12 Gorgeous Vintage-Inspired Sofas Under $1500
Get the vintage look you love with an affordable pricetag.
"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.
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.
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.
Mathias Leather Sofa
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.
Gordon Tufted Sofa
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
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.
Chant Grande Loveseat
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.
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.
Clifford Swoop Arm Sofa
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.
Cory Mooney Accent Setee
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.
Novogratz Brittany Futon
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.
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.
Modway Waverunner Loveseat
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.
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.
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.
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.
Embrace the Boho Trend
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.
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.
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.
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.