Lizzy Dening

The BIG change to living rooms since the 1970s

Lizzy Dening
The BIG change to living rooms since the 1970s

Our tastes have changes wildly since the Seventies, and you're unlikely to see many lounges with jazzy orange and brown wallpaper today, but in fact one of the biggest changes to occur in our front rooms might have escaped you. Living rooms have been shrinking!

In fact, our homes haven't been as cramped since the end of WWII, according to LABC Warranty, who found the average sitting room is now 17.09 square metres, down from 24.89 square metres in the 1970s.

Bedrooms and kitchens have also shrunk! The average master bedroom is 13.37 square metres - the smallest on record for 80 years, while kitchens are now 12.61sq m, down from 15.37 in the 1960s. There are also fewer bedrooms being added to new builds.

The figures are based on data from property sites, and add fuel to the fire of the Royal Institute of British Architects, who have complained that too many homes are being built like rabbit hutches.