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10 Best Loveseats for Your Home of 2021

Jackie Maroney

Jackie Maroney

Loveseats are a great solution for small apartments, living rooms, and smaller spaces like bedrooms and home offices. Find out which two-seater sofas PropertyNest named the best of 2021 and why. Learn about these loveseat features and which one might be right for you.
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Loveseats are an underrated piece of furniture that can be both practical and visually appealing.

Usually, they are paired as a set with either a full-size sofa or an armchair, or both.

However, if you live in a modest-sized apartment, having a full-size sofa may not be realistic.

Loveseats are perfect for small spaces as they are usually small enough in size to place anywhere and can be substituted for a full-size as your living space centerpiece.

Loveseat sofa often even fit in small studio apartments, which makes them a popular choice for many living in urban settings.

10 Best Small/Two-Seater Sofas of 2021

  • Milani Velvet Tufted Scroll Arm Loveseat: Best Overall Loveseat
  • Gwyneth Boucle Loveseat: Best Unique Loveseat 
  • Hoyle 56.69'' Loveseat: Best Designed Loveseat 
  • Tobia Contemporary Leather Loveseat: Best Contemporary Loveseat 
  • GO Loveseat Rocker by Loll Designs: Best Outdoor Loveseat 
  • Leather Dulcimer Petite Chesterfield Loveseat: Best Chesterfield Loveseat
  • Muuto’s Oslo 2 Seater Sofa: Best Modern Two Seater Sofa 
  • Sealrock 56.8'' Flared Arm Loveseat: Best Comfortable Loveseat
  • Garren 52.4" Square Arm Loveseat: Best Cheap Loveseat
  • Guthrie 43" Velvet Recessed Arm Loveseat: Best Loveseat for Small Spaces

Milani Velvet Tufted Scroll Arm Loveseat: Best Overall Loveseat

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To be considered for the best overall love seat, we searched for certain qualities such as price, look, and comfort. Size was also looked at, so that they could work for either small or larger homes.

This loveseat by Christopher Knight Home wins best overall for its beautiful design, while still being affordable

This modern velvet wingback loveseat checks all the boxes: affordable, aesthetically pleasing, and the fabric is soft to the touch.

There is diamond stitching in the fabric to give it a classy look or it can also be used to re-create a speakeasy feel. The options are endless with this versatile piece, making it especially fitting for any home.

Pros and Cons of Milani Velvet Tuft Loveseat
ProsCons
Versatile and eclecticRequires assembly
AffordableThe buttons can catch on jeans
Soft velvet fabric

Gwyneth Boucle Loveseat: Best Unique Loveseat

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If you're looking for something different for your home than the usual loveseat, look no further than the Gwyneth Boucle Loveseat from CB2.

First, just the fact that this loveseat sofa is covered in boucle should immediately intrigue you if you're looking for your piece to stand out. Second, the uniquely designed form should also draw your attention.

The curves and contours connect the back with the arms and the base as if to present one seamless form.

Because it is so unique it would work best in a mid-century modern, contemporary, or even boho-chic setting.

We love it because of the rave customer reviews on how comfortable and beautiful it is.

Pros and Cons of Gwyneth Boucle Loveseat
ProsCons
Super comfortable and well-proportionedOn the pricier side.
Statement pieceFabric requires special care.
Luxurious look

Hoyle 56.69'' Loveseat: Best Designed Loveseat

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Loveseats are functional, but can also be beautifully designed. This loveseat at All Modern lends the clean lines of Scandinavian design to your living room.

Its simplicity lets it complement almost any style and its comfortableness makes it the perfect seating for your living space.

It's beautiful but practical. It also comes in very practical neutral colors. The Hoyle is also quality. Made of hardwood construction and comes with a lifetime warranty.

Pros and Cons of Hoyle 56.69'' Loveseat
ProsCons
Easy assemblyDry clean only.
Removable back cushions.Not water or stain resistant.
Lifetime warranty
Very comfortable

Tobia Contemporary Loveseat by Moroni: Best Contemporary Leather Loveseat

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This loveseat is made from leather and has a stylish and contemporary look to it. The frame is made from both hardwood and plywood for extra strength and durability.

