4.6 million adults still sleep in childhood bedrooms

New research conducted for Prudential shows that more than 4.6 million UK adults have their former bedrooms preserved by parents who cannot quite let go of earlier memories of their children.

A staggering 42% of UK adults (around 4.6 million people) whose parents still live in the family home say their former bedroom is still decorated as it was when they were a child, with 44% sleeping in their childhood bedroom when they return to see their parents.

It is not just the parents who hang onto those childhood memories, almost half (46%) of UK adults whose parents still live in the family home say they still regard their childhood bedroom as their room despite moving out.

However, much more than just the decoration remains unchanged. A third (33%) of UK adults whose parents still live in the family home say they sleep surrounded by childhood photographs, 27% with old school books and folders and 20% with their childhood toys when they visit their parents.

The research from Prudential also showed that a further 10% face the dubious retro-pleasure of childhood posters and 22% say their former childhood bedroom still contains trophies, awards and certificates from
their formative years.

In addition to preserving their childhood bedroom, 60% of UK adults whose parents still live in the family home say their parents store a range of belongings for them, with eight per cent having left letters from former boyfriends or girlfriends at their parents home, four per cent having left animals and pets with their parents and eight per cent using their parents house to store bicycles.

The most popular items to store at parental homes were school books and folders (left by 34% of UK adults), with photographs (32%), books (31%) and clothes (20%) all scoring highly.