Kim Lempreiere from David Shaw Helps clarify what’s what and share a few tips to help you make the right selections.
COUCH, SOFA OR SETTEE?
These three are “effectively interchangeable in everyday speech” as Kim Lempreiere from David Shaw comments. Although they are in fact each slightly different. She explains the difference below. Sofa “The word ‘sofa’ has been in our vernacular the longest. The Oxford English Dictionary states that the word ‘sofa’ originates in the eastern Mediterranean with the Arabic soffah - ‘a part of the ﬂoor raised a foot or two, covered with rich carpets and cushions, and used for sitting upon.” We like the classically styled Boss Sofa by David Shaw which also reminds us a little of the seatings history.
A couch was originally used to refer to piece of furniture for one to sleep on. Taken from the French word coucher which means ‘to sleep’. It is similar to a daybed and was commonly used as the chair for psychiatric sessions (hence Freud's couch). As such, it is used more informally - a place one can put their feet up and relax.” With so much living in the lounge, couch comfort has become almost as important as a quality mattress. A good modular with chaise is perfect for curling up on to watch a movie. David Shaw’s Matteo Modular ticks all the boxes..
'“A settee is in many ways like a sofa. Unlike a couch, it must have a back. It comes from the Old English word ‘settle’, a term used to describe long benches with high backs and arms. Due to this, a conventional settee has a high back, high arms, and visible legs. However, the word is used to describe many a sofa in conversation.” A settee does not need to be fussy and old fashioned. David Shaw’s Veronica Settee is smart and contemporary.