Top 5 bathroom pet peeves revealed

Are you a bathroom hogger?

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The bathroom is one of the busiest and smallest rooms in the house, but on top of routine activities such as showering, bathing, shaving and moisturising, a new study has found that Brits spend three days a year in the bathroom catching up on texts and emails and reading books.

New research commissioned by B&Q to launch its new GoodHome bathrooms range found that the average British adult will spend a total of 416 days of their life in the bathroom, with around three months in the bathroom getting ready for work.

Surveying 2,000 UK respondents, the research conducted by OnePoll revealed that while 8am is the most in-demand time as households face the morning rush, some seven in 10 Brits find sharing a bathroom 'frustrating'. Some of the biggest pet peeves include:

  1. Toilet roll not being replaced (33 per cent)
  2. Finding hair down the plug hole (21 per cent)
  3. Wet towels (18 per cent)
  4. Bathroom-hoggers (17 per cent)
  5. Clothes being left on the floor by other family members (17 per cent)

    Aside from these common bugbears, the bathroom can also be a place for zen and relaxation: one in six revealed that they escape to the bathroom just to get some 'peace and quiet'. But it’s also where life moments are experienced, including a pep talk in the mirror (10 per cent), the odd argument (10 per cent), reaching a goal weight (9 per cent) and having a heart to heart (8 per cent).

    GoodHome 'Imandra' & ' Beloya' bathroom range starting from £15 (lifestyle)
    GoodHome ’Imandra’ & ’ Beloya’ bathroom range starting from £15
    B&Q

    The bathroom is such an integral part of households that almost a third (32 per cent) of us feel that updating our bathroom is the key to home happiness. And for those who have already undergone their bathroom project, more than half (51 per cent) said renovating the bathroom has tangibly improved their overall happiness with their home.

    'While it isn’t the biggest room in the house, it’s clear that we still expect our bathrooms to work incredibly hard,' said Christopher Webb, Bathroom Category Manager at B&Q. '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.'

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