How To Choose A Loveseat

A loveseat is a versatile piece of furniture that has a similar style impact as an accent chair with the added practicality of seating multiple people. Loveseats work well in a wide variety of rooms, from livings areas to bedrooms, to a home office and even in the kitchen.

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But the key to finding a loveseat is to choose one that offers the features that match your style and meet your comfort needs. Here's our guide to what to look for when choosing a loveseat.

How Big is a Loveseat?

Loveseats are a compact version of a standard sofa with dimensions ranging from 48"-70" in length, and up to 37" deep and tall. Depending on the style and width of the arms of the loveseat, you can expect to have 42"-60" wide seats.

Loveseats with less than 48" in seat space are typically used as an oversized armchair for one. If you plan on entertaining, look for a wider loveseat that can comfortably seat two people.

What Fabric Should I Choose For My Loveseat?


Leather is expensive but is long-lasting if cared for properly. Faux leather is a low-maintenance option and a more affordable alternative. Either style adds a regal atmosphere to a room and is ideal for an office, a study, or even a medical clinic's waiting room.

Look for tuxedo or Chesterfield-style leather loveseats that feature metallic studded trim for traditional living areas. Or, add a tufted leather loveseat with tapered legs to update your mid-century modern home.

Rolled Arms Leather Loveseat
Genuine Leather Square Arms Loveseat
Reclining Leather Loveseat
Reclining Pillow Top Arms Loveseat
Genuine Leather Pillow Top Arm Loveseat
Simple Leather Loveseat

Linen or Cotton

Linen and cotton can be used if they are tightly woven to increase durability. Both can be dyed and printed easily for an exceptional range of patterns and colors to fit your décor.

Try a stone-colored linen loveseat in a modern farmhouse to complement the rustic look of your wooden furniture. A nautical striped cotton loveseat makes a for a whimsical addition to a coastal style living area.

Linen Loveseat with Square Wood Arm
Linen Flared Arm Loveseat
Armless Linen Loveseat
Round Arm Linen Loveseat
Modern Style Square Arm Loveseat
Elegant Rolled Arms Loveseat


Silk is synonymous with luxury and elegance, which is also reflected in the price. Although more expensive than other upholstery fabric, the smooth feel and beautiful appearance make silk an excellent choice for classically styled rooms. It often has subtle embroidered designs that add texture and vintage charm to a room.

Unfortunately, silk is fragile and prone to easy wear and tear. Loveseats upholstered in silk are inappropriate for frequent use and are most suitable for formal living areas. Add a camelback silk loveseat is a floral print to a shabby-chic or French country home.

Ornate Silken Loveseat
Classic Elegant Silk Loveseat
Recessed Arm Loveseat With Pillows
Simple Elegant Flared Arm Loveseat
Ornate Elegant Silk Loveseat
Traditional Style Silk Loveseat


Microsuede and microfiber are synthetic polyester fabrics that provide a good balance of softness and durability and are an excellent option for pet owners and families with children. They come in a wide selection of colors, and the weave of the fabric gives the furniture an expensive look without the high price tag.

Choose a tight-back microfiber loveseat in a neutral shade for a minimal or Scandi living area and style with bold accent pillows and a lambswool throw rug to create a modern yet cozy living space.

Microsuede Flared Arms Loveseat
Microfiber Rolled Arms Loveseat
Classic Style Brown Loveseat
Decorative Rolled Arms Loveseat
Comfortable Reclining Loveseat
Simple Classic Loveseat

How Can I Protect My Loveseat From Staining?

Some loveseat fabrics are treated with stain-resistant coatings to prevent stains from setting and adversely impacting the appearance of the loveseat. While these fabrics still require careful cleaning, they are less likely to retain stains, making them the best choice for loveseats in heavy use areas.

Loveseat covers are also an option if stains are a concern. Most loveseat covers are machine-washable and are available in a variety of styles to fit a loveseat without bunching or riding up. Some loveseats come with a slipcover, making it even easier to clean.

What Style Loveseat Suits My Space?

