5 Stylish Apartment-Sized Sofas for the New Renter

Say goodbye to the distressed dorm room futon and invest in a fashion-forward, apartment-sized sofa. 

Transitioning from dorm room to adult apartment can be awkward, it's true. You've outgrown a lot of things, including that twin-sized bed and worn-out futon.

As an adult, you'll need furniture that you can rely on for more than four years — and it certainly doesn't hurt if those pieces add style to your rental's blank walls. We suggest putting some of your next paycheck towards any of these chic apartment-sized sofas.

The Cool Blue Velvet

Eclectic Living Space Is Relaxed, Stylish

Eclectic Living Space Is Relaxed, Stylish

A family of five needed a relaxed yet beautiful living space using items they already owned and wanted to incorporate into the overall design. Designer Sarah Wittenbraker created this stunning living room doing just that; she achieved a stylish, eclectic design by mixing furniture pieces of contrasting styles.

Photo by: Sarah Wittenbraker

Sarah Wittenbraker

This summer, blue velvet sofas made their mark on the interior design world, and we’re happy to report that they’re not going away any time soon. If you love the bold look but don't have room for a full-length sectional, you can still enjoy an apartment-sized piece like this one featured in this casually-cool living room designed by Sarah Wittenbraker.

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Iris Navy Velvet Settee / Overstock.com / $522.49

The Modern Marigold

Blue Eclectic Living Room With Retro Style

Blue Eclectic Living Room With Retro Style

A boldly hued orange leather sofa pops against a blue accent wall in this fun retro-influenced living room. An acrylic coffee table is functional but unobtrusive, and a starburst mirror plays with pattern on a papered wall. Brightly colored pillows and eclectic accessories add whimsical and unique touches to the eclectic room.

Photo by: Red Egg Design Group

Red Egg Design Group

You're sensible yet stylish, and you need a sofa to match. Hey, we get it. That's why we recommend a modern couch like this striking piece featured in an eclectic living room from the Red Egg Design Group. The leather will withstand mild wear and tear over the next few years, while the saturated marigold shade will bring warmth to your apartment's pristine interior.

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Axel Leather Loveseat / West Elm / $1499

The Tufted Tweed

Modern Sofa with Orange Pillows

Modern Sofa with Orange Pillows

Orange throw pillows are just what this setting needs to break up the brown. Paired with the white throw, the two help the couch stand out in a room full of neutrals.

Photo by: Regan Baker Design

Regan Baker Design

Want to add dimension to your apartment's blank walls? Even a small tufted sofa will get the job done. In this living room from Regan Baker Design, a neutral couch with a tufted back instantly adds depth and sophistication to the cozy setting.

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Peggy Mid-Century Loveseat / West Elm / $699 - $769

Tufted Settee / Urban Outfitters / $1150

The Classic Leather

Eclectic West Village Living Room

Eclectic West Village Living Room

In the living room, dove gray walls are cool and crisp. Rustic elements, like the reclaimed wood coffee table, are mixed with classic midcentury pieces.

Photo by: MATTHEW WILLIAMS

MATTHEW WILLIAMS

A brown-leather couch will never go out of style, making this tasteful loveseat option another investment-worthy piece. Decorate with plush pillows in graphic patterns to create a comfortable reading nook like LABLStudio did here, or leave as-is for a simply elegant sitting area.

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Charlie Petite Leather Loveseat / Overstock.com / $800.99

The Versatile Neutral

Living Room With Vintage Artwork and Mirror

Living Room With Vintage Artwork and Mirror

Play with symmetry and scale by centering an oversized mirror directly above the sofa, then flanking it with similarly scaled art.

Photo by: Rustic White Photography, LLC

Rustic White Photography, LLC

When you're just starting out, it's important to choose furniture that will grow with you over the years. That's why a suitably-sized, neutral sofa like this piece featured in this elegant living room designed by Brian Patrick Flynn is a must for renters. Thanks to its off-white hues, it can be easily accessorized with colorful throw pillows for a tasteful new look.

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Anywhere Sofa / Urban Outfitters / $399

Dryden Apartment Sofa With Nailheads / Crate and Barrel / $1316

Get These 28 Tips for a Cozier Bedroom

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Try Dark Hues

While light colors are great for making a room feel larger, a darker hue envelops the bedroom, creating the perfect space to relax and slumber. The plush bed linens in this ultra-dark space add a nice contrast and look like the ideal spot to cuddle up in this cozy black bedroom.

Adjust the Lighting

From the fireplace to the plush bedding to the warm area rug, this room exemplifies cozy living. But one aspect that really enhances the space is the soft lighting choices. If overhead lighting is a must, a chandelier with a dimmer is a great way to go.

Layer Rugs

Whether your bedroom is covered in carpet or hardwood, rugs are a great way to add color, texture and of course, warmth underfoot. Try layering rugs in different shapes and patterns for an extra-comfy look.

Bring on the Blankets

When creating a cozy bedroom, you can never have too many throws. With an assortment of textured throws in soft neutrals, breakfast in bed never looked so good.