Costing over $2,000, this loveseat isn’t the cheapest option on this list. However, it is made from high-quality materials which could help your chair last longer.

Contemporary seats are fun and stylish but depending on your own personal likes, this may not appeal to you.

Pros and Cons of Tobia Contemporary Loveseat
ProsCons
Thick foam for comfortable seating.Pricey.
5-year warranty on the leather.Some maintenance is required.

GO Loveseat Rocker by Loll Designs: Best Outdoor Loveseat

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One of the best things about loveseats is that they come in various shapes, colors, and sizes. They can also be made for using indoors or outdoors. This outdoor rocker is a great example of how versatile loveseats can be.

You can feel good about this purchase because every loveseat is made from 664 recycled milk jugs. It is a practical and sustainable purchase, but you may need to purchase a cushion for comfort.

This waterproof loveseat is also UV resistant to help keep this outdoor rocker looking good. It is also a great economical purchase since it is made from recycled material. However, you will not be able to use this right away as you need to put this loveseat together.

Pros and Cons Go Loveseat Rocker
ProsCons
WaterproofDoesn't come with seat cushions.
UV-resistantAssembly requires two people.

Leather Dulcimer Petite Chesterfield Loveseat: Best Chesterfield Loveseat

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The Chesterfield Sofa is an all-time classic when it comes to living room seating. It's synonymous with timeless elegance and comfort. For many, it's the ultimate sofa.

It's not too hard to find a loveseat resembling a full-size chesterfield but we chose the Leather Dulcimer Petite Chesterfield Loveseat because it stays so true to the classic design of a Chesterfield, which evidently is not as easy to find.

First off, Dulcimer Petite Chesterfield comes in real leather. Many of today's modern loveseat adjustments are either microfiber or velvet.

The level of attention paid to the detail of its design is also what sets it apart. From the look of the leather to the nailhead trim, and the tufting, this loveseat is easily a winner.

A major bonus is that it can be customized to a number of different colors.

Pros and Cons of Leather Dulcimer Petite Chesterfield Loveseat
ProsCons
Beautiful, classic, and elegantPricey
Easy Assembly
Comes in many different colors

Muuto’s Oslo 2 Seater Sofa: Best Modern Two Seater Sofa

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There are a few factors that make a love seat modern. Modern design is simple, clean, and minimal look. Colors are mostly neutral with pops of bright color and can be accented with wood and metals.

We chose this two-seater sofa as the best modern chair due to its simple and refined shape. It comes in two beautiful neutral shades and comes reassembled with mounted legs.

The Norway-based designers wanted to create a sofa with an inviting yet comfortable appearance. They intentionally created the horizontal definition to emphasize its lightness and softness.

This modern 2 seater sofa has clean-cut lines and neutral shades. It is trendy and modern which is perfect for those living in a city apartment. Since the design is more for visual appeal rather than comfort, this may be best for those without children.

Pros and Cons of Muuto’s Oslo 2 Seater Sofa
ProsCons
Sleek modern designPricey
Colors are easy to work with

Sealrock 56.8" Flared Arm Loveseat by Corrigan Studio: Best Comfortable Loveseat

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Some people are looking for a decorative piece when selecting a loveseat; using it to fill a small space in their home. However, if it's the main seating in your home, you definitely want it to be a comfy and cozy place to hang out.

The Sealrock Flared Arm Loveseat accomplishes both of these things. Its midcentury modern simplicity allows it to blend seamlessly with other styles, while the removable seat cushions offer hours of support so you don't sink in and the back cushions are soft and comfortable.

This loveseat is the ideal loveseat; soft, comfortable, and perfect to read a book in or hang out with friends or family. And, it just looks really good. Coming in under $500, you just can't lose.

