A quality modern sofa is one of the most important furniture pieces you'll purchase in your lifetime. Other than a mattress that won't break your back, a comfortable sofa will carry you through endless laugh-fueled nights with friends, Netflix binges, and lazy afternoon naps. It might even be the place from which you come up with your next brilliant business idea. Or the base camp for your children's endless imaginary games. Yes, a great sofa is endlessly important in adding value and quality of life to your lounge space.
What should you look for in a sofa? Timelessness, for one, as you'll want your modern sofa it to last through years, even decades of family memories. Durability and comfort come close seconds on the scale of important sofa characteristics; you'll want it to survive your dog's multiple naps and help you relax when you just want to kick your feet up at night. Lastly, you'll want a modern sofa with incredible style, one that will look just as great on day one as it will on its last legs.
So while it may be tempting to rush through a sofa purchase, think of it as a great investment for your future happiness and consider what qualities are most important to you. And, to make your shopping a little easier, we've handpicked our 19 favorite modern sofas to last you decades—both in terms of style and comfort. They even come at every price point and in every size!
This ultra-sleek black velvet sofa has one extra-long cushion for a streamlined, elegant look that will impress all your guests.
This plush, ultra-comfortable sofa from Article looks and feels thousands of dollars more expensive than it actually is. Win-win!
This sleek and deep sofa from Consort Design is available in a myriad of fabric and wood finish options, so you can really customize it to your taste.
You'd be hardpressed to find a more stylish curvy sofa under $1500. Capsule's Big Arm sofa is proof that you can get the look for less.
This petite navy couch looks modern and sleek—and its sale price is, quite frankly, unbeatable when it comes to small-space sofas.
This Boucle sofa from CB2 looks and feels like you're sitting on a cloud—which is exactly what you want from a great sofa.
This tuxedo-style sofa from Bludot is available in a few fabric options and leg colors, but we're partial to this rich charcoal velvet tone.
IKEA's Stockholm line is the cream of the crop of the Scandinavian retailer, and this sleep blue velvet sofa is the ultimate proof.
Forget about traditional tufting. Channel tufting is all the rage these days, and this chic sofa from CB2 is proof.
This channel-tufted emerald velvet sofa will add loads of dramatic flair to any apartment-size space.
Can you imagine a chicer sofa to give your living room a moody, luxe look? We didn't think so.
Hands down one of the most stylish sofas at IKEA, this piece will make your living room look more expensive than it actually is.
Even the name says it. This sofa was made for all-day Sunday lounging. Happy napping!
Bring this curvy velvet sofa home, and no one will ever guess it cost under $1500. You'll fool just about everyone.
This cool, Brooklyn-inspired sofa has legs for days—and would look fantastic in any small space.
Take the world's greatest nap on this extra-long and extra-deep sofa from Scandinavian brand Menu.
Trust us on this one: You'll sink into this plush navy wool-and-leather sofa that's as comfortable as it is sexy.
This petite gray midcentury sofa with bolster pillows is the ideal living room seating for small spaces. In other words, it's New York City–approved!
Designed by Ross Cassidy of Million Dollar Decorators fame, this plush and deep sofa is made for ultimate family comfort.