Have you ever noticed that pillows on a couch are like the icing on a cake, and if they aren’t perfect the couch looks odd? While many people don’t think much about throw or decorative pillows, they accessorize your couch and make it look complete.
As for their structure and shape, sofas usually feature two armrests and a uniform back while couches generally feature one armrest or none at all and a tapered back.
Other features include rolled or square arms, upholstery, exposed legs and usually no back cushions. We love how the designers integrated a camelback-inspired sofa in the photo above, giving it an informal, inviting appearance.
Dating to the 18th century, the Chesterfield sofa has an interesting story behind it. The fourth Earl of Chesterfield, England, is said to have been the first to commission one, specifically requesting a furniture element that would allow a man to sit upright comfortably so his suit would not wrinkle.
The differences between a sofa and a couch are not exactly striking. The two are actually very similar but differences do exist. So don’t make the mistake of thinking they’re synonyms. Once you learn the characteristics that define each piece, you’ll never mistake one for another again.
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