Brits reveal weirdest things they do in the bathroom – including breakfast in the shower

Over half of adults use the bathroom as a place to escape to – and regularly have extra-long baths or showers for some more time alone

Over half of Brits have had an extra-long bath or shower – with some even falling asleep in the bath

Eating breakfast in the shower, sipping tea on the toilet and even taking video calls from the bath are among the weird and wonderful things Brits get up to in the bathroom, according to research.

A study of 2,000 adults found 42 percent often escape to the bathroom for a bit of peace and quiet away from the rest of their household.

In fact, 55 percent regularly have an extra-long bath or shower so they can have more time to themselves.

And a further one in six have been known to give themselves a pep talk in the bathroom.

Sex, phoning friends, drinking beer and writing to-do lists are other things Brits get up to in the bathroom.

What do you make of the list? Let us know in our comments section below

Nearly half of adults often escape to the bathroom for a bit of peace and quiet


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It also emerged that when it comes to bathroom rituals, 82 percent are particular about what way round the toilet roll faces – 67 percent believe the only correct way is to have the paper coming down “over” the rest of the roll to hide it.

And 74 percent must always shower in the same order – with the most popular routine for washing being face first, followed by hair, arms and armpits.

A spokesman for B&Q, which commissioned the study to find out what really goes on in the most secretive room in the house, said: “The bathroom is more than just a suite, taps and showers.

“It’s where we go when we need to be ourselves, it sees our greatest moments of vulnerability, both small and big.

“We help our customers build perfect spaces, with everything under one roof and our showroom teams ready to help, we want Brits to create that perfect space that’s all theirs, allowing them to be whoever they want to be.”

It also emerged 38 percent claim to have some of their best ideas when having a shower or bath.

More than a third have also done something in the bathroom they’ve kept a secret, such as eating or taking a nap.

One in six would even describe the bathroom as the heart of the home – but more than a quarter don’t like the way theirs is decorated.

As a result, 37 percent have plans to give it a makeover.

Changing the tiles, making the room bigger and a fresh colour were the top improvements respondents would like to make, while one in five long for underfloor heating.

While the biggest irritations in current bathrooms were toilets that don’t flush properly, leaking taps and running out of loo roll.


  1. Cried
  2. Read a book
  3. Had sex
  4. Hid in there to avoid people
  5. Tried on new clothes/shoes
  6. Phoned friends/loved ones
  7. Washed the dog
  8. Fallen asleep in the bath
  9. Had a cup of tea
  10. Hung the washing to dry
  11. Sang in the mirror
  12. Given themselves a pep talk
  13. Played online games
  14. Painted their toenails
  15. Answered work emails
  16. Streamed a TV show in the bath
  17. Planned the weekly food shop
  18. Played video games
  19. Written to-do lists
  20. Watched the news
  21. Played games while sat on the toilet (like throwing a toilet roll into a bin)
  22. Taken or edited photos
  23. Fantasised about a scenario in the mirror
  24. Had a dance
  25. Had a beer
  26. Streamed a TV show on the loo
  27. Exercised
  28. Practiced a speech
  29. Had a sleep on the floor
  30. Stood on the side of the bath or toilet to see their whole outfit/shoes

  31. Had a business idea

  32. Answered the phone to their boss

  33. Fallen asleep on the loo

  34. Done some washing up

  35. Re-enacted a part of their day in the mirror

  36. Sent a message on a dating app

  37. Given houseplants a “spa day”

  38. Taken a video call on the loo

  39. Taken a video call in the bath

  40. Painted or drawn something


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