There’s a reason that in the scouting of potential apartments or homes, one of the first questions we ask is “Will my couch fit in here?” The couch is the centerpiece of a home. It’s a place you, guests, roommates, family and whomever else finds themselves in your home are naturally drawn to. Then, once all non-resident guests have made their leave, and you’re setting up a camp to binge Westworld, it should continue to cozily serve. Thus, the couch must look good and be comfortable. Balling on a budget to an absolutely balling budget, these are the best sofas and couches to squeeze through the front door.
Capsule Home Brooklyn Mid-Century Sofa
Capsule Home’s specialty is making furniture for the design-conscious, but very broke, young adult. All it’s offerings ooze mid-century and many, like this one, feature other tech add-ons like built-in USB ports. A pair of bolster pillows and a bench cushion round out this ultra-affordable option.
Ikea Vimle Sofa
Super simple, super available, super affordable, probably not super easy to assemble — yep, it’s an Ikea product. Its upholstery can be zipped off and washed in a machine. It also comes in a slew of colors, has a 10-year warranty and is probably the most plain couch on this list, but that’s not a failing of the sofa. Not all furniture need be statement pieces — this sofa lets the rest of your living room shine.
Go to Burrow looking to pick up a small chair to sit in the corner of your living room and leave with a new king sectional (free shipping, too). A patently absurd level of customization combines with fair prices and a very nappable cushion for a recipe to a living room dripping with mid-century goodness.
Muji Feather Cushion Sofa
Muji’s feather sofa legimately looks like someone folded two duvets in half, stitched them into a light-colored wood frame and called it a day. Frankly, that sounds magical. Extra-wide arms accommodate more forms of laziness than you could imagine, and its color scheme remains very much in the Muji school of taupes, creams and whites.
Article Sven Birch Sectional
The most popular sofa on a site with an actual mountain of options. Article’s Sven sectional sports tufted bench cushions, clean lines, bolster pillows and an unmistakeably mid-century look. It ships to your house shortly after ordering and takes all of five minutes to assemble. With a couch like this, you won’t need a reading chair.
Interior Define Caitlin by The Everygirl
Soft edges, aggressively romantic upholstery and customization abound in this couch named after Interior Define’s first intern. Change the upholstery fabric, the color, the legs, the length and add an ottoman. The Caitlin melts into your first apartment just as seamlessly as it does your last. If you don’t go for the mod velvet upholstery, you should reconsider your design taste.
West Elm Brooklyn Leather Loveseat
A compact sofa with looks that get better with wear. The aniline top-grain leather starts off shiny and neat and develops scuffs, folds and a deep patina. Like the perfect pair of jeans, this couch speaks volumes without showing off.
Hem Palo Two-Seater
Hem’s house-designed love seat looks like it’s about to give its sitters (or nappers) a hug. Made with a wool-poly blend, its upholstery is as sturdy as it is soft, and its lifted, cushioned sides make for armrests that double as pillows.
Restoration Hardware Cloud Sofa
The Cloud Sofa is one of the most comfortable sofas you can buy. Cushions made with either 100 percent goose down or a core of goose down absorb your weight without being all sink and no support. RH stocks three upholstery variations but offers almost 200 options via special order.
Rove Concepts Borge Mogensen 3-Seater
Icons of Danish design, Borge Mogensen’s sofas are as cozy as they are pretty. Available in 19 different leather upholstered finishes, this three-seater is made up of ultra-dense memory foam, a hardwood box frame and solid walnut legs.
Normann Copenhagen Swell Sofa
Normann Copenhagen is one of the biggest European design outlets in the world, and its Swell Sofa is a prime example why. It does away with clean lines and sharp form, and instead opts for a super-cushy, beanbags-in-couch form approach. The cushioning (which covers the whole thing) is a special memory foam specifically designed to optimize air flow, keeping you cooler all year round.
Civil Noord Three Seat Sofa
Don’t groan at the price yet. Civil’s directive is direct-to-consumer gone luxe — 100 percent cotton or leather upholstery made in Italy, strong warranties and high (but quiet) technology. This specific sofa has a “Magic Box” attached, which is a coy name for a floating side table where the entire surface is a charging pad. Also, the whole Noord collection is modular, so it grows with you.
Barbican by Konstantin Grcic
Having trained under the legendary Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic knows a thing or two about what minimalism is and isn’t. This couch, named Barbican, has all the things you’d expect from one of the world’s most renowned living designers — simplicity, beauty, premium materials and playfulness.
What kind of couch list would leave out a couch fit for kings? Designed in 1930, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair was pencilled from notebook to throneroom with Spanish royalty in mind. Today, it’s made the same way was then, with Spinneyback cowhide leather, an African sapele frame and lots of TLC.