In 2016, a study by the consumer-focused research firm Kantar Worldpanel showed that more than a third of British people were dissatisfied with their sofa.
It found that almost two-thirds (64%) of those surveyed said their sofa was too small, compared with just 11% who felt it was too big.
Many of the problems are personal, said Kantar’s executive director, Stephen Smith.
For example, a quarter of the people surveyed were dissatisfied because the sofa’s legs did not extend far enough outwards, while more than one-third (37%) said they felt the legs would not have enough room to recline.
Many brands, however, are looking to make their stools comfortable again, with some releasing more cushions in 2017.
Apple introduced a cushioned version of its latest iPhone SE last year, but it was a limited edition with a cushier material and was made for people with larger hands.
It is also a cushions-only product, meaning that the cushioning is only on the top part of the sofa, rather than the entire sofa.
However, Apple’s move to the new model has made some people unhappy, with a survey published by Consumer Reports in September showing that nearly a quarter (24%) of consumers were dissatisfied by the new Apple cushions.
Apple is not alone.
In January, the Consumer Technology Association, which represents the leading consumer tech industry body, told The Times that it was disappointed that some of its members did not support the return of a “soft” version of the Apple cushioned sofa.