The Best Sofas and Couches in Canada

We selected and prepared for you a list of well-built sofas that suit a range of budgets, style preferences, and room sizes. From the most comfortable sofas to mid-century and modern designs, there is one you will be glad to bring into your home.   

Our top picks

It is interesting that historically a couch, also called divan or fainting couch, was more of a bed than a chair. It was a definition of a low rise backless or partial-backed piece of furniture designed to lay on other than sitting. Meanwhile, a sofa originally had always had solid back support and armrests. However, borders between those two terms faded and depending on where you live, and what kind of adaptations the English language went through, both words are widely used to describe pretty much the same piece of home décor, with one difference. A couch describes a more casual style while the sofa stands for a more stylish, formal design. For example, in Canadian English chesterfield is equivalent to a couch or sofa and widespread among older Canadians. Yet, the term is quickly vanishing and rarely used nowadays.  

It does not matter which term you prefer to use; a sofa is one of the most important pieces of furniture (besides the bed) you will buy for your place. Depends on the material, quality and durability of the carcass it also might be one of the most expensive pieces. After all, it makes sense to invest time and money into finding a couch that will be a proper centrepiece in your living room, will withstand time of use, hosted parties, jumping kids and cuddling pets, and will fit with the rest of the décor.   

What to look for in a sofa

  • Material: While the inside of most couches is filled with similar material (firm foam wrapped in either down or polyester fibres or plush), the outside comes in different options. Genuine leather is the most luxurious, expensive, yet durable one (actually, mild scratches only add ageing sophistication to the furniture.) However, if you do not want to spend a fortune on a leather couch, then faux leather that looks genuine is also an option. Other materials widely used in furniture making are polyester fabrics like plush microfiber and textured weaves. These fabrics are usually more affordable and often have stain-resistant and easy-to-clean features. If you are looking for a natural material like cotton or linen, these are also available; however, they are not as durable as synthetic ones.   
  • Size: Before you bring a new couch into your home, make sure to measure room size, stairs and openings dimensions. You want to check whether a piece of furniture will fit into the living room, as well as if it will make it inside the house. Besides that, consider whether your place allows you to have a sectional sofa, or all you can fit in is a small two-seat couch. Also, if you do not host a large group of people time after time you might not even need a sectional couch that takes most space of your sitting room, thus a smaller sturdy sofa is a good option instead.   
  • Style/Type: Now it’s time to think about what sofa type would fit into overall room décor and would suit your taste. To name a few styles these are:
    • Mid-century (clean lines, simple legs, and a low profile).
    • Chesterfield (rolled arms, tufted back, and often made of leather).
    • Scandinavian (was popularized by IKEA, features clean lines and overall minimalistic look).
    • Chaise (asymmetrical design with just one arm).
    • Contemporary (looks modern and futuristic, and often unconventional).
  • As for types, there are standard sofas that feature three or four people sitting, and typically are one straight line between 70 to 84-inches long, and sectionals that are designed to have more than one piece and usually have L or U shape. Those sofas usually can accommodate sitting for more people and are ideal for large living rooms. The third type that is not as popular is a sleeper sofa. They turn into a bed easily, and even though it used to be a fairly bulky, uncomfortable place to sleep, modern sofas production fixed many of those issues so your guests can sleep on a more convenient surface.   
  • Online vs in-store shopping: Perhaps pandemic restrictions left you with no other choice but to shop online. However, if you still have stores open, it calls for a decision whether you will do the whole process online or will go to a store and look and touch potential purchases. In the case of online shopping, it has convenient advantages when a company offers a free delivery service and suggests setting up the couch for you. In some other cases, the couch will be shipped in a few separate boxes and you can set it up by yourself. Meanwhile, when you shop in-store you would have to ask for delivery or arrange it yourself. Yet, most people still prefer in-store shopping because they can touch the material, see the actual item and in the pre-Covid world sit on a few couches to compare softness. (Although that option depends on a company, some still allow test sitting with sanitizing the surface afterwards.)  

Our methodology

To pick the best couches, we spent more than 15 hours of research. While we did not personally sit on our picks, we trusted our decision on a few criteria. At first, we reviewed other buying guides, home décor magazines, editors’ picks suggestions of top-rated sofas. Secondly, we analyzed customers’ reviews and selected only quality couches that earned at least four stars on review platforms and approval by many consumers. Thirdly, we tried to oversee different needs and included sofas for small living spaces, for people with dogs and pets, and we even included a special play couch for kids. We included big comfy couches for spacious living rooms, designer sofas and affordable sofas that can be turned into a bed if you host guests frequently.

