7 Ways Coronavirus Is Affecting Home Living

Suddenly, no-touch faucets are on the top of our home wishlists.

Over the past month or so, the novel coronavirus outbreak has altered our daily lives in ways big and small. And even once quarantines end and stay-at-home orders are lifted, some expect that the “new normal” may look a little different. Analyzing sales data (turns out, everyone is ordering a bidet attachment right now) and considering how our daily habits and cleaning routines have shifted, we’re predicting seven ways the coronavirus could influence home decor trends in the months or years to come. From the home features that may become real estate must-haves to changes in layout, here are our guesses for how we might design the more hygienic homes of the future.

The Return of the Mudroom
During the coronavirus outbreak, the simple act of walking in the front door has turned from a mundane moment to an involved process. We carefully remove face masks, throw away gloves, take off our shoes, reach for the hand sanitizer, or head to the sink to wash our hands. In the future, even once we ditch the masks and gloves, we may still think a little differently about our entryways.The return of the mudroom, or an antechamber between the front door and the house, provides the ideal spot to remove shoes, hang up jackets, and slather on sanitizer before stepping inside. And even for homes that don’t have the luxury of a separate mudroom, there may be an increased focus on creating a clean and organized entryway “drop zone” so we can leave our germs at the door.
Antimicrobial Materials (Hello, Copper!)
Some materials are naturally antimicrobial, or the have intrinsic properties that destroy microorganisms. Fortunately, some common materials, including copper and its alloys brass and bronze, are antimicrobial. For this reason, we foresee copper, brass, and bronze hardware and fixtures becoming very popular in the months ahead. These fixtures will help destroy germs and bacteria on kitchen cabinet handles or doorknobs, even if we’re not constantly dousing them with disinfecting spray.Note: Just be sure when you’re shopping that the hardware is made of real copper or brass—many options are actually zinc or steel with a painted gold or copper finish.
No-Touch Faucets
Recently, as we all wash our hands more often than ever before, we’re paying extra attention to our sinks. The home retail experts at Build.com predict that touch-free faucets, like this sleek Kohler option, could become more popular as we all try to design a more hygienic home. If you’ve ever worried about getting your freshly washed hands instantly germy again when you turn off the faucet, this is the solution.
Must-Have Home Offices
A few months ago, a home office was generally considered a nice bonus, but in the post-coronavirus real estate world, it may become a necessity. Now that stay-at-home orders have required many companies to set up systems for remote work, some predict that WFH will remain popular, even once quarantine ends. Suddenly, the home office that was once a luxury may become a must-have.
Air Purifiers
Air purifiers generally filter particulate out of the air effectively — especially if they use a HEPA filter (more on those in the next section). But most of us already have a mechanism to filter the air effectively: the respiratory system.
In short, air purifiers work, but unless you live in a particularly polluted environment or you or your children are immuno-compromised, you probably don’t need one.


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Everything that comprises your own home gym is up to you. There is no one size fits all rule but you should consider variables such as available room size, required weight, training intensity, and your preferred workouts method. A home gym can include smaller pieces of equipment to suit functional training all the way up to power racks for deep squats and massive weights. However, if you are short on space you may not be able to bring in larger equipment. Having a room especially for your fitness equipment is key if you’re looking to build a physique with adequate muscle. Converting your living room into a gym isn’t the best idea even if you are living alone.

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