Revealed: the nation's 10 biggest home superstitions

Posted: 9th Sep 2019

How superstitious are you?

A study of over 2,600 Brits, carried out by, has revealed that when it comes down to it, we're actually quite a superstitious bunch - especially when it comes to around the home. In fact, the research revealed that 68 per cent of us have admitted we have a particular superstition that links to our interiors.

For instance, 53 per cent of us take extra care to make sure we never open up an umbrella indoors, while 34 per cent will avoid walking underneath a ladder.

There are also some more niche superstitions that certain Brits admitted to - for instance, while many of us probably do this without realising anyway, a fearful four per cent will always take extra care to ensure they arrive back home through the same door that they exited from.

The most commonly shared superstitions are:

1. Never placing unworn shoes on the table – (57 per cent)
2. Ensuring that umbrellas are never opened indoors – (53 per cent)
3. Throwing spilt salt over the left shoulder – (46 per cent)
4. Believing that breaking a mirror will lead to seven years of bad luck – (36 per cent)
5. Not walking under any ladders – (34 per cent)
6. Placing dreamcatchers in the bedroom – (24 per cent)
7. Getting in and out of bed on the same side – (17 per cent)
8. Not having any beds directly facing the door – (13 per cent)
9. Keeping the toilet seat down whenever it’s not in use – (9 per cent)
10. Arriving home through the same door that you exited the house from – (4 per cent)

Despite acknowledging these habits, 88 per cent admitted they were aware of how unfounded and irrational they were, due, in part, to a lack of physical evidence and also no scientific proof. Another 57 per cent said they felt their superstitions had come from an older relative who was considered to have the same belief, as 22 per cent attributed it to their partner.

Commenting on the findings was Tara Hall, spokesperson for, who said: "The idea of being superstitious might seem like a fairly unusual and old-fashioned concept to many, but with so many specific behaviours clearly taking place within British homes, they are still clearly more prevalent in 2019 than one might initially think."