12 Gorgeous Vintage-Inspired Sofas Under $1500

Get the vintage look you love with an affordable pricetag.

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"What's old is new again."

This is certainly true when you take a look at the trends in sofa design over the last few years. Vintage-inspired sofas are everywhere, and for good reason. The shapes are classic, they work with almost all design styles and they have proven they can stand the test of time.

Sofas are big investments for most of us. I personally like to get five to 10 years of use from a sofa in order to make my investment worthwhile. This is why I usually prefer to go with the tried-and-true designs of vintage-inspired sofas.

Here, I've included my 12 favorite vintage-style sofas. And I've included options for everyone, no matter your budget.

UNDER $1500

Gracie Sofa

Photo by: Roger and Chris

Roger and Chris

If you’re a Mad Men fan, then you’ll love this elegant, midcentury modern-inspired sofa that looks like it could be right out of Don Draper’s chic NYC apartment. The nail-head trim adds an extra layer of elegance, while the green velvet could work as an unexpected splash of color in your living room. However, there are many more colors and fabrics you could choose from, so you could customize this sofa to perfectly fit your space.

Lenyx Sofa

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CB2

This chunky yet sleek sofa gives a nod to the '70s with its retro design. This particular sofa gives you the flexibility to add your own throw pillows or add a cozy throw to finish off the look.

$1199, cb2.com

Mathias Leather Sofa

Photo by: West Elm

West Elm

A wood-frame sofa would work well in a minimalist living room. The leather cushions are easier to keep clean, so this would be a great choice for a home with kids.

$1199, westelm.com

UNDER $1000

Gordon Tufted Sofa

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Home Decorators

One of the most iconic styles in sofa design is the classic, tufted chesterfield. It calls to mind a traditional, wood-paneled library or a gentlemen's lounge. This type of sofa actually works surprisingly well with a variety of different design styles. And this particular model is available in different leather colors, so you can easily incorporate it into your home’s color palette.

Baldwin Loveseat Set

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PBteen

This plush, tufted sofa is another example of the forward-thinking design of the '70s. Covered in a nubby, sheepskin-like fabric, this vintage-inspired sofa is available as pictured or as part of a larger sectional option. It would be a great pick for a loungey, retro-style space or bohemian living room.

$989, pbteen.com

Chant Grande Loveseat

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Froy

While this sleek design is actually from an earlier decade, it has a distinctly '80s vibe to it. The sofa calls to mind a stylish NYC loft or a designer’s atelier in London. This piece would work great in a more masculine living room or with a simple black and white color palette.

$949, froy.com

UNDER $800

Sydney Sofa

Photo by: West Elm

West Elm

This elegant, neutral sofa screams "Art Deco" from the '20s. The feminine shape looks like it's right out of a carefully curated Paris apartment. The bench seating and cushionless design help to create a beautiful, elevated look. Its classic shape would work within almost any style home.

$699, westelm.com

Clifford Swoop Arm Sofa

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Target

This sofa would be a great choice if you’re looking for a midcentury modern-inspired piece but also want a bit more comfort. The merlot shade would definitely provide a nice infusion of color, but it’s also neutral enough to work with most color palettes. It would look especially lovely with gray, navy or cream accents.

$799, target.com

Cory Mooney Accent Setee

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Overstock.com

This sofa combines the classic, chesterfield style with a more feminine, swoop design. Even though it’s new, it feels like it could easily be out of a curated vintage shop. The sofa’s size is definitely on the petite end, so this would be a great pick for a smaller living space.

UNDER $500

Novogratz Brittany Futon

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Amazon

Here’s a vintage-inspired sofa that folds down into a sleeper. It’s technically a futon, but it looks much more elegant than your average sleeper sofa. The channel back has a '20s feel to it, and the medium blue hue would work as a beautiful neutral in most spaces.

$210, amazon.com

Zack Loveseat

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Wayfair

This loveseat would be another great choice for anyone who has a tiny living space. The contrasting bench cushion provides visual interest, and the simple wood legs call to mind the simpler design style of the '50s and '60s.

