Sophisticated Sofettes

By Kate Riley July 25, 2012

I was in search of a petite sofa upholstered in an alluring shade of blue for quite some time, so when I spied one for sale on Joss & Main last month, I snatched it up without hesitation.

Often dubbed the “sofette”, these pieces are not as large, long, or bulky as a typical sofa, nor as deep or poufy as most loveseats.  Less stiff along the back compared to a traditional settee but still a copycat when it comes to the exposed legs.  Sofettes are slim, sophisticated, versatile pieces that will squeeze into just about any space.

Predictably perfect for small space living, in apartments or in bedrooms, more unexpected yet clever in dining spaces – they’re small in scale but still comfortable enough to lounge on – the sofette is this century’s settee!

West Elm


Williams Sonoma Home

Anthropologie via Poppytalk

West Elm


For our home, I bought a blue sofette for the study, fulfilling my longtime dream of having a piece upholstered in a deep shade of teal.


Here’s a roundup of a few other favorites (the one I have is Bayonet in Caribbean Blue)


From top down: Battersea/Emma/Bayonet/Marcel/Lexington/Simone/Elton/Mona

Which one is your favorite?



  1. To my surprise, I like Elton the best. At first glance I thought it looked too traditional, but it has a lot of modern in there. I guess it’s “moditional”! I can’t tell if the one above is brown or eggplant, but the eggplant would be lovely.

  2. I love the one you chose. There is a rug on Joss and Main right now that I really want to buy but am so afraid that the color in person will not look anything like it does online. What has your experience been with that? Thanks in advance.

  3. I am a HUGE West Elm fan and I have always loved the Elton! Someday it will have a home in my master bedroom. The Elton covered in the Performance Velvet Dandelion is just dreamy in every way. Love your blog, check in everyday!

  4. I am so happy you finally fulfilled your dream! The color is amazing! I would love love love one for the master in our home! Too bad I am not at that point yet. Maybe I can thrift one and get all crafty with the DIY’s to make it work!!! why not right???

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  5. Ooh I love the idea of using one instead of chairs with a dining table like the last picture! I’m dreaming up ways that we can ditch our traditional dining set as I type :) My fave is the grey sofette with the wraparound back.

  6. Oooh, I like the Marcel but also the tufted one from West Elm in the dining area…both would look and fit lovely in my bedroom!

  7. I love the wrap around design of the Emma! I think that would be very comfortable to nestle and read a book.

  8. I love the Simone. I love the style and the color. I like how the back curves over. Very sophisticated.

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