You won't believe how long the average Brit spends in the bathroom

You won't believe how long the average Brit spends in the bathroom


Posted 19th October

A study has revealed that the average Brit ends up spending 416 days of their life in the bathroom - pretty crazy, eh?

While most of this is spent carrying out the more routine activities of showering and shaving, it was also found that Brits use their bathroom as a place for carry out their admin, as it presents us with a seemingly valuable opportunity to catch up on texts and emails. In fact, this amounts to a total of three days a year, once it's combined with bathing the kids and giving the dog a wash.

We also spend four days each year reading a book in the bathroom, with Brits clearly enjoying the chance to indulge in a leisurely soak with a good read.

The research of 2,000 adults was conducted by B&Q as a part of its new project-focused GoodHome bathrooms range, and found over half (52 per cent) think a nice bathroom is crucial to being happy with your home.

The average man spends 373 days using their household facilities, working out at 23 minutes a day, in comparison to women who do 456 days (29 minutes).

Yet the bathroom is not only a relaxing area - it's also a witness to disputes, predominantly at 8am, as this proves to be the most popular time for the morning bathroom rush. This adds up too - amazing as it may sound, we end up spending a total of three months of our lives preparing for work too.


GoodHome Beloya Walk-in shower panel

Taking this all into account, it's not surprising that 32 per cent of us believe getting the bathroom updated has a bigger impact over any other room. 51 per cent also said renovating the bathroom would have a noticeable effect on how they felt with their home.

It was also revealed that seven in 10 Brits find sharing a bathroom to be a 'frustrating' process - while 29 per cent admitted to taking the longest in there, 42 per cent pointed the finger firmly at their partner.

There's also a certain level of bathroom etiquette that we've come to expect - pet peeves include not replacing the toilet roll (33 per cent), along with finding hair down the plug hole (21 per cent).

There seems to be a definite need for storage too, with 18 per cent finding the wet towels (18 per cent) and clothes (17 per cent) that get left on the floor a frustrating sight to behold.

Yet if we give it the chance, we can transform our bathrooms into a relaxing zone - one in six said they have retreated to their bathroom for some 'peace and quiet', while it's also the area for a fair few life moments, be it a pep talk in the mirror (10 per cent), the odd argument (10 per cent) or even a heart to heart (8 per cent).

Christopher Webb, Bathroom Category Manager at B&Q, commented: "While it isn’t the biggest room in the house, it’s clear that we still expect our bathrooms to work incredibly hard. Our new research shows that 30 per cent of us are dissatisfied with how our bathrooms work for us, yet the average Brit hasn’t spruced up their bathroom in five years."

Lead image: GoodHome 'Ladoga' bathroom range 






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