I put off buying a sofa for years partly because I didn’t have much space, but mostly because I didn’t have the budget. Not everyone can afford a $2,000+ sofa—I certainly don’t. Buying a sofa was an insurmountable financial hurdle, so I just made do without, offering guests a seat on one of my stackable plywood stools and working from my bed.
But thankfully, there are affordable sofas that ring in under $500—which is what I’d spend on comfy furniture that’ll last a good few years, and maybe a move or two, before getting a forever couch. To prove that theory, we sleuthed the Internet for comfy couches, cozy loveseats, and versatile sleepers that won’t break the bank.