Study: Average American couch is 6 years old & has been napped on 36 times

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A new study conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Rove Concepts examined the home stylings of 2,000 Americans. (Photo by The Creative Exchange on Unsplash)

The average American couch is six years old, holds $1.55 in change and has been cried on 17 times — according to new research.

A study examining the lifespan and usage of the average American couch (among other home furnishings) unearthed how many life moments happen on those cushions.

America’s typical couch has also been napped on 36 times, played host to 32 catch-ups with family and friends and nursed us through 21 sick days so far, according to results.

While 70 percent of Americans rate their couch as comfortable overall, more than one-fifth said their couch is faded and a similar number said it’s now totally outdated.

The survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Rove Concepts examined the home stylings of 2,000 Americans as well as pinpointing how long people expect things to last nowadays and where things could improve.

Sadly, less than half (44 percent) of those polled were proud of the way their home looks, with one in ten going so far as to say they are embarrassed by the appearance of their home.

With so many far from contented with their furnishings and layout, the study pinpointed the age at which respondents think you are ready to ditch the flatpack or cheap furniture and invest in more permanent pieces.

The results found that people think the average person should have “grown up” furniture by the age of 28 years old.

So what exactly is “grown up” furniture? Well according to the study, buying a dining table, dining chairs, and a couch all make people officially into adults.

Other top “grown up” buys included: a mattress, bed frame, coffee table, dresser, arm chair, and TV stand.

A spokesperson for Rove said:

“The furniture you select are a reflection of how you want to feel in your living space. These pieces become a part of the everyday moments that truly make a living space your home.”

Despite wanting to be an adult and proud of the space, furniture just isn’t people’s top priority when it comes to upgrades.

Those survey revealed that they expect to replace a cellphone on average every 4.33 years whereas a bed frame only gets swapped out every 9.21 years.

Even still, replacing furniture is sitting on the to-do list for a lot of people — the average person hasn’t purchased a single new piece of furniture in 2.85 years.

Nearly two in five are dreaming of a new mattress while almost one in four would love a new bed frame, dining table, or TV stand.

Three in ten are ready to move on from their current couch too and want to find another one.

The spokesperson for Rove Concepts added:

“A high quality piece of furniture transcends function and becomes an essential part of your life for years of lasting memories.”


Dining table 36%

Dining chairs 35%

Couch 34%

Mattress 31%

Bed frame 30%

Coffee table 26%

Dresser 26%

Arm chair 25%

TV stand 24%

Sectional 22%

Night stand 22%

Side table 20%

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Mattress 38%

Couch 34%

Bed frame 24%

Dining table 24%

TV stand 24%

Dining chairs 23%

Dresser 21%

Coffee table 20%

Arm chair 19%

Night stand 17%

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Dresser 12%

Couch 11%

Bed frame 10%

Dining table 10%

Coffee table 8%

Mattress 8%

TV stand 8%

Night stand 5%

Side table 5%

Dining chairs 4%

Sectional 2%

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