What's the difference between a settle, settee and sofa? A settle is the oldest term. It is a bench with additions that became more refined as the centuries passed. In the 19th century, Arts and Crafts cabinetmakers built oak settles with slat backs and open arms. A settee is a small sofa with two arms and a back, intended for two, being more upright and slender than a sofa, ideal for the entry way where guests were kept waiting. Sofas, we are all familiar with, they are intended as the main seating in the livingroom, and are usually covered in fabric or leather.
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