Settee Information


A settee is a small sofa or chair for 2 or more people with a back and usually with arms

While many people use the term settee interchangeably with sofa or couch, a settee can perhaps be best characterized as a more formal sofa; typically with fixed firm upholstery instead of larger softer detachable cushions and thinner, firmer arms.

The settee is accordingly geared more to appearance and practicality than the informality and comfort offered by a typical modern sofa or couch.

Loveseats also share many traits with settees. While loveseats take many forms, they can perhaps best be described in modern times as sofas intended exclusively for 2 people; with settees again being their more formal counterparts. With the majority of settees being designed for 2 people, they can best be defined as loveseat settees.


The term settee is thought to have derived from the old English Settle, which was a wooden panelled bench type seat for 2 people, typically with high-back, arms & under-seat storage, popular in farmhouses in the 18th century.

Following on from the settle, the hall-settee became a popular household furniture item across Western Europe in the early Georgian era; essentially being a more ornate upholstered settle, used to decorate and furnish hallways, often accompanied by matching side chairs.

Choosing the right settee

There are a wide variety of settee forms and styles available to choose from as well as a wide range of materials with the line between sofas, loveseats, benches & chaises often being blurred. For instance we stock high back settees, wooden settees, armless settees, leather settees, rattan settees and many more.

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