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
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.
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.
Get the Look:
Iris Navy Velvet Settee / Overstock.com / $522.49
The Modern Marigold
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.
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.
Get the Look:
Axel Leather Loveseat / West Elm / $1499
The Tufted Tweed
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.
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.
Get the Look:
Peggy Mid-Century Loveseat / West Elm / $699 - $769
Tufted Settee / Urban Outfitters / $1150
The Classic Leather
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.
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.
Get the Look:
Charlie Petite Leather Loveseat / Overstock.com / $800.99
Modern Chesterfield Leather Loveseat / West Elm / $1599
The Versatile Neutral
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.
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.
Get the Look:
Anywhere Sofa / Urban Outfitters / $399
Dryden Apartment Sofa With Nailheads / Crate and Barrel / $1316
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.