The best new small sofas for compact living spaces

We searched for the best new small sofas that can add comfort and great design to a compact space: elegant two-seaters from under 185 cm long

Small Sofas: Augusto by Vincent van Duysen for Molteni & C
Augusto Sofa by Vincent Van Duysen for Molteni & C
(Image credit: Courtesy Molteni)

This selection of small sofas combines well-considered design approaches with the finest craftsmanship. They were conceived by leading furniture companies in collaboration with some of the best creatives working today, and offer an alternative to the full-scale seating arrangements, equally suitable for compact apartments in Japan or a narrow townhouse in London. Whether you're looking to furnish a small space or to add an element of beauty and comfort to a spare room look no further: at under 185 cm long, these compact sofas will come to the rescue.


DS-705 by Philippe Malouin for DeSede

Small sofa by DeSede, two seater DS-705 by Philippe Malouin

(Image credit: Courtesy DeSede)

Swiss company DeSede is best known for its long, sprawling seating compositions such as modular, snake-like DS-600, a 1972 design that is still a contemporary icon. Its more recent launches include smaller sofas that fit well into a modern home or apartment, including its latest design by Philippe Malouin: the London-based designer has created an inviting yet compact two-seater sofa (at 184cm, the smaller of a family that sizes up to a full-size 244 four seater). Malouin’s concept takes a traditional sofa shape and gives it a gentle rethink, with folded armrests, a generously cushioned seat and a flowing silhouette. The design is available in both textile and leather upholstery (Touch natural nappa leather in cuoio shade pictured above), in a rich range of colours.

Augusto by Vincent Van Duysen for Molteni & C

Small Sofas: Augusto by Vincent van Duysen for Molteni & C

(Image credit: Courtesy Molteni)

The exquisite craftsmanship of a Molteni & C sofa and the design excellence of Vincent Van Duysen are now available in a more compact form with the new Augusto sofa. Starting at 185 cm of length (and going up to 270 for larger spaces), the small sofa was designed with flexible interior design in mind. The sofa's design is enhanced by elegant contrast piping that runs along the cushions, and its voluminous forms work perfectly in this more compact version. Softness and rigour coexist in the sofa design, with a solid wood frame and padding made of high-bearing, variable-density polyurethane foam for maximum comfort.

Aton Mini Sofa by Jens Juul Eilersen for Eilersen

Small sofas: Eilersen Aton in white

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We are used to seeing Danish company Eilersen's Aton sofa in large and corner compositions, but this compact sofa version is as well-proportioned as its big sibling. A soft, welcoming cocoon, the Aton Mini Sofa was designed by Jens Juul Eilersen, and the compact version is a new interpretation of the company's DNA featuring a comfortable, spacious seating option. At only 184 cm long, the Mini Sofa is the perfect addition to a smaller space.

Raphael by GamFratesi for Minotti

Small Sofas, Raphael by Gam Fratesi for Minotti

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Presented as part of Minotti's 2023 collection, GamFratesi's Raphael sofa joins the company's excellent line-up of sofas big and small. An elegant seat that works well in domestic and hospitality spaces, this compact sofa features a sinuous silhouette that allows it to be comfortable and welcoming without taking up too much space, with options that include a semi-curved symmetric as well as asymmetric composition to obtain maximum seating room. 

Cozmo Sofa by Raw Edges

Cozmo sofa, a modular sofa designed by Raw-Edges

(Image credit: Cozmo)

Encompassing subtle design details, such as contrasting fabrics, gently tapered backrests and an understated trim, the Cozmo sofa presents multiple possibilities for personalisation. Designed by Raw Edges, Cozmo is a modular sofa (and eponymous company) that invites endless customisation thanks to a generous collection of easy-to-change sofa jackets. We love the generous but compact 2-seater version, 160 cm long and available in boucle, weave and cotton with the possibility to mix and match colours and materials between frame and cushions.

Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.