The 12 best velvet sofas that are just made for reclining beautifully on

The best velvet sofas feel incredibly luxe, but don't all have mammoth price tags to go with. This edit showcases the best for style and price

three velvet sofas
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Velvet sofas have been trending for some time and are still a popular choice for upholstered seating in modern living spaces.

Velvet offers a luxe look, it's soft to touch and there's wide selection of beautiful rich colors on offer. Yet despite its plush appearance, velvet can be hard-wearing and durable too. 

Cotton velvet tends to have more of a matt finish, while polyester velvet often has a sheen and can be water and stain resistant. 

To choose the best couches, check the properties of the velvet upholstery to ensure it's suitable for your circumstances. There's so much on offer, we've narrowed down our picks from the best home decor stores to save time and effort. 

1. Best tufted velvet sofas

2. Best linear velvet sofas

3. Best vintage style velvet sofas

4. Best chunky velvet sofas

Do velvet couches last well?

Different types of velvet are used for upholstery. Cotton velvet tends to have a soft pile and may 'bruise' over time, while slub velvet is a mix of cotton and synthetic fibres, with a low pile and slight sheen. Synthetic polyester velvets cope better with day to day to wear and tear.

'If you’re going for velvet on a sofa, I would always recommend choosing a performance fabric,' says Heather Goerzen, design director at Havenly.

'Those will definitely stand up better over time. I tend to find medium piles seem a little more durable as well. In order to keep your sofa in good condition, take a lint brush or gentle vacuum to it upon occasion.'

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.