This surprising item has been named the most popular furniture item in the UK – beating the bed and sofa

It's good news for house guests

A sofa bed has been crowned as the most popular furniture item in the UK, according to new research.

Blinds Hut analysed Google statistics to reveal the top 10 most popular furniture items searched for on the platform. Surprisingly, the best sofa beds topped the list with 246,000 average monthly searches.

Lounge area with brown sofa, wooden table and patterned rug.

(Image credit: Future PLC/Georgia Burns)

It gained an impress 22 percent more searches than just an everyday bed. The home essential came in second place with 201,000 average monthly searches. While a corner sofa slid into third place as the most googled item of furniture.

After three months of getting very familiar with our home furnishings. Our preoccupations with comfortable furnishings, perfect for a Netflix marathon, comes as no surprise.

  1. Sofa Bed
  2. Bed
  3. Corner Sofa
  4. Bedside Table
  5. Dressing Table
  6. Coffee Table
  7. Floor Lamps
  8. Ceiling Light shade
  9. Desk
  10. Dining Table

However, while the sofa bed might be the overall furniture champion. On a more local level, our furniture tastes differ hugely from city to city.

Bedroom with double bed, metal headboard, black side tables and pictures on the wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/James French)

Blinds Hut examined the most searched for furniture across 15 British cities. While a bed came top of the list in Leeds and Liverpool. In Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham and Cardiff a coffee table was deemed the most popular piece of furniture.

Coffee tables might not be as essential to a living room as the sofa. However, if you want somewhere to perch a cup of tea, it is a must-have.

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A TV unit was the most searched for item in Scotland, in the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Bristol and Reading were found to be eagerly searching for bedside tables.

Lounge area with white chair, white console and wooden table.

(Image credit: Future PLC/Colin Poole)

However, the biggest wildcard came from London. Armchairs only appeared in London's search history. It came top as the most Googled furniture item in London.

While an armchair isn't made for cosying up with friends and family, they are a great way to add extra seating into a room. They also make lovely reading nooks for curling up with a book.

Now that restrictions on visiting friends homes are starting to lift, it might be time to start thinking about that sofa bed again.

Rebecca Knight
Deputy Editor, Digital

Rebecca Knight has been the Deputy Editor on the Ideal Home Website since 2022. She graduated with a Masters degree in magazine journalism from City, University of London in 2018, before starting her journalism career as a staff writer on women's weekly magazines. She fell into the world of homes and interiors after joining the Ideal Home website team in 2019 as a Digital Writer. In 2020 she moved into position of Homes News Editor working across Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, Gardeningetc and Ideal Home covering everything from the latest viral cleaning hack to the next big interior trend.