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A large den for casual entertaining and watching TV

A den is a comfortable, usually secluded room[1] in a house. In the United States, the type of rooms described by the term den varies considerably by region. It is used to describe many different kinds of bonus rooms, including studies, family rooms, home offices, libraries, home cinemas, or even spare bedrooms.

While living rooms tend to be the used for entertaining company on formal occasions, dens, like other family rooms, tend toward the more informal. In houses that do not have dedicated family rooms or recreation rooms, a den may fill that niche. Dens can also be private areas primarily used by adult members of the household, possibly restricting access to the room by their children. Dens with home theater systems and large screen televisions may be referred to as media rooms instead.

A smaller "man cave" den used as a study

Dens can serve the same purpose as cabinets in the past, becoming a modern man cave—a place for men to gather and entertain. In such cases, the design and decor may be distinctively masculine.


References

  1. ^ Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary (2009). "den". Merriam-Webster Online. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/den. Retrieved 2009-11-09.  
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