Array
Arts & Culture

A Short, Romantic History of Loveseats

Get ready to fall in love with this cute, dreamy, and space-saving seat

Shares
Photography: Michael Angelo Chua Styling: Dagny Madamba & Paula de Guzman

Imagine this situation: you're in the middle of a crowded room, and there is that magical moment where you catch a lady’s eye, and you are drawn in. She is shy, and looks away, but you inch closer to her and join her on the couch, which is so tiny—it seems to seat one-and-half people, not two—and the fit is snug. You look into her eyes again, and this time, there is no escape.

If you were lucky enough to have experienced this situation, you would have probably sat on a loveseat. It could’ve happened during Jane Austen’s time, and in the era of Downtown Abbey, or even in present-day Manila. But first, what is a loveseat, and what makes it different from a settee, or an ordinary couch, for that matter?

The Encyclopedia Britannica describes the “love seat” as a “wide chair capable of, not necessarily designed for, accommodating two people, whose intentions are implied in the name.” It is a seat for love, indeed. But according to this design blog, the original purpose of the loveseat in the 17th and 18th centuries, was to accommodate a lady and her voluminous dress of that period, as her skirt’s crinolines and panniers sometimes spanned four feet across.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

From the 19th century onwards, however, loveseats were made to fulfill its purpose, which was to seat two lovers. Victorian loveseats had S-shaped forms wherein the lovers sat front-to-back (in a seemingly neck-straining, unromantic way).  Settees are sometimes considered loveseats, but these have higher backs, and usually stiffer—wood is the common material—and thus less comfortable.

These days, the diminutive size of loveseats makes it more effective for small condo units and homes, rather than for romantic tête-à-têtes. But who’s to stop you? So sit down, hug, and snuggle to your heart’s delight. Here are five modern loveseats you’ll fall in like with. 

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares
Recommended Videos

Latest Stories

Where to Find Wall Stickers for Your Child's Bedroom (No Need for a New Paint Job!)

You can get wall stickers in lots of unique colors and designs.

The 5-Basket System: How to Declutter Your Home Once and for All

Get rid of all the unnecessary junk that may have accumulated in your home finally.

Not All Electric Fans Are Created Equal! 7 Things to Consider When Buying One

Fans are a necessity in all Pinoy homes, so make sure yours is a reliable model!

7 Ways to Brighten Dark Rooms if Your House Doesn't Get Natural Light

First tip: Update your old light bulbs!

How You Can Achieve a More Efficient Kitchen Without Remodeling!

All you need to do is organize your kitchen items and establish specific zones.

8 Ways to Store and Organize Your Pots and Pans So They Don't Get Damaged

Ever thought about using a pegboard to organize your cookware?

10 Ways to Make Your Small Living Room Look Bigger and Better

Don't let the small space limit your creativity when it comes to decorating!

Never Have a Smelly Sink Again With This One Simple Ingredient (Just Sprinkle)

Learn what you can do to make sure those nasty smells don't happen again.

Feeling Sad and Anxious? Maybe You Need a Potted Plant or a Vase of Flowers at Home!

A study found that green wonders and fresh blooms have a positive impact on one's well-being

10 Pretty Decor Pieces for an Insta-Worthy Wall

Make the most of your bare walls!

How to Pack a Suitcase Efficiently, Prevent Wrinkled Clothing

Especially if you're just bringing a carry-on!

7 Ways to Make Your Ceiling Look Higher Than It Actually Is

Take note of these decorating tricks to help you create the impression of a taller room.
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!