All encompassing furniture thread

how long should a sofa last?


  • sofa
  • settee
  • couch

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The sad truth is that sofa life expectancy is gradually getting lower and lower :frowning_face:

‘A few years ago, in 2006, the average life expectancy for a “good-quality sofa,” according to a survey of prospective furniture buyers, was 7.8 years, down from 12.1 years in 1996 and 14.2 years in 1985’.

Ikea: < 5 years
Any other brand: > 10 years

I hadn’t noticed that before, it counts for enough for me to hand out a like! Congratulations!

Might be some advice in here…

Ours is a 1960s frame off ebay, with new webbing and cushions. I’d expect that to last at least 15 years before it needs to be re-webbed/re-upholstered.

was just thinking… had mine about 5 years… it still looking good (habitat) but may need to start thinking about saving for one… looking about for designs etc

We’re going for this 4 seater French Connection lad.

literally sat here looking at that chair when your pic popped up, freaked me out

We had a look at that one before we bought ours. It looked okay, and was fairly comfortable, but I wasn’t convinced by the build quality compared to (eg) the John Lewis ones of a similar look.

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Me and the GF have this sofa. It’s huge and blummin’ comfortable, only gripe is that the wee button things on the cushions fall off as soon as you look at them.

Annoyingly I cannot be doing with bed ends as I’m too tall for any standard bed and my feet start to stick out. What will happen with a bed end is my toes will tense against it in my sleep and I then wake up with incredibly painful cramp in my calf that I can barely get under control.

Ah nice, yeah we went out to park our arses on it over the weekend and it felt very nice.

FFS, those Mauritian children need to sort their act out.

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Oh hi guests we hate you so you can sit on that side. Where the chairs have no backs.


I love it! Can I come live with you?!

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I would personally have the bench on the other side

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Didn’t we have this discussion last time that picture was wheeled out?

I agree. And that is how we do it in our house. But this looks neater / provides a more welcoming seat when the table’s not in use, I guess.

I’m a big fan of your keys.


Spent a long time there looking for @anon82218317’s house keys in that picture.

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