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As you see in the picture, we have 3 mattresses and 2 cracks in the middle that extends from the upper area to the bottom area. What are these cracks called? Is there a specific word for it?

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    I don't know if there's a word for that gap, but at least in the US, I think what you refer to as "mattresses" would be more likely to be called "cushions"--either sofa cushions or couch cushions.
    – Katy
    Apr 24, 2019 at 22:53

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There is no specific name for this, but things that fall into these cracks are said to be behind, beneath, under, between, in, or underneath the cushions.

If you're ever short of money remember there's always loose change beneath the sofa cushions. Always.

(Edit) If you do search for examples to see which of these might be more prevalent, try not to make your search too specific. For example, I found this headline (among many others) from a search for "beneath the cushions":

Members Find Billions Beneath Pentagon Couch Cushions

this from "under the cushions":

Aretha Franklin's will discovered under couch cushions

and this from "between the cushions":

A Sofa That Encourages You To Lose Things Between the Cushions

Since all these seem to mean more or less the same thing, which you should use depends on which sounds best under the circumstances.

  • Google Books, "loose change beneath the sofa cushions" : 0 hits. But "loose change down the back of the sofa" turns up in 4 different books (all from this century, somewhat surprisingly). Jun 30, 2019 at 16:56
  • @FumbleFingers I don't think you're specifically objecting to the answer, but I've edited it to address this. If you widen the search to more than "loose change" you find a wide variety of results.
    – Andrew
    Jun 30, 2019 at 17:14
  • You're quite right I wasn't objecting to your words here. In the context of this question they're fine. But I got here by following your "duplicate link", so I was just thinking in terms of the idiomatic way to refer to things that have slipped into the sofa. Jun 30, 2019 at 17:57
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    @FumbleFingers lowres.cartooncollections.com/…
    – Andrew
    Jun 30, 2019 at 18:10

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