Weirdest things Brits do in the bathroom – including breakfast in the shower

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% often escape to the bathroom for a bit of peace and quiet away from the rest of their household.

In fact, 55% 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.

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

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

And 74% 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.”

Over half of Brits will have an extra-long bath or shower to have more time alone
Over half of Brits will have an extra-long bath or shower to have more time alone

It also emerged 38% 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% 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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