Empty nest Turn it into walk-in wardrobe! 84% of mothers can't wait to transform children's rooms once they move out
11:12 GMT, 24 August 2012
Children leaving home for University or to make the big career hop is every mother's worst nightmare.
But the myth that mother's leave their offspring's room undisturbed in the hope that they may imminently return is fast-fading.
According to a new survey, mothers can't wait for their children to leave home so that they can maximise the new-found space by converting their bedrooms into walk in wardrobes.
Mothers can't wait to turn their children's rooms into a walk in wardrobe
In a study of the so-called ‘empty nest syndrome’, mature online retailer isme.com found that instead of preserving the room for a
potential return, eight out of ten mums (84%) said they’d already made
designs to make use of the space before the kids had left – with over a
third saying they’d immediately use the space for a migration of their
clothes and shoes.
22 is the age believed to be appropriate to fly the nest
Whilst a guest bedroom (47%) is the most obvious choice of revamp,
leading the life of leisure is also high on the agenda including a gym
and exercise room (15%), a multi-media room for computing and reading
(12%) or one in ten (10%) considering transforming the space into a
dream walk-in wardrobe.
And any fathers with dreams of turning the new space into a games room or cinema room, hold that thought as
just 1% of the women polled said this was a possibility.
In fact, there
was slightly more chance of it becoming a dedicated room for the family
cat or dog (3%).
Jon Owen, Retail Director at isme.com said: 'The modern 50+ mum
is still very much a woman who knows what she wants.
'She has been
influenced not only by style, fashion and interiors but also by fitness
and technology and is keen to incorporate this into her life as soon
as the space becomes available.
The nest may be empty, but the space
won’t stay that way for long.'
22 AND YOU'RE OUT!
There may be a perception that women are
filled with dread at the thought of an ‘empty nest’, but new research
reveals the average age a mum thinks their kids should move out by is 22
years and 9 months.
For those approaching 23 and feeling settled in with the folks, one in
four (23%) mums say they would proactively prompt them to make plans to
up sticks and fly the nest.