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13 OCTOBER 2008

Room to Swing a Cat: Parker Morris Standards

"In the early 1960s government tried to map how big each room should be to fit in the furniture associated with it. For example, a bedroom shared by a couple should comfortably accommodate a full–size double bed (minimum 4ft 6in), as well as enough storage for two people’s clothing. The resulting Parker Morris report proposed minimum dimensions for each room and a figure for storage according to how many people lived in a home. Sadly Parker Morris never imagined dishwashers and fridge freezers, home computing and DVDs so his standards are outmoded."
(Gentoo Group Ltd 2006)

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1960s196119631969 • anthropometric data • building processbuilding standardsdesigndwelling • dwelling designer • furniturehome • Homes for Today and Tomorrow (1961) • house • house building • household activities • housing • housing space • housing space standards • housing standards • ideal • influential report • living standards • mandatory standards • minimum dimensions • Ministry of Housing • Parker Morris • Parker Morris Committee • Parker Morris Standards • public housing • quality of social housing • recommendations • room plans • social housing • space • space needs • space standards • standard • typical dimensions • typical items of furniture • UK

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Simon Perkins
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