Tuesday, February 19, 2013

UK shedlife revealed in new report

New research released today reveals 65% of British adults own a shed and the average shedowner spends more than a year of their life in their shed. In fact Brits love their shed so much that 6% would like to be buried in them.

The research forms part of the Shed’onomic report, an in-depth study of the nation’s shed behaviour commissioned by Cuprinol to mark the official launch of the annual Shed of the Year competition.

When it comes to shed-love:
- 6% of men admit to getting frisky in their shed to spice up their love life
- A similar number want to be buried in their shed
- Almost half of owners admit they would be lost without their sheds
- More than one fifth of men admit to having spent time in their sheds to avoid arguments
- 7% escape there to make private phone calls
- Around 12% of shed owners prefer spending time in their shed to being with their family

In terms of shed economics:
- Two thirds of the adult population are shed owners, bringing the UK shed-tally up to nearl 16 million
- The under 25s spend the most on their sheds, an average of £493 compared to the over 55s who fork out £360
- Londoners splash out the most on their sheds - an average of £508 - compared to the national average of £396

As for shed uses:
- About a third of Brits take after Damien Hirst and paint in their sheds
- 11% use their shed as an office
- The shed is not just a place to store the garden tools with sheddies admitting to storing children’s toys (28%), fridge/ freezers (11%), books (16%), sunbeds (12%), desk (10%), TV (6%), old gym equipment (18%), bikes (45%) in their sheds

Kathryn Ledson, Cuprinol Marketing Manager, said: "It’s clear that sheds are vital to the British identity and that they are an inspiration to so many of us. At Cuprinol, we’re delighted to be the official sponsor of the annual Shed of the Year competition which celebrates the best of British sheds. If you think your shed is worthy of this prestigious title then you can enter at www.readersheds.co.uk from now until May 3.”

The Shed of the Year competition sponsored by Cuprinol is of course the brainchild of Uncle Wilco who launched the national competition seven years ago. Competition categories include:
• Normal
• Eco
• Garden Office
• Cabin/ Summerhouse
• Workshop/ Studio
• Unique
• Pub
• Tardis

Winners will be announced during National Shed Week (July 1-7).
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