As the number of people working from home has increased by a fifth since 2008 the average family home has lost 11 square feet of living space in that time, according to research by LV=.
More people working from home has led workspaces to crop up in the most unlikely of places, from under the stairs to corridors and partitioned parts of children’s bedrooms.
With the housing market making it difficult for families to trade-up the research found 13 per cent of households have made potentially dangerous modifications to their homes in order to make space for a home worker.
An estimated 190,000 children have lost a section of their bedrooms in order for a small office to be created and many of these modifications have gone unchecked by building regulators.
Meanwhile Transport for London has suggested a third of those who work in the city should work from home during the Olympic Games next year in order to reduce pressure put on transport infrastructure.