UK properties contain as much as £107bn of wasted space…


As evidence shows that house sizes in Britain are getting smaller, it’s more important than ever that all the space in a property is fully utilised.

The average property has around £3,066 worth of space taken up by clutter, according to new research commissioned by Samsung, which amounts to more than £100bn in homes across the country.

While almost half (49%) of people say their living room is their favourite room in the house, a similar proportion also say that they don’t think they’re utilising the space they have in their homes. Televisions are also getting bigger, becoming the focal point of most people’s lounges after a 38% rise in sales of 65-inch or larger screens.

Perceived lack of space

However, while TV screens might be growing, room sizes are shrinking, according to research published earlier this year by LABC Warranty. Living rooms have lost as much as 31% of their space compared to the 1970s, with a reduction from 24.89 square metres to 17.09 square metres in today’s new-builds.

This means that any home that isn’t maximising its space is going to have less available floor area than ever – and this could impact those trying to sell their homes, as well as landlords hoping to rent their properties out, as people are put off by a perceived lack of space.

How to maximise your home

Mel Massey, an interior designer working with Samsung, said: “With space in our homes being as precious as ever, and most homeowners agreeing that they would like some more space, we have had to become space savvy with the way we design and style our homes and appliances – and our TVs are no exception.

“In the past we have only ever have two options when it comes to displaying our TV, either in a cupboard out of sight or on a stand in the room – as an interior designer I would always choose for it to be out of sight.”

“Now we have a way of displaying it that enables us to use the TV as a feature,” added Massey, referring to Samsung’s latest space-saving product offerings.

For landlords offering furnished homes, it might be wise to think about space-saving options including wall-mounted televisions, smaller furniture and storage solutions, attracting potential tenants by creating more space for their own belongings. Decluttering is always a good idea when either trying to sell or let out a property, to help anyone looking around to envisage how they would live in the property.

Highgrove Mews

High Net Yield Freehold Houses

  • Commutable to London (27 mins to central Paddington station)
  • Rental demand extremely strong with large industry presence in Reading
  • Freehold with 4% net yield

£284,955 - £457,000

St Petersgate – Stockport Manchester

New Launch - Stockport Manchester, apartments from £160,000

  • Discounted launch prices from £160,000
  • Excellent transport links with 3 trains per hour to London Euston and only 9 mins journey to Manchester Piccadilly
  • Experienced development team

Assured Rent Housing Association Leases

Assured Rent Housing Association Leases

  • Assured rent & no rental voids
  • Tenant damage cover & newly refurbished inline with requirements of a corporate sitting tenant
  • Free property and lettings management

From £62,000

Emerging Birmingham Commuter Town With Properties From Just £104,000

The emerging Birmingham commuter town where properties are selling in an average of just 24 days

  • A collection of 62 two bedroom apartments and 28 one bedroom apartments.
  • DE14 is one of the fastest selling postcodes in the West Midlands.
  • 23 minute train journey into Birmingham New Street Station.

Properties from £104,000

Mill, Stockport

The Northwest's emerging property hotspot

  • Discounted off-plan 2-bed prices from £162,000
  • Completion date - Q4 2021
  • Rental yields - 6% plus

Discounted off-plan 2-bed prices from £162,000

South Central – Birmingham City Centre Apartments

Highly anticipated 28 storey launch in Birmingham City Centre with an impressive roof garden and communal facilities.

  • 154 units across 28 storeys
  • Residential multi-media community room, gym, roof garden and sky cinema
  • Excellent future connectivity via the metro system to other key transport hubs and locations around the city

from £205,800


Talk to us

Speak to our UK property experts today: 

+44 (0) 333 123 0320

Open from 9am-6pm GMT

+852 9865 4446

Open from 9am-6pm HKT

Stamp Duty Calculator


Unlock members only investment opportunities and full development details. Join now – it’s free, quick and easy.


Not a member? Sign up for free

race space london rental

UK properties contain as much as £107bn of wasted space…


By submitting your details via this online form you agree to be contacted via email/phone/SMS by Direct Marketplace Ltd t/a BuyAssociation in relation to property investment and property developments . We do not share your personal details with third parties.  To view our full Privacy Policy click here.