Pros and Cons of Sealrock 56.8" Flared Arm Loveseat
ProsCons
Easy AssemblyNo stain or water resistance.
Affordable
All cushions are removable

Garren 52.4'' Square Arm Loveseat by Mercury Row: Best Cheap Loveseat

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When it comes to a space in your home, sometimes you just need something to appropriately fill the space, be functional, and cost minimally. And if you're on a tight budget, you want to make sure it's a good deal and that you're not paying for junk.

The Garren Square Arm Loveseat does just that. Just coming in over 52 inches, this couch can fit many small spaces like dens, offices, or bedrooms.

Its timeless look makes it a versatile choice for any style or look you have going on in a room. The best feature is that it's so affordable. Sale or no sale--it's the lowest cost loveseat on our list!

This cozy seat has a lot more than just prices going for it, however. The Garren features highly durable fabric, the seats are made of high-density foam, and comes with two detachable cushions. It's a great bargain no matter how you look at it.

Pros and Cons of Garren 52.4" Square Arm Loveseat
ProsCons
Easy AssemblySome people don't find this seat comfortable
Very affordable
Durable fabric
Pillows are removable
One of Wayfair's eco-friendly "Green Living" Items.

Guthrie 43'' Velvet Recessed Arm Loveseat: Best Loveseat For Very Small Spaces

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Fitting into small spaces is what loveseats do best, even if sometimes they are used to complement large sofas in big rooms. However, if you have a really tight space you might need something even smaller than your classic loveseat.

That's why we love the Guthrie Velvet Recessed Arm Loveseat. Some loveseats can go as wide as 71 inches. This petite seat is just a mere 43 inches wide!

We also like the fact that even with its compact size, it still has arms, which is always a plus. The fabric is soft velvet, which comes in a myriad of colors. The slender brass legs add elegance to its understated look.

Pros and Cons of Guthrie 43" Velvet Recessed Arm Loveseat
ProsCons
Affordably pricedSome people may not find the back comfortable without cushions
Comes in many different colors
Easy to assemble

How We Decided

We are looking to shake up the image of a loveseat and turn it into a decorative statement piece. In order to do this, we focus more on design, comfort, and quality of the chair. We do not focus too much on affordability, as our main intention is on design, comfort, and uniqueness.

Design

We looked for loveseats that made an impression, whether that meant in comfort or looks. Loveseats are often known to be boring and mundane, so the more visually appealing it was, the higher the chair ranked on our list.

Comfort

Loveseats have a reputation for being comfortable, so we took that into consideration with our selection. Bonus points are given to loveseats that are soft to the touch and comfy to sit on.

When it comes to comfort we look for certain touches such as velvet, leather, plush cushions, etc.

Uniqueness

In an attempt to make loveseats new and fresh, we looked for those that were unique in size, shape, color, etc. We want to prove that loveseats aren’t just something you’ll find in your great aunt’s apartment. Loveseats can make a statement while also sparking conservations with people.

What Is a Loveseat?

A loveseat is generally known to sit two people, creating an intimate atmosphere. Think of it simply as a two-seater sofa.

The history of loveseats starts at the end of the 1700s, where they became popular with women wearing wide dresses.

Loveseats are often an afterthought, as they are usually used as additional seating.

They are a great complementary piece since they are often small and easy to display in a living room.

Due to their size, a loveseat makes it a good choice for those living in small quarters.

What's the Difference Between a Loveseat, a Sofa, and Other Chairs?

There are several types of chairs to choose from when decorating your home such as loveseats, sofas, settees, chaise loungers, etc.

While they may seem all the same to you, there are small but important differences that affect the use, comfort and look of the chair.

It can be confusing at first when deciding which chair is best for you, but the more information you know, the easier it will be to make your decision.

Loveseats

As mentioned above, loveseats date back to the end of the 17th century, where they were originally made to accommodate the large, wide dresses that women wore.

Early in the 19th century, this chair was rebranded as the loveseat and was marketed more towards couples.

The loveseat is also known as the courting chair or mini-sofa.

