Types of Couches Defined
If you’ve been shopping for a couch, you may have noticed there are a number of styles to choose from, including sofas, sleepers, sectionals, loveseats, daybeds, and chaises. These are all terms you've heard and seen before, but do you know what makes each piece different from the others?
Sofas, also called couches, are the most popular type of living room seating. They typically feature space for three or more occupants and have a full back and arms at both ends. Their popularity stems from the fact that they provide adequate seating without taking up too much space and they allow for a variety of setup options.
Loveseats may be thought of as smaller sofas. They offer the same full back and armrests at both ends that sofas do, but loveseats only offer room for two.
Sleepers are similar to sofas but they house a foldout metal frame and thin mattress that may be converted into a full-sized bed. This is useful if you have guests sleeping over often.
Sectionals are seating arrangements made up of several separate pieces of furniture pushed together to form a "U"- or "L"-shaped unit. They vary in size, and may consist of any combination of a sofa, loveseat, armchair/recliner, ottoman, and/or chaise. Sectionals are best suited for larger spaces.
Daybeds are highly functional pieces of furniture characterized by a twin-sized mattress and two raised ends. They also have a low back. When piled with cushions and pillows, a daybed may be used as extra seating in a living room, family room, or guest room. When the cushions and pillows are removed, the piece may be used as a bed.
Although the term is often used interchangeably with "daybed," technically speaking, a chaise is a single-person seating option that offers a backrest and support for the legs. These pieces are available with one, two, or no armrests, and the body may be straight or contoured.