Brits spend 2.5 years of adult lives in kitchen
A study of 2,000 adults found six hours and 50 minutes are spent in the ‘heart of the home’ during the typical week.
The kettle gets boiled 12 times during a typical week, while 43 minutes are spent stirring food. And the average adult predicts they do more than 300 steps a day in the kitchen alone.
About four in 10 claim most of the time they spend in the kitchen is spent running back and forth between the fridge, oven and microwave – with a fifth claiming it’s taken up with setting up and disassembling gadgets, such as steamers and coffee machines.
It also emerged 51 per cent consider it the ‘heart of the home’, with 41 per cent saying it’s where they spend most of their time. A spokesperson for Howdens, which commissioned the research, said: “They say home is where the heart is, and for most people the heart of the home is the kitchen.
“Throughout the decades, the role of the kitchen has changed – it used to be a room only used for cooking, but now it’s become a hub for so much more.”
The study also found a quarter of those polled describe their kitchen as ‘lively’, while 27 per cent call it ‘busy’. But for 22 percent, the atmosphere is generally ‘peaceful’.
When quizzed on kitchen occasions, a fifth found out they were going to be parents in the room while one in 10 had their offer accepted on a new house.