28th May 2015
Nearly half, at 44%, of UK householders have changed rooms in their homes from their intended use into something completely different and some believe the trend could mean the end of the guest bedroom.
Research from switching site Gocompare.com found that just under a quarter, at 23%, of householders have ditched their spare bedroom in favour of another, and 32% have changed a room into a home office.
In addition, some 13% have changed the space into the laundry room, while 12% opted for a computer gaming room and 8% are now using their dining room or living room for different purposes.
Overall the survey found that 11% of respondents have made changes in their homes to fit their lifestyles and 3% converted the use of the room instead of moving house.
However, after ‘Home Office’, the second most common use of an extra room is simply for storing ‘junk.’
The UK’s 10 most popular ‘changed’ rooms:
1) Home Office – 32%
2) Junk Room – 25%
3) Laundry Room – 13%
4) Computer Gaming Room – 12%
5) Hobby Workshop – 9%
6) Library – 8%
7) Collection Room – 6%
8) Playroom – 6%
9) Gym – 6%
10) Art Studio – 5%
Other new rooms created from old include music rooms and recording studios, home cinemas, and rooms for train sets and sun beds.
Notably the research found that 34% of over 65’s have converted a spare bedroom for another use, and over half, at 51%, of the pensioners surveyed chose to switch a room into an office. Elsewhere 15% of 25 to 34 year olds have changed the use of a spare bedroom but nearly as many have changed the use of their living room or dining room.
Commenting on the results Ben Wilson from Gocompare.com said: “With Brits using their space for such a wide range of purposes it seems that the key to a home fit for modern day living is versatility. However, householders should also be aware of the implications having specialist office, technology or leisure equipment at home may have on their home insurance. For example, many policies will require you to declare if you have items above a specified value, sometimes that can be as little as £500, and if you regularly work from home you may also need to inform your insurer or your business equipment may not be covered.”