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16 surprising facts about life at home in 2021

Around the world, our experiences of home have changed profoundly. For some, the home has been a sanctuary – a safe space to bond, relax and play. For others, the home has been a source of stress, as privacy eroded and productivity dipped.

To better understand how habits and routines have changed, we’ve compiled some of the most interesting statistics about life at home in 2021.

Fresh perspectives on what matters

With life temporarily put on hold, many people took time to re-examine their priorities around work, home and all that’s in between.

1 in 2
people are considering moving further from work for a better home.
(LAHR, 2020)

of women say living close to family and friends has grown in importance over the last year.
(LAHR, 2021)

1 in 4
employed Americans say they’re likely to leave their employer as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.
(Ipsos, 2021)

No. 1
activity people want to continue to do at home is exercise.
(Voice of Consumer Demand, 2021)

The green revolution

More people have a newfound appreciation for nature, and more people are willing to protect the natural environment they’ve grown to love.

No. 1
global priority for a better life at home is a private garden or balcony.
(LAHR, 2021)

9 in 10
people are willing to take more action on climate change.
(Ingka Climate & Equality Action Research, 2021)

of Chinese consumers agree that they will now consider products that are more environmentally friendly.
(McKinsey & Co, 2020)

Nurturing family bonds

Time at home has given many families the chance to bond. And not just with humans. Pet ownership statistics echoed what we were seeing in the parks and all over social media – the importance of companionship.

of pet owners in the UK say their pet has helped them cope better emotionally during lockdown.
(PLOS One, 2020)

1 in 5
fathers in the Netherlands were more involved in caring for their children.
(Utrecht University, 2020)

of people say their relationship with their direct family has improved this year.
(LAHR, 2021)

Double-digit increase
what jewellers are reporting in engagement ring sales in the US.
(The Washington Post, 2020)

Working from anywhere, everywhere

Our working from home statistics weren’t too surprising. As people realised the home office was to continue in the long-term, they began to invest in furniture to aid their focus, posture and productivity.

of people in the UK worked from their own bed.
(Uswitch, 2020)

of people in the UK worked from someone else’s bed.
(Uswitch, 2020)

1 in 4
people say they’ve worked in their pyjamas.
(Uswitch, 2020)

IKEA desks were assembled in Canada.
(IKEA Canada, 2020)

Life at Home Report highlights

We spoke to over half a million people from around the world. Here’s a snapshot of what’s going on.

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