A 2012 survey of German residents by Emnid shows that home furnishing tastes in Germany have not changed much over the past five decades. While in other countries, homeowners opt for open floor plans and loft-like multipurpose rooms, Germans prefer smaller, more traditional spaces dedicated to a single function. Only 6 percent of Germans said they like the idea of an open, multipurpose living area, according to Deutsche Welle.
Ninety-five percent of those surveyed (1,000-plus Germans over age 14) said they like a large sofa in the living room; 78 percent also want a coffee table and television. Only 9 percent said they use the living room for workspace, reports the Goethe Institute. Seven out of 10 survey respondents reported that they use the kitchen only for preparing meals.
Ikea is the most popular source of home furnishings in Germany, where residents prefer functionality and value over brand names. Taking a traditional attitude towards bedrooms, Germans do not want exercise equipment or a desk in this room. Germans like plenty of light, and white walls are popular. Built-in cabinets have been declining in popularity for decades, as the need for bookshelves and storage space recedes. The 2012 survey was the third conducted by Emnid, which also measured German tastes in 1961 and 1989.