Photo By: Sarah Christine Wilson

Add a Personal Touch

Simple DIY touches can make any bedroom a cozier place to be. Here, a nightstand made from a vintage suitcase adds personality with a nice lived-in vibe.

Create a Canopy

A no-fail way to add an extra comfort factor to your bed is to drape it in ethereal textiles. Here, a solid white canopy creates a cozy cocoon for lazy Sunday mornings.

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Choose the Right Pieces

Warm wooden accents and a vase filled with fresh blooms come together in this peaceful space to create a nature-lover’s paradise. With a stack of books placed on the nightstand shelf, you may never have to leave this restful oasis.

Make Use of Texture

In this soft, inviting space, a delicate mix of texture subtly adds depth and interest in a neutral space. From the textural wallpaper to the herringbone-patterned floor, this sweet bedroom would be the ideal spot to curl up with a good book.


Blend Old and New

By mixing old and new styles, you can keep your bedroom from looking stale and instead make it look all your own. Here, a unique nightstand with a Singer base makes a statement against a gorgeous herringbone-patterned floor and mint bed.

From: Genevieve Gorder

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Try a Tufted Headboard

Any plush headboard is bound to add a comfy vibe to your resting space, but there is just something about an elegant tufted headboard that really ups the cozy factor. Consider covering your headboard in an opulent fabric, such as velvet, for an extra-luxurious design.

Pile on the Pillows

What’s more cozy than a huge pile of fluffy pillows? Mix and match and never be afraid to add too many. The more the better when it comes to creating a super-comfy look.

From: Deborah Wecselman

Add Ceiling Beams

Adding wooden ceiling beams may be a bigger project than tossing a few throw pillows on the bed, but it is one that will definitely pay off in the cozy department. Wooden accents add warmth to a space, and wooden ceiling beams are a smart architectural way to add the look without taking up space.

Create a Reading Nook

A window seat is a great place to cuddle up and read or just enjoy the view. But sometimes, adding a window seat can be a costly endeavor. Instead, try creating a quiet nook in your bedroom for a similar effect.

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images ©2014, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Put in a Faux Fireplace

A bedroom fireplace adds instant warmth, but when it’s too expensive to add the real thing, a shabby-chic faux fireplace may do the trick. This adorable example from HGTV’s Fixer Upper proves it doesn’t take big bucks to create a cozy space.

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images © 2013, HGTV/ Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Mix Patterns

An unexpected mix of patterns can create a homey look in any size bedroom. In this sweet space, a cohesive color palette pulls the patterns together, keeping the look subtle and seamless.

Place Furniture Strategically

Where you place your furniture makes a huge difference. When creating a seating nook, place chairs facing each other. This arrangement brings a conversational and intimate feel to your bedroom even if you're the only one utilizing the space.

Use Soft Neutrals

A neutral color palette adds a calming effect to any style bedroom, and it doesn't have to mean boring. Add texture, metallic accents, patterns and vintage finds to spice things up.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Incorporate Vintage Finds

Nothing will give your bedroom a lived-in look like a favorite piece from an antique shop. This weathered Craftsman-style rocker brings a nostalgic look to the coastal bedroom.

Add Some Privacy

Sure, floor-to-ceiling draperies can be expensive (especially if they aren't DIY), but you'll keep them for years to come. Purchase neutral window treatments, so they match your room's style no matter how many times you change your bedroom's look.

Sprinkle In Floral Accents

Feminine touches bring a soft, cozy feel, so bring in floral elements — big or small — to your bedroom.

Photo By: Sarah Dorio/Flynnside Out Productions ©2016, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Dress Your Bed in Knit Fabric

You can't get any comfier than knit fabric. Use old sweaters to make bed pillows or throws to up your bedroom's cozy factor.

Decorate in All White

Many believe an all-white room is stark and stale, but decorating in this color can make you feel as though you're at the spa. Plus, it's like sleeping on a cloud.

Use the Same Hue in Different Tones

Not sold on the all-white idea? This girl's bedroom is dressed in all blue. The variety of blue tones gives the room a layered look, which presents a cozy effect.

From: Houlihan Lawrence and Luxury Portfolio International®

Photo By: Houlihan Lawrence, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Don't Forget the Foot of the Bed

If you have the space, place some furniture at the food of the bed. Whether you choose one large piece or a couple small pieces, display something that acts as extra storage and is upholstered in a lush fabric.

Skip Overhead Lighting

The right lighting can make all the difference. Place a couple lamps on either side of your bed to provide enough lighting without the harsh glare from an overhead light.

Display Your Books

Bring a cozy library feel to your bedroom by replacing a traditional headboard with a bookshelf. Color coordinate your books for a clean look.

Photo By: Michael J. Lee Photography

Invest in Good Bedding

Aside from window treatments, bedding is the best thing to spend your money on. Choose soft, high-quality fabrics — you won't be sorry.

Hide Electronics

Sometimes binge watching your favorite show is most comfortable from your bed, but visible electronics in the bedroom are the opposite of cozy. Hide them by placing in a thrifted armoire.

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