A Guide to Buying Extra-Long Sofas, Including Our 11 Favorite Styles

updated Jun 9, 2023
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When it comes to shopping for a sofa, I usually have my eye out for a cushy, deep sofa that’s easy to curl up into while I watch my favorite show and is comfortable enough to lounge on with my laptop. But space planning and sofa size are also at the very top of the list when deciding on seating, so I’m constantly falling into the cushions, sitting up straight in an unnaturally rigid position, and, most importantly, taking all the measurements — especially if it’s an extra-long sofa. 

Whether you live alone but entertain often or share your home with other humans or cute little furry BFFs, you probably want to ensure that everyone can comfortably be accommodated in your living space — and that’s where a longer couch comes in.

So, what exactly is an extra-long sofa? How long is considered extra-long? And why do you even need one? We put together a how-to guide on how to buy extra-long sofas, plus our 11 favorites that go the extra mile in style.

What Is an Extra-Long Sofa?

An extra-long sofa is essentially a longer couch and takes the typical three-seat sofa to new lengths, whether through wider seats, an additional seat, or a modular chaise piece that can be added or removed so that your sofa can grow with you as your needs and spaces change. 

Who Should Buy an Extra-Long Sofa?

A lot of people, it turns out! Maybe you have a gaggle of kids. (Yes, I said gaggle.) Or maybe yours is the house where all your kids’ friends hang out. Or maybe you’re the one who hosts game night or TV-watch parties or holidays. Or maybe you have not one but several pets who want to lounge on the sofa with you. Or … maybe you’re just really, really tall. If you’re someone who wants extra seating, but not the configuration of an L-shaped or U-shaped sectional sofa, an extra-long couch might be for you.

How Long Is an Extra-Long Sofa?

There’s some debate online about what makes a couch considered extra-long. (Then again, what can’t you find a debate about somewhere online?) But the consensus is that an extra-long couch is anything over 100 inches wide. For reference, most standard-size sofas are 80 or 90 inches wide, and more compact, apartment-size or small-space sofas fall in the 70-inch range before being considered a loveseat.

The Best Places to Buy an Extra-Long Sofa

I like doing my online research, but prefer to shop for a sofa in person, as I like to test the comfort and depth firsthand, so brick-and-mortar shops with online sites are a welcome choice. 

But there are a number of online stores that make virtual purchasing fairly risk-free. Burrow, for example, has a few showrooms in major cities around the nation, but for everyone who doesn’t live near one, it offers free shipping and allows a one-time, no-charge exchange within a 30-day window of delivery as long as you have the original packaging. 

Check out a few solid extra-long sofa candidates below from our favorite online and in-person stores that would make entertaining, lounging or napping-en-masse a breeze. 

Our Favorite Extra-Long Sofas

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There are many qualities that make the 121-inch-wide Field sofa from Burrow cool. For one thing, it comes in a few different fabric colorways and leg finishes, and the mid-century modern aesthetic will feel at home in various styled interiors. Shopping Director, Jada Wong, has the Field with an extra chaise and loves that it’s modular, so it can adapt to her space. The fabric is stain-resistant and the cushions are CertiPUR-US certified, which means they’re free from harmful elements sometimes found in furniture like heavy metals, formaldehyde, and flame retardants. The sit depth here is only 21 inches, so you may want to add on the ottoman for max comfort, too.

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Measuring in at just over 100 inches wide, this CB2 sofa meets the extra-long mark by a hair. I love its caramel color, modern silhouette, and use of leather. Designed by Barcelona-based Mermelada Estudio, it lets you bring a piece of Europe into your home. Plus, it has firm seating and deep dimensions — perfect for that mix of laptop use and lounging.

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Albany Park
was $5192.00

This Albany Park pick is a great option for a longer couch because you can add on even more seats with the modular setup. Its plush, pillowy cushions are stuffed with a fluffy down blend, and they’re packed loosely to keep their cloudlike shape. And best of all — you can order free fabric swatches to test out the material before you buy.

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was $9805.00

A bit more on the glam side, this sofa has a custom feel, thanks to its gold-plated iron base, nubby fabric, and sinuous shape. At a whopping 150.39 inches wide, the very long couch comfortably seats five people and the curve makes it an elegant alternative to a sectional while allowing for easier conversation.

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This is technically cheating because it’s a true sectional sofa, but each side of the sectional is an extra-large sofa length in its own right, measuring 112 inches long in either direction. Sabai Design makes each sofa to order, cutting down on waste, and that’s only the beginning of its sustainable efforts. Each sofa is crafted using FSC-certified wood, nontoxic aluminum legs, Certi-PUR US-certified foam, and recycled and upcycled upholstery fabrics. Plus, the brand is a Certified B Corporation, so you know your purchase is making an impact.

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Super loungy and chic, the Jonathan sofa comes with an extended side chaise option, taking it from 99.6 to 134.3 inches wide. Its low profile and boxy shape give it a clean, modern vibe, but its textured fabric in white, teal, or charcoal warms it up. P.S.: I love the idea of a sofa you don’t need to vacuum under!

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Lulu and Georgia

The Saban sofa offers another curved selection — this one at 120 inches long. You can float it in an open floor plan to delineate your living area, or separate it into two pieces and place them in different spaces or keep them in the same room facing each other to create even more of a conversation setting.

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Interior Define

Give me a performance velvet with contrast piping literally any day of the week! Interior Define’s transitional James sofa comes in not one but three different extra-long lengths — 104 inches, 112 inches, and 120 inches wide. You can also customize the depth, cushion fill, and fabric and piping palette. I love the Marigold colorway with Terracotta piping, but there are so many options.

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was $4099.00

With full-aniline leather that is soft to the touch and finished with a French seam, the Solae is a Scandinavian-style sofa that rests low to the ground and has a modular makeup. It’s 123 inches wide and features deep seats perfect for lounging.

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The ÄPPLARYD sofa from IKEA is an interesting choice because it has the lofty proportions of a longer sofa at 126 and 3 ⁄ 4 inches wide, yet it still has a streamlined silhouette, thanks to slim legs and arms (although they’re still cushy). Its entire look is tailored and sophisticated for the lowest price in the bunch, and it includes a chaise for ultimate comfort.

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Soho Home

This is the ultimate splurge, but I had to include it because, well, look at it. Soho Home’s modular sectional sofa comes with six seats that measure 105 inches wide, but you can purchase more seats and make it as long or short as you want. The standard 105-inch-wide version includes straight and curved armchairs, covered in boucle or cotton velvet upholstery with delightfully surprising sides injected with aged Pippy Oak veneer. Its 1970s vibe draws inspiration from Soho House’s 180 House in London.