It doesn’t matter if you live in a sprawling mansion or a 300-square-foot studio—having a comfortable seating area in your home is essential. The anchor of most great seating areas? A good sofa. If you’re like us, the sofa is probably the one piece of furniture you spend the most time on (well, maybe with the exception of your bed).
Whether you’re camped out in front of the TV watching football on Sundays, entertaining guests with a rousing game of Cards Against Humanity, or curling up with your latest true-crime read, your sofa is a staple of your home decor. That’s why it’s important to pick one that’s durable, comfy, and to your liking.
And we have some good news: Contrary to what some may believe, a solid sofa doesn’t have to cost thousands of dollars. There are so many great options online that don’t cost an arm and a leg and don’t sacrifice quality. That’s why we set out to find stylish sofas—all under $500.
Ahead, our short list of inexpensive sofas that will enhance your seating area and keep a little cash in your wallet.
1. Zardoni sofa, Ashley Homestore, $399
The clean lines on this sofa give it a refined feel, but it’s still comfortable. Out of nearly 100 positive ratings, one enthusiastic reviewer said she’s still in love with it after purchasing it five months ago.
2. Garren sofa, Wayfair, $354.99
If you want to introduce some color into your decor without going overboard, a dark blue sofa will instantly make a room appear more sophisticated. This one is a top seller with over 300 glowing reviews.
3. Venice upholstered sofa, Hayneedle, $419
Looking for a sofa with a touch of glamour? This tufted Chesterfield sofa is all about the details with nailhead trim and decorative feet. One satisfied reviewer says it’s comfortable and long enough for her husband to nap on.
4. Holyoke sofa, Target, $449.99
Perhaps the most transitional sofa of the bunch, this simple tufted beauty is covered in a fabric that looks like linen.
“It looks AMAZING and chic. … Got so many compliments,” says one enthusiastic reviewer.
5. Clintonville sofa, Birch Lane, $409.99
Leather sofas are expensive, but if you go faux, you’ll open yourself up to a world of options like this chic, structured one. Over 100 happy customers say this sofa is a great buy.
6. Mid-Century Modern sofa with USB ports, Allmodern, $409.99
In addition to being top-rated, this sofa also comes with a bonus: two hidden USB ports. That means you can charge your phone without having to stand up to grab your charger from the other room. Hooray!
7. Suffield Serta upholstery Caroll sofa, Birch Lane, $449.99
If you love the look of nailhead trim but want a more toned-down version of the Chesterfield sofa above, this might be the sofa for you. It has received a whopping 1,395 ratings from buyers, and 906 of them are five stars!
8. Novogratz vintage tufted sofa, Amazon, $470.00
Want to make your friends green with envy? OK, so we don’t think this emerald sofa will cause a rift, but its dramatic design is sure to garner lots of compliments.
One five-star review says, “It’s easy to assemble and is very sturdy. Great investment for the money and the style.”
9. Carson Carrington Karkkila brown sofa, Overstock, $341.99
An elevated update on a standard bench, this Mid-Century-Modern-inspired sofa is a great option to sit alongside other pieces in a room where you need lots of seating.
One happy reviewer has had hers for over a year, and says it is still in perfect condition: “No rips, tears, holes, or any sort of fraying of the stitching.”
10. Paget sofa, Joss & Main, $309.99
This light, sea-foam green sofa checks all the boxes: It’s comfortable, durable, and has a timeless design. Of over 700 customer ratings, 425 of them are five stars, so you know this one is a crowd-pleaser.