Hot sex, babies and proposals — couples share very special bonds with their furniture – The Sun

Hot sex, babies and proposals — couples share very special bonds with their furniture – The Sun


LOCKDOWN has let us peek into celebs’ homes as they share snaps online – with the sofa centre stage.

Little Mix star Jesy Nelson’s red leather one is loud and proud, like her band. But actress Emily Atack has a subtler dusky pink.

 Little Mix star Jesy Nelson’s red leather one is loud and proud
Little Mix star Jesy Nelson’s red leather one is loud and proudCredit: Instagram

Others prefer muted grey tones adorned with throws and cushions, like past telly Queens of the Jungle Stacey Solomon and Vicky Pattison.

Selecting the right sofa is important. According to a recent poll, the average one lasts us 12 years and sees 312 days of telly, 6,960 spillages, 4,428 snogs and 3,240 rows.

Here, Claire Dunwell meets four couples whose beloved sofas mean so much to them, they are unwilling to let them go.

 Vicky Pattison's sofa is a glamorous silver and grey
Vicky Pattison’s sofa is a glamorous silver and greyCredit: Instagram
 Emily Atack has a subtle dusky pink sofa
Emily Atack has a subtle dusky pink sofa

‘Sam proposed to me while I sat on settee’

Cameraman Sam Al-Kadi proposed to stay-at-home mum Sarah-Jane Cox on their 11-year-old turquoise sofa.

And Sarah-Jane, from Wanstead in East London, was recovering from IVF treatment on the sofa when she received the news that they were expecting twins – Zebebee and Marigold-Clementine.

 Sarah-Jane Cox is sentimental about her sofa because it is where her husband Sam proposed to her
Sarah-Jane Cox is sentimental about her sofa because it is where her husband Sam proposed to her

Sarah-Jane says: I can’t imagine ever throwing out our sofa because it holds too many happy memories.

Me and Sam had been together for five years when we got our own place and it was the first piece of furniture we bought. It cost £600 and I loved the quirky Fifties design and colour.

A month later, we were having a takeaway on the sofa when Sam blurted out that we should get married. It came completely out of the blue.

Although it wasn’t very romantic, he had bought a beautiful engagement ring and I quickly said yes. He was very nervous but I told him he should do it properly by getting down on one knee. He proposed again while I was sitting on the sofa.

There’s no way I’m ever getting rid of it. It means so much to me

We got married a year later and started trying for children. When it had not happened after a couple of years, we were referred for IVF.

I fell pregnant twice – including once with twins – but both times ended in miscarriages just a few months in.

Two weeks after our final round of IVF, I was laying on the sofa recovering from the treatment when the clinic rang and said it had been a success.

We were over the moon but didn’t dare get our hopes up. I had morning sickness day and night for the next six months and felt most comfortable laying down on the sofa.

 Sarah says that there is 'no way' she will ever get rid of her beloved sofa
Sarah says that there is ‘no way’ she will ever get rid of her beloved sofa

When the twins were born, I spent hours sat on it, enjoying cuddles and breastfeeding.

Now I keep a throw over it to keep it safe from the twins’ sticky fingers and from biscuits. When Sam suggests swapping it for a bed settee for when people sleep over, I say no.

There’s no way I’m ever getting rid of it. It means so much to me.

‘I gave birth to son on our cream couch’

Mum Holly Winter planned to have son Aaron in a birthing pool at home but her labour was so quick, he was born on their cream sofa instead.

Holly makes wedding dresses and lives in Farnborough, Hants, with her husband Paul, an aerospace engineer, son Aaron and daughter Coral.

 Mum Holly Winter gave birth to her son on their small couch
Mum Holly Winter gave birth to her son on their small couch

She says: Our sofa takes pride of place in the living room and although it is ten years old, I have no intention of ever giving it up. It holds too many happy memories.

After my really quick three-hour labour with Coral, my midwife said it would be a good idea to have Aaron at home. So we bought a birthing pool and new blinds for the conservatory windows.

