The 10 Best Couches for Tiny Homes [That Don’t Sacrifice Comfort]

by Tessa Hobart | LAST UPDATED November 5, 2021

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Picking out tiny house furniture is less about the color or design and much more about size. You’ll indeed want something that goes with the color of your drapes or that isn’t too big for your coffee table, but all of those considerations come after the size measurements.

The good news is that even after you factor in the limited floor space you have to work with, there are still plenty of couches that would be a perfect fit for tiny house living.

In reality, there are plenty of tiny house furniture ideas that you could implement in your living space to make your room cozy and functional.

Since a lot of space is usually taken up by your couch, our interior design ideas are going to center around what sort of couch you should buy so you can get the most out of your living room. Here are the 10 best tiny home couches to add to your living space. 

Avoid the Usual Suspects

There is no tiny home couches section in your local furniture store, and you can pretty much pick out anything that catches your eye when it comes to small couches.

Items like the Rivet Revolve Modern Upholstered Loveseat or the Stone & Beam Hillman Mid-Century Sofa Couch are both great choices since they don’t take up much space, and their minimalist design goes with pretty much any decor that you might have in your house.

The problem here is that while a lot of different futons and sectional sofas can fit into your tiny home, most of them are designed to look good and be comfortable to sit in.

This is perfectly fine if that’s all you’re looking to get out of them, but if you were hoping for a multifunctional sofa bed that can provide a bit of storage space, then we might have a few items that fit your criteria a bit better than the standard selection.

Our Top Ten

Some of the items that show up on our list are inventive examples of space-saving furniture, while others are much more standard sofas that are compact, comfortable but still provide storage solutions for the clutter you might have in your home.

We’ll start with the more standard items and slowly work our way to the more inventive examples of furniture designs. However, regardless of where they’re ranked on this list, all of the following items can be a good choice for pretty much any home.

South Shore Live-It Cozy Sectional Sofa-Bed

The live-it cozy is, for all intents and purposes, a standard sectional sofa. The two-seater section can be pulled out, and turned into a sleeper sofa. The slim section on the left side can be raised, and the inside can be used as storage space for anything from blankets and clothes to pillows.

While this item might not be the most revolutionary couch on our list, it’s a reliable design that takes up a bit more space than the other items on our list but makes up for it by doubling as both a storage drawer and a guest bed for anyone that wants to sleep over.

Novogratz Brittany Sleeper Sofa

As you might have guessed from the name, the Novogratz is a soft couch that holds a pull-out bed under the cushions. While most pull-out couches aren’t exactly comfy and are only really used when you need to sleepover at a friend’s house or vice-versa, this item bucks the trend and provides you with a quality mattress.

There are thicker mattresses out there, but the memory foam mattress of the Novogratz is a definite improvement over most standard pull-out couches that are usually only slightly softer than pointy rocks.

Sofas Convertible Futon Sofa

A futon is essentially a couch that can be converted into a bed by simply dropping the back of the couch. The Sofas Convertible works under the same principle, but it makes one large improvement to the standard design: drawers.

While it may sound simplistic, many people overlook how useful it is to have a few more drawers around the house, and so do most furniture designers because there aren’t many couches like this one.

All-in-all, this convertible sofa can even fit into cramped spaces, on top of having built-in extra storage options. Honestly, what more can you ask for from your couch?

Signature Design by Ashley - Faux Leather Double Reclining Power Loveseat

This double-seater by Ashley is meant to be used more as a recliner and less like a standard sofa. It comes equipped with armrests on both sides, as well as one in the middle that has two built-in cup holders and a small drawer.

This is an ideal piece of furniture for when you live with a roommate or a partner, and you want to be able to put your feet up with a drink in your hand and just enjoy a movie together.

While it can’t be used as a standard bed, both the back and the front can be reclined, so while you can’t sleep on it, you can definitely lounge in comfort.

