Step inside Ken and Deirdre Barlow's home

Recognise this kitchen? The designer Sophie Wyatt took the hinges off the cooker to represent Deirdre's... ahem... unbalanced personality.

Recognise this kitchen? The designer Sophie Wyatt took the hinges off the cooker to represent Deirdre's... ahem... unbalanced personality. Want to recreate the look? This old-school kitchen was found by set decorator Miri Katz on eBay and the classic hanging spoon and fork was recreated by Jenny Bell (opens in new tab) ceramics.

1/10 Coronation Street house tour – Ideal Home Show 2011

kitchen room with shelves on tiled green walls

(Image credit: Jamie Mason)

2/10 Coronation Street house tour – Ideal Home Show 2011

living room with printed walls and sofaset with cushions

(Image credit: Jamie Mason)

Hidden around this Corrie house replica are clues about the cast, including the Stratford-Upon-Avon picture in the living room to showcase Ken's love of Shakespeare. We curled up with a brew on this sofa recreated by Corrigan Furniture (opens in new tab) and enjoyed the backdrop of the classic William Morris & Co. Windmarsh wallpaper from Sanderson (opens in new tab).

3/10 Coronation Street house tour – Ideal Home Show 2011

living room with printed walls and armchair with cushions

(Image credit: Jamie Mason)

Filled with family photos, vintage china and accessories, plus the odd copy of The Tempest and DH Laurence classics for Ken, this dresser is an iconic piece in the Barlow household and the heart of the living room-dining room.

4/10 Coronation Street house tour – Ideal Home Show 2011

hallway with wooden door and photoframe on white wall

(Image credit: Jamie Mason)

Welcome to Ken and Deidre's home! From the moment you step through the door and into the hallway of no. 1 Coronation Street, you feel right at home with the cast. The designers sourced a replica of the classic Baden-Powell Scout Association print seen in the real Corrie home.

5/10 Coronation Street house tour – Ideal Home Show 2011

living room with armchair with cushions and table lamp

(Image credit: Jamie Mason)

Anyone else miss Blanche? This special version of the Corrie house features a memorial to Deirdre's mum complete with her old glasses and slippers! That chair looks strangely empty without the old battleaxe.

6/10 Coronation Street house tour – Ideal Home Show 2011

bedroom with printed wall and bed with pillows

(Image credit: Jamie Mason)

Inspired by the set of Ken and Deirdre's Bedtime Stories where Corrie fans can finally see what happens when the famous soap couple go to bed, this bedroom showcases the classic wallpaper (Isadore Amethyst by Laura Ashley (opens in new tab)) as well as a dodgy carpet! Oh... and not forgetting the his 'n' hers bedside tables - slippers and Women's Weekly for Deirdre and the paper for Ken.

7/10 Coronation Street house tour – Ideal Home Show 2011

bathroom with tiled walls and bathtub

(Image credit: Jamie Mason)

Oh how we miss the classic salmon-and-avocado bathrooms of the 1980s... or maybe not. If you are getting a bit nostalgic, you can find a similar bathroom on eBay (opens in new tab)Johnson Tiles (opens in new tab) provided the tiling.

8/10 Coronation Street house tour – Ideal Home Show 2011

room with laundry cupboard white door and floor wiper

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When they're not in the pub, there're chores to be done, and no homely Corrie house would be complete without a classic laundry cupboard and weathered old boiler!

9/10 Coronation Street house tour – Ideal Home Show 2011

bedroom with photoframe on wall and white window with curtains

(Image credit: Jamie Mason)

Now Tracy's out of jail, she needs a place to stay. This special version of no. 1 Coronation Street features a double bedroom for Tracy and her daughter, Amy, filled with all the girly essentials.

10/10 Coronation Street house tour – Ideal Home Show 2011

bedroom with wooden shelves on wall and bed with pillows

(Image credit: Jamie Mason)

Welcome to Amy's half of the bedroom. Colourful accessories, girly bedlinen and, of course, bags of Glee memorabilia complete the look.

Want to see inside more of the Ideal Home Show 2011 homes? Click to step inside a sustainable Prince's house and a contemporary Scandi eco home.

Heather Young
Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and also edits its sister title Style At Home. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.