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We’ve all had that moment, or at least dreamed of it, the one where you reach down the back of the sofa and find a stray £5. If you’re really lucky you may even have found more – that tv remote you thought you’d lost, or the earring that disappeared years ago.
The amount of cash found down the nation’s sofas every year is well into the millions, with two thirds of Brits (65%) finding money in the last 12 months. The total amount found in the last year works out as £4.1m. Surprisingly, men find 71% more money down the backs of their couches than women, perhaps suggesting men are looser with their change or more willing to delve behind the cushions for emergency cash.
Off the back of these discoveries, the research of over 2,000 people, by sofa and carpet specialist, ScS, revealed that six out of ten (57%) clean their sofas less than once a month, whilst one in six (16%) clean theirs once a year or less.
So what do you think are the number one items people find behind their sofa? Actually scrap that, it’s probably money isn’t it. What about the weirdest things? Well, we’ve got you covered, some of these are seriously dodgy!
Wow. Quite a list.
Commenting on the research, Dale Gillespie, Head of Acquisition at ScS, said: “It’s fascinating to see how much money people have found in sofas that they’ve been sitting on for such a long time. I can imagine people reading this, while sitting on their sofa, and immediately uphauling the cushions to find who knows what!
“It’s also intriguing, and frankly, a little frightening to think what is lurking down the back of some people’s furniture.”