Best large sectional sofa

Burrard Article Sectional Sofa

The Burrard sectional sofa is an ideal choice for a large living room. It has a slick angular mid-century/Scandinavian design, slender arms and tapered legs make this sofa look elegant, yet lightweight keeping the space between the floor and the couch. Overall, the form and colour of the Burrard sofa are unextravagant and fairly simple: it will fit perfectly into a minimalist style living room with no extra details needed, and for a more eclectic look you can just add a few patterned pillows and a colourful throw on.   

One customer noted that her one concern was that it would not be as comfortable as she hoped, but she was wrong. It offers the best of both worlds: you can comfortably relax and put your feet up on the coffee table or, practice better posture sitting straight up when your feet are on the ground. Besides that, before you buy the couch, you have an option to pick whether a sectional arrangement will be on the right or left.  

All cushions are loose with removable covers, which means you can easily take them off for dry cleaning and vacuuming the sofa. Burrard sofa is made from high resiliency foam with duck down feathers and fibre filling, and100% polyester fabric.   

Pros
  • Reversible back cushions. 
  • Seat cushions are high resiliency foam. 
  • Ideal for large rooms.  
  • Slick minimal style.  
  • Available in four colours.  
Cons
  • You have to keep up with fluffing the cushions regularly so the couch stays plush, as some customers noted. 

Best small sectional sofa

Lovesac

Lovesac has everything you want from a sectional couch. The idea is that you can build your couch like a Lego kit by moving sections around, expanding it or decreasing in size if needed. The simple way it works is you build your couch right on the website from as many sections as you need, choose cover colour, type of filling, and add accessories like a roll arm drink holder. The whole advantage is that the unit is fully customizable. Depends on the size of your room, the number of people in your family and their preferences, you can choose where and how the couch will stand and what size it will be.   

Another feature we love about Lovesac sectional sofas is that instead of buying a new couch you can always replace pillow covers. The brand offers nearly 17 types of fabrics and 250+ cover colour options. As one customer noted, the couch was pricey, but she thinks the convenience of being able to clean and change covers is going to be worth it. 

Pros
  • Fully customizable.
  • Easy to wash pillowcases.
  • Guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Cons
  • Pricey.

Best 3-piece couch

Burrow Arch Nomad Sofa

This essential sofa from Burrow includes all the clever, life-changing features like a built-in USB charger and tight olefin fibre weave that is inherently scratch and stain-resistant. You can also customize a sofa with five fabric colour options, six-leg finishes, and three armrest heights to fit perfectly into your home décor. Also, back cushions are reversible: one side shows a classic look, the other smooth and contemporary.  

One customer noted that they have a long, skinny living room and wanted something modular that could be moved around or changed up easily. Also, this Arch Nomad three-seater sofa has plenty of room for three people, was easy to put together, and instructions were readily available right on each box.   

Pros
  • Customizable look.  
  • Adaptable (you can add chaise or ottoman.) 
  • Built-in USB charger.
  • Stain-resistant fabric.  
Cons
  • Some customers noted that the couch cushions are firmer than expected.

Best folding sofa

Carly 93″ Recessed Arm Slipcovered Sofa Bed

This is also our pick for the best sofa bed.

The Carly sofa bed combines modern, minimal design, raised track arms, and soft cushions. Cushions are removable, so you can easily vacuum the couch. Even though the material is a durable 100% polyester (however, it also depends on the colour you pick, some of them come as a cotton blend), the brand suggests spot treatment with mild detergent or solvent and a damp cloth.  

The sofa can accommodate two people sitting and when unfolded as a bed turns into a queen-size sleeper.   

Another attractive feature is that the Carly sofa was designed and crafted in North Carolina.   

Pros
  • Down fill cushions.  
  • Ideal for a small living room.  
  • Removable cushions.  
  • 16 colours available.
Cons
  • Really heavy.

Best sofa for kids

Cushy couch

If you are feared for the condition of your living room couch because kids keep trying to build a fort out of cushions, it might be the right time to consider one of the Cushy Couch sets. Cushy Couch is a Calgary-based family-owned company that created a couch for kids that they could never find locally while raising their children and grandchildren.   

Cushy Couch is a set of pillows in large and small sizes, in triangle and square shapes that can be rearranged into a slide, sitting section, a little bed, a fort, a boat, a mountain and into anything that your child imagines.   

