No home is complete without a sofa, a piece of furniture which just doesn’t get enough praise these days.
If you’re like me, the best part of any day is finishing work, coming home and enjoying a glass of wine on the sofa while watching some rubbish on the television.
But the sofa goes through much more than a few warm bums in its lifetime…
In fact, the average sofa has witnessed 1,236 arguments, had 2,728 food and drink spillages on it, seen guys sleeping on it 191 times after being kicked out of bed and watched 3,135 films.
This is according to a new study by Furniture Village, who looked into what a sofa goes through during its average 11-year life span.
The survey included 2,000 people and also showed a sofa will see couples kiss 2,105 times people, watch a total of 6,509 hours of TV and play 1,430 hours of computer games.
Despite all the action the average sofa sees, amazingly 14 per cent of people admit they have never cleaned it.
Malcom Walker, Director of Product at Furniture Village, said:
A sofa is one of the most used and best-loved pieces of furniture in our home.
Far from just being a place to sit, it can be the scene of many pivotal moments in family life – whether it’s arguments and the subsequent making up or a power nap after a long day.
And for many, being able to collapse into your spot on the sofa at the end of the day can be a highlight.
But the sheer amount of time that we spend sat on a sofa, along with the number of activities we do while lounging on it can mean it needs to stand up to a lot of wear and tear – particularly if you have children.
In summary, the average sofa sees:
- 6,509 hours spent watching TV or films
- 1,430 hours spent playing computer games
- 1,842 hours spend cuddling
- 2,728 hours of reading
- 2,414 hours sleeping or napping
It’s also said to see:
- 1,390 hours of work
- 2,299 hours of phone conversations
- 2,631 phone calls
- 1,985 cuddles
- 1,236 arguments
Tears, tantrums, lost toys all feature:
- 1,007 date nights
- 2,728 spillages
- 1,338 children jumping up and down
- 2,391 times when people will fall asleep in front of the TV
- 2,099 episodes of a soap opera
- 2,105 kisses
- 3,135 films watched
- 168 lost toys
- 421 times when the remote control will be lost
- 191 times people sleep on the sofa after being kicked out of bed
Maybe we should show our sofas some more love?
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.