The sofa: Cradle of family life
ACCORDING to a 2009 poll of British home owners, the average sofa sees nearly 300 arguments, 1,300 cuddles and 1,600 spillages in its eight years of life.
The survey by insurance firm Esure also found that the most comfortable chair in the house seats up to 782 visitors and acts as a bed for 489 of them over the same period.
For 293 nights, it provided a resting place for one family member following domestic arguments.
There is little doubt that a sofa plays an integral part in family life.
Couples who own a sofa will use it to kiss each other more than 12 times a month and cuddle up to 15 times a month, averaging 1,174 kisses and 1,369 cuddles over a sofa's lifetime.
The poll of 3,000 home owners also revealed that the average child loses four toys a month down the back of the sofa.
And, unfortunately for the sofa and its upholstery, spillages are common in most households.
The average sofa has wine spilt on it nearly fortnightly, and tea or coffee about three times a week.
In addition, children drop food and drink on the sofa three times a fortnight, or 72 times a year.
And even their parents will spill some of their dinner on the sofa six times a month.
That's a staggering average of 1,663 spillages over the sofa's lifetime. But 87 per cent of respondents would not consider getting their sofa cleaned or re-covered.
With most people taking their sofas for granted, it is important to get a good one - one that can stand up to years of use and abuse.
HTL started as a modest sofa maker in Singapore in 1976, and has since become a leading manufacturer of leather sofas and leather-upholstery hides.
Listed on the Singapore Exchange since 1993, it boasts an 8,000-strong team with manufacturing facilities in China and marketing offices across the globe.
It was recognised by Forbes Global as one of the World's 200 Best Small Companies for the three years since 2002. It was also named by Forbes Asia as one of Asia's Best Under A Billion Companies in 2005.
Those interested in a new sofa can visit the HTL warehouse outlet at 11 Gul Circle on weekends from 10am to 6pm, and weekdays from 10am to 5pm.
Sofa hunters can call 6747-5050 for an appointment.