Selecting the best sofas for your office is a much different experience than for a home. With most offices receiving a fair amount of traffic, durability is always a big concern. Finding something that is aesthetically pleasing to create the right first impression is also important. The office sofas in our list were all designed to hold up well in high traffic commercial spaces and create a professional look for your business. These are BTOD.com’s best selling office couches for 2021.
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7 Best Office Sofas For 2021
- Lesro Siena Series – Best Custom Office Sofa
- OS Manhattan Series – Best Leather Office Sofa
- OS Tribeca Series – Best White Office Sofa
- Alera Pyramid Series – Best Office Sectional Sofa
- BTOD Sectional Series – Best Office Sectional Sofa
- BTOD Imagination Series – Best Modern Office Sofa
- BTOD Majesty Series – Best Small Office Sofa
- 6 Things You Must Consider When Buying an Office Sofa
- Bottom Line
1. Best Custom Office Sofa – Lesro Siena Series
Siena Series Starting Price: $1,655.36 + Free Shipping
If you’re looking to create a custom look in your office, the Siena series by Lesro is one of the best options. Made in Connecticut, Lesro Siena is available in hundreds of fabric and healthcare grade vinyl options. You can pair all of the upholstery options with six wood finishes or a brushed steel foot for a customized look.
The Siena series is available in two, three, four and five-seat office sofas. Each configuration is available with center arm configurations, to create more personal space for your customers.
You can complete your waiting space with Siena benches, tables and chairs. Each seat includes the Matrex mesh support system, designed to provide long term support in the seat. When compared to the spring or plywood seat alternative, the Matrex system has shown to hold its original shape for over 1,000,000 seat impressions.
2. Best Leather Office Sofa – Manhattan Series
Manhattan Series Starting Price: $1,377.99 + Free Shipping
Finding an office sofa, in top grain leather, with an affordable price tag, can be difficult. The Manhattan series by Office Source, brings both high quality leather and an affordable price. The top grain leather upholstery is on all seating surfaces that are felt when seated on the sofa. Matching vinyl is on the back and sides of the sofa help to keep this piece affordable.
The Manhattan’s heavy-duty pocket spring coil construction is designed to hold up well in high traffic settings. A webbed seat and back helps to provide comfortable cushioning for your office guests. The standard weight capacity is 250 lbs. per seat, for a total of 750 lbs. when evenly spaced across the couch.
The Manhattan is available in both black and latte (tan) leather colors. There are three-foot finish options available; black is standard, with an upgrade to cherry or mahogany for a small upcharge.
3. Best White Office Sofa – OS Tribeca Series
Tribeca Series Starting Price: $1,226.99 + Free Shipping
Our best selling white sofa is from the Tribeca series by Office Source. Featuring a flared back design, with silver-finished feet, the Tribeca adds the modern style most want from a white piece of furniture.
Upholstered in white Leathertek upholstery, the Tribeca’s faux leather upholstery gives you the look and feel of genuine leather, at an affordable price tag. If you’re worried about keeping the white upholstery clean, but like the look of Tribeca, it’s also available in a black Leathertek alternative.
Like the Manhattan series, the Tribeca comes with a heavy-duty spring coil construction for added durability in high traffic areas. The deep seat design creates added comfort for guests in the waiting area. The Tribeca is also available in a matching lounge chair and two-seat loveseat.
4. Best Office Sofa Set – Alera Pyramid Series
Pyramid Series Starting Price: $1,699.99 + Free Shipping
If you’re looking to simplify your search for your waiting room area, looking for a complete sofa set could save you time. The best office sofa set for the price is the Alera Pyramid Series. With one click, you can fill your waiting area with enough seating for six. The sleek, simple and classic lines of the Pyramid series, make it a great option for almost any office.
Upholstered in a black soft-touch leather upholstery, the Pyramid series offers a supple feel at a modest price. While this bonded leather material isn’t as high quality as premium leather, it provides a similar look and feel at a fraction of the cost. Paired with its five-year warranty, Alera has created a nice option for businesses wanting an upscale look on a budget.
The Pyramid series includes quality, black wood, pyramid designed legs and ships fully assembled. Available in 30+ warehouses around the USA, most Pyramid waiting room set purchases are delivered within 1 to 2 days of placing your order. This set also comes with inside delivery for no additional charge.
5. Best Office Sectional Sofa – Imagination Series Sectional Sofas
Imagination Sectional Starting Price: $543.99 + Free Shipping
If you need flexibility in your seating and something that allows you to mix and match, depending on your daily requirements, the imagination series does just as the name suggests. You can create configurations as unique as your imagination and space requires. The Imagination series features a modern design with integrated stainless steel legs. It is upholstered in a LeatherSoft upholstery, made from real leather and polyurethane for added softness and durability.
The imagination series includes four different seating options that can be mixed and matched. This includes the ottoman that can be used as a seat or as an ottoman. The middle, left corner and right corner sections can be connected to create custom length couches to work for large or small spaces.
6. Best Modern Office Sofa – Imagination Series Sofa
Imagination Series Sofa Starting Price: $1,120.99 + Free Shipping
If you like the modern style of the Imagination series, but don’t want the small sectional components, it’s also available in a three-seat sofa. This is our best pick for modern office sofa, with a stylish modern design and plenty of flexibility depending on your space requirements.
The Imagination series sofa offers a slightly altered look than the sectional alternatives. This smooth back and tufted seat design create a clean look, with an integrated stainless accent bar that extends from the feet, through the sides and backrest.
For those concerned with adding sofas in their space because of loose cushions, the Imaginations series fixed seat and back cushion ensure your space looks clean and tidy. The Imagination series sofa also includes a matching lounge chair and loveseat to complete your waiting space needs.
