The 12 best three seater sofas to lie across in style

The 12 best three seater sofas have just enough room for you to lie across and watch TV, or to make space for others when guests come round

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Whether you're a one, two or multi-person household, a three-seater sofa is a standard choice for many modern homes, as it generally provides proportion in a room. 

When more seating space is required for larger families, two three-seaters facing each other, or positioned in an L-shape with a side table in the corner is a great option.  

There are many sofa styles and shapes to choose from. So work out the size you need first. Then decide what would suit your space. Linear sofas with legs tend to have an airier feel, so can make a room feel larger, while models with detailing, such as tufting will add interest. 

We've selected our pick of the best couches from the hundreds on offer across the best home decor stores in the U.S.

1. Best diamond-tufted three-seater sofas

2. Best channel-tufted three-seater sofas

3. Best linear three-seater sofas

4. Best boxy three-seater sofas

Which sofas last longest?

A good sofa should ideally last twenty years–or more. It's generally more cost-effective in the long term to pay a little extra for quality at the outset.  

'Sofas that are well constructed with high quality materials will stand up to wear and tear over time,' says Madison Adam, Interior Design Service Manager at Article. 

'In terms of construction, look for corner blocked sofas. Corner blocked sofas have extra wooden support added to the inside corners of the sofa which make it more durable. 

'Another marker of quality to look for are sofas constructed with rubber webbing, also known as Pirelli webbing. Rubber webbing is a sofa’s suspension that’s stretched across the frame and nailed into place to support the seat. This acts as the sofa’s ‘muscle’ whereas the frame is like the sofa’s ‘skeleton’. 

'Look for sofas built with kiln dried, solid wood. Kiln dried, solid wood sofa frames are less likely to warp or crack over time due to humidity or temperature changes.

'Another market of quality is upholstered fabrics with a high Martindale Rating. A Martindale Rating is an abrasion test for fabric durability, so choose a sofa with a rating of at least 25,000 to last for many years.'

Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites

A long-time contributor to Livingetc, as a member of the team, she regularly reports on the latest trends, speaking to experts and discovering the latest tips. Jacky has also written  for other publications such as Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home, Red, Grand Designs, Sunday Times Style and AD, Country Homes and Interiors and ELLE Decoration.