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13 Best Sofas Under $300 That Don't Look Cheap

Aug 15, 2023Aug 15, 2023

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We've rounded up stylish and comfortable couches that won't break your budget.

When it comes to living room design, your sofa plays a pivotal role in creating a comfortable, inviting feel. Of course, there are a ton of styles, materials and colors to sort through, but the hardest part about shopping for a sofa is finding an option that doesn't go over budget. Often, couches, loveseats and sectionals can cost thousands of dollars, and it's not always feasible to make such a big investment on one piece of furniture. You may be moving into your first apartment, shopping for a college dorm room or hunting for an affordable way to refresh your living space. No matter the case, we've rounded up the best sofas under $300 that are still stylish and comfortable.

As you scroll this list of best-selling and top-rated sofas, you're sure to find a pick that pairs with your home style. We've included a number of inexpensive two-seaters that double as sleeper sofas, most notably a few of the best futon sofas — which tend to be a great for budget shoppers. Not to mention, many of our favorite couches cost less than $200 — including our best overall pick. We've even sprinkled in two sectionals for small spaces, both coming in at under $250.

To compile this list, we scoured reviews and best-selling items from some of the best online furniture retailers, including Amazon and Wayfair, plus shop a variety of the best couches from Walmart.

With thousands of five-star reviews on Wayfair, this armless tufted sofa locks into multiple positions for sitting, lounging and sleeping. For style and function, this inexpensive futon sofa features an easy-to-clean fabric, chrome metal legs and a tufted back design. Online reviewers agree it's good quality, easy to assemble and the perfect size for small spaces. So you can find a shade to pair with your style, this sofa comes in charcoal, navy, black and light gray.

For less than $150, this compact loveseat looks much more expensive than it actually is. It has a modern style with its sleek silhouette, padded armrests and plush back cushions. Online reviewers say this style is easy to assemble and looks great — some just wish the arm rests were a bit more comfortable. The sofa is lightweight and compact, making it a great choice for small living rooms or spaces. Choose from dark gray or medium blue.

Upholstered in a linen-look fabric, this inexpensive sectional is a best-seller at Walmart. Online reviewers note it's very easy to assemble, ideal for small spaces and of great quality given the low price point. The ottoman can be arranged on either side, so you can configure it to fit your space. Choose from brown, gray, grayish black, green or light green fabric.

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The Brittany futon is incredibly versatile and available in a range of colors, whether you're shopping for a classic shade (think: white or light gray) or a vibrant hue (light blue or mustard, perhaps). Most online reviewers found it easy to assemble and a chic choice for small living rooms. If you're looking for a sofa fast, this pick will deliver in two days or less. It's also available as a sectional, but that costs around $400.

With a sleek silhouette, linen-like upholstery and cylindrical toss pillows, this stylish sofa looks way more expensive than it actually is. Its modern style makes it a great contender for your everyday sofa, plus online reviewers are generally impressed by the comfort. It's available in four modern shades, including beige, blue and gray.

Complete with a foldable middle armrest, two cup holders and removable side armrests, this faux leather futon sofa is a sleek choice for college dorms, teen's bedrooms or small living rooms. It can be locked into three different positions, quickly converting into a bed as needed. According to online reviewers, it's easy to assemble — some saying it took as little as five minutes. Choose your favorite neutral shade: black, brown, espresso, gray and white.

Measuring only 47 inches wide and 21 inches deep, this compact sofa can fit in nearly any space — no matter how small. Following assembly, the sofa weighs only 53 pounds, so you can move it around with ease. But don't worry: It can holdup to 480 pounds. Not to mention, it will deliver in only two days and includes two stylish toss pillows. Take your pick of dark gray, brown, black, green and light gray. Just note that this sofa is small and may not be the best choice for everyday use.

With pillow top cushioning, fold-up arms and a split-back design, this memory foam futon is surprisingly comfortable, according to online reviewers. Assembly is simple and it's a great size for smaller spaces, including dorm rooms and children's bedrooms. Overall, online reviewers are impressed by the quality for the low price. But, note that this sofa noticeably looks like a futon and may not work best as an everyday sofa, from a style perspective.

A modular sectional for less than $200? You really can't beat the value of this stylish sectional sofa, which includes a moveable ottoman with hidden storage. Depending on your personal style, choose from two linen fabrics: beige or light gray. Most online reviewers agree it's easy to assemble yourself, although some wish the cushions were a bit more comfortable.

If you're hunting for a trendy style that won't break the bank, consider this tufted velvet loveseat — and note the brand also sells a matching 3-seater sofa, ottoman and armchair. As with most options on this list, it's ideal for small spaces and easy to assemble yourself. This two-seater sofa is medium firm, with the brand raking it a 3 on a scale from 1 to 5 (5 being firmest). Given the price, online reviewers are impressed with quality — noting that the cushions are comfortable and the fabric is soft.

With over 4,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, this tufted futon is an affordable and versatile option for anyone shopping for a small space. It's lightweight (it weighs 71 pounds once assembled) and everything arrives in one box. Online reviewers were impressed by how easy this futon was to assemble, with a few noting it took only a few minutes. It can lock into three different positions, so it can double as a sleeper sofa for guests. Choose from a number of colors and fabrics, including velvet, linen and faux leather options.

We're loving the modern look of this teddy fabric loveseat and the color options, which include white, pink, mustard, gray and camel. But it's also available in velvet tufted styles with chic colors including green, mustard, pink and teal — so you're guaranteed to find an option to pair with your home design. Online reviewers agree it's easy to assemble, with one writing it took less than 20 minutes. It comes with two decorative throw pillows and is pretty sturdy, according to reviews.

Calling all teens and college students, this fabric futon is equipped with a USB port for simultaneous lounging and charging. It can be locked into three different positions and can also be used as a sleeper sofa. Shop this modern sofa in three colors: black, blue and charcoal. Overall, online reviewers are impressed by the quality — although we think the style may not look best as an everyday sofa.

As Good Housekeeping's associate lifestyle editor, Alyssa Gautieri covers all things home and interior design. Prior to joining GH in 2022, she worked for various home publications including ELLE Decor, Chairish, BobVila.com, Unique Homes Magazine, in addition to brands like BrylaneHome and VIGO Industries. She covers home brands on a daily basis and is constantly hunting for stylish, quality and highly-rated products.

Alyssa Gautieri (she/her) is the associate lifestyle editor for Good Housekeeping, where she covers all things home and interior design. Prior to joining GH in 2022, she wrote for publications including ELLE Decor, Chairish, BobVila.com, Unique Homes Magazine and LODGING Magazine, in addition to crafting product copy for home brands like BrylaneHome and VIGO Industries.

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