$405, wayfair.com

Modway Waverunner Loveseat

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Walmart

This sofa is an ode to Ligne Roset’s famous Togo sofa that was popularized in the '70s. With a decidedly loungey vibe, this sofa is laid-back, causal and low to the ground. It can also work on its own for a smaller space or with additional pieces styled like a sectional.

$410, walmart.com

Unique Ways to Fill the Space Above Your Sofa

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Play With Symmetry

If you've got a large mirror and classic oil paintings, then why not group them together?
Get the Look: 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

Repurpose an Area Rug

Handed-down tapestries have been a wall decor mainstay for centuries. Add a similar look to your living room with an area rug.
Get the Look: Choose a rug that's the same length as your sofa (or slightly shorter). For a custom look, use a quilt hanger and attach the rug to its clamps. Or, for a DIY approach, fasten the rug to the wall using upholstery tacks and allow it to droop in the center for a more relaxed look.

Photo By: Rustic White Photography, LLC

Perfect a Sofa Table

Here's a smart idea for renters or homeowners with walls that can't take nails or screws: place a console table behind your sofa to display your favorite artwork.
Get the Look: First, determine the height and length of your sofa. Next, search for a console table approximately one foot shorter in length and no more than two inches lower than your sofa. Create a collection of art, arrange it on top of the table, then lean it against the wall.

Photo By: Rustic White Photography, LLC

Paint Your Own Artwork

Looking for the perfect piece of oversized abstract art but can't find exactly what you want in your budget? Create the art yourself with bold acrylic paint and a massive canvas.
Get the Look: For texture and a shadowed effect, pick up gesso then apply it to the canvas with a brush or burnisher before painting the entire piece a solid color. We chose the color Yves Klein Blue, which was made famous in the 1950s by the French painter who often covered entire objects and canvases with his trademark hue — a mix of blue, purple and black.

Photo By: Rustic White Photography, LLC

Embrace the Boho Trend

Boho-chic style is making a huge comeback this year. Incorporate this laid-back trend into your current design aesthetic by hanging a large, handmade macrame statement piece above the sofa.

Let Your Vintage Flags Fly

Bring a casual and collected look to your living room with a suspended grouping of vintage flags.
Get the Look: Gather nautical flags in similar colors that vary in size and shape. For each row of flags, add two hook eyes to your walls and fasten aircraft cable in-between. Next, loosely hang the flags on the cables, and secure them in place with twine or clothespins.

Photo By: Rustic White Photography, LLC

Map It Out

When paired with a black leather sofa, a large, sepia-toned vintage map gives this room an upscale, masculine feel.

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

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Turn Wallpaper Into Artwork

Add the look and feel of wallpaper to your living room without the commitment.
Get the Look: Order a single roll of wallpaper for less than $20, cut it to size and place inside several frames. For a larger impact, stick with oversized frames and keep the pattern repeat consistent.

Photo By: Rustic White Photography, LLC

Mirror Mirror

Easily sourced from local thrift stores or antique shops, vintage mirrors add gorgeous depth to a small space. Choose a mix of gilded and matte-painted frames, stunning starburst and oval shapes, and varying sizes for an effortless designer look.

Ditch Nails for Wooden Hangers

Many collectors find themselves with groupings of objects that can be difficult to hang on walls or require expensive mounting, matting and framing. We have a chic alternative.
Get the Look: Take the DIY approach by clamping beloved posters, pennants, maps and charts to wooden pants hangers, then hanging them above the sofa in a random order.

Basket Wall Art

Add a pop of natural texture and handmade detail to your space with a tight collage of large woven baskets. Get the Look: Choose round baskets in varying sizes and patterns for a visually-stunning arrangement.

Photo By: Jacob Snavely

Turn Art Into Your View

Here's a trick made popular by urban designers: if you don't have a lot of wall space in your living room, consider hanging your artwork directly in front of windows. This is an especially useful tip for windows that don't offer beautiful views. Not only will this help add personality, color and charm above your sofa, it can also create an extra layer of privacy between you and your neighbors.

Photo By: Rustic White Photography, LLC

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