Following a year of unimaginable change, IKEA set out to understand how people around the world adapted their life at home through the global home furnishing retailer’s annual research project. More than uncovering the number of people in Canada who made a change to their home in the past year (60 percent), or the increased importance of green space or private gardens to the ideal home (35 percent and 33 percent respectively), the IKEA Life at Home report also highlighted that more than a third of people in Canada (35 percent) who felt more positive about their home in 2021, also saw their mental wellbeing improve. This, while nearly four out of 10 Canadians (37 percent) have experienced a negative impact on their mental health throughout the past year.
“Now we know the ideal home is a greener, spacious and more comfortable place to live, where we can be close to the people we care about and do the activities that make us feel good,” affirms Kathy Davey, Head of Home Furnishing and Retail Design, IKEA Canada. “A happy home is great for the mental wellbeing of us all and we’re excited to continue helping Canadians find ideas and inspiration that can help them create the homes that support the relationships and rituals that are most meaningful to them.“