The style of loveseat you buy will depend on the needs of your home. Do you want an accent piece to elevate the style of your sitting room? Or do you want a piece that coordinates with your current living room furniture to create an inviting, cohesive look?

Statement loveseats can feature interesting structural elements such as rolled arms or ornate legs. You could also use a striking pattern or vibrant contrasting color to make the piece stand out.

Choose a coordinating loveseat based on the current color palette and style of your living room or den furniture. If you have a room full of sleek, clean lines, choose a modern box-style loveseat to maintain the flow of the space. For rooms full of plush, textural furniture, select a cushion back love seat in an analogous shade to keep things cozy.

Stylish Wicker Loveseat
Modern Design Loveseat
Simple Square Arm Loveseat
Classic Style Loveseat
Simple Minimal Loveseat
Recessed Arms Loveseat

What Color Works Best For Loveseats?

The best color for your loveseat will depend on the color scheme of the rest of your room. While soft neutrals are always a safe bet, you can use pastels or bold colors if it coordinates well with the rest of the room.

Since loveseats are small, they won't overwhelm a room if they're in a bold color, but they might end up competing with the sofa. If your sofa has an eye-catching design, get a loveseat in a more subdued color or pattern. If your sofa is a solid color like green, choose a floral loveseat with a hint of green to bring the room together.

Some colors hide dirt and stains better than others. Ivory and pastel colors will almost certainly require more cleaning and careful protection than black or navy. Families with pets and young children should stick to dark neutrals and jewel tones for all living room furniture.

Do I Need an Ottoman?

Ottomans are comfortable for relaxing after a long day. Although ottomans aren't common with loveseats, they can make a nice addition if you have room for one. Many manufacturers make matching ottomans as part of larger living room collections.

Keep in mind that two people sharing a loveseat might have to share the same large ottoman. For better comfort, ensure the ottoman sits at the same height as the top of the seat.

Tufted Square Ottoman
Simple Storage Ottoman
Stylish Storage Ottoman
Tufted Cube Ottoman
Stylish Tufted Cocktail Ottoman
Floral Pattern Ottoman

Should I Get a Matching Living Room Set?

Matching living room sets are an easy way to match your sofa, loveseat, and other furniture. Side and coffee tables can even be coordinated to use the same wood finish as the sofa and loveseat frame.

Matching sets tend to be better suited to traditional or transitional style homes. They can also be a good option for small apartments because it can prevent the space from appearing cluttered and overwhelmed with different styles.

When it comes to styling modern homes, most designers suggest coordinating your loveseat to your living room furniture rather than buying a matching set. Coordinating offers more versatility and adds dimension and interest to a room.

What Type of Cushions is Best?

Cushions are typically filled with foam, but down cushions are also available. Down fill provides optimal softness and is well worth the cost if you plan on keeping a loveseat for many years. However, foam-filled cushions provide better long-lasting support making it the better choice for frequently used furniture.

Some loveseats have one or two removable back cushions that are easy to clean and maintain. These are an excellent choice for families with young children or pets.

Quick Tips

  • Loveseats are between 48"-70" wide. When including the armrests, some loveseats only have around 40" of seat space, making them a cozy option for couples.
  • Pets can scratch leather, but faux leather lasts longer. Cotton, linen, and silk aren't very durable compared to other fabrics. Microfiber and microsuede are soft and hard-wearing making them the best option for long-lasting furniture.
  • Stain-resistant fabrics and slipcovers are widely available and are a wise investment for families.
  • Choose a loveseat that complements or matches existing traditional or contemporary furniture.
  • Loveseats are small, so they can be upholstered in bold colors without overwhelming a room. Soft neutrals are a flexible style choice, but lighter colors can be harder to keep clean.
  • Ottomans are an excellent addition. 
  • Although matching living room sets don't offer much contrast, they can look very polished, especially if they are coordinated with the tables.
  • Cushions are typically made of foam or down feathers. Either split or single removable cushions are an excellent choice for families because they can be cleaned easily.