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Survey: is your kitchen too small for your needs?

A new study has found a third of Brits are 'frustrated' by the lack of space in the heart of their home
   Katie Byrne  |  written on: 08-03-2019 17:00pm

Have you ever found yourself mourning the lack of space in your kitchen?

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If your answer is 'yes', you're not alone: 30% of Brits admit to being 'frustrated' by the size of their kitchen, and specifically the lack of storage.

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The study, which saw 2,000 Brits quizzed by Formica Group, found a quarter of us wish we had more food-prep space, whilst 13% feel their kitchen wasn't designed to maximise the room available.

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Whilst the size of a kitchen can't always be easily altered, the physical appearance can - which is just as well, as over half (55%) of those asked said they considered the appearance and functionality of a kitchen to be as important as the space.

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According to Formica's research, kitchen floor space has never been smaller. Kitchen floor space in the UK peaked in the 1960s at 15.37sqm and now averages at just 12.61sqm - in fact, UK kitchens are the smallest in Europe. The irony is that despite the lack of square footage, most kitchens now serve more functions than ever before, with cook spaces multi-tasking as areas for food-prep, socialising and relaxing.

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That said, cooking is - obviously - still the primary function of kitchens, with 91% of the 1,131 women and 88% of the 869 men asked revealing they use their kitchen mainly for rustling up dishes. Around two-fifths (41%) of women and 37% of men use the kitchen for eating, whilst 23% of women and 13% of men use the space for entertaining.

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Speaking about the survey findings, Peter Rush, President and CEO Formica Group Europe, commented: "The kitchen is the heart of the home and this is clear evidence that its importance in our lives is growing. The lack of space in our homes is part of a much bigger problem, specifically the size of UK homes getting smaller. While finding solutions to this may take time, there are ways to address this problem immediately. By making small updates, such as including smart appliances and reorganising storage space, you can personalise your kitchen to meet the demands of your daily life".

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Top image: Formica Group.

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Katie Byrne

Katie Byrne is a writer, editor and filter fan (coffee, not Instagram), and lives in a Georgian-built flat that features various statement cobwebs.

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