Definition Of Terms
What do you call that piece of furniture used for sitting and reclining? Well, it depends where you are in the world. In America, the popular word to describe it is couch. But in the United Kingdom, they call it a sofa. Settee is sometimes used, but not that widespread. There is no problem with that. These terms are often used interchangeably. But if you want to be more accurate, there are certain differences. Settee comes from the old English word ‘setl’, which was used to describe long benches with high back and arms, but is now generally used to describe upholstered seating. Sofa is derived from the Arabic word ‘suffah’, which refers to an upholstered raised platform. It is heavier and has a thick cushion.
Types Of Settee
There are different types of settee couch:
- French style settee – has padded arms and upholstered back and seat. This is probably the most popular settee design. It is very classy and elegant.
- Chair-back settee – features a backrest which is composed of two or more distinct chair frames, making it appear that they are sharing a common seat.
- Windsor settee – a long bench with a back and sides that consist of several spindles inserted in holes at the base of the seat. This is an antique looking furniture item.
How do you know that the item of furniture you are looking at is a settee? A settee looks like a bench that has a high upholstered back. It has two arms; one on each side. It usually seats two and is more slender and upright than the usual sofa. A settee couch can be fully upholstered, or have exposed arms and frame. Aside from the living room, it can be placed in the foyer or bedroom because it is lightweight and does not take too much space. If you want glamour and elegance in your home, you can choose a settee couch instead of the regular sofa. It can be used in homes with a traditional, modern or transitional (a mix of modern and traditional) interior design theme. Homeowners who are interested in antique looking furniture and those who like historical period pieces will appreciate the beauty of this furniture item. You can now imagine yourself living in luxurious mansion in Europe. It brings a warm and romantic atmosphere. The exquisite shape and design will surely upgrade the aesthetic appeal of your living room.