The cushions are easy to transport around the house, so whether little adventurers decide to play in the living room, nursery or basement, they can carry them around.   

Perhaps, the main question all parents ask is how to clean Cushy Couch. While the outside covers are made from durable microsuede, and you can machine wash on delicate mode, spot cleaning is what is recommended. In fact, the brand says that the best method to clean the Cushy Couch is using a little bit of Windex: simply spray directly onto the spot left from a piece of chocolate and using a sponge rub gently in a circular motion and let it dry. 

Pros
  • Customizable.
  • Easy to transfer around.
  • Low maintenance material.
Cons
  • Some people noted they don’t have the best customer service.

Best couch for dog owners

Lesa 88″ Genuine Leather Square Arm Sofa

Genuine leather is the best material for a couch for dog owners. It is thick, durable and mild scratches only add to the vintage-like look of the furniture. This Lesa couch features genuine leather, clean lines, and tapered legs. The elegant mid-century look adds modern sophistication to any living room decor. It is a timeless and attractive centrepiece for any house. As one customer noted, it is a sleek but comfy and snuggly unit. The colour is just as described and looks like the photos. She has had the couch for about a month and still just stares at it because it is so beautiful! 

The frame is made from solid, kiln-dried hardwood, and high-density foam padding provides lasting comfort and support even when you fall on the couch (or if a heavy dog jumps on it).   

Pros
  • Genuine leather.  
  • Budget-friendly.  
  • Removable seat cushions.
  • Solid wood legs.  
Cons
  • Some customers noticed that seat cushions are too small and leave a gap in which your bottom sinks into.

Best leather sofa

Natuzzi leather sofa

This is another leather sofa on our list, yet this Natuzzi Editions Bergamo three-seat sofa comes at a higher price. It features a mid-century modern style with a handsome tufted back and sitting, a slim base, armrests and angled wood legs. Upholstered in Italian tanned leather this sofa is comfortable to sit and lay on a durable material and the three-cushion sitting system allows utmost comfort.   

Natuzzi is a furniture brand, based in Santeramo, Italy that adheres to international standards of quality management and environmental protection: that is why they gained such popularity, and despite a high price tag their leather sofas are considered one of the best ones on the market. 

Pros
  • Genuine leather.  
  • Wood frame.  
  • Three-seated cushions.  
  • Ideal for modern/minimalist styles homes.  
Cons
  • High price.

Best cheap sofa

Kinsey Structube sofa

Structube offers furniture that comes at an attractive price, yet fairly durable quality and most importantly all their pieces are on-trend and look like if they just came from Pinterest mood boards. Thus, if you want the best sofa under $1000, that would look elegant, stylish and would provide comfortable sitting for the next few years, consider this Kinsey model.   

As one customer observed, she loves the modern style of this couch. Also, for the price, it is decently comfortable and is a good size for a small apartment. The material is also perfect for cats as she has two, and they have shown no interest in scratching it.  

The Kinsey sofa is inspired by the mid-century style, yet looks modern enough due to details. It features a smooth velvety texture, sleek contemporary styling, and functional forms that can easily be mixed with eclectic décor items. Because of its self-sufficient style and compact size (that however can fit at least four people), we find Kinsey as the best sofa for a studio apartment.   

Pros
  • Budget-friendly.
  • Compact.  
  • Sophisticated stylish design.  
  • Removable cushions for easy cleaning. 
  • Comes in four colours.  
Cons
  • Some customers noted it is not as comfortable for laying on it.  

Best sofa under $500

UPPLAND IKEA

Another affordable option for a small living room or a basement is this IKEA UPPLAND couch. Deep and soft cushions are made of pocket springs, high resilience foam and polyester fibres, thus they add both firm support and relaxing softness. The main material made of polyester fibers and cut foam promises that cushions will retain their shape year after year.  

UPPLAND sofa cover is removable and machine washable. According to one reviewer, while it is not the most comfortable sofa in the worldit is a great sofa for the price. She likes that the sofa cover is removable and washable and she is planning to buy an extra cover in a different colour. Speaking of colours, there are seven options available.   

Pros
  • The removable/machine washable cover has been tested to handle 25,000 cycles. 
  • 10-year limited warranty.
  • Ideal for a small space.
  • Budget-friendly. 
Cons
  • Not the softest material. 

