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The Best Cheap Sofas & Sectionals of 2021 (Under $1000)

Shopping on a budget isn’t always easy. I get it. You want a chic, mid-century modern sofa or a tufted back cushion chesterfield, but it’s tough when you have a budget of $1,000. To help you out, I’ve combed through customer favorites to find the best deals for you. 

I’ve put together a list of the best cheap loveseatsfutonssleeper sofas, and sectionals whether you’re on a strict budget or you need to furnish an entire living space

Explore my top picks from Urban OutfittersIKEAWayfairAmazon, and more. 

The Best Overall Sofas of 2021

I tested over 23 different sofas from the leading furniture brands and retailers out there, and analyzed each one in terms of price, quality, comfort, versatility, and durable design. 

Our team evaluated price, quality, comfort and additional features to bring you the best new sofas available now.

The Best Overall Sofas of 2021

To help you find the best deep seat sofa, I tested individual models from over 23 different brands. These are the best new sofas with extra deep seats that balance the best in design, price, sustainability, and durability.

You don’t need to sacrifice on quality or durability just because you’re on a budget. However, if you do want more options, read my top picks at any price to see the best sofas of 2021.

6 Best Affordable Sofas This Year

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1. Winslow Armless Sleeper Sofa by Urban Outfitters

  • Price: $499
  • Dimensions: 74.4″ width x  34.6″ depth 40.15″ height 
  • Frame Materials: wood frame
  • Upholstery Options: 1 fabric option
Photo courtesy of Urban Outfitters

What I Loved 

Urban Outfitters is a great store for clothes shopping, but they’ve been coming into their own recently with some unique, trendy sofas and larger furniture for any room. 

The Winslow Armless Sleeper Sofa is a perennial favorite among Urban Outfitters shoppers, and it’s the perfect living room centerpiece that coordinates easily with a lot of different home decor styles. 

Its tufted back cushion has a nice juxtaposition with the sofa’s overall clean lines and armless, minimal silhouette. It’s incredibly comfortable to sit on, and the reclining/sofa bed mechanism works perfectly. 

What I Didn’t Love 

Currently, the Winslow is just available in a gray fabric, which looks amazing in person. However, I would have appreciated more than just one option. I read some reviews that noted some pilling after a few weeks. Additionally, I’ve seen from some negative reviews that Urban Outfitters‘ home decor orders can sometimes see significant shipping and delivery delays.

Best Affordable Sofa: Urban Outfitters

2. EKTORP Sofa by IKEA

  • Price: $399
Photo courtesy of IKEA

What I Loved 

The EKTORP is a long-standing IKEA customer favorite. With its decent price tag and classic, three-seat roll arm design, it’s easy to see why. Its clean lines and removable slipcover make it an incredibly versatile and easy-to-maintain sofa. 

While it’s on the lower range of IKEA‘s sofas, the EKTORP has always been a favorite of mine. It’s comfortable, easy-to-assemble, and holds up fairly well over time. 

Putting together and EKTORP sofa is also fairly easy, and IKEA‘s trademark instructions make the whole process relatively painless. Plus, the slipcovers for its seat cushions and back cushions are easy to remove and put on.  

What I Didn’t Love

You get what you pay for. It’s definitely not as comfy or as stylish as a West Elm or Pottery Barn sofa, but for a good quality three-seater under $399, it’s still a great deal.

3. Garren 75.6” Square Arm Sofa by Wayfair

  • Price: $309.99 
  • Dimensions: 75.6” width x 31.1” depth x 33.5” height 
  • Frame Materials: wood frame 
  • Upholstery Options: 2 fabric options
Photo courtesy of Wayfair

What I Loved 

Wayfair‘s Mercury Row brand produces some great mid-century classics if you’re on a strict budget. The Garren Square Arm Sofa is one of my favorites on the site right now. It has all the hallmarks of mid-century design, but with updated frame and upholstery materials that make it a durable piece you’ll love having in your home for years to come. 

I loved the chic roll-arm pillows paired with the square arms and tufted seat cushions. Overall, it’s a little softer and more comfortable than it looks on the site. And at a little over 75 inches in width, it’s versatile enough to fit enough a home office, living room, or a smaller apartment living space.  

What I Didn’t Love

Again, I would love some more upholstery options aside from the navy blue and gray options. However, it’s still a pretty good sofa for the price.

