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Old 09-12-2016, 02:58 PM
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What do you call a one-person sofa?

If it fits three people, it's a sofa. If it fits two people, it's a love seat. If it fits one person, it's what?
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A chair.
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How do you distinguish that from every other kind of chair?
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Why would you? There are many chairs which are heavily padded, with or without arms. They're still chairs. What distinguishes a "one-person sofa" from a chair?

I suppose if you're thinking of something you could lie on, you might be thinking of a chaise longue which is a sort of one-person sofa. But for sitting? It's a chair.
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Old 09-12-2016, 03:04 PM
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It's a comfy chair.
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Old 09-12-2016, 03:05 PM
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Yeah, I feel like to be a sofa or a loveseat, it has to obviously seat more than one person.
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Old 09-12-2016, 03:05 PM
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How do you distinguish that from every other kind of chair?
What kind of chair are you defining as a one-person sofa? Are you thinking about an upholstered chair?
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It's a comfy chair.
Thank you, Cardinal Fang.
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Old 09-12-2016, 03:26 PM
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Well, there's a recliner, although I think they make those for two people as well.

I have a padded, upholstered seat in the living room with an ottoman next to a floor lamp for my use.
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Old 09-12-2016, 03:32 PM
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Armchair, perhaps? Matches the couch/ottoman, but seats one.
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Old 09-12-2016, 03:35 PM
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Definitely comfy armchair!
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Old 09-12-2016, 03:39 PM
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Another option that hasn't been mentioned: the wingback chair.

Armchair is the term I'd use as the most generic, though. A wingback chair has a particular style of back/sides/arms that wouldn't apply to all "one person sofas."
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Old 09-12-2016, 03:42 PM
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Fatass the chair.
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Old 09-12-2016, 03:47 PM
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Chaise longue.
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There's also the odd thing called a "chair and a half" which is sort of halfway between a chair (seating one comfortably) and a loveseat (seating two comfortably).
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It's a comfy chair.
Yes.
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Old 09-12-2016, 04:00 PM
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Definitely comfy armchair!
But is it too comfy?
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I think this fits a bit better in IMHO.
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Old 09-12-2016, 04:25 PM
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I always called them an easy chair or a living room chair.
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Probably a recliner. A sofa, by definition, affords the opportunity to lie flat and/or put your feet up, which you can't do in just any old chair.
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I always called them an easy chair or a living room chair.
Yep, easy chair .
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Old 09-12-2016, 06:11 PM
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They're all couches to me. Except one seaters. That's a chair, obviously.

My grandparents used to have a 4-seater. Not one of those that turns a corner, it was just instead of 3 seats it had 4. Any special names for those? They always called it a "davenport" but that's also what they called 3 seaters.

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Old 09-12-2016, 06:39 PM
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Tim.
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There's also the odd thing called a "chair and a half" which is sort of halfway between a chair (seating one comfortably) and a loveseat (seating two comfortably).
I was under the impression that it's an oversized chair for an oversized person, so it would seat one person comfortably.

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Old 09-12-2016, 07:05 PM
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"Easy chair." "Recliner" if it has some mechanism to let the sitter lean back, with or without a rising footrest.
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There's also the odd thing called a "chair and a half" which is sort of halfway between a chair (seating one comfortably) and a loveseat (seating two comfortably).
I had one of those; it was great. Deeper than normal too. Great for falling asleep in, and extra great for when the dog wants to sit with you.
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Old 09-12-2016, 07:24 PM
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I remember on one of the home improvement shows on HGTV, the designer used a chair-and-a-half that could be unfolded to make a single, twin-size bed. That seemed a good idea for a guest.
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Old 09-12-2016, 10:29 PM
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[koan]What is the sound of one cushion couching?[/koan]
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Old 09-13-2016, 12:56 AM
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An easy chair.
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Old 09-13-2016, 02:27 AM
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Armchair.
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Old 09-13-2016, 03:09 AM
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The only couch meant for one is a Fainting Couch.

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Old 09-13-2016, 09:55 AM
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Ha! A couch (or chesterfield) is meant for one person. Stretched out to read on or nap as required with or without cat asleep on your chest.
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Old 09-13-2016, 10:07 AM
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Is it just me or does anyone else have difficulty shaking the feeling they should be fed grapes by servants while reclining upon these?
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They are all named Zem.
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NM, that's the mattresses.

The chairs are named Tim, as posted above.
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Old 09-13-2016, 10:25 AM
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I would call the kind of comfy armchair or easy chair that looks like a sofa-for-one a club chair
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Old 09-13-2016, 10:35 AM
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I would call the kind of comfy armchair or easy chair that looks like a sofa-for-one a club chair
The Wikipedia article is interesting in that the original French name for this kind of chair translates to "comfy chair" (OK, fine "comfortable armchair").
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This is an area where the English language really falls short. In German, the word you are looking for is Sessel. I can't believe that chair would be a word to describe this item, when a chair can already b everything from a desk chair with wheels to a dining chair.

Which makes you think, how amazing the learning capabilities of toddlers are, to put these very different looking items in the same category. I've sometimes thought about the sort of abstraction that goes into that. If you were to define an algorithm that describes "chair", you would have to have some very precise wording in order for something like a computer to understand you, but kids learn it just like that.
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Old 09-13-2016, 11:43 AM
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This is an area where the English language really falls short. In German, the word you are looking for is Sessel. I can't believe that chair would be a word to describe this item...
The word is "armchair," as has been mentioned about three times. "Sessel" translates as such.
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The word is "armchair," as has been mentioned about three times. "Sessel" translates as such.
I'd argue that the term "armchair" includes such non-sofa-like chairs-with-arms as Aeron chairs, Dante chairs and Adirondack chairs.
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Lay z Boy.

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I was under the impression that it's an oversized chair for an oversized person, so it would seat one person comfortably.
From experience, they are for one normal sized person, a book and a dog. (They really are awesome).
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Old 09-13-2016, 04:23 PM
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I'd argue that the term "armchair" includes such non-sofa-like chairs-with-arms as Aeron chairs, Dante chairs and Adirondack chairs.
Nope. Try an image search for "armchair."
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Old 09-13-2016, 08:07 PM
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It's "my chair." It took a long time to get the ass groove just right, so please get off it. Right now.
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Old 09-13-2016, 08:15 PM
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Thank you, Cardinal Fang.
And here I was ready with the soft cushions.
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Is it just me or does anyone else have difficulty shaking the feeling they should be fed grapes by servants while reclining upon these?
Is this you?

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And here I was ready with the soft cushions.
Have you got all the stuffing up one end?
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Nope. Try an image search for "armchair."
Try a dictionary search, yourself.
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Good god almighty.
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Old 09-14-2016, 05:36 AM
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The term I thought of (other than just "chair") was "overstuffed chair".
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Try a dictionary search, yourself.
OK. Can you cite anyone dealing in actual furniture using "armchair" to describe the types you mentioned?
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