One in four adults find it harder to relax in their home post-lockdown, poll finds

Survey claims the average adult has spent £592 on new furniture, building work and home security 

Richard Jenkins
Tuesday 13 October 2020 14:08 BST
38 per cent of those polled feel more protective of their homes
38 per cent of those polled feel more protective of their homes (iStock)

One in four adults now find it harder to relax in their home after it became their primary workspace during lockdown, a poll claims.

A survey of 2,000 Britons found they spent an average of nine hours a day at home before the pandemic.

However, lockdown had seen this figure increase by eight hours, with 35 per cent now considering home their main place of work.

As a result, 38 per cent are making more effort to leave the home environment over the weekends and evenings to have a break from their living space.

Despite spending more time than ever at home, one in 10 do not feel safe nor secure in it.

Duncan Chamberlain, managing director of Yale Retail UK, which commissioned the research, said: “It’s fair to say many people are spending far more time in their homes than ever before.

“A high proportion of those will be working from home as well – and as the research suggests the lines can blur between work and home life, making it harder to switch off.

He added: “However, it’s important to take a moment and remember what you love about your home – and not switch off to keeping it safe and secure.”

The study also found that the extra time at home has seen 58 per cent develop a new fondness for their living enviroment.

Meanwhile, 24 per cent went as far as to say their feelings were indifferent towards their home before lockdown and have now grown to enjoy it.

As a result, the average adult has spent £592 on new furniture, building work and home security to make their house feel like more of a home.

Nearly four in 10 (38 per cent) also feel more protective of their home due to spending more time in it than usual.

It also emerged 58 per cent of adults would say they are a “homebody”, although 29 per cent see where they live as a house rather than a “home”.

Almost half (49 per cent) think their house represents their personality, with 63 per cent having painted a room, given their garden a makeover or created a home office.

And more than a third (37 per cent) said their home has a distinct “home smell”, according to the OnePoll research.

Duncan Chamberlain from Yale added: “With anything you love, you obviously want to protect it.

“Spending more time at home – you’re naturally going to notice things you hadn’t before and with so many making changes and upgrades to their home, people will always want to feel safe and protected."

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