Seven in every ten consumers are planning to make a purchase for their home this year, with floorcoverings top of the wish list.

So says new research commissioned by May Design Series organiser UBM, which found that flooring topped a list of longed-for home furnishing product categories.

70 per cent of the 2,000 adults polled said they were planning to invest in their homes during 2015, with 21 per cent saying flooring was their priority buy.

Window dressings (19pc) and upholstery (18pc) were the second and third most popular categories while beds (13pc) could only muster tenth place in the list. No cabinet category made the top 10.

The Interior Buying Census Report can be downloaded for free on the May Design Series website.