Will Sleeping on My Couch Ruin It?



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The idea that sleeping on a couch will wear it out in all the wrong places has been a long-held belief of many a furniture owner, but is there really any truth behind the claim?

Frequency of Use

Let’s think about this for a second. Generally speaking, couches are made for sitting. Sitting consolidates a person’s weight in one location on the couch, whereas sleeping kind of spreads it out. Given people’s tendencies of developing habits when it comes to living-room seating, it would stand to reason that a few sleep sessions is hardly more damaging than years of you sitting in the same spot – which you are inclined to do.

The problem is when couch-surfing becomes the norm. Even the most resilient couch cushions flatten out after repeated use and the effect can be made worse when a sleeper’s rump slips in between the cushions and remains there for hours, eventually warping them.

Duration of Use

As alluded to above, the real problem with sleeping on the couch is the length of time you spend there. Sitting on a couch for a few hours is one thing; sleeping on it regularly is different story. Note here the difference between napping (good!) and sleeping (maybe not so good) on couches.

So, nap away. This is arguably a couch’s finest purpose and not napping it is an abuse of its utility. Just try to keep those naps under fours long and your cushions will thank you for it. And, speaking of cushions …

Springs vs. Padding

Some couch cushions have padding only and others also contain springs for added bounce (not to mention pillow-top cushions, down-filled cushions and other fancy options). Those springs can put a lot of zing in a couch cushion, but they will eventually wear down. It’s just what springs do, and it’s typically more noticeable when they do than when pads flatten over time.

Of course, that’s not a comment for or against springs – it’s more of a note for people who own couches with springs that they may want to be more vigilant about people snoozing overnight on them.


Too much sleep will ruin anything, including a good couch. It will depend on the durability of the cushions, the size of the sleeper and many other things, but the short story is that couches should be reserved for sitting and napping – unless somebody’s in the doghouse.

ATGStores.com hopes your couch lives a long and bouncy life.

The American Furniture Classics "Sierra Lodge" sofa, which looks perfect for snoozing, features thick cushions packed with high-density foam that may be impossible NOT to fall asleep on.

The "Gwendolyn" from Chelsea Home combats cushion fatigue by wrapping coils in Reflex Dacron foam and a hardwood frame for more support and long-lasting stability.

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