What’s the difference between sofa and couch?



When we talk about couch and sofa, the first thing that strikes us is that there is no remarkable difference between the two, and the terms are used to address the same type of furniture.  Some people tend to believe that there are merely synonyms. Some of the individuals even point out that the term couch is slang for sofa.

The fact cannot be ignored that sofa and couch have a lot of similarities but then there are a lot of differences in terms of history, size and function.

HISTORY

Derived from the middle French word – “Couche”, a couch is nothing but an armless piece of furniture that was popularly used in the Victorian period and was often addressed as the fainting couch. The couches were used in order to provide a place for the ladies wearing tight fitted corsets with restricted breathing abilities. Couches generally feature one arm or no arm at all and a tapered back.

On the other hand, the term sofa is derived from an Arabic term – “Suffah” and is used for a description of a bench which has been covered with blankets and cushions. Sofas are known to feature two arms and a uniform back.

SIZE

In terms of size, there is a remarkable difference between a sofa and a couch. Sofas are designed to provide more seating space, but then they are also known to occupy more space in a room. Usually, sofas provide seating space for four. On the other hand, couches can comfortably seat two to three persons, but they do not occupy much space in a room. Another remarkable difference is that a sofa may have a pull out bed, but there is no scope for the same in a couch.

FUNCTION

In terms of function, the difference between a sofa and couch is easily visible. In most of the cases, couches are used by people for informal scenarios, for instance, sitting and talking with friends, having fun, listening to music, playing board games, and more. Couches are a perfect addition for a family room as they are designed to represent comfort.

Sofas are generally used for formal occasions or scenarios such as an occasion or gathering or a meeting being held with corporate associates or family members.  Sofas are perfect additions to a living room as they are designed to represent taste, class and style.


Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on January 14th, 2011

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