Best loveseat

Amalie Crate and Barrel Small Space Apartment Sofa

Even though Crate and Barrel might not be the most affordable place to shop for furniture, their selection of designer, unique pieces is impressive. This Amalie love seat features comfortable lounging with a low armrest and soft velvety texture. Also, rounded solid oak legs with a natural finish add to the contemporary elegant style. The sofa is perfectly sized for small rooms, it is compact and can be combined with chairs or another bigger couch.   

While this love seat due to design features can be a centrepiece of any room, it has one slight disadvantage. It is not recommended if you have kids, pets or if you prefer drinking colourful juices or coffee sitting on the sofa. The cover and cushions are not removable; thus, you can only clean it by spot treatment and vacuuming on the top.   

Pros
  • Ideal for a small space.  
  • Elegant minimal design.  
  • Tight seat and back cushioning is fibre-wrapped soy-based polyfoam. 
Cons
  • Cushions and cover not removable.

Best couch for lounging

Cozey Sofa

Cozey sofas are customizable, and that is what everyone loves about them. You can select from two-seat to four seats plus add an ottoman or a chaise for the best sofa with chaise, and two different armrest styles. The sofa features kiln-dried larch and 100% polyester durable fabric. The cushions are made of different layers of high-density foam that promises maximum comfort whether you lay or sit on the sofa. (Every seat can hold a maximum of 350 lbs.) One customer noted that she was a little worried about ordering a couch online without feeling the material (however, you can order swatches in advance) and sitting on it first but all she can say now is how impressed she is with it: it is super comfortable and was very easy to put together.  

Another attractive fact about Cozey is that the sofa is entirely designed and conceptualized in Montreal, although made with their manufacturing partner in China. 

Pros
  • Customizable.  
  • Minimal classic design.
  • Removable cushions for easy cleaning.  
Cons
  • Not the softest fabric.  

Best two-sofa seat

Article Ceni Two-Seat sofa

We love this compact two-seat sofa from Article because it comes at an affordable price and in stylish mid-century design. The Ceni sofa combines the classic with the modern with its plush seating (you probably could have seen similar couches in movies and TV shows about the 70s), sleek track arms and clean lines. The base with slanted legs enhances strong and sturdy wooden construction. Cushion seats, backrests and armrests are detachable that allows not only comfortably snuggle up, but also easy cleaning.   

The Ceni couch is available in six different colours from Pyrite Gray for a minimalist living room to Seagrass Green for a retro eclectic one. 

Pros
  • Durable materials and frame.  
  • High-density foam wrapped in Polyester. 
  • Assembly not required. 
Cons
  • As per some customers, seat height is quite low.

Best outdoor sofa

Walker Outdoor Metal Sofa with Sapphire Sunbrella

Walker outdoor sofa from Crate and Barrel features architectural lines of the powder-coated frame in dark grey that coordinates with boxy sapphire-blue cushions covered in weather-resistant Sunbrella fabric. Speaking of cushions, they have zippers that can be used to ventilate and facilitate drying.   

According to a satisfied customer, she hesitated to invest this much in outdoor furniture, but she is glad she did: the quality of the sofa is exemplary. The base is heavy and has a beautiful finish. She also added that the cushions are very well made and extremely comfortable to lounge on.  

Another customer noted that she was reluctant to buy any outdoor furniture made from any type of metal, but the dust in her region means endless cleaning of outdoor decor. This Walker sofa turned out to be the most perfect outdoor sitting unit: it was easy to clean and so far, even her four kids have not ruined it.

Pros
  • Sturdy durable materials and frame.
  • Easy to clean and ventilate cushions.
Cons
  • High price.

Best Chesterfield sofa

The Brick Kayln Chenille Sofa – Pumice

If you have a library or your living room is finished in a classic, sophisticated fashion, this pumice-coloured Kayln sofa is one of the best Chesterfield sofas that will fit perfectly in any of those rooms. Velvety chenille encases looks classic and elegant, yet provides comfortable relaxing touch. Besides, the material button tufting goes up the couch’s high back and lightly flared arms add to the captivating design. Meanwhile, high-density foam cushions and fabric piping that surrounds them makes it a comfortable place for laying, reading and simply lounging.   

As for cleaning the sofa, the Brick suggests regularly vacuum the upholstery to remove dust and debris and use a warranty-approved fabric cleaner for spills and stains. 

Pros
  • Sophisticated classic design.
  • Velvety, light-grey-hued chenille material.
  • High-density foam-packed seats and sides.
Cons
  • Seat cushions are attached.

