How to Pick the Perfect Modern Couch

Picking the perfect modern couch

Legendary designer Jens Risom once said that “Good design means that anything good will go well with other equally good things.” So why not start with a sofa? As the centerpiece of any living room, make sure that shopping for a modern couch is at the top of your move-in checklist – after all, this is where everything from afternoon naps to all-night movie marathons take place. When it comes to shopping for a sofa, consider size, comfort and functionality, and ask yourself: What’s your modern sofa style?

  • Mid-century modern sofas and loveseats:
    We love the classic character that a mid-century modern sofa brings to a living room — think geometric forms, tapered wooden legs or tufted cushions, like the Bantam Sofa Collection. But mid-century modern sofas go beyond retro styles and tweed upholstery. Danish mid-century sofas incorporate softly curved corners and exposed wooden frames, while Italian mid-century sofa designs are known for dramatic, sweeping lines.
  • Minimalist sofas:
    For a modern minimalist living room, seek out a streamlined frame with neatly tailored, firm seat cushions, a tight back frame, a slim seat deck and sleek metal legs. A minimalist sofa isn’t just limited to thin and airy. Take HAY’s Mags Soft Low Sofa – it’s a chunky low sofa with soft seat cushions and a clean-lined silhouette that strikes a modern, minimalist look.
  • Planning on hosting guests? Daybeds or sleeper sofas turn the living room into a guest room in an instant. Your sleeper sofa doesn’t have to look like one. With contemporary engineering – from the smooth pull-out mechanism of the Tuck Sleeper Sofa or the removable bolsters of the Nelson Daybed – a fold-out bed or daybed can be classily disguised.
  • Modern sofas, loveseats and sectionals for large or small spaces:
    Scaled for smaller spaces, modern loveseats, settees or armless sofas offer a place to sit without taking up too much floor space. If you want to stretch out but don’t have enough room for a sectional couch, consider a freestanding ottoman that can also double as a side table or coffee table. For larger spaces or growing families, choose a modular sectional couch that you can easily add to or adjust, so you can customize your sofa to your exact specifications.