10 Interesting Facts About Sofas You Didn't Know

February 17, 2016 | Living Rooms | Furniture

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A sofa is the number one thing you get to start building the foundation of your living room. While you are out in the market for the perfect sofa (or maybe you already have ‘the one’), here are some 10 lesser-known facts about the cushy and relaxing piece of furniture you so dearly love!

1. ‘Sofa’ originated from Suffah


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Originally an Arabic word, Suffah means ‘bench’! The word dates all the way back to 2000 BC in Egypt.


Isn’t that interesting? The more you know!



2. You sit on your sofa for an average of 4 hours a day


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Statistics have shown that sofa owners spend an average of a good 4 hours on their sofas. You may be shaking your head at this fact right now but let’s just remember that the time for leisure and relaxation always seems short to us!


It’s just like how we always complain we don’t get enough sleep, really.



3. Your sofa has been there for the worst


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Not only does your sofa exist to provide you with that comfort and relaxation you need at the end of a long day, sofas are also witnesses to your arguments and fights at home! It is said that an average sofa has been witness to about 293 arguments in its lifetime.



4. And also the best!


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Sofas are just the best, aren’t they? They’re there at your worst, but also at your best!


Couples who have a sofa will kiss each other while on it for at least 12 times a month and cuddle each other at least 14 times. If you add up the math, that’s an approximate total of 1,174 kisses and 1,369 cuddles in a span of the sofa’s lifetime.



5. Sofas are secret piggy banks


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The next time you need some spare change, why not check the sides and under-sides of your sofa? Spare change may sometimes fall out from your pockets without your knowledge...and it can only accumulate!



6. And a secret Toys-R-Us


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Not only will you sometimes find spare change, you’ll also find your kids’ toys and socks stuck in the sofa’s crevices


Now here’s another place you’ll shoot straight for whenever your child loses his/her toys…



7. It sometimes doubles up as a bed


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It’s been a long day and all you want to do is to chill on your couch while watching your favorite TV show. As excited as you are to finally catch up on your TV series, you’re tired and you fall asleep instead.


Sound familiar? It’s more common than you think. It is said that sofas are used approximately 489 times as a bed!


8. Sofas are major spill-zones

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As much as you try our hardest not to spill anything on your sofa, it is said that sofas will go through a spill at least once every two weeks. For coffee and tea, the statistics are much higher – 2-3 times a week!


If you haven’t heard of anyone ever spilling stuff on your sofa, then I guess ignorance is bliss. Ever heard of just…flipping the cushion?



9. Sofas are built to last


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An average sofa can withstand kids jumping on it over and over again for 587 times. But still, this doesn’t mean you should test it out! You want your sofa to last, don’t you?



10. A sofa would live to be as old as a Primary 2 kid!


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Because you use it every single day and at different times of the day, you have to admit that your sofa does go through some serious heavy-duty work. An average lifespan of a sofa is about 8 years, 1 month and 8 days.



At the end of the day, these numbers are just the average. If you’re insistent on wanting your sofa to be completely spill-free and would love to prolong its lifespan…measures are going to have to be taken!


Besides, striving to be above average is what most of us have been told since young eh?




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