Designer    Statistics 10 Apr 2018

New study shows smaller kitchens are on the rise – could this mark a new era for compact kitchens?





By analysing 10,000 houses built in the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, and today, LABC Warranty has found a definitive answer to the question: How are British kitchens changing throughout the ages?







The 1930s- Britain’s 1930s houses really were quite small. In the 30s, kitchens were the smallest of any decade, with the average measuring just 12.27m2. Below is an illustration of the average British home in the 1930s.












The 1940s-  The Second World War halted much of the building industry in the first half of the decade. However, after the war, things did start to improve. Living rooms grew by 1.12m2 and kitchen size grew by nearly 2.00m2 – quite an improvement across a decade.











The 1950s- Following the Second World War, the desire to rebuild the nation was paramount. People demanded new homes, which led to a housing revolution. Kitchen size grew by another 0.30m2.














The 1960s – For the first half of this decade, the industry embraced the construction of tower block housing, with over 55,000 built in five years. The second half of the 60s saw complaints of shoddy design lead to tower blocks being dropped in exchange for larger, more functional, box-like homes that are highly popular today.













The 1970s – With inflation as high as 36% defining the first half of the 70s, the second half of the decade would be defined by modern architecture. Homes started to move away from traditional box-like design and almost took on a whimsical appeal. The size of the typical kitchen dropped slightly to 14.96m2.













The 1980s – As disposable income nearly doubled, the demand for improved housing developments soared. This led to a decline in the number of houses being built, but the quality surged, while the sizes of all rooms decreased. Typical kitchen sizes regressed by a further 0.82m2.














The 1990s –  Similar to the previous decade, Britain’s houses would continue to get smaller throughout the 90s. Living rooms would regress by 0.7m2 and kitchens would lose another 0.25m2 also.














The 2000s – With the turn of the millennium, British society was blown away by the advances in technology and science. Similar to the previous two decades, Britain’s houses would continue to get smaller. The average living room size dropped to below 20m2 for the first time in 50 years, while the kitchen regressed 0.35m2.











Current Housing (2010-2018) – Compared to the previous decade, homes built from 2010 onwards are over 4m2 smaller. The average living room is now 1.64m2 smaller than in the 2000s. Bedroom size and the number of bedrooms on offer has decreased also, and kitchens are now nearly as compact in the 1930s, at 12.61m2.








See the table below which elucidates how kitchen sizes have evolved through the ages:

Source: LABC Warranty 

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