One of the most frequently asked questions we get from readers, friends, and even family members isn’t what to buy, but rather where to buy. “How do I score affordable art online?” “Which brands carry the best Scandinavian design?” “Where can I track down good fabric?” The one item that really stumps people is a sofa. There are so many retailers out there making quality couches that it can be overwhelming to know where to start. After much trial and error, we’ve figured out a system so you don’t have to waste hours on end scouring the Internet.
The best place to begin your shopping journey is with your budget. How much are you willing to shell out? Up next: Narrow your search down to a general style. Do you gravitate toward traditional Chesterfields or curvy velvet settees? Once you have a loose idea of those two things, moving on to stores will be a total breeze. Read on for our go-to list of places with the best sofa selection.
Price range: $215–$5,300
Signature style: Mid-century inspired
What to know: You can find a ton of brands here, from Knoll to Blu Dot, that are giving new life to Bauhaus and mid-century modern classics. The company offers free shipping on orders over $49 and a 30-day return policy.
Price range: $1,000–$5,700
Signature style: French-girl chic
What to know: Swooping silhouettes and luxurious materials (think: printed cotton and richly colored velvets) reign supreme. Look here first if you want your couch to double as a work of art. There’s a $149 unlimited furniture delivery fee, and items usually take around three weeks to arrive once they’ve been shipped.
Price range: $600–$5,000
Signature style: Elevated basics
What to know: Shoppers can personalize the material, color, and seating size for this direct-to-consumer brand’s sofas, and your customized piece will be delivered right to your door for a flat-rate fee of $49.
Price range: $995–$2,000
Signature style: Simplified classics
What to know: Burrow keeps the decision-making to a minimum. There are only three core sizes to choose from (love seat, sofa, and king sofa), five colors, and three leg choices. Plus, all the options are zero-tool-assembly and feature discreet USB chargers. Every order includes free, one-week shipping.
Price range: $1,000–$1,900
Signature style: Detail oriented
What to know: When you tire of your choice, you can swap out the removable cushion covers and legs for fresh ones. Basically, you get a bespoke design without paying big bucks. All items ship for free and are delivered between seven and 10 business days.
Price range: $1,200–$1,600
Signature style: Palm Springs retro
What to know: Designed and manufactured in Huntington Beach, California, every piece pays homage to iconic mid-century silhouettes and is handcrafted from long-lasting materials. Items can be delivered in the greater Los Angeles area for $50 to $150, or picked up at the warehouse location.
Price range: $750–$6,600
Signature style: Understated glam
What to know: Be it a tufted love seat or a curvaceous pink couch, each of the brand’s modern sofas boast pillowy surfaces that are seemingly made with binge-watching in mind. There’s a $129 shipping fee for unlimited furniture items, so stock your cart with a few other pieces while you’re at it.
Price range: $750–$7,000
Signature style: Traditional
What to know: If all you want is a simple gray sofa, look no further. The retailer has the basics down, especially when it comes to small-space living. The larger sectionals don’t run cheap, but many of the love seats ring in under $1,000. Like CB2, there is a $129 shipping fee for unlimited furniture items.
Price range: $1,300–$1,900
Signature style: Industrial
What to know: The Detroit-based company sells a two-seater, three-seater, and chaise version of its modular design, which comes with either birchwood or upholstered frames and ships free. All the options are ideal for frequent movers—they were designed to be assembled and disassembled with ease.
Price range: $300–$3,000
Signature style: Scandinavian
What to know: When you want big style on a budget or the most streamlined version of a sofa that exists, you’ll likely find what you’re looking for at your local big blue warehouse. The only caveat is you need to assemble the piece yourself, but fortunately, the Swedish retailer has linked up with TaskRabbit to make that part easier.
Price range: $1,200–$6,500
Signature style: Funky vintage
What to know: Largely inspired by the ’50s and ’60s, the online-only retailer offers curated collections of pieces with winged arms, tufting, and seemingly endless upholstery options (this one comes with 53). Products over $999 ship at a rate of $99.
Price range: $275–$3,395
Signature style: Contemporary
What to know: The e-retailer has launched affordable collections with big-name designers like Joanna Gaines and, most recently, Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, whose plush sectionals and love seats feature arched lines and tapered feet inspired by 1940s French design. Store pickup is free, and in-home delivery is $299.
Price range: $1,900–$2,500
Signature style: Laid-back luxe
What to know: Even though every piece is handmade in North Carolina, Maiden Home cuts out the showrooms and wholesalers to keep prices reasonable. Each of the six styles can be customized with more than 47 fabric and leather options (made without synthetics or harsh chemicals) and a handful of size configurations. Shipping is free and items are delivered within eight weeks of order.
Price range: $1,500–$6,000
Signature style: Sleek but still beach house–worthy
What to know: The infamous Cloud collection, like many of the other brand’s sofa assortments, is known for its spacious seats with a “sinkable” quality. Save on your purchase by becoming an RH member (you get a 25 percent discount on all full-priced items for an annual fee of $100).
Price range: $270–$1,500
Signature style: Something for everyone
What to know: Many of the smaller sectionals feature reversible chaises, so your sofa can adapt with you over time. In-house brands like Project 62 and Opalhouse carry good-looking, on-trend pieces, including ones for outdoors that are balcony-proof. Delivery fees vary by item, but all products can be returned to any Target store within 365 days of the ship date.
Price range: $120–$3,400
Signature style: Casual cool
What to know: Does a folded cushion on the floor constitute as acceptable seating? According to Urban Outfitters, yes it does. There are a ton of relaxed options in the mix for the go-with-the-flow type. Allow two to four weeks for delivery (orders that are $50 or more ship for free).
Price range: $600–$5,000
Signature Style: Millennial–meets–mid-century
What to know: West Elm was one of the first stores to bring mid-century style to the masses. You might be worried about splurging on a leather sectional or velvet two-seater for your first real apartment, but when you realize it will last you for a solid five to 10 years, the guilt will quickly fade away. Shipping fees range from $149 to $399, depending on the order total and distance.
This story was originally published on September 17, 2018. It has been updated with new information.