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7 Best Couches for Small Spaces

Finding the right couch for a small space can be difficult—but you don’t have to sacrifice style or comfort for a compact design. Here are the best couches for small spaces.

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Azura 2 Piece Slipcovered Chaise Sectional Ecomm Wayfair.comVIA MERCHANT

Designing the layout of a tiny space can be a challenge. But it can also provide an opportunity to stretch your creative wings.

When searching for the perfect couch, loveseat or sectional for your small living area, we recommend forgoing a bulky couch for petite loveseat or a two-person “snuggler” chair. For long, narrow rooms, an L-shaped sectional opens up the space and creates a cozy corner seating area.

To optimize your space, here are our picks of the best couches for small spaces.

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Oliver Sofa Ecomm Westelm.comVIA MERCHANT

Best Overall Couch for Small Spaces

West Elm Oliver Sofa

This simple, yet stylish small sofa is perfect for small spaces. Its clean tight back offers firm, supportive seating for two or three people. The Oliver sofa has a touch of mid-century charm and comes in three classic neutral colors, so it can be easily streamlined into any living space.


  • Durable, easy-to-clean construction
  • three colors and two sizes to choose from


  • Semi-attached, nonreversible cushions

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Azura 2 Piece Slipcovered Chaise Sectional Ecomm Wayfair.comVIA MERCHANT

Best Sectional Couch for Small Spaces

Zipcode Design Azura Chaise Sectional

For versatility, comfort, style and space efficiency, the Azura Chaise Sectional is an outstanding find, especially given its affordable price tag.

With clean contemporary lines and plenty of depth to slouch in, the sleek sectional features an interchangeable ottoman/chaise that can be set up on either side.


  • Lightweight, detachable ottoman that can be moved to either end of sofa
  • Affordable
  • Multiple color options


  • Some buyers note cushions are too firm

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Isley 57'' Upholstered Loveseat Ecomm Wayfair.comVIA MERCHANT

Best Loveseat Couch for Small Spaces

Mercury Row Isley Loveseat

This loveseat is a perfect fit in any classic or transitional space. It’s upholstered in a neutral-toned polyester blend, which makes it easy to blend with any color palette or aesthetic you already have. We love how this loveseat comes with a pair of added throw pillows that give it a bit of decorative flair.


  • Small and stylish
  • Comfortable, removable cushions


  • Only one color option
  • Assembly required

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Sheldrake 61.5'' Leather Loveseat Ecomm Wayfair.comVIA MERCHANT

Best Leather Couch for Small Spaces

Sand & Stable Sheldrake Leather Loveseat

Comfortable seating is a must no matter what size of living room you have. With this Sheldrake Leather Loveseat, you won’t have to sacrifice style for compact size.

This loveseat features genuine leather upholstery for a natural aesthetic that elevates your space. The cushions are filled with foam and supported by coil springs and pocket springs to prevent sagging over time. We love how the square arms and cushion back lend this sofa a modern style that goes with almost any design scheme from traditional to midcentury modern.


  • Solid wood frame with high-quality leather cushions
  • Stylish, flared legs
  • three color options


  • Cushions are attached and non-removable

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Cushy Sleeper Ecomm Pbteen.comVIA MERCHANT

Best Pull-Out Couch for Small Spaces

Pottery Barn Teen Cushy Sleeper

This adorable sleeper sofa landed on our list of top sleeper sofas for 2022. It features a sleek profile with piped edges and square cushions. It’s designed to look like compact lounge seating, but it packs the punch of a pullout full- or twin-size sleeper (you choose). Plus, the seat cushion flips up to become a headboard!


  • Ideal pull-out option for small spaces
  • Easy to style
  • Multiple fabric and color options


  • More expensive than other compact options

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Garren 52.4 Square Arm Tufted Loveseat Ecomm Wayfair.comVIA MERCHANT

Best Budget Couch for Small Spaces

Garren Square Arm Tufted Loveseat

This hybrid between a loveseat and a small sofa fits in any room. The Garren loveseat has a clean-lined frame and is covered in polyester navy or gray upholstery. It has high-density foam cushioning for ultimate comfort. Make it even more elegant with a faux fur blanket. Snag it now while it’s marked down 44% for Black Friday!


  • Clean-lined midcentury-inspired design
  • Affordable
  • Pillows included


  • Only two color options
  • Heavy

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Boevange Sur Attert 57.5'' Loveseat Ecomm Wayfair.comVIA MERCHANT

Best Velvet Couch for Small Spaces

Mistana Boevange-Sur-Attert Loveseat

This velvet loveseat offers a retro, mid-century style. Crafted with a solid pine wood frame, this sofa features a curved back seat with recessed arms and flared, tapered legs for a modern look.


  • Stain-resistant velvet cushions available in multiple colors
  • Extra padding
  • Easy to clean
  • Sleek design


  • Heavy

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What to Consider When Buying a Couch for a Small Space

Where should you buy a couch for a small space?

There are many places online to buy a couch for a small space, but it can be difficult to know which one will be the perfect fit without testing it out in person first. For small couches, we look at places like West Elm, Wayfair and Pottery Barn.


Before buying a couch for a small space, first measure the size of the space, as well as the doorway and hall passages. If you’re your space is extra small, your best option might be a loveseat that fits two people or even just one person.

Color and Material

If you’re in the process of designing or redesigning a small space for optimal coziness and style, you’ll probably be concerned with the overall appearance of the couch you choose.

Depending on the design aesthetic of your space, the material of a couch (leather, velvet, chenille, etc.) can be important. Choosing the right color for a small space is also crucial. We recommend going with neutral, light-colored upholstery to make a room feel fresh and airy.

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Mary Henn

As Associate Shopping Editor, Mary helps Family Handyman readers find products to elevate their time spent at home. Her expertise lies in style, trend and design. When she’s not working on the latest home and DIY content, you can find her reading a poem or novel—her creative writing has been awarded national recognition.