Designed to fit two people, loveseats have a back and arms and come in many different fabrics and designs; albeit, with some of the full-size loveseat models, it's definitely not out of the question to fit 3 people.

The length of the backseat is smaller than most chairs, clocking in at only sixty inches.

Sofa

A sofa’s structure somewhat resembles a bench with its defined arms and back.

They come in a variety of styles and can be either formal or comfortable and cozy. Sofas are usually made with a durable fabric for longevity such as microfiber or leather.

Larger than a loveseat, a sofa can seat three to eight people.

They are perfect for gatherings or large families rather than intimate settings.

Some sofas have removable cushions for easy cleaning and may offer features such as a cupholder, footrest, or even a fold-out bed.

Settee

Settees are a formal version of a sofa due to their slim and elegant appearance.

They tend to be used for aesthetics over function and are considered accent seating, or the point of focus in a room.

You can find settees in antique stores or formal living rooms (think Gloria Vanderbilt).

Smaller in size than a loveseat, settees are perfect for small and narrow spaces like the bedroom or foyer.

These petite chairs can also be used as functional pieces while making a statement in the living room or dining room.

Chaise Lounger

Originally known as a “chaise longue”, this is a French term meaning “long chair”.

Over the years the term was constantly misspelled and eventually became known as a chaise lounge chair.

Best for lounging in the sun or talking to your friends, this type of chair is not great for sleeping as it positions you half sitting up and half laying down.

Chaise lounge chairs are perfect for backyard patios and you will most likely find them at hotels that have pools.

Today, they're also a popular addition to sofas and sectional sofas, usually tacked on one side. It's an alternative to having a ottoman to raise your feet.

Loveseat Vs. Apartment-Sized Sofa

Seeing the term apartment-sized sofa might be confusing but the difference is mainly in proportion and purpose.

Apartment-sized sofas are smaller than your typical full-size sofa because, like its moniker, its main purpose is to be able to fit into a smaller space like an apartment more appropriately.

Apartment-sized sofas are not just usually shorter by about 20-30 inches than their full-size counterparts but also shallower in depth. Overall, it's smaller proportionately but still seats 3 people.

Loveseats traditionally have the same depth as a full sofa although at times shares a similar width to an apartment-sized sofa.

However, you can have an apartment-sized loveseat as well. In fact, some of the loveseats we named are apartment-sized.

What Size Is a Loveseat?

Most loveseats are built for two people to sit comfortably, however, larger designs can accommodate anywhere from three to four people.

From arm to arm, a typical loveseat is about 52 inches long.

Loveseats that look are compact or sleeker may fall between 45 to 51 inches long.

Most traditional loveseats are between 58 and 64 inches long.

However, loveseat sofas can come in at wide as 71 inches or longer.

How to Pair a Loveseat with a Sectional

You may be tempted to purchase a loveseat to pair with your sectional. While it can be done, this combination puts limits on where you place the two.

Since the sofa/loveseat combo looks best when arranged in an L-shape, you need to take the size and shape of the room into consideration, as a rectangular room is best for this combination.

If you are really looking to match furniture for additional seating, you will have more decorative options if you purchase a pair of matching sofas and separate them with a table in between.

You can also pair a sofa with two matching upholstered chairs which can be arranged in several different ways: chairs across from each other, chairs facing the sofa, chairs on either side of the sofa, etc.

Is a Loveseat Right for Your Space?

As with most items, there are a few things to consider before buying a loveseat.

You will need to take style, size, and use into consideration. Are you looking to relax in your loveseat or are you hoping it sparks conversation at your next party?

Once you decide on how you want to use your loveseat, consider its size and measure your space to make sure it has plenty of room to fit.

You want to make sure that there will still be enough space to walk around the room without the loveseat blocking any entryways, causing trip hazards, etc.

One of the worst things you can do is go to a furniture store and listen to the salesperson, as they are trying to make a commission and are more interested in how much you buy rather than what you are actually buying.

Instead, bring an interior decorator with you or a friend who has a great eye to help you make the best choice for you and your place.