Meet the Settee, the Couch’s Smaller Cousin
While it can often be mistaken for a sofa or couch, a settee is smaller than a sofa or couch and has a slimmer, more elegant silhouette in general. They are described as having high, straight backs, shallow seats, and tall exposed legs. Unfortunately these aren’t pieces of furniture to get too comfortable in. Generally, they are considered accent furniture. They are usually fully upholstered with slightly padded, attached seat cushions and space for two people.
It’s easy to confuse the settee with an ottoman or a bench, but there are key differences. An ottoman is a piece of low-to-ground furniture with no back or arms. Its name is derived from the famous Ottoman Empire and it was a low wooden platform piled with cushions in its original form. Today’s versions are typically upholstered. Furthermore, they double as footrests and coffee tables (to be used with a tray) and, in some cases, open to allow for storage.