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What’s The Difference Between Sofas and Loveseats?

What's The Difference Between Sofas and Loveseats?

Buying sofas can become quite confusing, quite quickly.

There are actually many different types of small sofas and it can be hard to tell them all apart.

So, what is the difference between your regular sofa and a loveseat?

And which should you buy for your living room, guest room, or master bedroom?

We asked some upholsterers for their opinion and this is what they told us.

Loveseat Sofas Vs The Traditional Sofa

To be fair in many ways, there’s not much difference between love seats and sofas. So, let’s take a look at what they have in common before we look at their differences.

What Do They Have In Common?

Both options will comfortably seat an adult or more. You can find either in living room sets throughout the nation.

They are bench-style seats and most will offer additional seating beyond that of a single comfortable chair.

They tend to be built using a wooden frame construction method and most will have an upholstered seat area (and sometimes more).

Both sofa options also provided springs and cushioning to give support to those using them.

If they are originally intended to be part of a set, these mini sofas will tend to have the arms, backs, legs, seat height, etc. all of a similar proportion.

It’s worth noting that we are talking about sofa options here that are ideal for a small space or a smaller than average living room.

They are both a modern evolution of the fainting couch (a piece of furniture that is rarely available among modern reclining options, more’s the pity).

What Are The Differences?

There are some key differences between the two too.

Most importantly, a love seat is a smaller than average sofa. You will normally only get two people onto a loveseat whereas a sofa can be designed to hold many more people.

Thus folks with small spaces to furnish tend to opt for loveseats. This is the biggest difference between a sofa and a loveseat and you will tend to find that loveseats are uniformly sized too.

This means that if you want a focal piece of furniture for your room – it’s best to go with a sofa. But if you want an accent piece? Then you could well be best off with a loveseat. (See our guide on how to choose the right color sofa for your living room before you buy either, mind you).

What To Choose? Consider Your Living Space

Loveseat vs couch really comes down to the space you’re going to put it in. While there are many variations of couches, loveseats are small and they’re meant to go in smaller places.

They will look lost in a large living room unless you’re using them as additional seating to shore up your main couch (or couches).

Whereas in, say, a spare bedroom a loveseat might be all that you can accommodate alongside the bed.

Final Thoughts On Sofas And The Furniture Industry

Whether you’re furnishing a man cave or a living room, you’re going to need some seating space and there’s no doubt at all that sofas and loveseats are excellent options for this.

The choice really boils down to a question of the size of the space though as loveseats are simply smaller than regular couches. If you want to seat two or more people and have the room? You need a sofa. If not? You need a loveseat.

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