4. Article Sven Birch Ivory 72” Sofa

  • Price: $999 
  • Dimensions: 72″ width x 38″ depth x 34″ height 
  • Frame Materials: kiln-dried laminated hardwood 
  • Upholstery Options: 3 performance fabric options
Photo courtesy of Article

What I Loved 

At $999, this one is definitely the most expensive sofa on the list, but it’s well-worth it. Article is a furniture company that creates chic, mid-century and contemporary designs that aren’t exactly affordable for any budget, but they are certainly attainable. And with financing from Affirm, you can even get this sofa with a payment plan starting at $88 per month depending on your credit. 

Again, I think this sofa is definitely worth it if you envision yourself living with it for a few years. It’s incredibly well-constructed, and are looking for a something a versatilemid-century modern look. With its track arms and comfy seat backs, it’s definitely my personal pick as a sofa perfectly engineered for lounging. Also, it’s on the smaller side compared to a few others on this list, making it perfect for an apartment or small space

What I Didn’t Love

Obviously, the price puts it out of reach for a lit of folks. Other than that, I couldn’t really find any quality issues with this one.

5. Wolsingham 82” Rolled Arm Sofa

  • Price: $700
  • Dimensions: 82″ width x 37″ depth x 37″ height 
  • Frame Materials: solid wood frame 
  • Upholstery Options: 52+ Custom Options
Photo courtesy of Joss & Main

What I Loved 

I’m a pretty big fan of Joss & Main, a Wayfair subsidiary that specializes in a more curated range of stylish furniture from more Boho-inspired home decor to sleek, mid-century and contemporary designs. 

Looking at their selection of sofas under $1,000, I came across the Wolsingham. Another roll arm classic, the Wolsingham is an incredibly great deal for the price. Not only is it one of the top-rated sofas on Joss & Main (average of 4.4 stars out of 900+ reviews) it also comes in over 52 different custom fabric options. 

In terms of construction, it’s handcrafted in North Carolina with a frame made from solid wood with no metal springs in its suspension. 

It’s also one of the deepest and softest sofas on this list. Honestly, sitting down and lounging on it, it feels fairly similar to much more expensive West Elm or Pottery Barn roll arm designs.  

What I Didn’t Love

An incredibly plush, comfy roll-arm sofa for under $800. You know there has to be a catch. Unfortunately, it happens to be the 10-12 week lead time. However, I couldn’t figure out why. The product page doesn’t note whether or not the sofa is made to order, so I’m not entirely sure why it takes about as much time to produce as a bespoke designer sofa.

6. The Noelle Sofa & Ottoman by World Market

  • Price: $799 
  • Sofa Dimensions: 85″ with x 34.4″ depth x 34″ height
  • Ottoman Dimensions: 36.2″ width x 28″ depth x 18.5″ height
  • Frame Materials: eucalyptus wood frame 
  • Upholstery Options: one fabric option
Photo courtesy of World Market

What I Loved 

I’m Closing out this list on a good one: the Noelle Sofa & Ottoman set by World Market. I’ve personally never bought anything from them but everyone I’ve spoken to who has had a fairly good experience. In terms of price, it’s a lot like shopping at a slightly discounted Anthropoloigie. Both retailers focus on more eclectic, Boho-inspired furniture and home decor but with World Market giving shoppers much better deals. If you’re looking for living room furniture with a bit of personality but don’t want to pay Anthropologie’s ridiculous prices, this is retailer for you. 

What drew me to the Noelle set was that, it was…a set. It’s pretty rare these days to find a quality retailer selling a sofa and matching ottoman in one convenient, affordable package. Usually, ottomans are pricy add-ons that generally cost an extra $50 to $300. But with the Noelle, not only are you getting an incredibly comfortable three-seater, you’re getting a matching ottoman!

The sofa and ottoman themselves are well-constructed and incredibly comfortable for the price. Plus, World Market offers some of the fastest shipping among retailers on this list, something I experienced first-hand testing this one out and from reading some of the most positive customer review.s 

What I Didn’t Love

Unfortunately, this set is only available in one off-white fabric. I would have appreciated a range of upholstery options.

Some Tips for Buying Low-Cost Sofas

Complete your living room with accent pieces

If you’re going with a sofa that’s on the minimal side, throw in some accent pieces such as reclinerschaises, or settees into the mix. Add in some throw pillows and some decorative and personal touches to round out your living space

Don’t expect a large couch

If you’re working with a budget under $1,000, have a realistic expectation for the type of sofa you can afford. Most sectionals start at around $1,100 or more, so if you’re shopping on a budget, either save up, take advantage of financing with easy repayment options, or opt for a loveseat or three-seater sofa. 

Consider other great affordable sofa brands

These are just a handful of brands and retailers from which you can find affordable sofas and living room furniture. Shopping online is a great way to get the furniture you want at price points you can afford. Explore sites like OverstockAmazon, and even Walmart to find quality furniture at great prices. 

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