True to the American language, the world of furniture and design doesn’t shy away from synonymous terminology. If you’re from Pittsburgh and you’ve ever ordered a ‘pop’ in another state, you know this quite well. This can lead to many ‘this or that’ discussions (i.e. is it pop or soda?). Our very own Perry and Lora are the royal king and queen of ‘this vs. that’ creative discussions (a synonym for arguments), but, in these cases, there are no clear cut winners.
Couch vs. Sofa
Definition: A piece of furniture for seating three or more people in the form of a bench, with or without armrests, that is partially or entirely upholstered, and often fitted with springs and tailored cushions
Couch vs. sofa has long been a debate. Which term is correct? What is the difference between the two? But the reality is the two are quite interchangeable – both refer to a piece of furniture ideal for two or more persons to sit or recline on. If you were to walk into any of our PerLora showrooms, our designers would know exactly what you were looking for whether you asked for a “couch” or a “sofa”. It is true, however, that “couch” does seem to be a more casual term, while “sofa” is typically more acceptable within the industry.
The only difference truly worth noting, though? There’s no such thing as a ‘Sofa Potato’.
Couch Bed vs. Sleeper Sofa
Definition: Typically, a sofa or couch which underneath its seating cushions hides a metal frame and thin mattress that can be unfolded or opened up to make a bed
Again, this is all preference. If you’re more of “couch” person odds are you’ll more than likely call this piece a “couch bed”, if you’re a fan of the term “sofa” then you’ll probably call it a sleeper sofa. Either way, these two terms represent the same groundbreaking piece of convertible furniture that has forever changed apartment and loft living.
Essentially, it’s equally cozy whether you cuddle on a “couch bed” or “sleeper sofa”.
Coffee Table vs. Cocktail Table
Definition: A low table, typically placed in front of a sofa (or couch)
A coffee table is essentially the same as a cocktail table. Both are tables placed in front of the sofa (or couch) and both are used for entertaining guests.
The most important difference is whether you use the table to place coffee or cocktails! 😉
Lamp vs. Light
Definition: A device for giving light
You’ve probably heard someone ask you to “Turn off the light!” before. We’ve experienced similar conversations at PerLora. We’ve had many individuals come to our showrooms and explain that they need “a new light” or “new lights” for their living room, bedroom, and so on. Light or lamp – we know exactly what you’re looking for.
We don’t want to sound biased, but Anchorman totally wouldn’t be the same if Brick said, “I love light.”
Whether you’re purchasing a single piece or starting a whole house makeover, a new design project can be daunting. PerLora is home to eight passionate Interior Designers that are here to help you along the way. Get in touch to schedule an in-home consultation with one of our design experts.