How to Draw a Couch

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Arthur: Ford?
Ford: Yes?
Arthur: I think I'm a sofa.
Ford: I know how you feel.
- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

A couch is a piece of furniture designed to seat two or three people. Couches are usually upholstered (covered in fabric), with arms and a back for leaning against. Some couches recline or pull out to form a bed.

Depending on where you are from, the couch goes by many names - sofa, settee, futon, divan, davenport, lounge, canapé, or chesterfield. Couches designed to seat only two people are sometimes known as loveseats.

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Couches have been around since ancient times, although their appearance and use somewhat differs. For example, in the ancient Middle East, couches were used for reclining at the dinner table. Did you know? the word "couch" comes from a French term meaning "to lie down." The word "sofa" comes from the Arabic terms for "bench" and "mat."

Couches are symbols of the common room in a family home, often known as the "living room." They can also depict a sedentary lifestyle, as in the term "couch potato."

Would you like to draw a cartoon sofa? This easy, step-by-step cartoon furniture drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Throne, Table, and Bed.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Couch

How to Draw Couch: Step 1

1. Begin by using curved lines to enclose an irregular rectangle shape. This forms one of the back cushions of the couch.

How to Draw Couch: Step 2

2. Use three curved lines to enclose a second rectangle next to the first. This forms the remaining rear cushion.

How to Draw Couch: Step 3

3. Use curved lines to enclose two irregular shapes, formed roughly like rounded parallelograms, beneath the two cushions. These shapes form the seat cushions of the sofa.

How to Draw Couch: Step 4

4. Erase a portion of the near cushions to make way for the couch’s arm. Enclose a rounded rectangular shape, noting the bulge at the top corner. Use a curved line to enclose a keyhole shape at the front, giving the couch a three-dimensional appearance. Enclose two small shapes between the top of the rear cushion and the arm, forming the back of the sofa.

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How to Draw Couch: Step 5

5. Draw the far couch arm. First, outline a keyhole shape at the front of the couch. Then, connect it to the back cushion using a straight line.

How to Draw Couch: Step 6

6. Use curved lines to enclose narrow rectangles below the seat cushions, forming the fronts of the cushions.

How to Draw Couch: Step 7

7. Use curved lines to enclose a rectangular shape below one of the couch cushions. This forms the dust ruffle at the front of the couch.

How to Draw Couch: Step 8

8. Use curved lines to enclose rectangles beneath the remaining cushions and the near arm. Connect their corners using a short curved line. This completes the outline of the couch.

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How to Draw Couch: Step 9

9. Draw decorative throw pillows, erasing as necessary. For each pillow, enclose a rounded square, then detail it with curved lines at its corners, sides, and center.

How to Draw Couch: Step 10

Color your couch. Couches come in many colors and patterns to match all tastes and décor.

When you are finished, fill your rooms with even more cartoon objects using our drawing guides.

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