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Bigger is better

It seems that the world is finally cottoning on to the fact that today’s shoebox homes are no longer suitable to live in.

Under planned changes to building standards, new homes (initially for the elderly and disabled but could be expanded to all new homes) will have a new standard on minimum space in recognition that rooms can be too small – hallelujah!

Figures from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors show that the size of the average British home has decreased by 40 per cent in 80 years. In 1920, the average new large family home had five bedrooms and occupied 3,440sq ft. Today’s equivalent has four bedrooms and 2,409sq ft and ceiling heights have dropped from 11ft to 8ft 8 inches. A typical semi-detached house has gone from 1,647sq ft to 925sq ft and a terraced house from 1,020sq ft to 645sq ft. Crazy when you think that today we’re all apparently taller and wider than we once were! If anything we need more room.

At The Sleep Council we obviously welcome this news: bigger homes mean bigger bedrooms. And we’re all for bigger bedrooms. For years we’ve been saying that rabbit hutch homes are spoiling many people’s hopes of a great night’s sleep as they don’t provide enough bedroom space for king-sized beds.

Partner disturbance is one of the most common complaints for poor sleep. Did you know that in a standard double bed (135cm/4ft 6in) each person gets just 2ft 3in of space – less than a baby in a cot? Now how squeezed is that?

With a larger bed you are less likely to disturb one another. You should be able to lie side by side, with your arms behind your head and your elbows out, without touching (see picture). For more reasons on why you need a bigger bed read this.

What do you think to these planned changes? Does your current bedroom stop you getting a king size bed? As always, would love to hear your thoughts.

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