Buying Guide for Velvet Couches
Why invest in a velvet couch?
Velvet couches are soft to the touch, easy to clean, and a bold statement piece in any space. You have tons color and design options—exuberate a simple, classic mood, or go for the gold with a bold pop of color for an electric vibe. Some velvet couches even double as sectionals with multifunctional chaise lounges that add extra comfort, seating, and storage. Velvet is still around and thriving because it enhances depth and interest in every color on the spectrum, including neutrals and greys. Combine it with a sophisticated or eccentric design, and you’ll instantly elevate your home, studio, or office.
What should you consider when buying a velvet sofa?
- Care: Gently vacuum your velvet couch using a velvet attachment (found at most hardware stores) to remove pet hair and particles. Be sure to immediately clean spills to avoid staining. Caring for velvet isn’t much different than with typical woven fabrics.
- Placement: Set your couch away from large, sunny windows to not compromise the fabric and color over time. If that’s not an option, we recommend using a throw blanket to block exposed fabric from the sun.
- Comfort: For an extra-comfy experience, add soft throw pillows that complement your new couch. Velvet is buttery material, but many velvet couches are boxier than fluffy, less sophisticated sofas.
What will pair nicely with your new velvet couch?
That’s another great thing about velvet. It pairs beautifully with pretty much any color scheme and motif. If you’re looking to take some edge off your sleek, contemporary living room, velvet will do the trick, helping round out sharp lines and edges. You can also soften a rugged room full of wood and leather—a velvet couch adds grace and charm to any space.
Our Picks for the Best Velvet Couches
Novogratz Tallulah Convertible Couch
Mid-century silhouette and button accents.
Pros: This Tallulah vintage memory-foam couch and futon from Novogratz is the definition of functional and fun. Its convenient convertible design instantly adds interest and ease to your space with the option to sit and socialize or recline and read. Choose from five vintage-inspired colors to complement its mid-century-modern mood, including mustard yellow and sage green. It’s upholstered in velvet with button-tufted arms and lightly contrasting wooden legs for an extra-elegant feel. The Tallulah is constructed with a sturdy, durable wood frame and stuffed with quality, high-density memory foam for added comfort.
Cons: Your new couch will arrive in lots of pieces, so it might be worth it to ask a friend or family member for help assembling it.
Bottom Line: A worthy investment, especially if you’re on the hunt for an authentic-looking vintage couch that offers more functionality than the actual thing.
Casa AndreaMilano U-Shape Sectional
Comfortably sits up to six people at a time.
Pros: There’s a seat for everyone in the family on this Casa AndreaMilano modern U-shaped velvet sectional. It features extra-large, soft, plush cushions and back pillows, perfect for movie nights or intimate get-togethers—no worries about having enough seating or compromising your guest’s comfort (or personal space). This couch is made from soft, durable velvet and sits on sturdy metal legs for extra peace of mind, and its long, wide chaise lounges are ideal for kicking up your tired feet and calling it a day. Choose from more than 15 bright, eclectic colors.
Cons: Like many vintage couches, this one sits lower to the ground, which can make sitting and rising more tedious if you’re taller than 6″0′.
Bottom Line: This is an excellent choice for families or folks who love to entertain. It’s roomy, durable, and comfy, and you don’t have to sacrifice aesthetics for comfort.
Bellfin Convertible Memory Foam Futon Bed
Features three flexible backrest positions in one.
Pros: Going green? Accent your modern space with this customizable couch and futon full of sophistication and style. The Belffin contemporary velvet sleeper sofa is another memory-foam model full of comfort-boosting features and functions, making the low price tag even more valuable. It’s structured with high-quality wood that supports up to 600 pounds sitting or sleeping, which you’ll find incredibly tempting with an easily adjustable backrest and arms. Test each position for the perfect fit, including three back positions and five arm angles. Sleekness and space-savings in one.
Cons: Enhance this couch’s boxier nature with large, fluffy pillows. It’ll help balance the thicker, denser cushions.
Bottom Line: It’s worth every cent and then some. This convertible couch is an inexpensive, highly functional piece that will draw tons of attention and compliments. Add a few pillows, and you’re set.
CosmoLiving Strummer Reversible Sectional
Elegant with rounded edges and sleek wooden legs.
Pros: A must-have combination of comfort and class, the CosmoLiving Strummer mini sectional is the answer to your modern, vintage, or shabby-chic vibe, as it shines beautifully in any setting. It’s subtle, button-tufted texture and rounded cushiness add a touch of tradition and attractively pair with its sharp, modern frame, allowing for ultimate design flexibility. This sofa is designed for smaller spaces and perfect for apartments, studios, or offices—simply adjust the floating ottoman to help your new couch fit perfectly in your space-restricted room.
Cons: The couch cushions arrive vacuum-packed and extremely flat, making for awkward assembly.
Bottom Line: Don’t give up searching for the couch just because space is limited. You’ll find a comfy, adjustable solution in this gorgeous, emerald-green sofa that works with the flow of most rooms.
Morden Fort Reversible Sleeper Sectional
Three-in-one design with hidden storage space.
Pros: We’re pulling out all the stops with this Modern Fort three-in-one velvet sleeper sofa with built-in storage. As a true sleeper sofa, it features an upright back with the option to unfold into a full-size bed that holds up to 1,000 pounds at a time (great for kids’ sleepovers or movie nights for mom and dad). Its ultra-soft, Dutch-velvet upholstery, available in three colors, is silky to the touch and offers a more premium experience than competing sofas, hence its higher price tag. When pillows, blankets, or anything else you want to hide isn’t in use, simply toss them into the convenient storage bin beneath the built-in ottoman.
Cons: Grab a friend to help you assemble this beast of a couch. It can take up to two hours to put together, even for handy DIYers.
Bottom Line: This stylish, classy, and surprisingly modern velvet couch can offer so much space and convenience without taking up the entire living room.
You’re one step closer to owning the soft, sophisticated couch of your dreams. Pick your favorite color and configuration, and get ready for a flood of compliments. Happy sitting, sleeping, and storing.