Finding the perfect sofa for your living room is no small feat. Keep in mind, this is where you’ll be doing a lot of lounging, TV watching, gathering, reading and sometimes napping (whether you intend to or not!). This is also where you’ll entertain many a guest, so you want to choose a sofa that you not only love, but love to share and show off.
As you begin your sofa shopping journey, allow us to help you navigate through the most important steps with our 4 insider tips. You can thank us later!
1 | Know Your Style Preferences:
2 | Know Your Size Needs:
3 | Know Your Construction Basics:
4 | Know Your Customization Options:
At Living Spaces, you can customize many of our sofas through our Special Order custom upholstery program. Which means if you find the absolute perfect sofa, but want it in a different color and/or fabric, we can make that happen at no extra cost. Plus, you would receive your Special Order sofa in as little as 2 weeks in select areas.
What Is the Difference Between Couch and Sofa?
Although the two terms are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between couch and sofa – and it has to do with size and function – and etymology.
Sofa: The term ‘sofa’ can be traced back to the Arabic word 'suffah,’ which is used to describe a type of wooden bench adorned with pillows and blankets. As a result, early uses of the word ‘sofa’ referred to furniture pieces that were designed more for proper sitting and entertaining, especially in Victorian parlours.
Couch: The term ‘couch’ can be traced back to the French word ‘coucher,’ which is a verb meaning ‘to lie down.’ As a result, couches were more associated with lounging, curling up and generally getting cozy.
Couch vs. Sofa
Nowadays, couch and sofa are used interchangeably so often that the ‘true’ meaning of each is little known, but there are slight distinctions between the two. While a sofa is generally referred to a more formal piece of furniture and can seat up to four people, a couch is often associated with a cozier, more casual furniture piece that can seat two to three people.
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