Faux Leather Upholstered Modern Convertible Folding Futon Sofa

This simple futon with faux leather upholstery is a combination of the previous two items that we covered on our list. It doesn’t have storage drawers underneath or a reclining feature, but it has other strengths.

Being a futon, this convertible sofa can easily be flattened and turned into a bed if you need a place to sleep. When it’s upright, it comes with little armrests on both sides of the futon, and a drop-down armrest in the middle with built-in cup holders.

It should also be said that the black leather look is striking; you and it can add a bit of flair to any room, regardless of whether that’s your sleeping area, workspace, or even your dining room.

Designs4Comfort Cleo Lounge Ottoman with Storage

Similar to most storage ottomans, the Cleo Lounge has a mechanism that allows you to lift it and store any clothing or blankets that you might need in the storage area below. Based on the function and the appearance, this piece of furniture is essentially a storage bed designed to look like a chaise lounge.

It may not be big enough to work as a standard couch or bed, but it would make a great addition to your home if you already have a couch or a chair and can’t fit anything bigger. Omitting bookshelves or maybe a drop-leaf side table is too heavy a loss to bear for a simple couch, especially in tiny houses.

Vonanda Sofa Bed

The Vonanda is the first item on our list that we would say is really different from almost any other piece of furniture that you’ve probably seen until now. This small item can be turned into an ottoman, a small chair, a lounger, and even a full-on single bed.

While this might sound complicated, all you need to know is that there’s a base element and two adjustable side elements that can be lowered and raised to transform the Vonanda into whichever piece of furniture you need at the moment.

This item is compact, easy to manipulate, and it essentially makes all of the other items in your living room unnecessary.

Aixsponsa Convertible Folding Sofa Bed

While the Aixponsa is a similar sort of item to the Vonanda, it has a much simpler design. This item is essentially a small chair that can be unfolded and turned into a lounger and even a full-on bed.

The only issue with sleeping on this sofa is that the top section is raised so you can’t really use a pillow unless you want to wake up in the morning with your neck feeling like it’s frozen in place due to pain for the rest of the day.

This item is actually even more compact than the Vonanda, so it can easily fit in a small apartment, a tiny house, or even a medium-sized shed.

Molblly Folding Mattress

On the face of it, the Molblly looks like it belongs in a game of Tetris rather than in your living room. However, despite the minimalistic rectangular design, this is a pretty versatile little item.

The Molblly is essentially a queen-size mattress that can be folded to form multiple different shapes. There are too many combinations to list them all, but suffice it to say that this item is reversible and flexible enough to be turned into everything from a standard sleeping mattress to a small two-seater chair.

The memory foam makes for an excellent bed while having a multiple-layer chair makes for a pretty comfortable place to sit in as well.

Camaflexi Day Bed

The last item on our list is essentially the bunk-bed equivalent of a couch. The Camaflexi consists of two mattresses: one placed in a drawer near the floor and one that’s used in place of the standard couch cushions just above.

This item provides you with two decent mattresses that can be used, so it can essentially serve as your primary bed. But keep in mind that the top section is surrounded by wooden banisters on three sides, which makes it uncomfortable when using it as both a bed and a couch unless you cover them up with something.

Additionally, while this is essentially a murphy bed in couch form, if you have a partner and no other beds, then we don’t have to explain why a bunk bed set up with two single beds isn’t ideal.

Conclusion

There are plenty of small modifications that you can make to your home to give yourself a bit more breathing room. You can use bar stools and use a freestanding high table instead of a standard dining table and chairs, you can get yourself one of the murphy beds that we mentioned earlier to free up some space in your bedroom, and a whole lot of other small DIY alterations.

The difference between the tiny home couches and other minor interior decoration choices is that you really don’t have to change anything since all of the items that we listed off can be used as both a standard couch and a space-saving home improvement.

Tessa Hobart
Tessa Hobart moved into her first tiny home (a trailer in her uncle's backyard) when she was 19. Without giving away her age, she now has many years of tiny home experience and is currently designing an A-Frame as a second off grid home. She lives with her husband and enjoys card games and mountain biking.

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