Best Sofa for a Small House

Finding the right size furniture for a small house can be complicated.  Have you been into Restoration Hardware lately?  On my last visit, I wondered if their latest line was designed by basketball stars for linebackers.  Their most popular couch starts at 6-feet long and 40-inches deep with options up to 10-feet long and 45-inches deep.  Oversized was an understatement.  Thankfully, many furniture makers have realized that not everyone has room for giant frames, overstuffed cushions, or massive roll arms.

When we bought our small house five years ago, there honestly weren’t many stylish smaller options.  We opted for the Chloe Velvet Tufted Sofa from Macy’s.  At the time, cream and seafoam were the only color choices, but I’m a fan of the new granite version.  RF was hesitant about cream, especially with two cats and our tendency to snack on the couch; but I wanted to keep the larger pieces neutral to avoid cluttering the small space and use accessories to add color and definition to the room.  As it turns out, the fabric is a breeze to clean, and we haven’t regretted it at all.  Though, lately, I’ve been tempted to try out more color.


We recently scored a like-new Henry Loveseat from West Elm in dove grey for our second sitting area.  I like it enough to consider replacing our Chloe with a Henry Sofa in ink blue performance velvet.  The Henry Sofa comes in four lengths, from 66 to 96 inches.  The three smallest options are all the same depth, 36″, which can be a big consideration for small spaces.


In fact, I generally think that tufted back sofas are best for small homes because they don’t tend to be as deep as their cushioned counterparts.  However, the Hollywood Crushed Velvet from Apt 2B is a glamorous option with button-tufted cushions on both the seat and back, also only 36″ deep.


RF and I have been eyeing the Briarwood Leather Sofa Collection at Crate & Barrel for awhile now.  The collection includes a sofa, loveseat, and chair.  Both the sofa and loveseat are only 34″ deep, but the slightly curved back and arms give it a spacious feel.  I’m partial to a loveseat and chair combo in the Cuero finish, but there are six colors to choose from.


If, like us, you lack a lot of extra sleeping space when friends and family come to visit, the Leah Supreme Comfort Full Sleeper from La-Z-Boy is a great compact traditional option.  Also available in a twin, for really small spaces, all are customizable with a wide-range of fabrics, colors, and prints.


And, if you can’t find an “adult” sofa that suits you, there are always the children’s sections of the major retailers.  The Alston Loveseat from PBTeen is really quite chic with it’s low, rolled arms and turned-wood legs.  Light grey linen is a classic, but after living with so much neutral for awhile now, I could almost go for magenta.  I’m pretty sure RF would disagree.

Alston Magenta


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