Following market studies on the use of kitchens and bathrooms, Hettich has now taken a look inside 100 bedrooms to examine the demands on bedroom furniture. If you manufacture bedroom furniture, read on.

Recent Hettich market studies on the use of kitchens and bathrooms found that sliding doors were the preferred option for all furniture; from wardrobes, office cupboards and sideboards to living-room cabinets and kitchen wall units. Hettich has now taken a look inside 100 bedrooms.

The bedroom is a space people spend much of their time in at home, even if they are mostly asleep. Apart from the kitchen, it is also the room that needs the most storage space. All the more important, then, for people to feel absolutely at ease in this room, and furniture fittings can help to make sure they do, as the answers from the respondents show.

A total of 102 consumers took part in the survey, 65 of them from Germany, the remainder from Italy, France, Sweden and India. Most of those questioned were aged between 20 and 50. The average bedroom measures 17 m² and is mostly furnished with a free standing wardrobe, a chest of drawers, a bed with slatted mattress base and two bedside tables. The average age of the furniture viewed was nine years. Some 50 per cent of the respondents had already moved home with their current furniture. Dismantling and reassembling it caused them hardly any problems.

Traditionally, wardrobes and chests of drawers are used for keeping clothes, underwear, socks, bed linen and towels in. But shoes, jewellery, cosmetics and even music instruments, sports equipment and office materials are stored in them too. This means that bedroom furniture needs to meet a wide range of needs. Often, neither wardrobes nor chests of drawers are fitted with any interior organisation system. This is where there is clear potential for enhancing user friendliness.

Beds too need to meet various demands: for instance, people read, watch television, have breakfast and learn in them. For activities like these, being able to adjust the bed makes perfect sense. That is why an adjustable bed comes high up on the wish list for the respondents’ dream bedroom.

Those interviewed are altogether satisfied with their present bedroom; only 24 per cent said they were unhappy with it. Lacking storage space was the main reason they gave for being dissatisfied.