In 8 Homes for old people, each of 374 residents - categorized by mental designation as 'rational' and 'confused' - was recorded as regularly occupying a specific seat in one or other of the 34 communal sitting-spaces studied. The seats and sitting-spaces were scored as.to their apparent 'desirability' and the scores inspected to examine the propositions that (a) rational and (b) male residents occupy the desirable seats and sitting-spaces. While the data provided support for the first of these anticipated types of differential appropriation of space, they do not uphold the second.