3 Expert Tips To Choose A Small Sofa & A Loveseat

If you live in a small space, you might not feel like you have enough room for a couch. A small sofa or a loveseat is the answer if you need something to sit on and anchor your living space.

These two- or three-seater miniature couches look adorable and can be quite functional. However, they aren't necessarily easy to buy! Luckily, that's where we can help. In this handy guide, we'll go over everything you need to know about small sofas and loveseats.

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What's the difference between a sofa and a loveseat? Which is best for me?

If you're looking for a simple way to tell the difference between a sofa and a loveseat, there's a simple answer: The difference is usually size. However, if you're looking at specifically small sofas and comparing them to loveseats, there may not be many differences to spot.

Larger sofas will generally seat three to eight people, where loveseats---as the name might traditionally imply---only seat two. Often, the seats are comprised of only two cushions, to make this distinction clear. Beyond this one facet---size---small sofas and loveseats can be considered relatively interchangeable. Both will have myriad styles and materials to choose from, which we'll go into in later sections.

Teal Polyester Wood Chesterfield Sofa
Beige Linen Blend Wood Round Arm Sofa
Green Velvet Wood Square Arm Sofa
Gray Polyester Blend Wood Recessed Arm Sofa
Dark Gray Linen Wood Flared Arm Sofa
Beige Polyester Metal Round Arms Sofa

Which is better for you? If you'd like to accentuate the small area in which you're putting this petite piece of furniture, one way to do so is varying the number of cushions you choose. A traditional loveseat with two cushions will make the space look larger; a non-segmented bench-style sofa or one with more cushions will make the space look smaller. Ultimately, it's up to your preference!

When you're purchasing a smaller sofa or loveseat, it's important to get the size just right, as you might be working with a smaller amount of space. Start by measuring the space where you want to put the sofa or loveseat, and then use search criteria to narrow the field of sofas and loveseats you're looking at to only those that fit in your space!

Gray Velvet Wood Chesterfield Loveseat
Chestnut Faux Leather Wood Standard Loveseat
Burgundy Velvet Chesterfield Rolled Arm Loveseat
Muted Green Linen Standard Flared Arm Loveseat
Creamy Polyester Blend Wood Standard Loveseat
Graphite Gray Polyester Wood Standard Loveseat

What material is best for a small sofa or loveseat?

Sofas and loveseats come in many different types of materials. Each gives off a different vibe and has varying pros and cons to suit your home! Here, we'll go through the most popular materials and discuss where they might best be used.

Durable Fabric

Denim, twill, canvas---these fabrics may not be the softest or the most inherently beautiful, but they will last forever.

Gray Canvas Wood Standard Loveseat
Teal Cotton Twill Standard Loveseat
Pink Polyester Twill Standard Loveseat
Assorted Canvas Round Arm Loveseat
Denim Modular Square Arm Loveseat
Light Gray Canvas Square Arm Sofa

Specialty Fabric

Interested in a velvet, silk, wool or linen couch? Each of these fabrics will have a more nubby texture and will look fantastic in pictures (as well as seriously add to the luxe feel of your home).

However, they tend to stain easily, and won't hold up well if you have pets or children (or even if you just have a lot of traffic and wear on your couches). Because of this, these fabrics might be a good choice if you're planning on placing the small sofa or loveseat in an area primarily meant for good aesthetics, not necessarily comfortable seating.

White Velvet Tuxedo Arm Sofa
Brown Linen Recessed Arm Loveseat
Taupe Silk Wood Standard Loveseat
Navy Wool Recessed Arm Loveseat
Gray Velvet Recessed Arms Loveseat
Light Gray Linen Standard Loveseat


Leather may be the most expensive option, but there's a reason why: It can feel cool or warm as needed, it looks luxe, and it's incredibly durable. If you have pets in your home, leather can be a better choice, as it won't attract hair with the same magnetic pull as other fabrics might!

Dark Brown Leather Round Arms Loveseat
Brown Leather Chesterfield Rolled Arm Loveseat
Leather Match Pillow Top Arm Loveseat
Camel Genuine Leather Square Arm Sofa
Black Faux Leather Square Arm Sofa
Orange Genuine Leather Flared Arm Sofa

What type and style of loveseat is best for my home?

There are as many different types and styles of sofas and loveseats as there are homes! If you're looking for something to fit in with your home's unique aesthetic, it's a good idea to start by figuring out what your home's aesthetic is. Take a look around with a discerning eye when you're at home. Think about these questions:

  • Are there any colors that are featured predominantly in my home?
  • What is the overall feel of my home in terms of shades of color (i.e., are the colors in your home light and airy, or dark and more somber)?
  • Is there a specific decor genre that my furniture tends to fall towards? Are you more interested in detailed Baroque pieces or the streamlined silhouettes of mid-century-modern shapes? Do all of the pieces that make up your home tend towards the same design inspiration, or do you have more of a vintage, mismatched aesthetic?
  • Are there any basic shapes and lines that recur in my home? For example, are there a lot of angles featured, or do most things have rounded or curved edges?
Blue Polyester Scandinavian Standard Loveseat
Grey Linen Modern Standard Loveseat
Vintage Cafe Velvet Wingback Loveseat
Deep Red Polyester Plush Sofa
Gray Microfiber Tuxedo Arm Sofa
Gray Polyester Solid Manufactured Wood Loveseat

When you're thinking about adding new furniture to your home, you have one of two choices. You can choose to have your new furniture completely match your home's general look, or you can choose to have your new small sofa or loveseat stand out.

If you choose to blend your new furniture in by choosing a similar look, you're accomplishing a few goals: You're making your home more neutral and less busy, which can help make your home a more relaxing place to be!

However, if you choose to pick a color or style of loveseat that's completely opposite to your home's aesthetic, you're creating a focal point and a conversation starter. This can give your home a very modern look that is pleasing to the eye! Choose a vintage sofa or loveseat if your home is minimal and modern, or a streamlined, simple Scandinavian piece if most of your home is busier and more traditionally styled. This can allow you to branch out and feel creative as you decorate your home!

Lily is a modern designer with great appreciation for sleek architecture, a love for art in its many forms, and a passion for sharing her experience with people. If you’re looking for advice on how to modernize your old-fashioned place or make your new restaurant a visual blast, she’s definitely the one to ask.