The best sofas for small spaces

Short on space in your living room? Read on for our pick of the most stylish compact sofas available in the UK right now

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Published: April 7, 2022 at 9:42 am
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Choosing the right sofa can be a tricky task, especially when you're working with a small space.

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If you're living in a studio apartment, renting a compact flat or simply trying to decorate a room that's on the smaller side, you might be finding that a standard-sized sofa looks all too overwhelming amongst your furniture, but more annoyingly, takes up a lot of that all important living space... This is where compact sofas come in!

What is a compact sofa?

A compact sofa is exactly what it sounds like - it's a sofa that has been specially designed to fit in compact spaces.

Once difficult to come by, compact sofas are now available through a number of popular high street brands including Dunelm, Made.com and Homebase, and the great news is that these brands offer sofa models of all different colours, textures and styles - just with scaled-down proportions.

This means that you don't have to worry about compromising on your own personal style just because you're working with a small space. In fact, you can get your hands on a number of small but statement designs for really affordable prices.

How big is a standard sofa?

According to homeware giant Wayfair, standard three-person sofas tend to be between 175cm and 220cm long – the most common width being 215cm.

The standard sofa depth (the measurement from the very front to the very back) is 89cm, but some sofas can reach up to 100cm in depth.

If you're looking to purchase a sofa for a small space, keep an eye out for two-seater sofas or 'loveseats' which have a width of 160cm or under. Two-seater sofas and loveseats are essentially the same thing, they just might be proportioned slightly differently.

How do I measure my space for a sofa?

To measure your space for a sofa, you'll need to measure three different things - width, height and depth.

We recommend using a measuring tape to work out how much room you have available, choosing a sofa, then mapping out the size of your potential sofa on the floor with masking tape. This will help you to visualise whether your sofa will fit in the space, and it's also useful for getting an idea of how your sofa will sit amongst the rest of your furniture. You can also put masking tape up the walls to visualise the height of the sofa - don't forget to account for the legs.

The best sofas for small spaces

Eliza Velvet 2 Seater Compact Sofa

Eliza Velvet 2 Seater Compact Sofa
Eliza Velvet 2 Seater Compact Sofa

Dimensions:

  • W 118cm
  • H 79.5cm
  • D 72cm

What we love: 

  • Wipe clean material 
  • Delicate button detailing
  • Easy assembly – just attach legs 
  • Seven colours available 
  • Suits modern and period properties alike

There are so many things we love about this compact sofa from Dunelm – not only is it incredibly chic and stylish, but it’s super practical too. Slimline, contemporary and designed to seat two people, the Eliza sofa is covered in an on-trend, soft touch velvet upholstery that’s also wipe clean, so it’ll easily withstand any minor spills or stains. The curved back design adds an extra level of comfort, while the subtle button detailing has a sophisticated edge that’ll suit period properties as well as modern new builds. It’s also available in a range of colours other than this gorgeous olive green – there’s luxe navy, coral pink, steeple grey, old gold, teal and bottle green. Simply take your pick, add your favourite cushions, et voila!

  • £195.30

Buy Eliza Velvet 2 Seater Compact Sofa from Dunelm

Alexandria 2 Seater Clic Clac Sofa Bed

Alexandria 2 Seater Clic Clac Sofa Bed
Alexandria 2 Seater Clic Clac Sofa Bed

Dimensions:

  • W 122cm
  • H 71cm
  • D 74cm

What we love:

  • Multiple functions 
  • Weight capacity of 200kg 
  • Super compact 
  • Shallow seat depth (under 53cm)
  • Springlike shade

This Wayfair sofa-bed is super small, making it a great option if you’re living in a studio apartment or really short on space. The width of this sofa is 122cm - so while it’s not something you’d want to sleep on every night, it makes a great extra sleeping option if you have a guest needing to crash. This compact sofa seats two people comfortably, and we especially love its coral pink shade – it’s perfect for injecting a bit of spring-like colour into your living room. The solid wood legs also add a nice, Mid Century modern inspired touch too. Try styling this sofa next to a fresh green houseplant to really make it pop - here are the best places to buy houseplants online!

  • £209.99

Buy Alexandria 2 Seater Clic Clac Sofa Bed from Wayfair

Flynn 2 Seater Sofa

Flynn 2 Seater Sofa
Flynn 2 Seater Sofa

Dimensions:

  • W 160cm
  • H 82cm
  • D 86cm

What we love:

  • Chesterfield inspired
  • Choice of linen or velvet 
  • Matching chair available 
  • 10 year guarantee 
  • Easy assembly - just attach legs

We’re huge Made.com fans here at YourHomeStyle, so we weren’t at all surprised when we came across their impressive small sofa offering. This Flynn design is one of our particular favourites from the range – it has a classic Chesterfield inspired vibe, but with a contemporary twist. This small sofa is available in elm green or sapphire blue velvet, but you can also choose to have it made with a linen mix fabric in Atlantic blue or a chic shade of grey. Its width is 160cm and measures in with a depth of 86cm, plus it has a compact matching chair available. We also think it’s a great price for a quality, made to order sofa, but it’s worth noting that this sofa is professional clean only, so that’s a potential extra cost you’ll need to factor in.

