I mostly hear this item of furniture referred to as a sofa or a couch, but the other day a friend referred to it as a settee, which got me wondering what the difference really was. I did some research on the web, which didn't really provide me with the right answers, but did provide me with some great entertainment which I thought I would share with you.
Courtesy of Yahoo, here are some answers to the question "What is the difference between a couch, a sofa and a settee:
- A couch is very similar to a sofa. Derived from Middle French, couche, a couch is an article of furniture for sitting or reclining. Sofa, taken from the Arabic suffah, is a long upholstered seat usually with arms and a back. A settee is a long seat with a back or a medium-sized sofa. So there you go. Just sit your *** down and enjoy...who really cares what the difference is.
- A sofa is what an English person sits upon. A couch is what an American person sits upon. A settee is what a civilised person sits upon.
- people who use serviettes have a settee,
people who use napkins have a sofa
people who have clients have a couch
- Dogs are not allowed on couches....
you always find weird stuff down the back of your sofa.....
Your gran has/had a settee.
But you can, apparently, spill lager on all of them :o)
- about $200 between each.............
- Settee is what I call it
Sofa and couch are normally what the posh people call them
- I call it a sofa now!! But it was always "Settee" when I was a kid - I wouldn't call the word settee 'posh' like the first answerer lol!! I grew up in a council house and me mum was a dinner lady and me dad was a bus cleaner and everyone I knew in the street called it a "settee" We thought calling it a 'sofa' was posh lol!
- i think they are all synonyms in general use, but wikipedia states that a sofa and a settee are a type of couch with the settee having 2.5 seats and the sofa 3. Really??? What's the point of half a seat??
- My American friend sits on a couch.
My Granny used to sit on a settee.
- A sofa is a thing in a college dorm that is old, stained and stinks.. a couch is what you burn before/during/after a WVU game, and a settee is what rich snobs have in their formal living rooms...
Or in other words: A sofa has previously been a settee and will eventually be turned into a couch.
- You forgot Divan.
We had a Divan in the house.
- you get to know someone on a settee, proper, no hands
you put your arms around them on a sofa while watching the tele, little more relaxed
and you make out on a couch, tv off, music playing
- one is the American way to say it, and two a British ways of saying it That's it really
- I have often wondered that. I call it a settee, my hubby calls it a sofa and the kids call it a couch. No wonder the flippin dog is confused when we yell at it for sitting up there.Perhaps you know the difference....Wishing you a great week ahead.Till next timeSharon x
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