Which Room Wins in the Popularity Stakes?

Which Room Wins in the Popularity Stakes?

A new survey has shown that the living room is becoming an increasingly popular space for households to spend time in — more so than the kitchen and dining areas. This highlights how family lifestyles are changing and the ways in which we now make use of our homes.

The survey for OceanFinance.co.uk reported that around 10% of people spend the majority of their time with other people in the kitchen. The kitchen was often seen as one of the most important elements of a house, and it could make the difference between a buyer wanting a property or not. A few years ago, it was common for guests to be entertained in the kitchen — maybe while the host was preparing dinner.

However, today it appears that more of us are choosing to relax and chat with our guests in the living area instead. According to this recent research, 80% of households would now put the living room as the area they use most for spending time with others. There are generational differences in this, with older people leaning towards the living area more than younger groups. 84% of 45 to 54 year olds put this as their main room, compared with 68% of 18 to 24 year olds.

The End of the Dining Room?

As the living room has increased in popularity, so the dining room has dropped drastically. Today around 30% of people put it as the room they used the least when they were with others. This space is often kept for weekends or family occasions rather than being used for everyday meals.

This decline in the use of the dining room shows how family life has changed over the years. We tend to be far busier than our grandparent’s generation, and the way in which we eat meals has altered. There has been an increase in the use of kitchen diners, where a property has one open-plan area. This enables families to cook and eat together, catching up on the day at the same time.

Families who enjoy using the living room the most could benefit from installing a balcony off the room. This outside space with metal balcony railings would open up the room and provide an additional area for dining and entertaining.

As our lives change further in the future, homes will adapt to suit them. Whatever your lifestyle is, it’s important to have a property that works well for you.