The 9 Best Sustainable Couches For 2023
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Whether you’re working from home (and skipping the desk for the day) or just kicking back for an evening of Netflix, your sustainable couch is a major player in your comfort. And second only to our kitchens, living rooms are a key place for connecting with the people we share our homes with—roommates, partners, kids, and pets included.
We’ve rounded up the best couches and sofas, made by sustainable furniture brands with eco-friendly practices, natural and organic fabrics, and ethical manufacturing. Many of these furniture brands also offer sectionals, coffee tables, ottomans and more, so keep your eyes peeled after you’ve snagged your new favorite sustainable sofa.
1. Maiden Home
Best For | Made-to-order sofas
Sustainability | Sustainable wood, made-to-order, ethical and local production, artisan-made with traditional techniques
Price Range | $1,875–$11,480
When it comes to purchasing furniture for a forever home, Maiden Home’s heritage-quality pieces instantly come to mind. Since the sofas and couches are handmade to order in North Carolina, you can customize your furniture with your preference of woods, upholstery, and sizes. The brand sources eco-friendly materials whenever possible, and all their hardwoods meet the Sustainable Forestry Initiative standards for responsible sourcing. And—what we love most perhaps—Maiden Home furniture is made with CertiPUR-US® certified foam cores, and without flame retardants, formaldehyde, or other harmful chemicals. Financing through Affirm is available.
Best For | Reupholstered, gently used pieces and timeless designs
Sustainability | CertiPUR-US® certified foam, ethical and local production, made-to-order, closed-loop initiative, secondhand shop
Price Range | $1,145-$2,245
The Sabai team takes pride in crafting furniture to be cozy, conscious, and convenient. The popular Essential Sofas and Sectionals are responsibly made in North Carolina using natural fibers, FSC-certified wood, and recycled water bottles. You can customize your sofa in any number of ways, including color, fabric, and wood, and it’ll arrive to you in no time with simple directions for assembly (and shipping is carbon-neutral!). Best of all, Sabai accepts gently used pieces to reupholster and finish to sell at discounted prices, doing its part to keep furniture out of landfills. Financing is available, and the brand ships nationwide within the US. Be sure to check out our editor’s Sabai review and see why we love it so much!
Already a Sabai owner? Extend the life of your couch with the newly launched slipcovers, available in 10 colorways. Great for parents, pet owners, and living room eaters, the covers are easy to put on and made with tried-and-true recycled velvet and upcycled poly. Available for Sabai sofas, sectionals, loveseats, and ottomans.
Best For | Modular sectionals
Sustainability | Recyclable steel, ethical production in Asia & North America, secondhand shop, sustainability pledge by 2025
Price Range | $1,180–$4,280
Designed in Michigan and manufactured across the US, Floyd crafts furniture you’ll want to cancel plans to spend time in. In addition to focusing on longevity and affordability, the team also has a 2025 Sustainability Plan in place which ensures that 70 percent of its material comes from recycled or renewable sources and that 100 percent FSC-certified wood is used across all products. Available in the contiguous US, “The Sofa,” “The Sectional,” and their associated add-ons are made with top-grade birchwood and indulgent cushions you’ll love to sink into. Monthly financing is available via Affirm.
4. Crate & Barrel
Best For | Leather sofas
Sustainability | Some FSC-certified wood, green distribution centers, ethical supply chain, circular operations, BSCI code of
Price Range | $1,399–$6,498
Crate & Barrel has come a long way on their sustainability journey, adopting more and more eco-friendly practices such as using FSC-certified woods and ramping up its GREENGUARD Gold-certified products. They’ve also eliminated PFAS and flame retardants from their fabrics! Slow and steady changes have long-lasting impacts, so we love to see it. Look for the certification icons on their couches as you browse for the perfect new piece for your living room.
Best For | 8-seat sectionals
Sustainability | Recyclable packaging, responsible production, sustainably sourced hardwood & upcycled fabrics
Price Range | $835–$6,978
Looking for a sofa that’s equal parts comfortable, American-made, and flexible for your space? Look no further than Burrow’s line of seating. Each sofa, loveseat, and sectional is handcrafted from responsibly sourced hardwood and upcycled stain-resistant fabrics. Shipped to you in recycled packaging, each item is modular and can be easily assembled or arranged. (You can read more about the process over here on our Burrow couch review). With fast, free shipping on all orders (currently US only), a new Burrow couch will show up at your door within a few weeks flat. Financing options are available.
6. Inside Weather
Best For | Totally customizable, pet- and kid-proof sofas
Sustainability | Made-to-order, made in the USA, carbon-negative, biodegradable packaging
Price Range | $4,418–$13,965
Inside Weather‘s beautiful sofas are customizable, comfortable, and made for your life. The made-to-order designs are created in-house and delivered directly to your door. Choose from over 100 upholstery options that are all liquid and stain repellent as well as OEKO-TEX certified and PFAS free. The frames are made with FSC-Certified wood and the filling is made with CertiPUR-US® foam, a comfortable low impact eco foam that upcycles disposable plastic bottles. A minimum of two trees are planted for every order with their reforestation partners—one per order, and one per shipment.
Best For | Unique finds
Sustainability | Powered by renewable energy, sustainable & upcycled finds, carbon-offset shipping
Price Range | Varies by seller
For secondhand or vintage options, we love Etsy’s marketplace. You can easily find couches from all over the world, including antique velvet sofas, Moroccan-inspired floor seats, or reupholstered chairs. Like all purchases on Etsy, the team offsets 100 percent of carbon emissions from shipping, so even international purchases can feel a little more sustainable.
8. West Elm
Best For | Leather sofas and sectionals
Sustainability | Sustainable & ethical collections, gives back, FSC certified wood, fair trade practices
Price Range | $649–$12,095
Beloved by interior designers and eco-friendly advocates alike, West Elm offers fair trade and sustainable collections, including sofas and sectionals handcrafted in the USA. Using FSC-certified wood and natural materials whenever possible, most pieces are customized to your preferences including configuration, fabric, and fill—and many are futons or sleeper sets for multi-use. Available for delivery to over 90 countries, there are options for every kind of space from a one-bedroom studio to an expansive living room.
Best For | Sleeper sectionals
Sustainability | No chemicals or fire retardants, lifetime warranty, upcycled & organic materials, customizable, supports environmental initiatives
Price Range | $2,232–$8,316
Medley‘s eco-friendly furniture is meant to last, which is why they back all their pieces with a lifetime warranty. All furniture frames are sourced domestically, with wood from FSC-certified forests. They use the cleanest materials inside and out, using only CertiPUR-US®-certified foam or natural Dunlop latex for filling, and all their fabrics are GOTS Certified, Greenguard Gold Certified, or Oeko-Tex 100 Certified. Cutting no corners, these exceptionally well-made sofas are durable, stylish, and sustainable.
Featured image from Maiden Home