Those who once dealt with purchasing furniture for their house know the real price of couches. It starts with as little as $350 and jumps up to $3000 and more. Hence, the choice of this furniture piece has to be reasonable (unless you want to waste a couple of thousand dollars).
The outer look of your couch (sofa) is far not the only thing you need to pay attention when choosing the right option. It should be comfortable to sit and lay on and make your home cozy. Also, you would want a couch “to live” as long as possible, despite your kids or pets jumping, lying and even fighting upon it.
By the way, did you notice that so far I used the term couch and left out the word sofa? I would not call them synonyms even though people use them interchangeably. So is there a sofa vs couch difference?
Let’s have a little test. How would you call the displayed piece of furniture? Is it a sofa, couch or perhaps a loveseat?
Are you expecting a catch? But really, this is just a regular couch. In fact, many people believe this whole difference is just a marketing strategy. So before you make your own conclusions, read the explanation below.
The word comes from Old French word ‘couche’ meaning ‘to lie down’ and refers to a piece of furniture with no arms (now you can rarely find couches with no arms). And because people were supposed to lie on them instead of sitting, original couches were armless.
A couch usually has no more than 3 seating cushions. They are made of soft materials to make it a good place to lie down and relax. This is a place where you are likely to chill with your family and pets in front of the TV on a Friday evening.
This word comes from Arabic language ‘suffah’ that meant a wood or stone bench covered with blankets or cushions. Sofas might not provide such a great comfort as couches but it’s all conditional. People would use the word sofa when they want to sound ‘fancier’. They are not intended for someone to lay upon, sleep in or curl up but can fit 4 or more persons.
Couch vs Sofa vs Loveseat?
Most likely, you have seen an elegant small sofa for 2 persons. Technically, you can’t call it a sofa because it’s designed for 2 or 3 people to sit on. It’s called a loveseat – a mini version of a standard sofa. Obviously, the name comes from a situation when two people who are in love and want to share the sofa together.
5 Tips to Choose a good Couch (or Sofa)
- Size matters
Consider the size in the first case. If you have a bigger living room, you’ll need to decide exactly how much of the space of your living room you need for the couch. Do you want to fit the couch only or leave out space for other chairs? Do you want a coffee table in front of one? Think about it or you’ll end up buying too small or too large sofa.
Speaking of the size, most couches seem smaller in the stores because of a huge territory. So, it makes sense to take a tape line and measure the actual size of your favorite sofas to make sure it 100% fits in your room.
- Consider the shape of your couch
Determine what shape matches the sofa’s purpose. As I mentioned earlier, if you want one to be a comfy place for family gatherings in front of the TV, you’re likely to buy a traditional straight couch for 2 or 3 people with arms on the side. Perhaps, you plan to organize parties and need a sofa that fits more than 4 persons in a row. Then, you’re likely to purchase a U- or L-shape sectional. The last option is actually great if you want to separate a living room with your kitchen or dining room. A U-shape sofa in its turn works best as a gathering area for business.
- Find your best upholstery material
It doesn’t necessarily matter how expensive or stylish a leather or suede couch can be, the functionality of this material matters more. In fact, if you consider buying a suede sofa, it can be dangerous for your children.
But when it comes leather, you will not get it wrong. A dark leather couch will always look stylish and luxurious. Herewith, it’s a last-longing and easy-to-clean material. You shouldn’t turn house cleaning into a disaster.
The other option is an outdoor fabric. It should be water and stain resistant and not fade from the sun (for instance, if one is likely to be exposed to the sun).
- Choose the style that fits your interior
The shape and the material give that one style you need to have for your home. If you have a modern interior, you are more likely pick a minimalist monochrome couch with clean lines. If your home design is a mix of several styles, you can experiment with different styles of your sofa. For instance, a vintage one with colorful accents in a modern shape. If you are interested in something more practical, pick a structured sofa or sectional that has a long-lasting fabric of a neutral color. Speaking of colors…
- Pick the color you like
People are so afraid of fun and unique prints or patterns on their sofas or couches. But as soon as they fit your room design or at least your roman shades choice, why not? Especially when there exists a re-upholstering furniture that helps customize your couch in every time you want.
But even if you consider purchasing a sofa of a neutral color or pastel tones, you can always add some color accents. For instance, bright pillows or cloaks can make your couch look completely different. Herewith, changing covers and pillows is easier and cheaper than buying a new sofa.
So, whether you are planning to buy a sofa or couch, do not make any harsh decisions. If you want to purchase one for at least 10 years, be attentive during your shopping. Read all the features and compare several options that suit you most.
I already chose the perfect couch for my living room, did you?
Lots of love,