Two weeks before my due date, my parents came to stay so they would be around once the baby arrived.

The sofa converts into a bed and my parents were sleeping on that.

 Holly and Paul cradle Aaron after his quick arrival
Holly and Paul cradle Aaron after his quick arrival

I was two weeks overdue when I finally went into labour. While Paul and my dad tried to quickly fill the birthing pool with pans of hot water, my contractions came thick and fast. As soon as the midwife arrived, I felt the urge to push.

She asked me to lay on the sofa bed so she could examine me but minutes later, Aaron was born. The whole thing took less than two hours.

Luckily, I had a waterproof protector and my mother had thrown down some towels, too. Paul’s brother-in-law visited later that day and accidentally spilled chocolate cake on the sofa.

I told him I had managed to give birth and make less mess. I love our sofa and although it is ten years old, it is still going strong.

‘Our fave place to have sex’

Anthea Nash and husband Alfie christened their sofa the first day they took it home 13 years ago and refuse to part with it because they say it is the best place to have sex.

Anthea, a nanny, who lives with unemployed Alfie and their 13-year-old son in North London, says: We have sex on the sofa once a week.

 Anthea Nash and husband Alfie love to have sex on their sofa
Anthea Nash and husband Alfie love to have sex on their sofa

It’s a bit of a risqué thing to do which keeps our relationship fresh and exciting. The cushions come off, so we lie those on the floor and make use of the space.

On the day we got it, we hired a cheap van which broke down on the way home. We had to be towed by a recovery truck, and it was late by the time we got back.

After a neighbour helped us in with the sofa, we ordered a takeaway and had a few drinks. After a very stressful day we had a cuddle on the sofa and ended up having sex. It was fun to christen it on the first night.

Since then, the sofa has become our favourite place to have sex. We’ve been together a long time and having sex in our bedroom all the time can get a bit predictable.

 The couple say having sex on the sofa keeps their relationship exciting
The couple say having sex on the sofa keeps their relationship exciting

With a teenager in the house, we grab our moments when we can, and it would look suspicious if we always had our bedroom door shut.

A year ago, the sofa cushions were beginning to flatten so we got the foam inside replaced. Now it’s like new and we put a throw over to protect it.

We have moved four times over the past 13 years, and we’ve turned flats down because the sofa would not fit. That’s how much it means to us.

It’s still in amazing condition and even when it’s old and battered, I hope we will still have it.

‘It was the first thing we bought together’

Lucy Madgwick and partner James Middleton, 39, bought their grey sofa when they moved into their first home together ten years ago.

Support worker Lucy, who lives with plumber James and their son Alfie, ten, in Epsom, Surrey, says: Our sofa was the first bit of furniture we bought brand new, 12 months after we got our own place.

 Their sofa was the first thing couple Lucy Madgwick and James Middleton bought together
Their sofa was the first thing couple Lucy Madgwick and James Middleton bought together

I was pregnant with Alfie and money was really tight so until then everything we owned was a hand-me-down.

Our dining table and chairs were a garden furniture set and everything for Alfie’s nursery was from charity shops. We didn’t care that nothing matched because we were happy to be in our own home.

We moved in with a hideous yellow leather settee which was passed to us by my nan’s neighbour. I added cushions and painted other furniture in the room to try to tie it all in.

After a year we said it was time to choose a sofa we loved. We found it from a company called Love Sofas and took out a finance deal to pay for it. It cost £900 and was the only one in our price range.

 The pair say that their sofa is 'much more than just a piece of furniture'
The pair say that their sofa is ‘much more than just a piece of furniture’

We had to make sacrifices to afford it and didn’t go on holiday because we wanted to clear the debt.

The colour will never date and although we have had dog hairs and drink spills on it, the sofa still looks like new.

James has slept on the sofa after arguments, and we fight over who gets to put their feet up.

Alfie was five when we got our French bulldog Bruce, and we have happy memories of them both sitting on the sofa when we first brought him home. It is much more than just a piece of furniture and it is here to stay.

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