This Unexpected Living Room Staple Is Popping Up in Kitchens, and It’s Ingenious

published Aug 16, 2023
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Kitchens are a place of comfort. They’re the experiment lab where your family’s most famous recipes come from, and the place where people gather. So it’s no wonder that a trend is emerging that makes a kitchen feel even more comfortable than before: a spot for a sofa. 

“Kitchens should be full of character and texture — they should be a space where everyone feels completely at ease,” says Helen Parker, the creative director of deVOL Kitchens, whose own kitchen has a sofa (and is pictured here). 

While barstools, dining sets, and even side chairs have appeared in countless kitchens over the years for seating, placing a sofa in a cook space seems like an indulgent but logical next step. If there’s a way to squeeze one in, why wouldn’t you? 

Credit: Courtesy of deVOL Kitchens

After all, the open-concept trend sought to unite living and dining rooms, ceasing the division between work and pleasure. This made everything from entertaining crowds to supervising kids easier and more casual, so a sofa in a kitchen plays on this sentiment. Perhaps your kitchen couch could be where you catch up with relatives on Thanksgiving while monitoring the oven, or maybe it’s where friends can help themselves to wine. It could just be your preferred spot to scroll as dinner heats up, too. Whatever this sofa is used for, it would encourage you to exhale. 

“A home, and particularly a kitchen, is a refuge from the outside world,” Parker continues.

Now for logistics, because sofas in kitchens are obviously not for everyone. If you have square footage for this item somewhat near your oven and microwave, go for it — no one is saying this trend should be done with a sectional, and even a tiny loveseat counts. If keeping messes at bay are a top concern, choose cushions with a durable fabric (hey, maybe you can bring an outdoor loveseat in). But if comfort is key, then go for luxe curves. Here are five options to choose from:

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was $550.00

This loveseat from Studio McGee’s Threshold line would be a showstopper in a kitchen. Its single cushion and curved shape give the illusion of more space, while the color can coordinate with any pattern, from floral and gingham to holiday and Halloween.

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was $336.99

If there was one sofa-in-the-kitchen scenario that seemed primed for Thanksgiving guests to taste test your stuffing, it’s this mid-century modern-inspired design from Wayfair. Its army green shade and velvet finish nail the trends and will keep you feeling cozy through the colder months.

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Living Spaces

This armless loveseat measures just 54 inches across, so it’s possible to tuck it into a breakfast nook if you so please. The no-fuss frame makes it easy to slide in and out from (a plus if you’re checking on dinner) while the neutral color will never go out of style.

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Birch Lane
was $1247.00

Pattern enthusiasts, this loveseat is for you! Covered in a warm caramel fabric accented with white flowers, this option hints at cottagecore sensibilities without feeling too over the top. Seems like the ideal spot to take up an afternoon tea routine, no?

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Urban Outfitters

And if you really want to go out of the box, you could splurge on this Urban Outfitters loveseat that resembles two hands in a braided fabric. It’s ideal for a spot beneath a window, since it’s begging to be surrounded by plants.