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Let's face it, picking out the perfect sized sofa for your space can be tough. While this exercise may trigger your memories of high school math, the humble loveseat is there to save you from these woes. While it’s typically designed to sit two people relatively intimately (hence the name)—loveseats make a chic addition to any sized room, since they can stand alone, or be paired with another sofa to provide a dynamic seating area.
Whether you're looking for a statement leather sofa to stand out in your living room, or are in the market for a modern settee to suit your home office, we've scoured the web to find the best pieces for your needs.
Here are the best loveseats to match your home style.
Interior Define’s Sloan Loveseat is, in our humble opinion, pretty much as perfect as a loveseat gets. The silhouette is the perfect combination of classic and yet a touch midcentury mod, making for a timeless piece. Plus, Interior Define’s M.O. is making furniture customizable to suit every customer. In the case of the Sloan, that means dozens of choices of upholstery, from velvet to canvas to leather; a wide range of legs in different shapes, materials, and colors; and even the fill inside the cushions. Best of all, it’s relatively affordable as far as seating goes, though some customizations might bump up the price quite a bit.
Article hit it out of the park with the Sven, whose original three-seat model is the direct-to-consumer furniture brand’s most popular sofa. It only makes sense, then, that they made a chic 2.5-seat loveseat version that’s ideal for smaller spaces. The sofa has a boxy, low-slung profile that’s sharp but not overly bold. It’s softened by two round bolsters that complete the geometric look, plus a tufted seat that offers subtle Chesterfield vibes. Customers can choose between three types of upholstery in a variety of colors, but we have to say we’re pretty partial to the luxe velvet option for its sumptuousness.
Want to make a statement? Opt for CB2’s Gwyneth Boucle Loveseat, part of the brand’s Goop collection (yes, it’s named after Gwyneth Paltrow!) Between its curved profile and white faux-boucle upholstery, the piece bears an uncanny resemblance to François Xavier Lalanne’s iconic sheep sculptures, which are a perennial favorite of A-list designers everywhere. Of course, being that this is a CB2 piece of furniture, it comes at a much more affordable price point. Style this seat with a textured throw, and all of a sudden you’ll have the coziest spot to curl up into for an afternoon nap. Who said high-design couldn’t be extra comfy?
As far as seating design goes, there’s hardly a more iconic piece than Eero Saarinen’s Womb chair, designed for Florence Knoll, who requested “a chair that was like a basket full of pillows.” When the Finnish-American designer expanded his Womb series, he ended up developing a settee for two. Though it was only in production for three years during its original run in the 1950s, Knoll revived the Womb Settee in 2012 and now offers it in a range of upholstery materials and colors. It’s certainly a splurge, but it’s a worthy one for a true fan of midcentury design.
We'll let you on a little secret: Having a chaise attached to your loveseat really ups the comfort game. Unfortunately, most loveseats aren’t quite compatible with an L-shaped form, given their more diminutive size. But that’s not the case with Burrow’s Nomad Loveseat, which can be upgraded to include a chaise. And that’s just the beginning of the customization options! Customers can select the arm shape (slope, arch, or block), the finish on the legs, the cushion style, and the upholstery, of course. If the chaise isn’t quite right for you, you could also pair an ottoman with the loveseat to create a similar effect.
While a number of our recommendations come in leather, we’re especially drawn to West Elm’s Denmark Leather Loveseat as our leather recommendation. For starters, there are four different kinds of leathers from which to choose—including a vegan leather—that come in a total of 10 colors. And though the loveseat can be upholstered in fabric, too, we’re partial to the leather, as it suits the somewhat unusual trapezoidal profile of the piece. The Denmark Leather Loveseat definitely has a bit more of a masculine vibe, and we can see it placed well in an office, library, or perhaps a retro-chic living room with a record player.
Rove Concepts’ Arya Modular Loveseat is a lesson in dichotomy. While it has a rather severe, boxy silhouette, it also has incredibly plush cushions that invite you to just sink in and relax—the loveseat could easily be at home in a corporate office setting or in the home of family with kids. In terms of customization, you can choose from more than 20 upholstery options, from more casual fabrics like felt to more upscale ones like velvet. No matter which details you choose, this loveseat strikes the perfect balance between contemporary and comfortable.
For something completely different than the classic overstuffed, super-plush look of a classic loveseat, consider the Crosshatch Settee, designed by Viennese design studio EOOS for Herman Miller and sold at Design Within Reach. The curved wood frame uses parachute rope to support the seat and the back cushions, which creates an industrial-meets-handcrafted look—precisely what EOOS was going for. It’s truly an elegant piece of furniture with sculptural flair, but at the end of the day, it’s not all about looks. It’s comfortable, too! The Crosshatch Settee comes in three wood-cord color combinations, with either leather or fabric upholstery in one of four colors.
The Raymour & Flanigan Melody Full Sleeper has a pretty unassuming look, with a straightforward rectilinear profile, plush cushions, and two matching pillows. But don’t judge a book—or a loveseat—by its cover. Tucked inside this model is a full-size gel memory-foam mattress, which means your loveseat transforms into a pull-out bed for two. It’s a genius way to create room for guests in a small apartment, especially when you consider that loveseats aren’t quite long enough for most people to sprawl out on. The Melody comes in 11 different colors, primarily in the blue, brown, and beige families. Need an even smaller loveseat? There’s a version with a twin-size pull-out bed, too.
Ikea's Klippan sofa is a classic, and if you need a smaller version of the OG, you’re in luck—it comes in a loveseat size, too. Launched in the 1980s, the Klippan continues to be one of the Swedish brand’s top sellers today. Its longevity might be partly due to its simple rectangular silhouette that is quite easy to style. Or it could be the fact that Ikea produces slipcovers for the loveseat, which means you can change up its look on the reg. Since this is a piece of Ikea furniture, it’s extremely affordable, though you will have to pay the price of putting it together yourself.