembled tool-free in around 15 minutes.

Get 10% off at Albany Park by using code COZY10 at checkout.

Shop now at albanypark.com.

2. Burrow

Brand: Burrow makes simple, adaptable furniture for modern life at home.
Price:
Velvet sofas start from $1,595.
Shipping:
Shipping is always free.
Delivery:
Burrow delivers its sofas in easy-to-move boxes.

Founded in 2016, Burrow makes clever, comfortable living room furniture that's designed for modern life. Its direct-to-consumer approach cuts out multiple costs and markups that make traditional sofas more expensive, without sacrificing quality.

Burrow has a range of sectional sofas, loveseats, and armchairs, available in durable and easy-to-clean performance velvet fabric with five color options. "Basically everything we make started, in some form, through customer feedback," a Burrow spokesperson told Living Cozy. "Velvet was the same: we got tons and tons of requests for velvet, people saying "oh, I would absolutely choose Burrow over so-and-so, but I just can't live without velvet." So, we knew we needed to have a velvet option, but we needed it to fit the Burrow approach to fashion and function."

"Finding a velvet that was both beautiful and durable enough to fit our customers' lifestyles took some time. Eventually, we found a performance velvet that both repels stains and resists scratches, and so far, people love it."

Each Burrow sofa is modular by design and comes with a range of customization options, including sofa configuration, velvet color, and leg finish. You can also add a set of matching bolster pillows for extra comfort and a vintage look. If you ever need some extra sleeping space, Burrow has a neat kit that will convert some of its pieces into sleeper sofas.

"This sofa comes with a built-in USB charger so you can WFH like a royal on your velvet throne," says Erica Reiner of Eco Method Interiors, an interior design studio specializing in eco-friendly designs. "The best part is, all of Burrow's furniture is made with sustainably sourced hardwood, is scratch and stain-resistant, and made with non-toxic fabrics. Bonus: they include a velvet brush to keep your sofa looking amazing."

And its focus on sustainability doesn't impact its sofa's ability to stand the test of day-to-day life at home. “I've spilled everything from watercolor paint to coffee and wine on this sofa, and yet my beloved Burrow remains unfazed,” says Travel + Leisure writer Kendall Cornish on Burrow's velvet sofa range.

Shop now at burrow.com.

3. AllModern

Brand: Modern furniture, priced for real life.
Price:
From around $650.
Shipping:
Thousands of items arrive within just 2 days  — even sofas.
Delivery:
Free delivery when you spend over $35.

AllModern believes that great home decor and furnishings shouldn’t come at high prices. It also understands that you want things delivered quickly and easily. The brand has a wide range of velvet sofas in various styles, so whatever you're looking for, you'll likely be able to find it at AllModern.

"I love our velvet sofa," says writer and former HGTV executive Katy Hawley who owns AllModern's Wide Velvet Sofa & Chaise (pictured above) "We have had it for two years now, and it looks just as luxurious as the day we bought it. It’s large enough for a cozy afternoon nap and fits in with the other modern elements in our home."

The Wide Velvet Sofa & Chaise is perfect for lounging and features a streamlined silhouette, square arms, and a low-profile design and is crafted from a solid pine wood frame with steel legs. It has polyester upholstery and cushions filled with a blend of foam and synthetic fiber for an inviting feel.

Another example from AllModern's range of budget-friendly options is The Latisha, a mid-century modern inspired sofa with a tuxedo sofa with nailhead button tufting. The Latisha comes in several color options (the navy blue velvet is stunning) and its frame is wrapped in a rich velvet upholstery for a stylish look and soft touch. (AllModern is a part of Wayfair.)

Shop now at allmodern.com.

4. Sabai

Brand: Sustainably made sofas.
Price:
Sofas from $1,095.
Shipping:
Free of charge to the continental United States. Shipping is also plastic-free.
Delivery:
Orders usually arrive within 2 weeks of confirmation.

Sabai is on a mission to make beautifully designed, affordable furniture, using sustainable materials, and ethical manufacturing. It's also the first sofa brand to launch a nationwide buyback program in the US.

"This velvet sofa is made of 100% recycled water bottles. Don't let that make you think it's not as soft and striking as conventionally made furniture. It's also certified non-toxic with a OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification," says Reiner who recommended the brand due to its wonderful designs and focus on sustainability.

Sabai's Essential Sofa is also available as a velvet sectional and a loveseat that's perfect for small spaces, it also makes an ottoman to add flexible functionality to any space. Sabai has five recycled velvet color options including blue velvet and green velvet (both pictured above).

Shop now at sabai.design.

5. Lulu and Georgia

Brand: Decor and furniture to inspire your home.
Price:
Sofas from around $1,700.
Shipping:
10% of the total order fee.
Delivery:
Each sofa is made to order and ships in 14-16 weeks.

