Sofa vs couch: What’s the difference?
Before we dive into the list, let’s set things straight. While the words “sofa” and “couch” are pretty much interchangeable these days, there is actually a difference between the two.
One big distinction between sofas and couches is the presence (or lack thereof) of arms. Sofas have arms while couches traditionally do not – it’s that simple! Another obvious difference is their seating capacities. A couch is usually smaller, seating only two to three people, whereas a sofa is capable of holding four or more guests.
Lastly, sofas and couches have different functions. While you can lounge around on armrest-less and comfortable couches, a standard sofa is meant for a more formal, sitting affair.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s check out some of the best Australian-made sofas on the market!
The best quality sofas in Australia
This is known as one of the brand’s cheapest sofas. But while cheap, the folks here deliver pieces that are fresh and incredibly versatile too. The Kent can be bought as a chair, a two-seater, a three-seater chaise option, and a modular or sofa bed. Another plus is the reversible seat cushions!
The best part? You can get it for the ultra-low price of $AUD1,299 on their website!
This leather sofa is a fantastic blend of old school, classic taste and modern technology. With the Boston’s high back cushions and electric recliners, comfort is just a click away.
You can get this sofa from their website for just $AUD2,999!
Get ready for weekend unwinding sessions to change forever – relaxing on this sofa after a long family dinner is the perfect way to end a weekend of rest and recuperation. With its soft and comfy back cushions and elegantly designed cross-grain plywood frame and walnut-stained timber feet, the Melbourne is a handsome sofa that is as stylish as it is comfortable.
You can get it for as low as $AUD2,999 on their website!
Have you ever wanted to recreate the zen-ness of spas in your home? With a smooth leather cover, a lumbar support feature, ultra-soft arm pillows, and recliner functions, the Carlton is the best comfort lounge you could ever ask for.
We suggest you get this bad boy from their website at $AUD3,800!
Though they haven’t produced a new unit since 2017, the unique corner sofas of The Sofa King have marked a serious change in the classic design of sofas. Sleek, clean, modern – these words encapsulate The Sofa King’s design ethos.
See the designs on their Facebook page.
Made of 100 percent natural leather, Secret Sofa’s Ruby is a sophisticated piece that won’t break the bank. Selling for just under $AUD1,700, this sofa is a steal! There is one minor downside though. The sofa only comes in one colour, Brumby-Naturale – but that’s a small price to pay for the quality you get.
You can get this from their website for just $AUD1,699!
Arthur G has been selling timeless, elegant furniture since 1979, so you can always expect well-crafted couches from the shop. One of their most inviting sofas is the Stanley, a “modern and streamlined [sofa] with a subtle curve”.
With a solid timber body, high-density premium foam, and Victorian ash and American oak legs, “Stanley is a sofa with presence”. Prices for their products are not shown on their website — but you can browse their catalogue or visit their head office in Huntingdale, Victoria.
With its Chesterfield design, velvet-like feel, and electric blue-green colour, this sofa is for the sophisticated homeowner with a playful edge. It’s solid hardwood materials, premium foam, and upholstered legs are just the cherry on top of this deliciously ‘80s piece.
What makes this Australian-made sofa unique (and valued at a steep price of $AUD6,890 on their website) is that it offers modular sofa flexibility – meaning you can customise it to make it your own.
This designer sofa also has several unique features. Our favourite? The wide timber shelves that can store your books and hold your coffee. The shelves come in four timber colours: Congo, smoked oak, American walnut, or natural oak.
You can also choose from an array of premium fabrics or European leather coverings to suit your style and home’s design.
It’s easy to see why the brand is called “King Living”. With their adjustable backrests and armchairs, you have the freedom to personalize the Zaza in every use. Designed by award-winning Australian designer Charles Wilson, the Zaza makes you feel like royalty.
It comes with the brand’s patented PostureFlex Seating System which not only maintains the form of the sofa throughout the years but also supports your entire body when you sit. Let’s not forget that it also comes with a 25-year warranty for its steel frame!
Though it comes at a full price of $AUD5,412, you can get it on sale from their website for as low as $AUD2,850!