What piece of living room furniture is everybody’s most popular piece of furniture in the house? Most people, after thinking for just a moment, agree on sofas. The reason is quite clear. Sofas are just way too comfortable for relaxing and lounging about. You can watch TV on them, eat on them, sleep on them, talk on them and just about anything else you can think of on them.
What is a sofa? A sofa is basically a couch, meaning that it seats more than two people and has arm rests on each end. The Arabic word “Suffah” gave us ‘sofa.’ A loveseat is also a couch or a sofa but it has room for only two people, hence a love – seat for two.
Sofas and loveseats and sofa sets all basically fall under the general category of couch, which is derived from the Old French word “couche” simply meaning “sleep,” or “coucher” “to lie down.” Although technically, a sofa loveseat set is for sitting up while a couch can be used for lying down.
A contemporary sofa set has not really changed in function for hundreds of years. It is for comfortable seating of two or more people. They are used in all parts of the world and can be finished in leather, cloth, vinyl or even cane or bamboo. It all depends on the needs, location, ideas and budget of the buyer. You can even get it with a pullout bed. Basically, the sofa is the defining piece of furniture in the living room. Where it is placed, how long it is, what color it is and what type of material it is covered in can be a time consuming decision for many households.
Whether it is a modern sofa set, sofa chair set, cheap sofa sets or an expensive leather sofa set, they all the same objective: to seat two or more people comfortably on the same piece of furniture. There are numerous sofa set designs in the furniture world today. Many furniture stores carry several designs to choose from, but if you do not see the one you had in mind on the furniture show room floor, it can be custom built by any number of custom furniture builders. It may cost a bit more to have it custom made but the option is there if you do not see what you like, when you are ready to buy a sofa set.