Sofa or Couch – Which is it?

Dear Design Diva,

What is the difference between a sofa and a couch?



Dear Confused,

Some might think the only difference between a sofa and a couch is where you grew up and which term your family used. However, those two terms do actually refer to two different items. “Couch” came from the french word “coucher,” which means “to lie down on a bed.” (Remember the popular Patti LaBelle song “Lady Marmalade” which was later remade by Christina Aquilera for “Moulin Rouge”  – Voulez vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?) That being said, couch refers to a “fainting couch” or flat bed-like surface without the typical arms and back associated with sofas. The word “sofa” came from the Arabic word “suffa” which means long seat made of wood and cushions used for comfortable seating.

Hope that clears things up. So now you have to decide if you are a couch potato or a sofa slug…


The Design Diva of Sensibly Chic Interior Design


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