Yuletide guests put squeeze on hosts

One in three Queenslanders have been booted out of their bed to make way for guests at Christmas.
One in three Queenslanders have been booted out of their bed to make way for guests at Christmas. Contributed

ONE-IN-THREE Queenslanders had been booted out of their bed to make way for relatives and guests, a recent survey showed.

The survey also revealed we share a little too much for comfort at Christmas time.

Independent research commissioned by Australia's household appliance rental franchise Mr Rental revealed 30% of people were kicked out of their beds and 28% shared with someone else to accommodate relatives.

The 18 to 24-year-olds were most likely to get the boot (41%).

Mr Rental Nambour franchisees Chris and Deslee Taylor said Christmas was the one occasion people wanted to make their families extra happy but it was often stressful with the influx of guests.

"The majority of Queenslanders host up to four guests at Christmas who stay for up to one week on average, which costs 25% of people more than $500," Mr Taylor said.

Eighty per cent of people also admitted they joined a picnic table to the dining room table and 20% of people said they would shared a seat with someone to fit at the table.

The most popular items people said would make Christmas more comfortable were an extra bed (33%), bigger dining room table and extra seats (30%) and another fridge (27%), which was no surprise given almost half threw away leftovers due to lack of fridge space.

Mr Taylor said that over the years, he had seen an increase in demand for short-term rentals of household appliances over Christmas.

"It's just an easy way to make Christmas that little bit less stressful and with a lot of financial pressure on people buying just isn't an option.

"It's pointless to go out and buy a new bed or fridge just to be used over a short period at Christmas," he said.

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