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.
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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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