  • £850

Buy Flynn 2 Seater Sofa from Made.com

Scandi Savannah Sofa

Scandi Savannah Sofa
Scandi Savannah Sofa

Dimensions:

  • W 147cm
  • H 87cm
  • D 78cm

What we love:

  • Scandi style design
  • Grey or teal colour option
  • Sleek beech wood legs
  • Pine wood frame
  • Easy assembly - just attach legs

If you’re a fan of laid back Scandi style, you won’t want to miss this Homebase sofa. Homebase’s Savannah model has been specially designed to have a subtle minimalist look, so although it boasts a punchy teal colour, it won’t look overwhelming or fussy – always a good thing when you’re decorating small spaces. We particularly love the rounded edges on this sofa – they give it a really cosy look which is sometimes difficult to find amongst compact sofas. It also has light wooden legs that give it even more of a stripped-back, Nordic feel – try styling it with some comfy woven cushions and a woollen throw to fully embrace the hygge vibes.

  • £250

Buy Scandi Savannah Sofa from Homebase

Eddie Sherpa 2 Seater Sofa

Eddie Sherpa 2 Seater Sofa
Eddie Sherpa 2 Seater Sofa

Dimensions:

  • W 125cm
  • H 76cm
  • D 73cm

What we love:

  • Cosy sherpa upholstery
  • Wipe clean material 
  • Minimal design
  • Matching chair available 
  • Only part assembly required

Cosy boucle fabric is all the rage right now, and it’s no wonder – the teddy bear textured material is perfect for creating a look that’s super comfy, but still chic. Dunelm’s Eddie sofa is covered in a light, sandy coloured Sherpa fabric that’ll give your living room a laid-back Japandi style. The seats are on the firmer side, but it also has a nice high back design for extra comfort, as well as cool minimalist detailing. We also particularly love the high legs on this sofa design - they measure in at 18cm, which means there's plenty of room for must-have storage underneath.

  • £369

Buy Eddie Sherpa 2 Seater Sofa from Dunelm

Herton Right Hand Facing Small Chaise End Sofa

Herton Right Hand Facing Small Chaise End Sofa
Herton Right Hand Facing Small Chaise End Sofa

Dimensions:

  • W 198cm
  • H 81cm
  • D 171cm

What we love:

  • Small Chaise End Sofa
  • Choice of barley weave, mountain grey weave or blue velvet fabric
  • Available in left hand facing or right hand facing
  • Ten year guarantee
  • 30 day returns

Inspired by the glamour of the iconic Art Deco era, Made.com’s small Herton sofa is a sized-down version of its larger Herton design. Featuring a fixed seat back, bolster cushions and tapered wooden legs, this sofa has a traditional look that’ll really suit period properties, but it’s also ideal for bringing a sense of period character and elegance into a new-build or modern home too. We love the addition of the corner seat on this design – it’s super comfy and perfect for relaxing in front of your favourite film. The long corner seat extends out for 171cm from the back of the sofa, the same length as its original counterpart, so you’ll need to double check you’ve got enough room before you order it. It still has a considerably smaller width than the original though, which measures in at 255cm. We absolutely love it!

  • £825

Buy Herton Right Hand Facing Small Chaise End Sofa from Made.com

Keaton 2 Seater Loveseat

Keaton 2 Seater Loveseat
Keaton 2 Seater Loveseat

Dimensions:

  • W 135cm
  • H 77cm
  • D 86cm

What we love:

  • Seven colour options
  • Five year guarantee 
  • Solid wood frame
  • 260kg weight capacity 
  • Fully Upholstered Back

This Wayfair loveseat is available in a plethora of different colours – simply choose between dark emerald green, luxurious gold, jade, steel blue, light green, mint or a lilac and green tropical leaf pattern. Its frame is crafted from solid oak, and it also has tall, splayed solid oak legs which leave plenty of room underneath the sofa – a space perfect for hidden storage, and, not to mention, a space that’s super easy to vacuum. Wayfair’s Keaton loveseat also has button-tufted accents on its back, as well as fully removable seat cushions – again, these make vacuuming your upholstery a breeze. This sofa also has a web suspension seat for added support, so while it’s certainly compact, you really don’t have to compromise on comfort.

  • £459.99

Buy Keaton 2 Seater Loveseat from Wayfair

Kerby 2 Seater Loveseat

Kerby 2 Seater Loveseat
Kerby 2 Seater Loveseat

Dimensions:

  • W 139.7 cm
  • H 76.2cm
  • D 64.77cm

What we love:

  • Loveseat design
  • Plush channel stitching
  • Curved backrest
  • 249.5kg weight capacity
  • Shallow seat depth (under 53cm)

We love the design of this Wayfair loveseat – it retails at less than £400, but the combination of plush channel stitching, beige fabric and a pared-back Scandinavian style base makes it look super expensive and luxe. The design is inspired by classic Mid Century modern furniture, but we think it’ll look amazing surrounded by modern furniture, too. It’s upholstered in 100 percent polyester, so it’s super durable as well as wipe clean – all you need is mild soap and a cloth to keep it looking fresh for years.

  • £395.99
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Buy Kerby 2 Seater Loveseat from Wayfair

Authors

Thea JeffreysDigital Writer

Thea Jeffreys is the Digital Writer on YourHomeStyle.uk, and is passionate about all things home décor. When she’s not scouring the internet for budget-friendly homeware finds, you’ll find her writing about the latest interior trends and handy upcycling tricks.

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