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What’s the Best Sofa Under $1,000?

It’s true — this sofa costs under a grand. Photo: Courtesy of retailer

A sofa might just be the most important household purchase you make — you certainly spend more waking hours on it than anything else in the apartment. Sure, you could spend several thousand dollars on a piece from Knoll or Minotti, but to make it really fun, we decided to challenge interior designers to pick out their favorite affordable sofas and love seats (ones that won’t become notorious for falling apart). Below, the 14 best for under $1,000 — and a few under $500.

Urban Outfitters Anywhere Sofa

“This great, simple sofa is actually a convertible that turns into a bed (on the floor) for your overnight guests. If you want something more modern and benchlike, the Henrick is a terrific option, too.” —Noa Santos, founder, Homepolish

Larson Loveseat

“Why not go super-minimal? I like this love seat because it’s basically a grown-up bean-bag chair, and it’s been reinterpreted in a classic blue-denim fabric. It’s as comfortable as one of those chairs, too, giving you adequate support if you properly fluff it. Pair it with a few textural elements — like a huge basket to hold books, some Japanese indigo cloth — and paint everything else white.” —Andrew Galuppi, designer

West Elm Monroe Mid-Century Chaise Lounger

“I love the minimal mid-century–design inspired chaise lounge. It creates a classic seating option for a smaller living space.” —Arielle Assouline-Lichten, founder, Slash Objects

Modway Remark

“It’s a surprise to find any upholstered piece under $500 these days, but this little gem looks like you might have stumbled upon it during a trip to Copenhagen. The price can’t be beat, especially for the style.” —Joshua Greene, designer, Hernandez Greene

Gwen Sofa by Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent

“Jeremiah and Nate really nailed it with the beautiful Gwen sofa they designed for Living Spaces. The playful shapes and use of proportions on this work for anything thanks to the neutral fabric. The height off the ground of the cerused-oak peg legs is an added bonus — no dust bunnies welcome here.” —Meghan Noyes, designer

Urban Outfitters Ollie Sofa

“This sofa is so on trend now: The lines reference the Memphis Milano 1980s movement and of course, it’s pink, too. I like the look of something vintage but in perfectly new condition.” —Sasha Bikoff, designer

Ikea Ektorp Sofa

“When I see this sofa, I just think comfy and cozy. The best part is that it has a slipcover, so it can easily be washed — and would make a great sofa for someone just out of college, or someone who has little kids.” —Ryan White, designer

West Elm Monroe Mid-Century Sofa

“The Monroe has clean lines and proportions, and it’s also got the comfort of those pillowy cushions, too. There are also more than 50 different fabric colors to choose from.” —Anne Hepfer, designer

Modway Engage Right Arm Loveseat

“A great mid-century look that won’t break the bank. It can work well mixed with higher-priced pieces without showing its affordable price, so no one will ever know you spent less than $800 for this great sofa. If you’re looking for firm seating with generous width, this one’s got that kind of comfort.” —Vicente Wolf, designer

West Elm Haven Sofa

“This is a very elegant, classic take on a tuxedo sofa. It’s chic and simple yet not boring. I love how the feet are barely there and how the sofa just floats on the ground.” —Sasha Bikoff, designer

Urban Outfitters Greta Recycled Leather XL Sleeper Sofa

“I love that this couch uses a recycled leather, it lays flat, and has a ‘pouf’ quality to it that is versatile and cozy.” —Arielle Assouline-Lichten, founder, Slash Objects

Article Mirage Sofa

“This rich gold velvet sofa allows you to make a bold statement in any room. The delicate slope in the armrest makes for the perfect detail to help it stand out from other standard modern sofa shapes.” —Meghan Noyes, designer

CB2 Ronan Grey Sofa

“I love how sophisticated the lines are on this sofa. The thin, black legs give it a bit of a modern edge, too. I’d almost compare the look to a favorite pair of black pants — skinny but still comfortable.” —Ryan White, designer

Urban Outfitters Peyton Sofa

“This sofa is a great option when you are limited on space. Not only is it visually appealing from all angles, but with a depth under 34 inches (the distance from the front of the cushion to the back) it’s a win for small spaces.” —Meghan Noyes, designer

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What’s the Best Sofa Under $1,000?