New Scientist article By now most of us have had a seat on the sofa at some point in our lives.
Nowadays, most of those who do buy a sofa have a family member or friend who can make the necessary adjustments.
The latest research suggests that the best times to buy new furniture are during the spring and autumn months, when the temperature is generally lower and people tend to spend less time outdoors.
But there’s a big caveat.
The research team, led by Prof. Paul Ainsworth of the University of Manchester, examined how long people spent outdoors in the months before and after the arrival of the winter solstice.
The team looked at data from the UK and US.
To their surprise, they found that people spent more time outdoors during the summer, when temperatures are typically much lower.
But then, after that initial surge, people were more likely to spend time outdoors when they were at least 3 months away from home.
They spent about the same amount of time outdoors in mid-winter, when it was normally colder and the season was generally shorter.
Prof Ainswillow said the findings suggested that people are better off to buy their furniture during the coldest part of the year when there’s less time to be outdoors.
The study also found that the average price of new furniture was $7,800 in the UK.
In the US, it was $16,000.
“In a global economy, when people spend more time outside they are more likely be able to spend more money,” said Prof Ainswell.
“If you’re spending more money you’re more likely, in the long run, to spend the money you want to spend.”
He said the average household budget for new furniture is $1,500 a year.
“It is very, very expensive, but it’s a good start.”
He told New Scientist that when people spent time outdoors, they were also less likely to go outdoors at all.
“I think it’s probably a consequence of climate change,” he said.
“We are going to have warmer summers and colder winters, so people will spend less of their time outdoors.”
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