Bathrooms are perhaps something we all take for granted. But upon reflection, it is a room we spend countless hours in over our lifetimes (hopefully not consecutively!). Indeed, the modern bathroom can be conceptualised as a manifestation of ritual purification practices present in most religions, dating back to ancient times.
However, these ancient roots have been lost along the way if the latest findings are anything to go by. Two-thirds of Brits surveyed are currently unhappy with their bathrooms, and even more (45%) have said it’s the room they’d most like to renovate. Indeed. relationships have literally been torn apart over partners’ grim en-suites.
It turns out that the bathroom plays the role of battlefield within many British homes. Ever put off going to the bathroom at a friend’s home, because you just couldn’t face their room of gloom? You’re in good company, with 38% of Brits surveyed saying the same. In addition, a quarter have had heated arguments with housemates or partners over their shared sanctuary. So, what exactly are the issues that are tearing us apart?
Top peeves in mybuilder.com’s survey included: low water pressure (56%), carpet in bathroom (44%), toilets that don’t flush (47%), askew toilet seats (56%), and no lock on bathroom doors (35%). These are a few of our least favourite things.
But let he who is without sin cast the first stone, as many of our gripes lay very close to home! A third of us currently sit on thrones whose seats have seen better days. And perhaps being too open can be a bit of a bad thing…23% of us have no lock to our private sanctuary. Where’s the loo roll? The 19% of us with misplaced or missing loo roll holders may struggle to answer that. If these findings are stressing you out, perhaps a nice hot shower would ease your mind…well, that is unless you belong to the 18% of Brits with low water pressure.
Now that you’ve read this survey, will you be looking at your bathroom in a different way? Here in the office, we’re all definitely thinking about making changes!