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 Neutral Living Space With Blue Velvet Loveseat

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

Orange Leather Sofa and Colorful Accessories in Eclectic Living Space

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

Gray Living Room With Leather Sofa, Metallic Floor Lamp

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.

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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

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