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Armchair, Occasional Chair, or 'Accent Chair'? Sofa, Couch or Lounge? All of these are used to describe a place to perch and rest your weary feet, but what exactly is the difference?

Here, we'll unveil the mystery behind what sets these chairs apart to help you find the perfect one for you.

 

NOFU 651 Chair

The Occasional Chair

An Occasional Chair is just that - a chair that is used occasionally, though this is not to detract from its importance. This is a chair that can be moved from room to room when required and is perfect when you find yourself with an excess of guests to entertain. 

Not only does an Occasional Chair provide functionality by offering extra seating, they're also often selected for their decorative purpose, either bringing the look of a room together or else adding a splash of colour and contrast.

While armchairs are typically completely upholstered, the Occasional Chair is incredibly versatile and can come in various styles, colours, shapes and materials. They are often partly upholstered with part of the timber frame on display. 

 

                    Anders Chair                                                              Mellow Chair                                    

The Accent Chair

An Accent Chair can be used to pick up on a particular colour within the theme of a room, adding visual interest and pulling a colour scheme together. They're also often a different style to the furniture they are placed with, usually upholstered in a different patterned fabric to the rest of the furniture in the room.

Although often used in living spaces to accommodate extra guests, they can also be used to add visual interest and a sculptural component to your bedroom or study. 

A beautiful example of a statement Accent Chair is our Icelandic Pampa Mariposa. Made from the wool only found on one in 100 sheep, this chair really is one of a kind.

 

Dedo Lounge Chair

The Lounge Chair

The ultimate in pure pleasure, a Lounge Chair really does add another level of luxury and comfort to your living room. In its strictest definition, a Lounge Chair is an recliner, typically paired with an ottoman, designed for, well, lounging.

Lounge Chairs specifically don't recline. That is, they're built in a permanently reclined position that can't be adjusted by the user, which is the key feature that differentiates them from recliners.

Lounge Chairs are a beautiful addition to your living room and can provide structural interest as well as the perfect place to relax.

 

  Mango Armchair

The Armchair

Like a faithful old friend, the perfect armchair is comforting, cosy and supportive. There's nothing quite like sinking into your favourite armchair after a hard day's work with a steaming cup of tea or glass of earthy pinot.

Technically, an armchair is defined as "a large, comfortable chair with side supports for a person's arms", but there's so much character and personality that underpins this home staple.

For whatever reason, armchairs can immediately create a sense of calm and tranquility within your home, most likely due to its main function of offering a place of rest and comfort. Typically armchairs can be found in the living room, however they are also appropriately placed in a cosy study nook or bedroom corner.

 

The Hold Sofa                                                              Dwell Sofa

The Couch

While there is very little difference between a Couch and a Sofa, they are differences worth noting - if not for actual use, then at least for having one more fun fact in your party conversation arsenal.

The term "Couch" comes from the French word "coucher," which means "to lie down". There is however speculation that it may also come from the French word "couche", which is used to describe a piece of furniture with no arms used for lying, though it's rare to find Couches without arms these days. 

The main difference between a Couch and Sofa is that a Couch is typically thought of as a more casual, relaxed version of its sofa counterpart.

 

The Francis Sofa

The Sofa

The word "Sofa" comes from the Arabic word "suffah," which describes a wooden bench that's covered in cushions and blankets, though this piece of furniture has come a long way since then!

Though there are subtle differences between a Couch and Sofa, the term "Sofa" is typically used in the furniture and interior styling industries and is seen as a slightly more formal version of a couch. Whatever you call it, updating your sofa is one of the best ways to breathe new life into your living spaces.

 

So, Armchair, Occasional Chair, Sofa or Couch... while you may not necessarily use these terms in day-to-day conversation, when choosing the right piece for your home, knowing the small nuances will likely help you define exactly what you're looking for!


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