Choosing a couch can be an arduous process. Even after you narrow down the style and fabric, you still have to consider height. Luckily, low-profile sofas are making a comeback in a big way—and they’re ideal for transforming a small room into a cavernous escape. Dress up your living room with one of these low-slung models. You may find swapping out your tall, oversized sofa for these shorter, sleeker versions makes your space feel airy and bright.
West Elm’s Tillary sofa is a design classic, and for good reason. The soft tufting brings a classic sophistication, and the armless, low-slung style helps make a tiny apartment feel expansive. Because this sofa comes in so many shades, you can pick a color that suits your style. Light white fabric goes great against a dark wall, or try a rich blue tweed to class up a breezy, sunny room.
This low-lying couch combines the best of both worlds: Thanks to its curvy lucite legs, the sofa bottom looks like it’s laying flat on the ground. But there’s enough room for air and light to pass through, making this an ideal pick for rooms with either high or low ceilings. And the Chesterfield’s tufted, jewel-toned velvet fabric adds a luxurious, modern vibe to any living room.
This tufted couch from Urban Outfitters is doubly unobtrusive: Not only does it sit low to the ground, but its armless profile makes it an ideal addition to your boho-chic living space. Having guests? Recline the back to create a full-size bed—and the overstuffed cushions promise an extra-comfy experience.
Have a large expanse of space to fill? This dramatic oversized sectional gives any living space a striking sense of scale, and its low-profile design adds to the expansive effect. At 24 inches high, this unobtrusive couch pairs beautifully with large-format artwork, and the sectional design encourages raucous conversation.
Want a sectional but are working with a smaller space? Try the ultra-low-profile Quadra sectional from Article. Arrange this taupe-covered couch beneath a wide window to craft a comfy reading nook that underscores a killer view. If this layout isn’t quite your speed, the company’s Quadra collection contains a number of cozy set-ups.
One of the downsides of some low-profile couches can be the lack of space between the bottom of the couch and the floor. While this legless aesthetic works beautifully in larger rooms, smaller rooms need a visual separation—a.k.a. actual couch legs—to keep the space airy. Joybird’s Hughes Sofa pulls this look off wonderfully. The couch remains low enough to keeping the ceilings feeling sky-high, but isn’t so blocky that it crowds smaller living spaces.
Combine low-profile beauty with a luxe supple finish. Rove Concept’s Milo Sofa comes in a variety of fabrics and shades, but we love this vintage blue velvet, which downright shimmers. Put this sofa in a sunny room, and it’s guaranteed to shine.
This channeled sofa makes a serious statement. Buttery soft saddle leather creates a cushioned, hyper-comfortable couch that demands your guests’ attention. Pair with rich bronze accessories, and don’t forget to add texture using rugs, blankets, and greenery—otherwise, you risk the bold leather overwhelming the space.
This unique three-seater sofa may be boxy by design, but it’s definitely not boring. The rectangular, dark-wood frame sits low to the floor, making the couch a perfect fit atop a plush rug in a minimal room. Prefer leather? Upgrade to the luxurious top-grain version for $1,200 more.
Compact and comfortable, this overstuffed gray 82-inch sofa from Blu Dot is designed to satisfy your laziest Sunday urges. Curl up against the super-fluffy cushions for an epic Netflix binge sesh—and relax knowing this low-slung sofa makes your living room look stellar.
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