If you haven’t already read our quick guide to these 11 sofa styles then start there. This guide features another 9 settee types, to help with your couch shopping. We’ve collected these useful phrases and photos, so you can find the exact type of couch you’re looking for.
So do you know your Knole from your Divan?
Sometimes you want your sofa to be a bit varied. Sectional sofas usually contain modular elements that let you adapt your sofa to the room. Typically they are arranged in an L shape. If you want an asymmetrical sofa, chances are searching for a sectional sofa will yield what you’re looking for. You may also just want to find a corner sofa.
With sectional sofas you’re able to find different options. Maybe you want the left hand side to feature a chaise longue, or have a higher back depth along the right side. Sectional options include having no arm rest, or maybe even mixing up the color scheme for your chairs. So much variety!
The original Knole Sofa or Knole Settee started out as a type of throne. Kings and queens wanted a comfortable chair to receive guests, and the Knole sofa was initially like a daybed, suitable for relaxing in. It had support for upright sitting with adaptable arms that lay flat.
The name derives from a grand English country estate called Knole House in Kent, United Kingdom. During the 16th century the home welcomed kings and queens, and the Knole Sofa provided the perfect spot to receive visitors. An original Knole chair remains on display to the general public.
A modern-day Knoll sofa is adjustable, less robust than other sofas, but they still look quite impressive and luxurious. The high back is a strong feature, and usually the arms are just as high. Keeping the sides taut, usually the sofa’s arms and back are tightly bound thanks to a heavy and elaborately braided bullion rope wrapped around the finials.
Of Middle Eastern origin, a Divan is a long couch that stretches along a wall. It’s often without a back, instead using the wall or cushions to prop you up and keep you comfortable. Modern versions might feature a very low backrest support, or maybe you could use a long ottoman pushed against the wall to replicate this look.
Notice the round shape. Simply put, this type of settee has a sloping round back that makes the sofa feel cozy. The barrelback shape lends itself to different design styles.
A sofa is the perfect spot to recline, to rest, and to take a break. Reclining sofas take it one step further by tilting almost flat. They feature single seat sections that mean you can lounge in super comfort. Do consider however that this style of sofa is usually quite large to cover the mechanics of the folding system. Not so suitable for small apartments.
Futons have got a bad reputation. While the name derives from Japanese ‘futon’ bedding which folds away to make space in the day, a ‘futon sofa’ as we know it in the Western world has a different style (and lower quality) that doesn’t usually match up to its original counterpart.
Sofa futons refer to a rolled up mattress, which is usually stored on a sofa frame. When they first became popular, the materials were saggy and this generally led to an uncomfortable night’s sleep. But there are good ones out there now, and they really are convenient as a back up bed for visitors.
The pullout couch, a sofa bed or a sleeper sofa – this is a useful living room furniture piece for those who regularly have guests but don’t have a guest room.
Like a futon, a sleeper sofa can convert to a bed by pulling out certain parts or moving the back flat. Unlike a futon, these elements are usually all contained and the sofa stays intact. When you’re shopping for a sleeper sofa don’t forget to measure the length of the room; you want to make sure that the bed will fit when it’s extended.
Bunkbed Sleeper Sofa
You’ve seen bunkbeds with sofas, but what about sofas with bunkbeds? A surprise twist on the pullout couch, these double bed sofas are a good way to host guests when you’re short on space.
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