Couch, Sofa, Davenport

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  1. Yvonne Smith

    Yvonne Smith Very Well-Known Member
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    These are all names for one type of furniture that we all know and most of us have one in our homes. The same piece of furniture can also be called a loveseat, or even a settee.
    If they have a mattress inside and fold out into a bed, they are usually known as a hideabed. If there is a back, and only one end piece, then they are usually called a chaise lounge.

    When I was growing up, my mom and dad called it the "daveno" ; but I have since discovered that many people have never heard of this word. Now, it seems like most people just call it a couch, and if it is a very nice one, then it is often referred to as a sofa.
    One popular brand of couches was made by the Davenport company, and the name began to be used generically for any couch, similar to how "Kleenex" became the word to describe any kind of facial tissue.

    What names did you grow up hearing that referred to a couch or sofa ? Apparently, daveno was popular in the northwest part of the United States, which would explain why I would have learned it growing up in Idaho.

    This is our little Sheba Pom (passed away several years ago) enjoying the chaise lounge.
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    awwww cute picture Yvonne...

    I've never heard of the word Daveno, but as you say probably because it's indigenous to North America...

    I grew up calling them , settees (and we also had a chaise lounge) which was a lush green braided tapestry style ....but since being an adult I 've always called them Sofas or couches...but mainly I refer to mine as sofas..


    I've also had Futons...not the roll down mattress type of a wooden bench style but a little bit more upholstered...like this very similar one to one I had in my spare room ...however my father always called these bed Settees.. ...


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    Yes you;re right , they are really comfy Patsy, because they are 'sprung''...also you have the benefit of storage underneath too as well :)..
     
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    Would be too long to fit me space - damn and blast !! :rolleyes:
     
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    That's a shame, but you can get shorter ones...and also some with only one end on (one arm)... which would take up less space too..
     
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    No I need arms Holly otherwise I'll tip over the side ..............:p
    So, I can get shorter ones, I'll check that after Christmas, thanks me darlin' :)
     
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    Daveno : "........ daveno also refers to a sofa or couch. This terminology was more widely used in the 1950s and 1960s, particularly in the Pacific Northwest".
     
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    I usually call it a 'couch' but when I hear someone else call it 'sofa' in a conversation I do as the Romans do. Kind of like that with 'soda' and 'pop' too. I won't go into the tomato/potato thing. :rolleyes:
     
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    Language changes everyday, and we don't have to like or dislike it. We get to choose our own words. I like that.
     
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    To me it's always been a couch- except for the smaller ones called loveseats.
     
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    Generally, its a couch. However, while I was in California, they were referred to as sofas. I could have picked davenport out as a synonym but have never heard anyone use it as a word.
     
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    I usually say couch or sofa, know what a Davenport is but have never heard anyone use that word.

    I also use couch the most but have used sofa.
     
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    Aussies call it a Lounge ..or in the case of two single lounge chairs and a 2/3 seater it would be a lounge suite
    We have what is called a recliner lounge suite :D:)
    The forum is very educational ,learning what people in other countries call items in and around their homes
    :)
     
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    @Kate Ellery
    Agreed, and understood! Where I grew up a "lounge" meant only one thing: saloon, bar, or speak-easy, depending on whether or not the owner had a blind pig. :rolleyes:
    Frank
     
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    The picture of that futon isn't a futon.. if it has storage underneath, it is a "click bed".. You pick up the front till you heard a click, and the back drops down, it is a click bed..
    A futon is similar but it doesn't open up the same way and it doesn't have any storage underneath..

    Coming from Montreal where I lived, we called it a sofa..
    In French, it was called "un divan".. Probably from the word davenport..
    When we moved to Northern Ontario, I noticed folks calling it a davenport.. I had heard that name before..
    A couch was generally referred to as sectional pieces put together to make a long seating couch..
     
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    We call the long 3 seater a couch and the 2 seater a loveseat. If it has the bed in it we call it a sofabed.

    What about recliner also called a lazyboy
     
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    If it has a pull-out bed, we call it a "hide-a-bed"....
    They can be single beds, double beds, or queen size beds...
     
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    I think we called them settees at home as a child, I only use the word sofa now......never heard of a davenport, but it reminds me of the beer my dad had delivered each week...

     
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    I think that since the word "Davenport" is actually a manufacturer name, like "Kleenex", and "Lay-Z-Boy", those terms are probably originally used to describe the item by people who actually used those brand names. I only ever remember seeing tissues in the store that were made by Kleenex, and that was what everyone called them.
    Now, there are all kinds of other brands, and generic brands, and they are usually just called tissues, or facial tissues, although the word Kleenex is still in use.
    The same thing with furniture. One of the most well-known brands of recliners is named Lay-Z-Boy recliners, and that has become a name used to describe any make of recliner. The Davenport company made couches (sofas), and probably they were affordable enough that many people had them; and just learned to call them a Davenport.
    Another item that has come to be called by the name of the developer, is the bathroom toilet. It was originally designed by a man named "Crapper", and from there, we have gotten the (very uncomplimentary ) name that the toilet is referred to as.
     
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