7. Best Small Office Sofa – Majesty Series Sofa
Majesty Series Sofa Starting Price: $762.99 + Free Shipping
Our final pick for the best office sofas in 2020 in the Majesty series two-seat sofa. Made of eco-friendly materials, the LeatherSoft upholstery is available in black, white and brown. Like the other options on our list, the fixed cushion design will help to keep your sofa looking well kept.
The Majesty series sofa includes stylish flared arms, a sturdy hardwood frame and brushed aluminum feet for a modern look. With a 250 lb. weight capacity per seat, this sofa is designed to work in most commercial spaces, but isn’t for heavier users.
Top 6 Things To Consider When Buying Office Sofas Online
Because you’re investing hundreds or thousands of dollars, it’s important to cover all of your bases. When you make a purchase for large furniture items online, returning them is not as easy as smaller parcels like clothing or small electronics. It’s important to make sure to do everything you can to avoid these costly returns.
1. Space Available
The first thing you must do before purchasing any type of furniture is to measure the space. This is one of the easiest mistakes to avoid when buying furniture online. First, measure the available space you plan to put your furniture. Consider doorways, existing shelves or furniture and consider pathways that customers might use through your waiting space.
Once you have selected the furniture for your space, double-check the measurements that will fit into your space. Some customers in the past have taped off the dimensions of the sofas and chairs to ensure a good fit. This allows you to walk through your space and ensure traffic can flow properly.
2. Weight Capacity Requirements
When narrowing down your selection of sofas, it’s important to consider any weight requirements you may need. Does your facility have above average sized users in the waiting area? The last thing you want to do is have a piece of furniture break because it isn’t built to withstand heavy individuals.
Taking a closer look at the office sofa’s weight capacity, you’ll find that brands will list a capacity per seat. If you have a three-seat sofa, the typical weight rating will be 250 lbs. per seat or 750 lbs. total. It’s important to note this doesn’t make the sofas capacity 750lbs., unless you are able to evenly distribute the weight across the entire couch.
If heavier capacities are required, you may want to consider looking for bariatric style chairs. These will have the appearance of a small sofa or loveseat, but include higher weight capacities per seat. Typically, this type of seating offers a minimum capacity of 500 lbs., with an average of 750 lbs.
3. Leather vs. Faux Leather
One of the most common questions we receive about upholstered office couches is about real leather vs. fake. The vast majority of office couches found online, that are listed as eco-leather or leathersoft, are bonded leather. This isn’t necessarily a fake leather, but it also isn’t premium quality, top grain leather either.
Which type of leather you decide to pick is ultimately decided by your budget. For the most part, adding real leather to an office couch is expensive. It is worth it if you have the money in your budget, but if you don’t, faux leather can provide a similar feel and look. The biggest downside is that faux leather generally won’t hold up as long as genuine leather couches.
Some of the healthcare grade vinyls that are on products, offered by Lesro, are highly durable and provide the look of real leather. These are some of the most durable alternatives we have found to faux leather options currently available.
4. Upholstery Samples
No matter the upholstery type or color you ultimately end up selecting, if matching of the shade or the overall color is important, you need to order samples first. No matter how accurate the photos are, each users monitor settings are slightly different. The lighting of a space can dramatically impact how colors show up as well.
In an effort to avoid costly returns, samples can help narrow down the correct color choices. If you’re worried about how a fabric, vinyl or leather will feel, this gives you the opportunity to touch it.
Ordering swatches from companies are most often times free. At BTOD.com, we fulfill most of the sample requests from our office. This means the samples leave the same or next business day. We ship with FedEx Express and most samples arrive within 1 to 3 business days.
5. Delivery Method
Office sofas and couches are big; too big to be able to ship via FedEx or UPS. This means they will be shipped with freight carriers on 53’ trailers. While you may not expect this or have experience with it, the weight and size of the furniture leave no other option. It’s important that you’re ready for this type of delivery.
When receiving shipments from freight trucks, the standard delivery service is to a loading dock or off the back of the truck. Most often, these carriers do not include special services like inside delivery without an additional cost.
If you need help taking the items off the back of the truck, you may want to consider an extra set of hands. Otherwise, freight carriers have an option to add a lift gate service. This is a platform that lowers on the back of the truck. This service is only guaranteed to come off the truck and to the ground. Some carriers will roll it up to the door, if there aren’t steps or a difficult path to get there.
Another option is to have include delivery added. For most freight carriers, this is a basic inside delivery service. It requires the customer to have a flat path into the commercial building. The doorway will need to be wide enough to support the pallet coming through the door as well. If you live in a residence, they will bring it into your garage, but not your home.
Some companies may offer additional services, like inside delivery and setup. This comes at an extra cost that will likely require a special quote. On average, we see these services costing about 20-30% of your total order.
6. Return Policy
Making a return of a large office sofa is quite a bit different than a smaller parcel. While some office sofas and couches can be returned, custom pieces might not be able to come back. That is why it is so important to consider the first five things I’ve covered above.
Even if you’re able to make a return, think about the logistics involved with a freight carrier. Having to make arrangements with a freight company is a lot different than working with UPS or FedEx Ground. The return shipping costs associated with both are a lot higher as well.
Before you buy, check out the retailer’s return policy. If there are restocking fees and return shipping costs, you’ll want to make sure to cover your bases prior to placing an order. Making sure you’ve done these things will help to ensure a smooth transaction.
There are many different types of office sofas available for commercial spaces. They range in styles, sizes and price points. Depending on your specific needs, there is a good chance many will work for your space, but some may be better for durability or aesthetic reasons. Regardless of the reason, the office sofa you select needs to be the right option the first time. Making a mistake on the furniture you order can be a costly mistake. Make sure to pay attention to the six things we talk about considering before purchasing to ensure a smooth transaction the first time you make this large purchase.