Is there a difference between a sofa and a couch?

It’s easier to imagine an apartment with a sofa or a bed. Comfortable designer bedding sofas can become a natural decoration of the apartment. It is the main detail of every interior.

Today, on the market, there are many couches and sofas. But is there a difference between them? Below is the article we will analyze the difference between the two interior elements.


So, what is the difference between a couch and a sofa?

“Couch” was initially referred to as furniture intended for leaning or sitting on. In the past, this was enormously practical for ladies in tight corsets – they could make themselves comfortable in it or lie down to take a relaxing breath.

The word “sofa” is derived from the Arabic “suffer”. This refers to a bench that is decorated with pillows and blankets.

Thus, the couch and the sofa are, per the origin of the term, seating. But what is the difference? Here is the answer:

  • The sofa always has two armrests, while the couch can do without or with only one. Likewise, the sofa has a lower backrest than usual. In addition, the couch can only accommodate one to three people – the sofa, on the other hand, can be occupied by four or more people.
  • And there is another difference: the sofa does not need feet – but the couch does.

Nowadays, however, the difference is hardly significant. Take a look at furniture store catalogs or decorating magazines. You’ll see that the two terms are used almost synonymously – if only because the modern sofa – or couch, for that matter – contains elements of both. Or can you say with certainty that you have a couch or a sofa? Of course, the couches and the sofa can be interior decorations.

How to choose a sofa?

The first thing to do is to determine how much space you have. Measure the place where you want to place your couch. This will give you a range in which you can select your sofa – in this case, filter functions on our category overview page will be beneficial. So you can easily view all couches up to a specific width.

If you have chosen a model and want to know if it will fit in your room, you can get an idea of its spatial effect by placing boxes or blankets of the given dimensions on the floor. Check if you can easily walk past it and if there is no door or furniture door at the planned place.

Necessary for comfort is the depth of the seat. Ideally, it should be such that you can lean back and put your legs at right angles. The lower the heart, the smaller the seat depth usually is. Classically, one finds a value of 52 to 55 cm.

Big sofas usually have a significantly greater seat depth. They are, therefore, not necessarily intended for upright, reclined sitting but for lying down, sitting cross-legged, or with legs drawn up (in short, lounging around). This is precisely why they are perceived as very comfortable.

Eddie Bowers
Eddie Bowers
With an eye for design, I have always loved home improvement. Whether it's making a house look bigger by painting walls white, adding a new kitchen, or finding the perfect piece of furniture, there is something out there that can make a space feel more comfortable and inviting. I love to explore the latest trends in home decor, as well as home repair, so I can help people find solutions for projects and projects. My articles aim to provide the latest tips and tricks, help people understand home improvement terminology, and inspire them to take on their home improvements. I am passionate about creating content that can help people solve problems, and I'm excited to use my skills and writing experience to help people through home improvement, home repair, and interior decorating.