Does the way you sit on your sofa say something about you?

Does the way you sit on your sofa say something about you?

Body language says a lot about how you feel and even your personality. Let’s take a closer look at the most popular ways to sit – it might reveal more than you think! 

We took to Instagram to ask you about your favourite seating positions, and the results are in! 

Side Saddle 

76% Yes 

24% No 

Voted by you as by far the most popular reclining position, the side saddle is a surprisingly flirtatious pose! Sitting sideways with your legs together enhances their slender shape, although holding them close to you could say you’re unsure about opening up to a potential partner.  

Sitting with your chest pointed towards a person, on the other hand, indicates interest and availability, but the knees say more than any part of your body! Sitting up or lying down, the direction of your knees indicates what is capturing your attention most.  

Ankles Crossed 

62% Yes 

38% No 

More common than you’d think, sitting upright with crossed ankles is an indication that you’re holding something back. Similar to biting your lip, it’s an anxious movementa way of stopping yourself from saying or expressing something.  

This could mean your mind is on other things you’re unsure how to express. If your fists are clenched too, there’s an immediate issue on your mind. 


57% Yes 

43% No 

Everyone likes to lie back and relax, but did you know that a tendency to lean back on your arms suggests an analytical nature? 

Leaning back to look at a situation means you like to see the bigger picture, and that you’re more likely to take in everything around you before making a decision 

More likely to think before you speak, you’re very aware of people’s emotions, with a strong ability to pick up on signals and the body language of others. 

Leaning back  

Legs Crossed 

56% Yes 

44% No 

Crossing your legs makes you physically smaller, meaning you may be used to giving other people more room in your life than yourself.  

It can also indicate insecurity, but that meaning can change – it’s all in the knees! Sitting with your legs crossed and pointing towards a person indicates interest and involvement in the conversation, even if you’re not ready to completely open up. 

Sitting with your knees pointing away from a person however, indicates disinterest and possibly a need to protect yourself. 

Hands In Your Lap 

36% Yes 

64% No 

Sitting with your hands in your lap isn’t too common, but it’s a sure-fire sign you’re a people-pleaser. 

Self-conscious and kind, you’re more likely to say what makes other people happy than what’s on your mind. It’s a way of being extra-polite, although this could get dangerous- if you focus too much on the needs of others you risk leaving yourself behind, or even becoming dishonest. 

This position could also indicate anxiety, especially when there’s fidgeting involved. 

If your seating position indicates anxiety, remember – your sofa is a place to relax. So, whatever’s on your mind, take a moment to sit back, uncross your legs, and let your worries slip away.  

Whatever your seating style, whether you prefer to recline into comfort or snuggle up on a loveseat, we are here to help you relax. 

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