Couches and sofas are different, you know?
Numerous people these days use 'sofa' and 'couch' interchangeably, but there exist some fundamental differences between them. In the olden days, for starters, couches were used to lie down upon, whereas sofas were only meant to seat people. Even today, couches are designed without armrests and seat fewer people, as against sofas which have armrests and are bigger.
The humble sofa remains an unassuming part of your existence, seeing as there isn't a more useful and versatile piece of furniture ever created. Its uses are numerous―you can have a glamorous piece that instantly transforms your living room, you can have a cozy love seat which can also double up as a reading nook, or you can even have it large enough for your impromptu guest to crash on during weekends, if you don't have a spare bed.
Didn't we tell you? Once piece of furniture, and so many uses. So if you're about to go sofa shopping in the near future, take a look at these different designs and pick one which suits your needs.
13 Types of Sofas and Couches
A sectional or a modular sofa is named for its versatile quality―it's made up of several 'sections', which can be arranged and rearranged at your will. The best part about the sectional sofa is that it can be as big, or as small as you want it to be, usually depending upon the size of your living room. You can move the pieces any time you wish to change the look of the room. These sofas are usually L-shaped or U-shaped.
The Chesterfield comes with a quilted or tufted design, usually fashioned out of leather. The arms tend to extend from the back, and are generally of the same height. As this particular piece was a constant in men's clubs of yore, the design was specially crafted for the men to be seated comfortably with their arms rested high―so as to no wrinkle their suit.
Another classic "club piece", the English rolled arm sofa was more casual as compared to the Chesterfield. It had a softer appearance, which only enhanced its comfort level. The other difference was that the arms were set lower, and the entire piece used to be tightly upholstered in fabric.
Empire sofas are grand, with a distinguished air about them. They are wood-framed; but it's not any wood frame, this. An empire sofa comes with an intricately carved frame with exposed wooden legs that are as ornate as the rest of the sofa. The arms are curved, lending it an OTT look. More often than not, it is upholstered in velvet.
MODERN ECLECTIC SOFA
Eclectic is a rather accommodating word in the world of design. It's a perfect word to describe anything which amalgamates different styles and ideas to create what is a very unique-looking product. Eclectic designs are not mass-manufactured, which makes them expensive, yet classy for those who have an eye to pick the right piece.