Take a Seat: American’s Comfy Couch Preferences
The sofa: It’s a staple of the American home and often the focal point of a room. And whether you’re watching television, reading a book, or just cuddling up, it’s a piece of furniture that most people spend a significant amount of time using. At Joybird, we were interested in finding out just what Americans’ preferences and habits are when it comes to the couch. So to find out, we ran a survey of 1000 individuals and asked them a series of questions.
Here’s what we found:
We wanted to look at the average for many of our questions to get a feel of everyday habits. We found that 50% of people say they spend 7 or more hours a week on their sofa. When it comes to upholstery, most people prefer a microfiber sofa and 70% of all respondents said their upholstery choice for a couch is dictated by having kids or pets.
Watching TV or a movie was the most common use for a couch and 75% of all respondents said they would rather watch TV or a movie on the couch compared to any other piece of furniture.
Getting into specifics, one of the questions we asked was on what people are most conscious of while on the sofa, both for themselves and for other people. Overall, being conscious of others eating or drinking on their sofa was the top choice at around 32%. Interestingly, when broken down by region the Midwest is most conscious of people putting their shoes on the sofa (around 33%, the highest of any region). Millennials are about 4 times are likely compared to Baby Boomers to be concerned about shoes (21.5% to 4.5%).
When it came to seating preferences, there were some distinct differences depending on the situation. At home, 45% of people prefer to lay on their sofa. At someone else’s house, 60% of all respondents said they like to sit upright and 75% of Baby Boomers said they prefer to sit that way. Interestingly, 10% of people said they are most comfortable laying down on a couch in public.
For personal space, who you’re sharing the sofa with has a big impact on the importance of your own space. For pets, 41% of people said personal space what very or extremely important and 30% it wasn’t. When sharing the couch with a partner, it was nearly reversed. 32% said personal space was very or extremely important and 40% said it was not very or not important at all. Sharing space with a friend on a sofa differentiated the most with 53% prioritizing personal space and only 13% saying it didn’t matter much or at all.
Cleaning the couch is something that sometimes goes overlooked, but we found that most people either clean their sofa occasionally (42%) or regularly (38%). Surprisingly, men said they clean their sofa regularly more than women (40% to 35%). Thankfully, only 5% of respondents said they’ve never cleaned it or can’t remember the last time.
Overall, we found that there are a number of ways that individuals use their sofa although many of us share the same habits. Sure, kids and pets might help dictate the type of fabric we want for a couch or the amount of personal space we need. But in the end, your sofa is part of who you are, supports you, and helps make your house a home.