Forty four per cent of all households surveyed say they do not have enough space for small children to play safely in the kitchen while meals are being prepared, and 37 per cent say they or their children do not have enough space to entertain guests privately.

Seventy two per cent do not have enough space for the three small bins required to recycle properly; and 35 per cent do not have the kitchen space for basic cooking appliances such as a toaster or a microwave. Fifty seven per cent do not have enough storage, and 47 per cent cannot accommodate all the furniture they have, or would like to have.

The research points to lower-income households suffering from more of the problems associated with a lack of space. Ninety per cent of the householders surveyed had a spare bedroom, and so the situation is worse for those in fully occupied properties.

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