Best modular sofa

Mario Bellini Camaleonda Sofa

If you are interested or know a little about interior design, then you are probably as obsessed with Mario Bellini sofas as the rest of us. This sectional Camaleonda sofa presents an outstanding modern design where sections can be used freely and apart from one another. Rings and carabiners at the backs and armrests allow you to create a perfect ‘seating landscape’ according to the living room layout. As one satisfied customer noted this sofa was an excellent investment: her office needed casual meeting space and the sleek design of this couch was perfect for it. The Mario Bellini Camaleonda sofa is a truly very comfortable unit and the modular option of design, provides endless flexible solutions for any living room: You can either keep it straight or fit it one part in the corner saving some space in the middle of the room. Another customer noted that it is the best floor sofa for it has no legs, thus when her kids jump and bounce on it, it stays in a perfect shape. 

Pros
  • Modern futuristic design.  
  • Seven material options. 
  • 40+ colour options.  
  • Modular design.  
Cons
  • High price. 

Popular questions about sofas

Couch vs loveseat: What’s the difference? 

The main difference between a couch and a loveseat is size and overall appearance. While a loveseat is typically designed to accommodate two people, and a small couch can do the same, the latter one usually has a more casual look and wider and longer size. A loveseat usually takes less space than a couch, it can have more designers’ features, while a couch has a cushier surface and simpler appearance.   

Couch vs sofa: Is there a difference?  

As we discussed at the beginning, a difference between a couch and a sofa definition vanished, and the only one that is left is that a sofa often looks more formal than a couch. Couch describes something that you fall into after a workday, turn on the TV and drown in between cushy pillows, while the sofa is a more designer-like piece that can have funkier armrests, sturdier surface and the purpose for it is a secular conversation with a cup of tea in hand.   

Sofa vs divan: What’s the difference?   

The term divan comes from the Middle East where it was a long seat (mattress) laid against the side of the room, with cushions to lean against. Nowadays not a lot changed, and you can call divan any couch that is backless but has a soft mattress to lay or sit on and cushions to lean on. Meanwhile, a sofa is a sitting piece that has back support, armrests and legs that lift it above the ground.   

What are the most common sofa styles?  

To name a few most common sofa styles these are sectional (contains two separate pieces), track arm (straight and square), loveseat (traditionally fits two people), divan (a long seat made from a mattress that is placed against a wall with cushions to lean on), chaise (a long lounge chair), Chesterfield (rolled armrests are the same height as the back), Lawson (back cushions are loose), and mid-century (clean-lined, rectangular shape, tufted back and seat cushions, and solid, wood legs).   

What are the best sofa alternatives?  

A few widely used interior design alternatives to sofa are bean bags, arrangement of floor cushions, a bench in combination with sofa chairs, a built-in bench with a tufted wall, a daybed and a set of a few different chairs around a coffee table.   

Where to buy a sofa in Canada?  

You can buy a sofa at any furniture retailer such as Ashley HomeStore, The Brick, Home Sense, Structube, Sofa Land, Wayfair and Leon’s Furniture.   

What’s the best fabric for a sofa?   

The most durable and widely used sofas materials are microfiber and canvas. Also, cotton and linen, if properly weaved and combined with synthetic fibres can be another durable and elegant-looking type of fabric.   

What’s the average price for a sofa?   

The average price for a sofa in Canada is $1,471. However, that number can vary if you would look at different brand names, a variety of materials, designer features and overall quality. Sofas in Canada can cost as low as $199 and as high as $15,000. It all depends on your budget, the brand/designer, and the features you’re looking for. 

How to clean a couch?  

If you have a couch with cushions with removable covers you can simply remove them and laundry/dry clean according to the material instruction. However, to treat any stains or smudges, mix together, apply and leave for 10 minutes a teaspoon of baking soda, washing-up liquid, white vinegar, and warm water. To clean a leather couch, you can mix a simple solution of 50/50 vinegar and water, and using a microfiber cloth wash off all dirt and sports rubbing the leather in a circular motion.   

How often should I vacuum my sofa?  

The best you can do is vacuum your sofa as often as you vacuum the floor, especially if you have pets who shed. As for a deep cleaning that should be done at least once every six months, and you can either use portable cleaners or call a fabric sofa cleaning service that would do the job for you.   

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Maria Kossman

Maria Kossman is an essayist, and content specialist at Rant-it.ca. Her writing appeared in a variety of fashion magazines. When she is not focused on reviewing and writing, she spends time exploring coffee shops, English literature and antique malls.
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