Much like stickshifts and safety belts in the Cake song of the same name, full-size sofas "make my baby seem so far." Loveseats were made for lovers— but then again, it's certainly nice to be able to stretch out on your own.
1. PB Comfort Square Arm Loveseat, Pottery Barn, $999
I'm starting off with this one because it's the least interesting of the bunch (to me), but seems like a workhorse: so sturdy, so solid, so able to be incorporated into a wide range of styles. It comes in a ton of colors/fabrics including a cool charcoal denim, has polyester or hypoallergenic down cushions, and is made in North Carolina.
2. Camilla Loveseat, Crate & Barrel, $1,499
It took everything I had to pick the photo of the yellow (yellow?!?) version of this one rather than the charcoal, but I do it all for you, color-lovers. There are only two reviews so far, but they're both 5-star: "This sofa is spectacular!" It has down/polyfoam cushions, a hardwood frame, is made in the USA, and also comes in bright turquoise...
3. Velvet Willoughby Settee, Anthropologie, $1,598
All winter I've been coveting coats and purses in this color, and now I definitely need this couch, too. I appreciate that it has some old-fashioned charm without being the slightest bit fussy. It features removable spring down cushions, an oak frame, a spring suspension, and was handmade in USA. Let's assume that doesn't mean what it did on 30 Rock...
4. Margot Loveseat, Crate & Barrel, $999
This is the color of the sofa I ended up buying, and I love it: dark enough blue that it functions as a neutral, yet intriguing and not my usual grey/charcoal. The lines are so clean without being cold, and it looks perfect for sitting on sideways. Crate & Barrel customers gave it an average of 4.7 stars, with reviews like this: "It's comfortable and everything you could want in a loveseat, but best of all it looks sharp with our colors in our contemporary space." The Margot is made in Virginia of a hardwood frame, hardwood legs, and wire suspension.
5. Elton Settee, West Elm, $699+
Ooh, a settee! I would like to perch on this daintily whilst sipping Champagne out of coupes and gossiping like mad. Despite the fact that the Elton is available in charcoal wool— my catnip— I think this gorgeously saturated blue is my favorite. West Elm doesn't provide a lot of details about their furniture, but the customer photos look great, and I especially adore the deep-seat proportions of this one for lounging.
6. Piazza Apartment Sofa, CB2, $999
An acid-washed marshmallow! That might sound like an insult, but I think this denim-clad number is so dreamy. It comes in other fabrics and colors that are more my usual speed, but this iteration is growing on me. It received all 5-star reviews, including, "[My friend] bought this couch to put in her apartment and not only is it comfortable but it looks so RAD." It's got solid white oak legs, a removable down-blend back cushion, and is made in North Carolina.
7. Continental Sofa, Anthropologie, $2,298
This is described as a "1920s tuxedo shape," but all it makes me think of is "My Little Corner of the World" by Yo La Tengo. Wouldn't this loveseat be a fabulous place to hide away with your beloved? The Continental comes in several hues of linen, has an oak frame, spring suspension, spring-down cushions, and was made in the USA.
8. Peggy Mid-Century Loveseat, West Elm, $899+
I hope companies keep making mid-century modern-inspired pieces for a good, long while because I can't get enough. They're just so good. This one is serious enough for an office but comfortable and inviting enough for a home, and those graceful solid wood legs slay me. The Peggy is "assembled in the USA" and features "hand-built frames with hand-finished upholstery"— is that impressive? I'm not sure.
9. Chloe Velvet Tufted Loveseat, Macy's, on sale for $828
Formal without being fussy, the Chloe feels like an archetypal loveseat. It received all 5-star reviews, such as this one: "We are extremely happy with this purchase and would highly recommend them if you are looking for a sofa that is both modern and traditional — and comfortable!" The cushions are high-density foam, the frame is hardwood, and the springs are "sinuous carbon-tempered steel". See— fancy!
10. Clyde Sofa, Blu Dot, $839+
Our sofa bed is by Blu Dot and we're very happy with it, so I'm always interested to see what else they're up to. This one is all hard right angles and I love it. It received pretty good reviews on AllModern, such as "Easy to assemble, great little sofa. High quality finish, looks really cool." The Clyde has a hardwood/plywood frame, stainless steel base, and can be combined with the Bonnie to form a sectional.
There you have my favorites— what are yours?