Sometimes the terms sofa and couch are used interchangeably. Sofa has slightly different connotations. For some people it is an "upper class" term. Sofa may also mean a lounge type seat which may not have a back, arm pieces on the sides or may have puffier cushions than a couch. A sofa may also be smaller, like a love seat.
The term sofa comes from Arabic.
The Knole settee (sometimes known as the Knole Sofa) was a sort of deep throne seat. Davenport was a brand that was so popular that the term was used by some to refer to all couches or sofas. Divan, which was originally a mattress propped against a wall or framework to form a seat, has also become a term used to refer to a sofa or couch. Other terms include settee, chesterfield, and canapé.
- living room
- chaise or chaise lounge
- end table
- coffee table
Sofa refers to furniture in the home context, but it also has other meanings including being an acronym. Wikipedia has a disambiguation page on sofas, but points to their article on couches as the main article for the sofa furniture topic.
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