Based in Los Angeles, Lulu and Georgia make and curate a range of home decor and furniture aimed at awakening your creative spirit.

Lulu and Georgia carry an array of statement-making and cozy living room sofas and couches with a wide choice of velvet color options. Its Devon Sofa (pictured above) is a glam plush velvet sofa with oversized cushions and throw pillows that will comfortably seat three people.

The Fabienne Sofa is one of the brand's bestselling options and will add some vintage-inspired flair to your living room. Its firm bench seat, curved back legs, and ornate-shaped front legs with brass-finished casters provide traditional detailing, while a streamlined profile and bolster cushions add a bit of modern comfort.

Shop now at luluandgeorgia.com.

6. Article

Brand: Long-lasting, stylish furniture that's well-priced.
Price:
From around $2,300.
Shipping:
Starts at a flat rate of $49.
Delivery:
Enter your zip code for a delivery estimate on site.

Article makes it easy to buy beautiful modern furniture. Its direct-to-consumer approach means the brand is able to pass along considerable savings to customers and it ships out thousands of orders to customers across the United States and Canada every month.

Article has plenty of choices if you're looking for a new sofa and select designs come with velvet options, including its popular Sven Sofa. The Sven comes in four colors (Pacific Blue/teal pictured above) and is built on a corner-blocked solid wood frame and features loose bolster pillows and back, a Chesterfield sofa-inspired tufted seat cushion, and track arms.

"I personally have a velvet Article Sven sofa and love the luxurious texture. Article couches are a great focal point for any living room because of their unique and vivid colors," says April Jamison of DIYbunker. "My favorite feature has to be the deepness of the couch. I love that I can comfortably fit my legs crisscrossed while sitting on the sofa," she adds.

Shop now at article.com.

7. Inside Weather

Brand: Furniture designed by you.
Price:
Sofas from $1,198.
Shipping:
Free shipping on all orders.
Delivery:
Inside Weather’s items are shipped in manageable, easy-to-handle boxes and are designed to be assembled in minutes.

Inside Weather’s furniture is made-to-order from its workshop in California.

Designed to withstand whatever life throws at them, Inside Weather sofas are made from kiln-dried solid wood and baltic birch plywood and roughly 200 recycled plastic bottles are upcycled into each of its sofas.

Inside Weather has a range of sofas with velvet upholstery options. Each sofa ofters a wide range of customization options including arm style, upholstery colors (from vivid yellows and reds to dark grays and beiges), pillow and cushion shape, and pillow details.

The Milo Sofa (pictured above) is a retro-inspired square arm sofa that's both super affordable and comes in a number of stain-resistant, performance velvet fabric options.

Whether you're looking for a small loveseat for a home office, a 3-seater sofa or a modern, sectional for your living room, Inside Weather will have something for you.

Inside Weather offers free shipping and a unique 365-day home trial, meaning you can return products at any time in the first year. Additionally, for every order placed with Insider Weather, one tree is planted via the National Forest Foundation.

Shop now at insideweather.com.

8.  Anthropologie

Brand: Furniture designed by you.
Price:
Sofas from $1,198.
Shipping:
White glove service for a $149 flat-rate fee, including delivery to your room of choice, unpacking, and assembly.
Delivery:
Delivery: Usually delivered within 2-4 weeks.Shipping fees:

Anthropologie opened its very first store in the autumn of 1992 in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Now the brand operates over 200 stores worldwide and offers a wide range of contemporary settees and sofas with select designs available in velvet.

The Bowen (above) is a deep-seated, square arm sofa that comes in a choice of over 15 velvet colors including the stunning sangria option pictured above, along with blue, green, and grey velvet options. The Bowen has two seat cushions and two back cushions and Brass-capped lucite legs to complement your choice of color.

Another option is the Sierra Two-Cushion Sofa (pictured above in green velvet). This sofa features a tufted cushion back, rounded, low-slung armrests, and turned beech wood legs. It's available in 15 different colors so you'll be sure to find one that'll complement your living room design.

Anthropologie sofas start at $1,298.

Velvet Sofa FAQs

Product care is often a worry for anyone debating whether to buy a fabric sofa or velvet sofa. So 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, 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?

To keep up with our three large dogs and a cat,  Katy Hawley had a very practical couch with washable slipcovers for many years. "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 layout 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 also great on velvet too, but we never need to do more than a quick vacuum."

Why trust Living Cozy?

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 a number of interior design and sectional sofa experts including:

  • Erica Reiner of Eco Method Interiors, an interior design studio specializing in eco-friendly designs.
  • Maureen Stevens, an interior designer based between New Orleans and Austin.
  • Lesley Myrick, founder of Lesley Myrick Interior Designs.
  • Katy Hawley, writer and former HGTV executive.
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Ash is the founder of Living Cozy.
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