Things Found Down the Back of your Sofa
Any time anyone’s short of a bit of cash, someone will suggest delving down the back of the sofa for loose change. It’s a bit of a cliché, but a recent survey estimated that 60% of British sofas have money lurking in the frame somewhere. Coins can easily slip down the sides of the sofa or underneath the cushions, so could it be worth having a rummage to see what turns up? The same survey also discovered that in Birmingham alone, there’s around £75,000 lying undiscovered in sofas. It’s certainly worth a try.
We all know a secret snacker who eats chocolates when they think nobody’s looking and then stealthily hides the wrappers down the back of the sofa. It’s perhaps not the most hygienic way to dispose of your discarded foil and paper, so providing a wastepaper bin in the living room may persuade the secret sweetie eaters to dispose of their wrappers in some other way.
Most of us eat on the sofa, whether it’s full meals or just the occasional packet of crisps or biscuit. Crumbs inevitably drop down into the body of the sofa, and over time the food particles might even build up to problem levels. Crumbs might attract mice or ants, and depending on the type of food, may create mould or smells as they decompose. Not eating on the sofa would be the obvious remedy for this problem, but if you can’t bear not to snack, then either cover your sofa with a throw, or get one of those little handheld vacuum cleaners to easily clean up any crumbs before they have the opportunity to create an issue in your home.
Small items of jewellery can easily come loose and slip into the hidden crevices of your sofa. Once that precious earring has disappeared into the depths of your sofa it can be impossible to retrieve, unless you get an upholsterer to dismantle your sofa, find the jewellery and then put it back together again. This isn’t cheap, so is really only an option for the most expensive pieces of jewellery. If you know that the clasp on your favourite bracelet is broken, or notice that the back of your earring is missing put them away somewhere safe, or risk them disappearing forever.
We all have multiple remote controls in the living room these days for the television, cable television, DVD player and other gadgets too. Many companies which make remote controls stress how small and easy to handle their units are, but is this necessarily an advantage? Not when you’re trying to fish a tiny remote control out of the back of the sofa. There are gadgets and baskets designed to help with this problem which hang over the side of a sofa and armchair and can be used to keep your remotes close at hand. Alternatively, look out for one of the remotes which can be used to control all the technology in your home with one remote rather than having several, each doing a separate job.
Embrace the Fact You’ll Lose Things
There is another way to look at this whole issue of losing things down the back of the sofa. Back in 2010, Japanese designer Daisuke Motogi created an armchair which is made up of lots of cubes sewn together, with slots between. The recesses in the seat can be used to store mobile phones, remote controls, books and anything else you might ordinarily have sitting on the arm of the chair. It’s a smart design which will certainly counter the problem of losing things, but the designer price tag might put people off.
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